It’s that wonderful time of year once again, where thoughts and attention move away from work and other commitments to focus on the more enjoyable things in life. And of course, spending time with your favourite online slots very much represents one of life’s more enjoyable pursuits!
In addition, this is also the time of year when many of the world’s leading developers release all manner of weird and indeed wonderful Christmas-themed games. This year has so far turned out to be no exception to the rule, a veritable cavalcade of new arrivals dropping all the time. So we thought that in the spirit of the season, we’d bring to your attention a couple of newcomers to help you get into the festive spirit.
And here they are:
Taco Brothers Saving Christmas
Not the kind of place you’d usually think of when picturing a winter wonderland, but it appears that Jack Frost has indeed paid a visit to sunny Mexico. Chances are this is a pair of slot legends you’ve heard of before, but in this instance the Taco Brothers have set their sights on saving Christmas. Hence the title of the slot – Taco Brothers Saving Christmas!
Courtesy of the folks over at ELK Studios, what you’re looking at is a classic five reel, 243-payline slot with spins up for grabs from 10p up to £50 each. We put it through its paces via desktop, mobile and tablet browsers alike, finding it to perform an absolute treat across the board. Unsurprisingly, if you are in any way familiar with the original Taco Brothers slot, you’ll probably notice a great many similarities with this one. The sounds, animation and graphics are slightly different, but what’s also different in this instance (aside from the winter makeover) is that Taco Brothers Saving Christmas is considerably higher variance than its predecessor.
The action takes place at night and the setting is one of a suitably festive scene. All the standard symbols you would expect are present and correct, though everything from the tequila to the guitars to the cactus and so on have been given a festive twist. Paso, Pepe and Pico take charge of the proceedings once again – five Paso symbols in a row and you’ll be rewarded with a 400-coin payout. The wild symbol takes the form of a golden bell decorated with holly, which is good for replacing all symbols in the game apart from the re-spin and bonus symbols.
The Taco Brother Re-Spin Feature opens up when you hit two Taco Brothers Wild symbols on the second and fourth reels at the same time. This provides the player with one free spin, which holds in place the wilds. If you manage to land three safe symbols, you will then make your way into the Wild Escape Bonus feature.
There’s also a Running Wild feature, which in the simplest of terms involves each of the brothers starting out on the fifth reel and making their way across the other reels adding further wilds as they go. Free spins are handed out generously for a random period, during which decent prizes are almost certainly on the cards.
If you get the impression that Taco Brothers Saving Christmas is basically the exact same game as the original but with a festive twist, it is! The difference being that the prizes you can win during normal play are lower and the jackpots during the bonus feature are much higher. Well, that and the fact that it is all delightfully Christmassy and a great way of getting yourself into the spirit of the season!
Secrets of Christmas
Sticking well and truly with the theme of all things festive, Secrets of Christmas is also doing the rounds right now courtesy of the team at Net Entertainment. In this instance, there are five reels and a total of 25 paylines to play for, with spins ranging in price from 25p up to a huge £125. Put through its paces on multiple platforms, Secrets of Christmas delivers the goods as reliably as Santa Claus himself.
In terms of the theme itself, it really doesn’t get more Christmassy than this. The game plays out in a cosy wooden lodge with all the classic Christmas symbols in plentiful supply. Sacks of toys, gingerbread houses, milk and cookies and so on – not to mention an appearance by the big guy himself. The symbol with the highest value is the bell, which in the case of landing five in a row will be worth a whopping 1,250 times your bet. Suffice to say, a pretty decent Christmas present!
The symbol featuring a sackful of toys is the game’s scatter symbol, which upon landing three or more in any position will open up the free spins feature. This means instantly receiving 10 free spins, though also the opportunity of picking from 20 hidden Christmas gifts to win extras before getting started.
The number of scatters you landed will determine how many presents you get to pick – a maximum of five scatters for five picks. The prizes on offer range from 2 to 10 additional free spins, multipliers up to 2X and extra wilds. Picking up to five gifts, it’s perfectly possible to combine any number of multipliers and free spins to massively increase your chances of taking home an early Christmas present.
To be honest, that’s pretty much where it comes to an end as far as Secrets of Christmas is concerned. If it were a standard slot with a standard theme and no specific seasonal relevance, it would probably be somewhat on the mundane and limited side. It isn’t exactly bursting with features and unique bonus offers, after all. However, given the fact that it has a wonderful Christmas theme, a wonderful Christmas soundtrack and everything you need to get yourself feeling well and truly Christmassy, Secrets of Christmas is more than worth checking out at this time of year!
Just don’t expect to get a great deal out of it in the middle of the summer!