Secrets of Christmas Slot
Secrets of Christmas is a 5-reel, fixed 25-pay line online slot from NetEnt. Ho ho ho! What better Christmas present could there be if you're a lover of online slots than a Crimbo-themed game from the slotting experts at NetEnt? We've actually no idea why it has taken NetEnt so long to come up with a Christmas-themed slot, as most other software houses have already done so. We can think of Realtime Gaming's 'Rudolph's Revenge', Microgaming's 'Deck the Halls' and Playtech's 'Santa Surprise' to name but three. Well, the wait is over and now NetEnt have well and truly entered the Yuletide's slots fray.
This slot has a truly delighful aspect – a frosty sash window made up of fifteen panes beyond which the symbols tumble. The window is also framed with holly and twinkling Christmas lights. The symbols are all authentically festive as you would hope, including playing card values ten through to ace made up as holly wreaths. The other symbols are a Christmas stocking, milk and cookies, a gingerbread house, a candle and a golden bell. Oh and Santa makes an appearance, of course.
You can choose your coin value from 0.01 to 0.50, and your bet level from one to ten. There are twenty-five pay lines in play at all times, so your final bet-per-spin is always your coin value multiplied by your bet level, multiplied by twenty-five. When you're ready to decks the halls with boughs of holly hit the spin button.
Payout & bonus rounds
The lowest available pay out in this game is for three identical playing card symbols. This will win you five coins. The jackpot in normal play is for five golden bells (should it have been five gold rings?) which wins a hefty 1,250 coins.
Santa is wild in this game. He substitutes for all other symbols aside from scatter symbols.
A sack of toys is the scatter symbol in this game. If you land three or more scatters anywhere on the reels, then you activate ten free spins. Before you start your freebies you get to choose from twenty Christmas presents. The number you can pick depends upon the number of scatters you landed, up to a maximum of five. Each present will reveal one of the following bonuses:
- Bonus free spins – you are awarded between two and ten additional free spins
- Multipliers – either x1 or x2 multipliers are added to your overall free spins multiplier
- Wild reels – wilds completely cover reels two and/or four for the duration of your freebies
- Additional wilds – candles and/or bell symbols also become wilds for the duration of your freebies
So, is 'Secrets of Christmas' something you'd be delighted to find within your Christmas stocking upon the most festive of mornings? To our minds at least the answer is a resounding yes! This is a lovely-looking slot with an enchanting soundtrack. There's also enough variety to keep you interested and nicely uncomplicated gameplay. Almost as good as a glass of sherry and a mince pie!