Santa vs Rudolf - Slots review

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GAME TEST / Santa vs Rudolf
event_note Published on 18 Nov 2019
Netent welcomes Christmas in Santa vs Rudolf.

Netent presents their latest 5-reels and 20 bet lines slot called Santa vs Rudolf. Rudolf has taken Santa's magic hat, and he desperately needs it back! Help Santa as you play for up to 1,000x bet with features including wilds, re-spins, extra spins, Santa's Gifts Pick & Click Bonus and Rudolf Spins Bonus.

The magic of Christmas

The cartoon-like artwork is a Christmas delight as the transparent reels allow you to sneak a peek at a snow-covered winter wonderland. The setting can change depending on the triggered feature - but they are always entertaining! The upper-paying symbols include Santa's sleigh, Santa's bag of presents, Santa's belt, reindeer and Santa's 'naughty or nice' list. There are five lower-paying symbols made up of sweet candy canes forged into the A, K, Q, J and 10 royal flush poker symbols. The magic of Christmas is alive and well, captured in the artwork and upbeat music.

Santa Wilds and Rudolf Wilds

Wild symbols can appear on the first and fifth reels during the main game but can appear on all reels during the extra spins. The wild on the first reel is the Rudolf wild, and the wild on the fifth reel is the Santa wild. Both of these wilds become walking wilds during the re-spins feature.

Wild on Santa vs Rudolf slot machine

Re-Spins Feature with Walking Wilds

The re-spins feature is triggered whenever a Santa or Rudolf wild appears on the reels. In this feature, the wilds become walking wilds that shift one position horizontally until they drop off the reel. Rudolf wilds move towards the right, whereas Santa wilds shift towards the left.

The slot has a medium volatility with an RTP of 96.35%.

Bonus Feature: Pick & Click and Santa's Gift

During the walking wilds feature, two meters appear above the reels. One is for Santa, and one is for Rudolf. When a walking wild shifts off the reel, then it occupies a single space in its respective meter. Filling a meter will unlock the corresponding Rudolf Spins or Santa's Gifts.

Rudolf Spins

Rudolf Spins award three extra spins with five randomly placed reindeer wilds on each one.

Santa's Gifts

In Santa's Gifts, you're presented with five presents and invited to pick, to reveal one of three possible coin wins, a multiplier or a gift that ends the feature with no prize.

Free spins on Santa vs Rudolf slot machine

Extra Spins

During the re-spins, if the Santa and Rudolf walking wilds happen to collide in the same position, then they freeze in place and merge. The game then awards 10 extra spins. It is possible to unlock up to 30 extra spins in the main game.

Strengths:

  • a comical twist on Rudolf and Santa Christmas themes
  • plenty of features to discover
  • RTP of 96.35%
  • spectacular and atmosphere-setting artwork

So what did I think of Santa vs Rudolf?

Santa vs Rudolf is a fresh take on a classic theme of Santa Claus and Rudolf. We all know how Rudolf saved Christmas, but his mischievous side lays the foundations for this slot. It's a collision of wills as Santa's after his magic hat and Rudolf doesn't seem to want to give it back.

The slot has spectacular artwork that is cartoonish, appealing to your inner child. The music is less Christmassy then I would have liked, but playful none the less. There are plentiful features, but the hit rates on most of them are pretty low except for the re-spins. The volatility is likely around medium, and so the 1,000x maximum bet payout might be considered a little low. If you can overlook this fact, then it looks like Netent has another winner on its hands!

Highlights of the game include re-spins, wilds, extra spins and two bonus features: Santa's Gifts and Rudolf Spins.

Santa's 'nice' list

Santa vs Rudolf slot has an RTP of 96.35% with wagers ranging from £0.10 to £100. The game is optimised for mobile, tablet and desktop platforms but you'll need an Android or iOS device if you want to travel with it. With Christmas around the bend, help Santa get his magic hat back, and there could be 1,000x bet in his bag waiting for you!