The Nutcracker Slot
Released on 29th November 2018 just in time for the holiday rush, iSoftbet’s ‘The Nutcracker’ brings some festive cheer to our reels with this Christmas Cracker of a slot based on the classic yuletide tale where a young girl’s toys come to life in a Christmas Eve dream.
The Nutcracker is a 5x3 reel, medium variance slot with an RTP of 95.97% which has a maximum payout of 5,000x your stake. Available on all devices and coming with two feature-packed free spin rounds, you can play The Nutcracker from €0.20 to €20 a spin.
Design and Symbols
The Nutcracker has a festive design where the cold but festive scene of snow-covered buildings dressed in twinkling lights in the background contrasts beautifully with the warmth radiating from the deep red game board framed in gold and featuring an array of children’s toys. Sleigh bells ring in the distance along with an enchanted, slightly mysterious backing track.
The low-value symbols are represented by the standard 10, J, Q, K, and A with the high-value symbols taking the form of a teddy bear, a toy train, a little girl holding The Nutcracker soldier, and king mouse. King mouse is the highest paying symbol, awarding 50x bet size for 5 on a pay line. The wild symbol is the Nutcracker soldier and the scatter symbol is the Sugar Plum Fairy. The wild can appear fully stacked on the centre reel, and landing this will trigger one of the two free spin features.
The Nutcracker comes with two free spin features, Nutcracker Gift Bonus & Free Spins, and Fairy Free Spins.
Nutcracker Gift Bonus & Free Spins
If you are lucky enough to land the stacked Nutcracker Soldier on reel 3 then you’ll trigger the gift bonus and spins. You’ll be taken to a pick screen where you have to select from a number of gift boxes which will reveal between 5 and 10 free spins. Not only does the stacked wild on reel 3 remain in place for the duration of the spins but if a winning combination lands then all the contributing symbols will be locked and you will be awarded a respin. Respins will continue for as long as symbols land which add to the existing win and these respins are additional to your earned free spins.
Fair Free Spins
If you land 3, 4, or 5 Sugar Plum Fairy symbols during the base game then you will be awarded 10, 20, or 30 free spins. Furthermore, if you land any Sugar Plum fairy symbols during the free spins you will be awarded additional spins; 1 for 1 symbol, 2 for 2 symbols, and if you land 3 or more you’ll retrigger the initial award of free spins meaning that you could end up with a whopping 60 Fairy Free Spins. Although landing a full reel Soldier on reel 3 during this round won’t activate the Nutcracker Gift Bonus & Free Spins what it will do each time you’re lucky enough to reel it in is to add a multiplier of +1 to every subsequent win up to a maximum 10x multiplier.
Our Thoughts on The Nutcracker
I’m a sucker for a Christmas themed slot I have to admit, but even objectively The Nutcracker is a great game. Design wise it encapsulates the season and the story perfectly with the cosy, warm game board with beautifully drawn toy symbols juxtaposed with the wintry snow scene behind. The variance is high enough to encourage both the serious gamers and the rec players, and both free spin rounds come with great potential. Looking at the RTP it is a little below the average offered by new slots today but only very slightly so this isn’t a major quibble. I for one can heartily recommend investing a little time and money on The Nutcracker and remember, a good slot is not just for Christmas!