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The final week of November has seen new Christmas-themed games released by Pragmatic Play, NetEnt and Play’n GO, as well as other new releases by Blueprint Gaming, Greentube, Yggdrasil and Red Rake Gaming.

NetEnt’s Santa vs Rudolf

The first of our Christmas-themed slots this week comes from NetEnt with the release of Santa vs Rudolf.

Set deep in the snow dusted North Pole, the 5x3, 20 fixed-payline slot invites players to help Santa find his magic hat, hidden by the mischievous Rudolf, in time to deliver presents across the world.

With candy cane, sleigh bell and reindeer symbols decorating the reels, Santa vs Rudolf features the Santa’s Gifts and Rudolf Spins Bonus Features and is packed with Re-Spins, Free Spins Wild substitutions and Walking Wilds.

“Santa vs Rudolf is following on from the huge success and laughs of Jingle Spin and a merry addition to our seasonal portfolio that perfectly captures the joy and cheer of this holiday season,” said NetEnt director of games Bryan Upton.

“Santa vs. Rudolf continues the humorous trend with goofy antics from our two favourite holiday heroes battling it out for seasonal supremacy. This narrative will be hard to resist even amongst the scrooges in our player base.”

Pragmatic Play’s Sweet Bonanza Xmas

Pragmatic Play is bringing winter fun to the foray with its latest release Sweet Bonanza Xmas.

In an update of the supplier’s popular Sweet Bonanza game, the 5x6 pay anywhere slot has frozen treats which stack up for big wins and multipliers of up to 100x in the Free Spins round.

“Our Christmas games have always been incredibly popular, and Sweet Bonanza Xmas is an exciting take on one of our most sought-after games,” said Pragmatic Play chief commercial officer Melissa Summerfield. “With its high volatility, and the chance of multipliers of up to 100x, we’re sure this slot is going to be a huge hit with operators and players alike.”

Play’n GO’s Xmas Magic

Play’n GO is getting in the festive spirit with its latest slot release Xmas Magic.

The 5-reel slot is filled with popular symbols from the Christmas holiday season, including stockings, hot chocolate, candy canes, snow globes, mistletoe and Santa Clause.

“Xmas Magic is a great slot, that really represents the character of this time of year,” said Play’n GO chief executive Johan Törnqvist. “We created a simple yet creative game, with plenty of features, that reflects the joy of the festive season, perfect for people to enjoy at this time of year.”

In addition to the release of Xmas Magic, Play’n GO has teamed up with video bingo producer RCT to release a selection of video bingo games.

Games including Flex Bingo, Hot Bingo, Park Bingo and SuperBola have been specifically tailored for the Latin American market and feature ‘extra balls’ , which allows players to purchase extra balls for extra chances to hit the jackpot.

Super Bola also has a unique feature where players must spell out the title of the game in their winning patterns to win 1,000x their total bet.

“Bingo has always been a huge pastime in the LatAm region and the advent of video bingo over the years has only served to make the game even more popular throughout the continent, and we’re glad to be bringing a Play’n GO version to the market,” said a Play’nGO spokesperson.

Blueprint Gaming’s Ted

Blueprint Gaming’s branded slot Ted is now included in the supplier’s Jackpot King series, providing players with even more ways to win big.

The 5x3, 20 payline slot based on the 2012 film featuring the infamous talking bear Ted now offers players the chance to trigger the Jackpot King during any spin from any stake.

Alongside the main multi-game Jackpot King prize pool, which has created several millionaires since its launch, there is also an opportunity for players to scoop big prizes through the Royal and Regal pots.

As with the original release, the crude teddy bear has the ability to turn the game on its head and can award players one of five bonus rounds; Wheel Of Fartune, Bar Crawl Bonus, S-Mart Free Spins and Ted’s Big Money.

“We’re excited to bring everyone’s favourite thunder buddy to the Blueprint Gaming Jackpot King series,” said Blueprint Gaming director of marketing and relationships Jo Purvis. “We’re sure that this title will prove an instant hit among players, who will relish the chance to join the free-spirited teddy bear in pursuit of massive prizes.”

