New Year Round Up

New Year Round Up
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Every year, we get a mix of Christmas-themed slots heavily promoted by their developers. 2018 is no different in this respect. Some developers don’t release anything new during this week of the year. However, there is a good mix of festive titles that were available to play over this week that we wanted to bring to your attention here. While some were released ahead of the big festive celebration, you won’t want to miss playing them.

Go on a Jingle Spin with NetEnt

Jingle Spin was always going to be a festive slot with a title like that, right? This comes from NetEnt, and as always from this developer, it features some intriguing elements we haven’t seen in slot games before.

Santa works hard over to the right of the five reels, pulling a lever to make various things happen during play. Watch out too for elves to appear above the reels. They can drop things onto them that may influence the outcome of that spin.

Meanwhile, there is a wild and wrapped gift in play, 20 lines to bet on, and some great features too. Watch for the Spreading Wild Bauble, for example. Yes, NetEnt has delivered a hugely popular Christmas slot this year – something that is not easy to do given the competition. Will this prove to be the best Christmas 2018 slot game of all? Try it and decide for yourself.

Mix an Irish theme with Christmas and you get Leprechaun Carol from Pragmatic Play

Leprechauns are about as far away from Christmas as you can get, right? Well… not anymore, not thanks to Pragmatic Play. They have given their leprechaun a festive makeover and put a Santa hat on his head for this slot. Various other lucky elements are featured in this game, although they do not all have festive elements involved.

It might seem odd to see a rainbow soaring in the sky amid plenty of snow, but somehow it works. The rainbow appears again as the wild too, so seeing it on the reels here is a refreshing scenario. Watch out for the festive pot of gold as well, as this can take you into the bonus game. But only if you find three of them…

Meet Playtech’s Selfie Elfie

Selfie Elfie must surely win a prize for the most innovative slot game title, don’t you think? It tells us something about the fun nature of this game, and with Playtech in charge of this one, we get the feeling it will be just as fun as it sounds.

The title image reveals some elves, Santa himself, a gingerbread man, and Rudolph the reindeer among others. Once you go through to the game, you will learn more about the chance to snap a selfie to trigger some big wins on the reels. Selfie Elfie also gives you the chance to win some free games.

The elf is wild, and the game also features a logo that might appear. Stacked symbols are also quite common here, which is great news for you if you like that kind of feature. The action takes place over a 5 x 4 reel set appearing inside a picture frame. The background is dull, but it doesn’t detract from the quality of the game itself. Add the Selfie Elfie Respins feature and 40 lines to play on and you get the feeling this could be a new favorite.

Who is Fat Santa? Push Gaming has the answer

Fat Santa is a simple name for a great game from Push Gaming. It offers a 5 x 5 reel set, giving you something you don’t often see elsewhere. The seasonal backdrop looks good here, and lots of festive icons can be seen on those reels too. The four card suits appear on four baubles, so even the lower-paying icons are good to see in action.

Fat Santa goes wild in this game and he can appear in larger form too. As he is truly wild, that might be a good thing to see. We can also expect a chance to benefit from growing wilds and random wilds, all of which can combine to give you a superb game to play this Christmas.

Read the Book of Santa from Stake Logic

What do you think might be in the Book of Santa? Is this where he keeps all the names of the children all over the world? He knows which ones have been good and which have been naughty, so it makes sense the book would contain all that information. It looks like a big book too, as you will see when you check out the opening image in this game from Stake Logic (Novomatic).

That book was always going to be given an important role. It is, too, both as a wild and a scatter symbol. Three of these appearing will trigger 10 free games, a scatter win, and unlock an expanding symbol for the freebies you are about to play. The game includes Santa himself, a gingerbread man, the book, and other great symbols too. While the usual letters appear on the reels here, they are all fashioned out of festive wreaths.

This is a solid five-reel game limiting the paylines to 10. That makes it a good one to try if you are on a small budget or you simply like to make that budget last longer.

Will it be a Lucky New Year for you with Pragmatic Play?

We all hope we will enjoy lots of good fortune in the New Year, every time another one rolls around. The New Year is an important time for many of us. Mind you, we can also expect to enjoy the Chinese New Year if we get the chance. Pragmatic Play has clearly been inspired to do so, as they released this slot earlier in 2018. Now, we will have the chance to review and play it again ahead of the Chinese New Year 2019.

Look out for the golden animal appearing as the wild – we think it might be a dog. Meanwhile, a golden money tree is used as a scatter, although it only appears on the first, third, and fifth reels. Three of these will bring you five free games to play. While that doesn’t sound very generous, don’t worry – the middle three reels spin together and produce a giant symbol each time. That means those five free games could produce some notable wins for you if you get lucky. Leave Christmas behind and start the New Year with this excellent game.

