Developer To help pass the time during the long winter months, SG Digital has released a slot machine with a Christmas theme. The studios all have their own unique selling points, such as remaking classic games or focusing on Santa Claus or Christmas trees. SG Digital has chosen Rudolph, the misunderstood reindeer who was mocked for his crooked nose but ultimately helped preserve the holiday. Of course, we’re talking about everyone’s favorite red-nosed reindeer, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, as well as his friends the elves, old Saint Nicholas, and a whole bunch of wilds.
A 5-reel, 50-payline slot machine, Rudolph Gone Wild is based at the North Pole, just outside Santa’s home. The game is huge, colorful, and upbeat, with visual and comedic cues reminiscent of Blueprint Gaming and a sprinkling of Santa vs. Rudolph. Rudolph stands on the other side of the reels, appearing rather disgruntled for some reason, as snow is supplied by a Snow-o-Matic device adjacent to the reels. Perhaps it all takes place in his past, when he was mocked and teased by other reindeer. The soundtrack adds to the upbeat mood, and the whole effect is refreshing even if it doesn’t quite mesh with the mathematical framework.
Bets range from 10 percent to $/€25 every spin, and players may take part in the reindeer games on mobile, tablet, or desktop deceives. Rudolph Gone Wild’s lower-than-average RTP of 95.33% is one Grinchy element, albeit it is increased to 96.13% with the Rudolph Buy In option. A medium to high volatility rating indicates that, despite appearances to the contrary, the game may be rather challenging, even without the activation of any special features. The upside is that the prospects aren’t terrible.
The paytable is fairly crowded because to the large number of symbols used. There are gingerbread guys, trees, homes, elves, Santa, and his sleigh made out of regular white 9-A card royals. A win of 6x to 50x the initial wager is possible for a full house in the premium area. There are two types of wilds available to players: the regular wild and the Rudolph Wild. Both may be used in place of standard symbols to complete winning combinations and provide multipliers of up to 50x for five in a row. The characteristics of the Rudolph variety follow.
Slot Features in Rudolph Goes Wild
SG Digital has packed a lot of features into Rudolph Gone Wild while yet maintaining the Blueprint feel. All of them, as the game implies, have wilds in one form or another, whether it be wild respins, fortunate dip free spins, or something else entirely.
The Snow Machine Wilds feature can occur on any regular spin. Players hear a rumble before snow is shot in all directions across the reels. With this, anywhere from one to four symbols on one to five reels will be turned into wilds, increasing your odds of winning.
The inclusion of Flying Elves is also completely at random. The little creatures march in front of the grid, sprinkling wild symbols over the reels at random. This one may happen on any regular spin of the wheel, too.
A wild emblem features everyone’s favorite reindeer. When these Rudolph Wilds appear, the Rudolph Wilds feature is activated and a respin is awarded. Rudolph Wilds on the reels shift to the left by one spot. The respins will keep going until all the free-moving wilds have been eliminated. In order to prolong the duration of the feature, new Rudolph Wilds might appear on a respin.
Rudolph Gone Wild’s free spins feature is the game’s major attraction, and it’s activated when three scatter symbols appear on reel three. When three scatters appear, Santa will let out a hearty “Ho!” to signal the start of the bonus round. Nine boxes appear on the screen before it does, five of which contain free spins and four of which have different wild stack heights. Players can choose between 3, 4, 6, or 8 stacks of Rudolph Wilds, and 6, 8, 10, 12, 16, or 20 free games, depending on which button they pick. Rudolph Wilds continue to trigger Rudolph Wilds Respins throughout free spins, extending the length of the bonus round if the red-nosed guy shows up frequently.
In conclusion, the Rudolph Buy In is available to any player outside of the UK who doesn’t want to risk waiting for scatters to appear randomly. Players pay 100 times their bet and have the option of spins and bonus rounds. The stacking behavior of Rudolph Wild is identical to that of a ‘organically’ activated feature.
Rudolph the Wild-Man Upsets the Slots
Testing for Rudolph Gone Wild yielded some humorous outcomes, but the game also has some issues. One is the return to player percentage, which is lower than other slots by more than 2% when compared to games like Big Bad Wolf Christmas Special. It’s not ridiculously cheap, but it’s not exactly what’s needed, either. Obviously, if payers are able and willing to do so, the bonus buy will alleviate this. Numbers aren’t all bad news, though. With a possible return of $5,000 for every $1 risked, the game is attractive to most players.
Based on results from pilot projects, it will be challenging to achieve that target. Last three reels of Snow Machine often were sprayed with Wilds, but they had trouble forming winning combinations. The same holds true for elves that can fly. The good news is that you only need a stroke of luck on one of the game’s many paylines to walk away with some cash. Rudolph Wild stacking not only prolong free spins but also increase the chance of winning occasionally. An immediate 2,500 times the bet is awarded for a complete screen of sleighs and/or wilds.
The journey there is difficult. This Santa and Rudolph team doesn’t simply hand out presents for good behavior. The statistics should have been more user pleasant, especially for a Christmas time slot, and the charming look is only skin deep, pulled tight to cover the very pitiless calculations running behind. Rudolph Gone Wild may be OK for some humorous Christmas-themed gameplay if you can get beyond its flaws.