NetEnt’s Santa vs. Rudolf slot throws you into the middle of a not-so-friendly rivalry between the rotund Christmas icon and his most famous reindeer. A cartoony Santa’s workshop frames the reels against a snowy, North Pole backdrop while cheerful holiday music keeps the mood light. Santa and Rudolf sit at opposite ends of the reels, one glaring in anger, the other in defiance. Santa is already tired from his Christmas preparations and to make matters worse, Rudolf has stolen his iconic hat and won’t give it back. The features include Walking Wilds, Free spins, Santa’s gift and Rudolf spins, which all play into the slot’s storyline.
When a wild symbol lands on the reels, it becomes a walking wild and triggers 5 Respins, allowing the wild symbol to move one place over on the reels, creating winning combos as it travels. The Rudolf Wild can only land on the first reel and the Santa Wild can only land on the fifth, meaning that they move either left-to-right or right-to left respectively.
If you manage to land both the Santa and Rudolf wilds on the reels at the same time, the game switches to a darker, grittier confrontational mode. The Workshop frame disappears, and the sky darkens, leaving the two on opposite sides of the reels, gesturing angrily at each other. The battle for the hat begins in earnest, as you are awarded 10 free spins.
Walking wilds are active during free spins mode and 4 additional free spins are awarded each time you can get Santa and Rudolf to clash again. You can get up to a maximum of 30 free spins with this feature.
During the free spins mode, Santa and Rudolf each have a bar above their heads that charges up each time you land one of their corresponding wilds. Landing 8 wilds for either will fill up the bar and trigger a character-specific bonus:
Santa vs. Rudolf is well-positioned to take advantage of the festive period. While the holiday theme may be off-putting to some, players in general tend to enjoy a bit of Christmas cheer with their gaming when this time of the year rolls around. The slot’s medium volatility and average RTP of 96.3%, makes it the perfect title for casual gamblers looking for a bit of cartoony conflict with their seasonal fun.