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Now I’m a sucker for Christmas, and you might be right thinking it’s all that seafood, ribs and beach dining Down under right? You know me too well, I must work on my mystique. NetEnt’s Jingle Spin is a festive themed slot that will give you the feel-good vibes all year round. Them being Swedish, this is less about the beach and more about the white stuff. Still!
Oh and there’s a few gifts in there of course. Not as valuable as the stuff that you’ll see on the Shopping Spree slot machine, but gifts all the same.
Look and Feel
We’re deep in Christmas land with the game taking place in Santa’s workshop. On top of the five reels sit five sleepy dwarves. On the right of the reels is Santa in dungereees, goggles and his works gloves while he’s working his levers. Behind Mr Clause is a wooden bauble spinning wheel and pointer (more of this later).
There’s perky and curious orchestral music to gently steer you through this festive spinner.
Here in Santa’s workshop, there are toy-making escapades on 3 rows, 5 reels and 20 pay-lines (just like The Wish Master slot from NetEnt) so put on your Santa hat and let’s get stuck in.
The standard icons are those cute decorations that we all love to pop on the old tree before we crack open the egg nog. It’s got a bright and breezy feel like the Candy Grab slot – perfect for a bit of Yuletide escapism.
Look out for a bauble with an “S” shape; this is worth 50x your wager for five on an active payline. Now that should make a dent in my Christmas list! There are also other baubles decorated with orange and cinnamon sticks, a star and tree, a reindeer and a pine cone.
The lower scoring icons are the Ace through 10 of the card deck made out Christmas baubles.
The Wild is a boxed gift with a “Wild” label which subs for all other icons.
Now to that crazy bauble wheel…You’ll see on the wheel that there are four different kinds of tree decorations including free spins, a coin win, a spreading Wild and a surprise bauble.
When the pointer stops on a segment where there’s a bauble, the bauble will pop on top of reel five and will be passed one spin at a time along the five elves on top of the reels. If you then land a Wild under the reel with the dwarf holding the bauble, you trigger one of four bonus side games.
If you land a Wild under a Free Spins bauble you will gain between 7 and 50 free games, depending on the number written on the decoration. It’s Christmas after all!
Activating the Spreading Wild feature will make icons that are adjacent or diagonal to the Wild turn Wild too. Now that’s the giving power of yuletide Wombat fans!
There’s a cash prize of up to 125 x your wager on offer with the Coin Win feature. The bauble will display the amount you can expect to receive.
Look out for the Surprise Bauble which will give you one of the three different features above at random.
It’s worth noticing sharp-eyed fans, that during the free spins game, the coin wins and spreading Wild features can be active. And landing further free spins can extend your free games.
There’s also an Auto-play function where you can punch in up to 1,000 automatic spins so you can focus on the atmosphere of food and frolics.
Well, what’s not to like about Jingle Spin slot? It has that big friendly dude Santa Claus and he’s hopefully dolling out those four bonus baubles likes there’s no tomorrow. The prospect of 50 free games and more in store and a 125x your wager wins- it’s enough to get me out of the surf.
Score: 4 out 5
A whole dollop of festive fun. “Happy Holidays” wombat fans.