The best Christmas slots of 2018 – some new, some on their second lap
For slot players, Christmas means loads of casino promos to look forward to. It’s also a time of year when you can look forward to new Christmas-themed online slots and for those of you who are really feeling the yule-spirit, here’s our list of the best Christmas themed slots to play 2018.
Jingle Spin (NetEnt)
First on our list is a “new old” slot from NetEnt. Released in November of 2018, it’s actually a re-skin of one of their old classics called EggOMatic which made its debut in 2013. Jingle Spin is a 5-reel slot with 20 paylines that has a bit of an unusual game engine. On top of the reel set you’ll find a group of elf’s, one above each reel, and to the right is a prize wheel carousel which is spun by Santa himself everytime you hit the spin button.
Now, whenever a prize bauble lands on Santa’s wheel, it is passed onto the elf’s above the reel set who, in turn, will pass it along to each other, one by one with every spin until it reaches the last reel and drops outside of view. If you land a wild just beneath the elf holding onto the bauble, however, it’s dropped onto the reel and the prize, which comes in different variations, is awarded to you. Once in the free spins game, you can look forward to enhanced prizes and a good chance of re-triggering the feature.
It’s a charming game and a top-notch production as always when it comes to NetEnt and definitely one worth giving a try.
Leprechaun Carol (Pragmatic Play)
We never got around to reviewing this one, unfortunately, and in hindsight, we should have as it comes packed with potential. In this Yule-themed high variance creation, Pragmatic makes use of the classic Irish fortune theme which is why it may seem recognisable to a lot of people. The game comes with a few interesting randomly triggered features such as a picking bonus with cash prizes, colossal 3×3 symbols and wilds raining (they should be snowing though) onto the reels.
It comes with 3 bonus games as well. Upon landing 3 scatter symbols on reels 1, 3 and 5, one of three bonus games is randomly awarded: a free spin feature starting with 20 free spins and an x3 multiplier, a coin collector bonus with 15 free spins to start along with an x4 multiplier, and the Giant Symbols feature that gives you 3 free spins with a giant 3×3 symbol.
Is often the case with Pragmatic Play, the free spins can be a bit tricky to trigger, but once you’re in there is a chance to land wins of up to 6000 times the stake!
Fat Santa (Push Gaming)
Fat Santa is another “new old” making its way onto the list, although it does come with a few updates when compared to its sibling – the 2018 smash hit Fat Rabbit. For one, a bonus buy option has been added, allowing inpatient players to jump straight to the bonus for a cost of 80 times the stake. It’s also a little bit less volatile compared to Fat Rabbit which is a good thing as it gives players two versions of the same game.
Here you can look forward to a randomly triggered base game feature adding wilds onto the reels, as well as a free spin feature with a growing wild symbol. Each time Santa gets his hand on the wild pie symbol in the bonus, it’s added to the Pie Meter. When the meter is full, the Santa wild expands and gives you additional free spins. Starting as a 1×1 symbol, the Santa wild can grow as large as 5×5!
It’s a fun game with great potential where you can win a maximum of 6400 times the stake. Beware, however, as the bonus feature can be quite hard to trigger.
Flowers Christmas Edition (NetEnt)
No one loves Christmas as much as NetEnt which becomes apparent when you browse the Christmas categories that most online casinos will setup during this time of year. Flowers is admittedly not a new slot, and the Christmas Edition is a straight up clone of the original. But it’s a good old classic slot nonetheless that some might have forgotten about and it does come with a Christmas theme.
Flowers is a 5-reel slot with 30 fixed paylines. It’s quite a volatile game with most of the potential allocated to the bonus where all wins are multiplied by 3. Furthermore, in the free spin feature, wilds appear stacked on the reels which means you can land massive wins here. We’ve seen screenshots from players who have won over 10,000 times the stake on this baby!
Secrets of Christmas (NetEnt)
Secrets of Christmas was produced by NetEnt for the 2017 Christmas holiday season and instantly became one of the most played slots. It’s become somewhat of a classic and is, in our opinion at least, maybe the one slot that best captures the Christmas spirit.
With the symbols set against a Christmas decorated window and a soundtrack that will give you that warm fuzzy feeling, this 5-reel, 25-payline production is actually a clone of Secrets of the Stones which was released back in 2013 and considered by many one of the best slots ever made by NetEnt.
It’s a medium variance slot which means there is a good chance that you will get some playtime. Despite the absence of features in the base game, it is still quite entertaining, and the free spin feature is far from impossible to trigger. Land 3 or more scatters and you’re taken to the pre-bonus screen where you get to pick 3 bonus features hidden inside various Christmas items. What you want is to unwrap the best possible combination of features. For example, should you manage to pick wild reel 2, wild reel 4 along with a multiplier then it’s good game!
The 1400x max win potential here is not massive, but it’s a more forgiving game compared to most of the other on the list.