Try Demi Gods II the Christmas Edition from Spinomenal

Demi Gods… it doesn’t sound very festive, and yet you might enjoy the opportunity to play this version of Demi Gods II, appearing with some snow, some festive lighting, and even some Christmassy leaves over the top of the reels. You can expect a few baubles to add to the magic too. The reels themselves will be filled with all the usual elements you would see in the Demi Gods II game, so if you like that you will appreciate this version too.

We’re not sure about festive versions of standard slots yet. There are a few of them to try this year, but will they take off in a big way? We doubt it – we think lots of players prefer to play either standard games or to check out truly Christmassy ones. However, for those who like a mix of the two, games like Demi Gods II: Christmas Edition will always find a ready market.

Habanero introduces us to the Happiest Christmas Tree

You don’t tend to think about Christmas trees being happy, do you? Yet that is the idea behind the Happiest Christmas Tree slot from Habanero. This takes us into a charming cottage where the fire is roaring, the place is decorated for Christmas, and snow is falling in the darkness outside.

The reels are filled with wilds (shown with the Christmas tree behind them), nutcrackers, baubles, and toys that might find their way underneath Christmas trees up and down the land. There are four potential jackpot prizes to be won above the reels too.

If you are fortunate enough to land the free spin feature, you will see they take place on a different set of reels with a different background in store too. Add in 40 paylines, lots of entertainment and icons to look for, and a lot of detail, and you can see this is set to be a big festive hit in years to come as well.

Discover Lilith’s Passion: Christmas Edition from Spinomenal

Another festive version here of a Spinomenal game. We need no reason to check out a Spinomenal title, and this one looks rather ominous for a festive slot. There is more than a touch of hell about this one, as you will see from the image of Lilith herself. And look at the images within the flames… are there people in there?

While this is about as far away as you can get from a festive game, Lilith’s Passion is still worth a try if you get bored with the usual festive fare. You will see wreaths, holly, and festive lights around the five reels of the game, with Lilith herself appearing as a wild icon. She can appear over a whole reel, with a chance of finding free spins and a bonus feature too if you get lucky.

Will Eyecon deliver some Xmas Cash in your stocking this year?

Wouldn’t that be nice? Xmas Cash is the name of one of their festive releases, which came out in 2018 and is available to play all through the Christmas season. The good thing about this one is it is based on a 3 x 3 format, so if you get bored with the usual five-reel games you tend to see at this time of the year, this could be the perfect antidote to those.

The reels may be limited in number, but you can bet they will come packed with seasonal cheer. Expect some snowflakes, Christmas puddings (yum!), and stockings filled with treats of all kinds. There is even a snowman popping up.

The larger reel set means we get the chance to play over nine lines as well. You can also win eight free spins whenever three scattered golden bells appear over the reels. Three scattered Christmas trees secure a Prize Pick feature, while the Xmas Cash logo is the wild. So, you get everything you might look for in a bigger game, all rolled into one convenient three-reel seasonal special. Perfect!

Maaax Diamonds Christmas Edition is delivered from Gamomat

What has Gamomat been up to lately? They’ve been giving a couple of their slots a festive makeover. One of them goes by the name of Maaax Diamonds: Christmas Edition. And no, our A key didn’t get stuck there – that is the accurate name of the slot.

The festive snow-filled backdrop shown on the title screen continues through to the game itself. While the reels reveal the usual mix of sevens, cherries, and bar symbols, they are all topped with a dusting of snow here. Candles, Christmas trees, and gifts also make appearances in the background. The diamond is wild and can help you get some more wins. It also expands on its reel, revealing three wild diamonds instead of just the one. That is the MAAAX part of the game, we guess. If you liked the original game and want to try a festive version, we’d recommend it.

Gamomat also gives us Take 5 Christmas Edition to enjoy

Another festive edition of a regular slot here, also from Gamomat. Again, we get a snowy landscape on which a wheel appears with the title, so if you know anything about the game that might ring some bells for you.

This game has a few things in common with the Maaax Diamonds game we reviewed above. Again, everything is dusted in snow, but here the three reels in play have Christmas trees on either side of them. They almost look as if they are propping up the reels themselves. With just five lines to cover, it is a good game for those who are looking for a cheap and easy game to check out.

The most notable thing about Take 5 Christmas Edition is the Win Repeater feature. If you manage to fill the entire game screen with the same symbol, this feature will trigger. That screen could then be retriggered a maximum of four times. The paytable explains more, but suffice to say this is an unusual element that changes a basic game into something far more interesting.

This has been an interesting week, with some good games to check out. While there are some purely festive ones to try, others have been given a Christmas makeover to suit the season. If that suits you as well, check out the opportunities that exist now to prolong Christmas by playing these games at your favorite online casinos. Most have free-play versions to try, so check those out to see how the games work before deciding whether to play for real. Good luck and have fun!

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