|Game Type||Slot Machine|
|RTP Payout %||96.48%|
|Coin Sizes||0.01 - 1.00|
|Bet Stakes||0.20 - 200.00|
It’s that time of year again, whilst everyone else is rocking around the Christmas tree, NetEnt have been busy developed yet another Christmas themed online slot game. This time, the inspiration is the classic Xmas ensemble - Jingle Bells.
The cleverly (or maybe crudely?) named Jingle Spin is the latest online slot game from our Scandinavian friends over at Net Entertainment to lend inspiration from the festive season. Released in time for Christmas 2018 and available at many new casino sites, join us as we take a closer look a the Jingle Spins slot machine.
One of the first things you’ll notice about Jingle Spin is that there is a slightly different mechanic to the way each spin works which we’ll dig into now.
A rather industrious looking Santa Clause figure sits to the right-hand side of the screen with his hands clasped around a wooden lever. Just behind him, you’ll notice a wooden, almost Wheel of Fortune style apparatus containing various different coloured baubles.
The entire look and feel of this slot machine is designed to be grotto-esque, almost as if the slot reels are part of some kind of toy manufacturing process. Five of Santa’s helper elves sit perched atop each of the five slot reels, and they play a key part in the mechanics of the game.
Each time you hit spin, Santa will pull back his lever, and shortly following the reels begin to spin, but so too does the wheel behind him containing the baubles. Each bauble represents a different prize, colour coded to match a type as follows:
Getting the spinning wheel to land on a bauble is only half the battle in this game. Once you hit it, it will pop up into the arms of the first elf above the reels. After that, in order to win the prize, you’ll need to land a Wild prize box in the same column as the bauble, which hops along to the next elf with each spin.
In this game, its all about the Free Spins as they offer the best chance of a big return. Unfortunately, hitting them is quite rare, however when you do there is massive potential to hit a big win. Depending on which green bauble you pick up and hit, the number displayed on it will determine the number of free spins you will receive with the potential here to receive up to 50 Free Spins.
At the start of the Free Spins, Santa’s helper elves are loaded with baubles and during the Free Spins the bauble prize wheel is still spinning. On top of that the prize wheel is stacked with an increased number of potential prizes, making your chances of landing bonus bauble wins during the spins much much higher. Hitting a combination of Green and Red Baubles here could see you with some epic scale wins.
We’ll start here with the return to player payout percentage. The verified RTP is 96.48% for this game, putting it in the upper range of the online slots listed at TheCasinoDB. Although the volatility is listed as Medium by Netent we can’t help but feel that this is on the medium to high side.
The slot machine itself features a fairly standard configuration of 5 reels and 3 rows, however as discussed in this article the mechanics of how that's all put together certainly adds an interesting twist. As far as paylines are concerned there are 20 of them in total, although betting is configured via bet levels going up to a maximum of 10 with coin values ranging from 0.01 to 1 unit of currency per coin.
All this means that as far as bet stakes are concerned you can vary your bets from £0.20 per spin up to a maximum of £200 per spin. Given the volatility we experienced within the game, bankroll management will play a crucial role here at the higher stakes.
Overall this is a decent addition to the NetEnt range. A well crafted online slot that has the quality and feel, that we’ve become so accustomed to seeing from this top-tier developer.
Unfortunately, though there is a problem, and that lies with the payout mechanics. The gameplay is fantastic and the idea about the baubles works really well. Apart from the hit rate which feels labored. This can be countered to a certain extent through bankroll management, however, it can feel a little infuriating when you see one of your top prizes slung out by one of the helper elves.
All in all, this is a fun slot game to play, the gameplay mechanics are great and it has the NetEnt quality about it that we know and love. If you can handle the volatility there is the potential to hit some huge wins on this game, but if you prefer more frequent payouts then this might not be the right game for you.