Released: November, 2018
It is easy to guess from its title that Jingle Spin is a Christmas-themed addition to the NetEnt portfolio of slot games. Due to launch four weeks before the holiday, the slot uses a strong Christmas theme bringing a festive atmosphere to your nearest desktop or mobile device. With reels set within Santa’s home where presents are getting prepared, the game is home to all sorts of decorations you need for your Christmas tree this year.
The game uses 5 reels and 20 fixed paylines. You will be welcomed by Santa himself standing on the right-hand side of the reels and watching them turn. Behind him, you will notice some kind of a wheel of fortune throwing balls with different prizes into hands of Santa’s little helpers sitting on the top of each of the five reels. Whenever a big win is hit, Santa will laugh and cheer you up to spin for more prizes. A festive music score and engaging sound effects contribute to the overall atmosphere the game will provide you with once you load it.
When it comes to regular symbols, they come in form of different decorations. High-value ones are represented by reindeers, oranges with cinnamon sticks, red and green baubles. Although we are not impressed by including playing card symbols into a paytable, NetEnt has done a great job with designing these icons to look like Christmas three decorations as well. Practically, all the symbols you see landing on the reels are closely related to the theme of the game, which we highly appreciate.
The only special symbol you will see on the reels is Wild and it comes depicted as a present wrapped with a red ribbon. Though the game comes packed with bonus features, they are triggered by balls dwarves throw onto the reels instead by landing specific special symbol. We will discuss them later in the text.
When it comes to gameplay, this is a standard NetEnt title featuring a familiar interface and controls. You will be allowed to adjust your stake to your preferences by choosing a bet level going up to 10 and a coin denomination. Just like other NetEnt releases, Jingle Spin is suitable for both casual and high-rolling players. If you don’t feel like spinning the reels manually, you can activate up to 1,000 automatic spins that will play without interruption.
Wagering starts at 20 coins and goes all the way up to 200 credits per spin. A three or more identical symbols are needed for a prize to be awarded. All prizes given in the paytable are multiplied by the selected bet level.
Keep an eye on the wheel of fortune as it is key to triggering the bonus features. On each spin, Santa will pull a lever on it, which results in different balls thrown into the hands of dwarves. If Wild appears on the reel below the dwarf with a ball in his hands, he will throw the ball onto it thus granting one of the bonus features. They include coin wins going up to 125x your bet, spreading Wilds taking over all adjacent and diagonal positions and a free spins feature. In addition, the Surprise ball can be thrown to award one of the bonus features at random.
The Christmas ball awards up to 50 free spins. During the feature, you can win more freebies, coin prizes or spreading Wilds. We have to hand it to NetEnt for an innovative way of activating bonus features as the whole system adds more excitement to the gameplay.
NetEnt hasn’t revealed much about payouts one can expect while playing the game. However, from the introductory video published on their YouTube channel, we can see that coin wins one can hit thanks to the bonus features can go up to 500 coins. According to some sources, the maximum possible payout offered by Jingle Spins stands at 200,000 coins.
Slot enthusiasts who like to play themed slots during holiday seasons will most certainly like the NetEnt 2018 release. If you have ever played EggOMatic, a 2013 title from the NetEnt creative kitchen, Jingle Spins may strike you as familiar due to bonus features triggered in a unique way. Packed with a variety of lucrative bonus features and offering up to 200,000 coins in a single spin, Jingle Spin is a medium volatility title that promises some well-balanced payouts. We recommend giving it a try to feel the festive atmosphere wherever you are.