Software developers love the festive season. It gives them inspiration for all kinds of new slot games based on Santa, Rudolph, and the elves. You can expect to see Rudolph himself taking center stage in this new slot for the coming season, with lots to find out about as we review Rudolph Awakens.
If you know anything about the Rudolph vs Santa slot games that we’ve seen in the last few years, you’ll guess this one comes from RTG as well. You’d be correct.
If you want to try the game prior to playing the real version, you can do so. We’d recommend taking this path first.
Rudolph doesn’t always get on with Santa, and that is the theme in this slot. You can expect lots of festive action going on here, together with the usual cartoon shenanigans happening in this series of games.
The design is as reliable as ever from RTG, offering you a snowy scene in the background and all the famous characters on the reels. It’s colorful too, giving you lots of great eye-catching features to look out for.
You should expect five reels to load when the game begins. Don’t expect any progressive jackpots though, as they have not included those.
One highlight is the presence of some Rudolph Wilds. These can appear on reels two, three, and four. These wilds include a Nudge feature too, but only on reels two and four. This means that if they partially appear, they are nudged into position to make sure the entire reel is filled with wilds. Only then do you see what you might have won.
The game looks to be presented with 30 paylines to play on.
RTG always delivers a good range of coin values for players to use. You can be sure of starting on a very low amount, but they do have higher values to use too if you would rather go to a bigger total wager.
This explains more about the various features and how everything works. Our review reveals a lot more about the game, but we still suggest you read through the paytable too.
Sadly, there are none… but don’t give up on this slot yet. The next section explains how the free games are not just your average freebies.
Watch the third reel when you play the base game. If a Rudolph Wild appears over the entire reel, you’ll receive 10 free games. Whenever a Rudolph Wild turns up on any of the normal three reels in these games, the Nudge feature ensures it will cover the reel instead of appearing just on part of it. This applies to reel three as well, which doesn’t occur in the base game.
When the games begin, the triggering wild on reel three sees Rudolph trapped in ice. Poor thing! It’s good for you though, because that means the wild is frozen in place until one of the elves manages to free him. Whenever another wild appears, the same thing happens. That means every wild you get on the reels in those 10 free games will stay there for a while. Hopefully, all three middle reels will see a full height wild in action at the same time.
Finally, the free games have one additional symbol to look for. This simply says EXTRA GAMES. Find just one of these on reel one and reel five at the same time, and another three games are added to however many remain at that point.
This isn’t known just yet, but we’ll let you know when the value becomes available.
We do – it is a full festive experience we love a lot. Rudolph Awakens is certainly going to get 8 out of 10 from us, but on release we might increase it to 9 out of 10, as it packs a lot in.
Information indicates this could be a huge 50,000x your triggering bet, which would be a cool return to get. We know the odds are long, but hey, you never know…
Playing for the entertainment value alone is good to do. We think Rudolph Awakens is a fantastic slot for the festive season.
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This new game from Real Time Gaming is available on Android and iOS platforms along with your regular desktop computer options.