Blueprint Gaming’s Eye of Horus Megaways

Blueprint's second release of the week is an updated version of its Ancient Egyptian-themed Eye of Horus slot, which now features the hit Megaways mechanic.

Eye of Horus Megaways expands on the gameplay of the original release, with up to 15,625 ways to win due to the inclusion of Big Time Gaming’s popular mechanic.

The reels are packed with Egyptian hieroglyphics that expand into stacked wilds, while three or more scatter symbols trigger up to 12 free games, providing players with a chance to unearth the secret riches hidden in the pyramids of Egypt.

During the free games round, the Eye of Horus upgrades each of the high paying symbols for big wins, turning up to five of the symbols into the next available highest paying symbol.

“Fans of Megaways are in for a treat as one of Europe’s most played Egyptian-themed games has been transformed to now feature the popular mechanic,” said Purvis. “Over the previous 12 months, the addition of Megaways has proven to be a really effective way to inject new excitement into popular Blueprint games.

“We’re sure Eye of Horus Megaways will be well-received by players in the coming months.”

Greentube’s Book of Ra deluxe 10

Greentube has released Book of Ra deluxe 10, the latest addition to the supplier’s popular Book of Ra series.

Available to all B2B partners, the game takes players on another adventure to the mysterious Pyramids with the slot’s brave explorer.

The new addition to the series is bigger and bolder than ever before, with twice the number of reels to double up the excitement factor. Book of Ra deluxe 10 boasts two reels and 100 paylines packed with multiple win potential, and also features Stacked Wilds that transfer from reel 1 to reel 2 to further increase winning chances.

The series’ popular Special Expanding Symbols also return in the game and have the ability to transfer across the reels, providing another opportunity to win Egyptian treasures.

Yggdrasil’s Avatars: Gateway Guardians

Yggdrasil is sending players on an intergalactic journey with its extra-terrestrial themed slot game, Avatars: Gateway Guardians.

Developed exclusively for LeoVegas, the game sees the Gateway barred off to earthlings and players challenged to set the Avatars free.

Four guardians stand before the Avatar kingdom, bringing wins every time a player lands on a Hotspot area, triggering the ancient Multiplier wheel. The wheel will spin a random amount of times, each time adding up the Multiplier to the previous one.

Three Free Spin symbols transport players to a new dimension, where a stone dial displays even more Hotspots and paylines. The number of Hotspots is defined by the number of Free Spin symbols landed in the base game, granting two for every Free Spin symbol and launching cosmic wins in this intergalactic empire.

“Avatars: Gateway Guardians promises to take players on an interstellar adventure full of thrilling missions to complete in order to collect great rewards,” said Yggdrasil slots product owner Natalya Ovchinnikova. “With astronomical win potential and out of this world features and graphics, we’re confident the title will become a firm favourite with Leo Vegas’ customers.”

LeoVegas head of casino James Ford commented: “Here at Leo Vegas we constantly strive to earn ourselves the coveted title of King of Casino. Introducing bespoke games to our existing portfolio gives us the opportunity to offer and promote unique content to our esteemed players and it was with this in mind that Avatars: Gateway Guardians came to be.

“The fourth instalment of LeoVegas’ collaborative journey with Yggdrasil and the fifth for the LeoVegas Originals series, this game positions itself as one of the most unique looking slot games on the market. We would like to thank Yggdrasil for allowing us to spread our creative wings on this project while continually providing us with invaluable expertise at each step of the way.”

Red Rake Gaming’s Twin Harlequin

Red Rake Gaming has released Twin Harlequin, a 5x3 reel video slot with mixed roulette that offers wins and free spins.

The slot includes Red Rake’s Cascading Reels feature, where winning combinations from a spin during both regular and free spin features disappear, with the gaps replaced by new symbols, giving the player the chance to win even more.

During the game, two cheerful harlequins appear stacked on the first two reels and can hand out direct wins or more than 100 free spins through a mixed roulette game.

In order to access Harlequin Roulette, players need to collect five or more Respins in the same spin, which will build up in the sidebar.

Once players enter the roulette mini game there will be two roulettes, one controlled by the yellow harlequin, where players can get instant wins, and another by the blue harlequin, where they can win more than 100 free spins.

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