Wonders of Christmas

Wonders of Christmas Slot Review

Slot Provider: NetEnt

RTP: 96.06% | Variance: High | Maximum Win: 100,000x

Our Score: 8.2

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About Wonders of Christmas

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Published Date: 26th October 2022

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NetEnt’s Christmas offering for 2022, Wonders of Christmas, is an online slot with a very traditional Xmas atmosphere that wouldn’t feel out of place on a Hallmark card or a re-make of Scrooge. In a generous mood, the folks at NetEnt fixed this 5 reel slot with 20 paylines and a HUGE 100,000x maximum win! Numbers like that are unlike any other Xmas slot we’ve seen. As you might expect, they dialled the variance up to the max too, and sprinkled the gameplay with an exciting mix of progressive multipliers and free spins to help you on your way!

Seasons greetings … whatever the time of year!

Wonders of Christmas Game Information

  • Release Date: December 2022
  • RTP: 96.06%
  • Variance: High
  • Maximum Win: 100,000x
  • Progressive Jackpot: No
  • Reels: 5
  • Rows: Up to 5
  • Paylines: 20
  • Minimum Stake: £0.10
  • Theme: Christmas
  • Features: Free Spins, Wilds, 1,000x Multipliers, Gift Symbols

What We Liked

  • Massive 1,000x multipliers
  • Lots of gift symbols convert to wilds
  • Cheery Christmas atmosphere
  • Massive top win of 100,000x

What We Didn't like

  • More feature would be good!

Wonders of Christmas Review Scores

  • Theme and Design 8
  • RTP and Variance 7
  • Maximum Win 10
  • Symbols and Paytable 7
  • Features and Gameplay 9

What Our Reviewer Says ...

"A classic Christmas slot with a sting in its tail thanks to high variance and super-charged multipliers!"

Overall Score: 8.2

Theme & Design

Our Score 8

This is the kind of Christmas they show you in the movies, or in old songs! The game grid sits outside a home where snow lies on the ground, Christmas wreaths and holly be-deck the doorway and angel lights are everywhere. Even the reel set has a Christmas tree shape to it! It’s all laid on thick, with a chiming Xmas tune playing in the background. The free spins round even takes us inside to a fireplace with a tree, Xmas stockings and a cheery fireplace to keep you warm whilst you spin!

In short, it doesn’t matter what time of year you load this one up, it’ll make you feel festive.

RTP and Variance

Our Score 7

What is RTP?

RTP (Return to Player) refers to the amount a game will pay out in cash prizes expressed as a percentage of all the money wagered on that game. For example, a 96% RTP means a game will pay out £96 for every £100 wagered. This is an average number and will vary from one session to the next.  Read more here.

What is Variance?

Variance refers to how far a game will deviate from its RTP over time. High variance games deviate a lot and produce uneven win distributions and unexpected windfalls. Low variance games provide a more stable and even distribution of wins. Read more here.

Wonders of Christmas has an RTP of 96.06%. That is about average for a UK slot.

If you are looking for a Christmas game with a higher RTP you could try Piles of Presents by Just For The Win (96.17% RTP) or Santas Stack by Relax Gaming (96.27%). For NetEnt games with higher RTP you could try Mega Joker (99% RTP) or Blood Suckers (98% RTP).

This is a high volatility game with the potential to pay out huge wins in the free spins round thanks to a multiplier mechanism in which you earn multipliers in the base game to use in the free spins round. Up to 1,000x multipliers are available. Just bear in mind with so much volatility there will be some frustrating times too.

Maximum Win

Our Score 10

What Is Maximum Win?

Maximum win refers to the maximum amount a player can win from one spin. It is expressed as a multiple of the stake. For example, where the maximum win is 100,000x, from a £1 stake, the maximum win would be £100,000.  

The maximum win in Wonders of Christmas is a sensational 100,000x putting this game up there with the highest paying Christmas slots! In fact, there are few games out there with a bigger potential. You could always try the decidedly un-festive Tombstone RIP (300,000x), San Quentin xWays (150,000x) or Money Train 3 (100,000x).

Symbols and Paytable

Our Score 7

Just like the backdrop, the reels themselves are stacked with Christmas-style icons like sleighs and toys. There are 5 reels in play at all times, with variable rows in a 3-4-5-4-3 formation. There are 20 active paylines and wins are scored by landing 3 or more identical symbols on the reels from left to right.

Symbol values are not great – but keep in mind that the wins here are mainly driven by the multiplier mechanic which will significantly boost these numbers:

The low payers are the cards, 10 through to Ace, and they pay out up to 0.5x for five on a line.

Premiums are the Xmas stockings, globes, gingerbred, santa’s sleighs and toy trains. These pay out up to 5x for five on a line.

There are also Wilds which sub in to complete win lines and also trigger 5x pays for five on a line.

Features and Gameplay

Our Score 9

Wonders of Christmas comes with THREE features that can help drive up your wins towards that blockbuster 100,000x headline payout. Here is how they work.

Gifts, Golden Gifts, Frames and Wilds

First up, the Gift symbols. These create a frame around the position they land on. If a Gift turns into a Golden Gift then it activates the frame, transforming the position into a Wild for the following spin.

Any frames connected to a golden gift also turn wild for one spin.

Earn Super HUGE Multipliers of up to 1,000x For The Free Spins Round

One of the best parts about Wonder of Christmas is the astronomical multipliers available. You’ll need to check out the progress bar to see how this works. When gift symbols drop into a frame then they add up to 4 points to the bar. Collecting more and more points is going to trigger higher and higher multipliers from 1x right up to a maximum of 1,000x.

NOTE: Multipliers only come into play in the bonus round. Essentially you are doing the hard work in the base game to make the free spins round go off with a bang!

Free Spins With Coins and Multipliers

Free Spins are activated by landing THREE or more scatters. These only land on reels 2, 3 and 4. It works like this:

You start with 3 free spins during which ONLY coins land on the grid. Each time one lands it sticks for the duration and re-sets the counter to 3. Free spins only end when you run out of spins or the grid is full of coins.

Finally, when the round ends, the total of ALL your coins x the multiplier from the base game is the value of your win.

The Final Verdict

Wonders of Christmas is one of the better festive slots that we have reviewed. The artwork is high quality and creates a strong Xmas atmosphere, and whilst the gameplay is not feature-packed, the mechanism of earning multipliers to boost your free spins payouts made this a very compelling slot. Of course, the chance to win up to 100,000x means one or two lucky punters may have a Christmas to remember too.

So, if you are only going to play one yuletide game this year, we say make it this one!

Who Made Wonders of Christmas?

  • Name: NetEnt
  • Established: 1996
  • UK License: 39861 (Under Evolution Gaming)
  • Total Games: 500 +
  • Known For: Massive range of games, branded slots, big progressives, low to high variance
  • Popular Slots: Starburst, Dead or Alive, Gonzo's Quest, Aloha! Cluster Pays
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