Released in November 2016, Secrets of Christmas is NetEnt’s answer to the question how cheesy can we make a Christmas game? The answer is that it is about as traditional as you would expect, with the well known NetEnt polish noticeable all throughout the game. Gorgeous graphics are set on a backdrop of a window, from which you can peer inside into a cosy, warm cabin.
As calm, soothing music plays in the background, take a look along your 5 reel, 25 payline slot before giving it a spin, and see if Santa thinks you were naughty or nice this year. If you were particularly good, you may even find one of the delicious prizes that come from the game’s bonuses, but impressive special features are something we have come to expect from NetEnt’s releases.
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This slot embodies traditional Christmas, which makes sense, considering this is actually the first properly Christmas themed NetEnt game. You can find the standard set of symbols as wreaths, shaped as 10, J, Q, K and A. Additionally, higher paying icons include a sock, cookies and milk, a gingerbread house, a candle, and a golden bell.
It is also worth mentioning the special symbols in Secrets of Christmas. Wilds appear as Santa, and are used to substitute for any other icon in the game except Scatters. Scatters are a bag full of toys, and their only use in the game is to activate the Free Spins bonus.
How to Play
The user interface in NetEnt’s winter release is well done, and left us very impressed. It looks remarkable, as small flakes of snow trail down the screen, and symbols fall into place on the frozen window. Everything is clearly visible, and the slot avoids the trap of hiding things in multiple menus.
Adjusting your bet level and coin value, you are able to play the game for as little as $0.25 up to $125, which is a nice range of options that should suit both low rollers and more profit orientated players.
Getting three or more Scatters in Secrets of Christmas will activate the free spins bonus feature. You are given ten bonus rounds after winning, and then, the screen shifts inside the cabin. Depending on how many Scatters triggered the bonus feature, you are given a different number of gifts to pick.
Each gift comes with a certain prize, so you can increase the number of free spins or your multiplier. Alternatively, you can get sticky Wild reels, or turn some of the higher paying symbols into Wilds.
Once you pick out your gifts, the screen changes once again, this time to a fireplace from which small embers crackle outwards. Here, all your gifts come together for the bonus round, and at the end of it all, you head back outside with your pockets full of holiday cheer.
Strategy and Tips
Scatters are too good to pass up, so if you are playing for the highest chance of winning big, you want to focus on getting the free spins. While you will get minor payouts here and there, the jackpots come with the free round bonus.
And while it is no tip by itself, make sure to thank your lucky stars each time to see Santa on the reels, as he is the one who really stops the game from being a slog when you are chasing the bonus rounds.
Secrets of Christmas also comes with mobile versions for both iOS and Android, tablets and smartphones alike.
There is little to be said about it, however. Other than the user interface being adjusted for touch screen, the game looks and plays the same.