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Overview of Aloha! Christmas slot
Aloha! Christmas is the latest slot to come from the development and gaming division of NetEnt. The developers have chosen to upgrade one of their older slots and give it a full Christmas makeover to offer a slot that may surprise. I must say that I found the who slot a surprise from start to finish. Once I had picked my jaw up off the floor, I realised that NetEnt had chosen one of their most Un-Christmassy slot in their stable to have a full makeover, this being the Hawaiian Tiki themed Aloha! Cluster Pays which was originally released in 2016 and is a true hit with intermittent slot players and from every slot they have in their portfolio this was ripe for a remake.
This updated version of the slot is a genuinely interesting choice and with the features which have undergone a major overhaul this slot is pitched not only for Christmas but could also be played at any time of year and for all types of players.
Theme & Design
The slot introduces players to a new part of the island which has yet to have featured in any of the other slots in this series. Gone is the truly menacing volcano and in its place, there are a pair of clapboard buildings, one of which is a bar that will certainly help to get you in the mood. Sitting on the other side of the 6x6 grid is a large Tiki guy with a huge smile in his face and a Santa hat on his head which is great particularly if for some reason you have forgotten that this is a Christmas slot. There is an upbeat soundtrack that adds the final layer of atmosphere to give you the best gaming experience ever.
Aloha! Christmas can be played on all devices which is ideal particularly if you want to play on the go. When it comes to placing your bets, the minimum is 10p per spin and a maximum bet of £200 per spin and with this bet range the slot offers plenty and will surely appeal to a wide audience. With so much positivity there is always a small downside, and, in this case, it is the return to player which has dipped to 96% which to be fair is still average and it has only fallen by 0.42%. The volatility has been cranked up and comes with the NetEnt’s in house developed MAX element, along with various enhancements. The best way to describe this is that the slot has had the worn-out engine replaced by something with far more get up and go!
The cluster pays system is still the same and comprises of 9 matching symbols that touch either horizontally or vertically to form a winning cluster. When it comes to the symbols these are also similar apart from the additional appearances of more than a fair share of Santa hats. Beginning with the lowest paying to highest paying you will come across flowers, clamshells, coconuts, pineapples, plus a trio of masks in blue, green and red. The three Tiki premium symbols pay from 70x-250x the stake if you manage to land clusters of 22 or more. The slot has no regular wild however, one is created when you get to the features.
When it comes to the features, the two Aloha slots begins to widen, and although at their core there are some familiar extras however the developers have made some fabulous tweaks which lead to two totally different gaming experiences.
The first feature of note is the Mystery Symbols which have been provided with a boost and they can appear at random in both the base game and bonus regardless of where they land. Once they do land, they will all reveal the same pay symbol. The new part comes in here and one of the mystery symbols can turn into a multiplier wild. This could equal 2x, 3x, 4x, 5x or 7x in the main game and the multiplier wilds can substitute for all the symbols apart from the scatter which is represented by the starfish to create winning combination.
In the main game the cluster wins can be randomly activate the Sticky Win Re-spin feature in which the winning cluster as well as any matching symbols will stick to the reels whilst the remaining reels are re-spun. The re-spins continue until there are no new matching combinations. At the end of the feature a multiplier is added with the value being dependent on the size of the winning cluster to a maximum of 7x.
You need to keep your eyes open for the postage stamp which can appear on any reel two positions in height, and if you manage to land three or more you will activate the free spins feature. Here you are presented with two options and this also provides the free spins are played. The first option is the Tiki Bar, which will award you with 10 free spins and multiplier wilds that can be 2x, 3x, or 4x, whereas option two is a lot more volatile as the Tiki Bar MAX which provides you with 6 free spins and wild multipliers of 4x, 5x or 7x. All you need to do is choose the suitable volatility you are comfortable with and press the select button.
During either of these free spin games, you can collect starfish symbols, and for every three starfish you collect you are rewarded with two more free spins and one of the lower paying symbols are removed from the reels. If you manage to collect all the starfish symbols your final spins are played with just the premium symbols.
Whilst this may not be the most Christmassy slot that you will find at this time of year the developers have tried with the random Santa hats and apart from these you would not even guess this was a Christmas slot.
The slot does have some refined graphics which are very welcome, and the game play is solid. The features are great when you land the wild multipliers. My rating would be 7/10 and I would recommend that you give it a few spins and you may even win the Christmas gift to yourself.