As far as festive slots go, Santa vs Rudolf is a pretty good one. This Christmas slot from NetEnt combines classic Christmas humour with modern slot mechanics and makes a pretty fun festive game to while away December nights with. It features cartoonish graphics and puts the player in the boots of Santa, who’s in a last-minute dash to find his hat on Christmas Eve, as naughty reindeer Rudolf appears to have hidden it.
It’s another fun entry from NetEnt, and it’s nice to see a developer that puts just as much thought into its seasonal games as it does into regular games.
Santa vs Rudolf clearly takes place in a snowy North Pole, with Santa looking angry on one side of the reels and Rudolf blowing a cheeky raspberry from the other side. Symbols include cute candy cane style J, Q, K, and A symbols as well as higher valued festive icons such as Santa’s present sack and Rudolf’s bells. Cheeky Rudolf himself also plays the part of the game’s wild symbol. Players spin the reels to win coins from winning combinations on a 5×3 set of reels with 20 fixed paylines. The most valuable symbol on the grid is Santa’s sleigh, which can net you up to 25x your stake.
The game gets more interesting when the Santa and Rudolf symbols appear on the same row – the two will get into a fight, indicating that free spins have been triggered. This is quite a nice way of introducing the special feature since it fits so seamlessly with Santa vs Rudolf’s plotline. Players will now have 10 free spins, and these can be extended by landing more sets of Santa and Rudolf for up to 30 total free spins.
The wild symbols will appear more frequently during bonus free spins, and for every wild you hit you’ll see two little meters fill up at the top of the screen; fill up the Santa meter and enjoy a game of Santa’s Gifts, a pick-and-click bonus round which can lead to multipliers and cash prizes; and fill up Rudolf’s meter to play Rudolf Spins, in which you’ll get three free spins with five Rudolf wilds added to the reels for each of them. This seemingly simple little bonus game is the key to winning big on Santa vs Rudolf.
Santa vs Rudolf, like many online slots today, is playable on mobile and tablet devices including both iOS devices and Android devices, so players who prefer to game on the go shouldn’t be put off.
Santa vs Rudolf offers an RTP of 93.35%, which is pretty good and certainly nothing to complain about. It’s medium to high variance, which means players should expect to have to play for a little while before making back some of the money from earlier stakes.
Santa vs Rudolf is not a game which plays fast and loose with quick wins. But then, Christmas is just once a year and so Santa’s battle with Rudolf is pretty high stakes.