This year NetEnt introduces their first ever Christmas inspired video pokie – Secrets of Christmas. With a beautiful visual layout and an intuitive and user-friendly gameplay, this mayor developer decided to set the mood for these holidays.
Set on a 5-reel, 3-row, 25 fixed payline setting, you will find yourself comfortable. If you’ve played with NetEnt products before, you will find this video-pokie very familiar, with a bottom menu including the basic controls such as coin size, level and auto play features.
We found the variance of this pokie to be medium-to-high, meaning that you will most likely have a hard time getting substantial wins flowing on your favor. However, this gets compensated by a couple special features designed especially to help you win bigger.
The Bonus symbol is the most important symbol of the reels, since it works as a Scatter triggering a round of free spins with some extra bonuses. In order to trigger this, you have to get three or more Scatters on the reels.
Once you get them, you will be asked to choose among Christmas gifts with special prized hidden in them. Prizes vary from simple extra free spins to substantial multipliers and fixed Wild symbols on your bonus spins.
With a very simple design, this game brings out the best of the simplest. You will find yourself spinning along with Christmas candles, bells, letters and numbers written in Christmas tree branches, and Santa Claus himself.
What we loved
Secrets of Christmas features high-end graphics and very high-quality visuals, from the main game all the way to the last detail. We are always happy to find good graphics alongside an immersive aesthetic, and that is exactly what this video-pokie features.
Despite this high quality, Secrets of Christmas is very friendly with mobile devices. Whether it is a smartphone, a tablet or a desktop computer, you will enjoy a seamless experience in every single one of these devices.
There are no bugs, no lags and no frozen images. What’s more, the bottom menu is optimized for its use on mobile displays.
The background music and the sound effects are also worth mentioning. The sound of this pokie is gentle and soft, but it gets ever more exciting as you get closer to a win or a feature trigger.
What we did not like
We are accustomed to see NetEnt develop innovative gameplays. Usually, this brand takes the needed step forward to make the online gambling industry change, and in their 20 year experience they have revolutionized this market in various ways.
However, Secrets of Christmas is just another pokie. The dynamic is basic and it offers almost nothing new, the bonus features are not particularly special, and the overall pokie just looks very ordinary.
We think that this Christmas concept could have been exploited to its maximum, because there is so much that could be going on in a holiday inspired pokie. Maybe that is why we were so disappointed to see such a mediocre outcome, especially from NetEnt.
Despite the simplicity of the game and the not so big payouts, we do think that it is worth playing. This Christmas season you will have one extra reason to celebrate, and we think that you might enjoy this jolly pokie.
When putting real money on the stakes, keep in mind that the volatility is medium to high. Build up a smart strategy and do not get carried away by the Christmas spirit. If you’re lucky enough to trigger a special feature, you might walk out with full pockets to buy presents for everyone!