5 Dec

Best New iPad Pokies for Christmas 2016

The holiday season is well upon us. Christmas is less than three weeks away now, and for iPad pokies fans, that means it’s time to check out what new 2016 Christmas pokies are available.

I’ve found several goodies for you this December. We’ll start with my absolute favorite, Secrets of Christmas, which just hit NetEnt online and mobile casinos this week.

Secrets of Christmas Pokies by NetEnt

Secret of Christmas PokiesIf you’re anything like me, you’ll immediately fall in love with this new 2016 Christmas pokies. The theme is perfect, delivering a classical holiday presentation that warms the heart and soul. A rustic, brick fireplace and decorated mantle are the backdrop for the 5-reel, 25 fixed-payline game. The graphics are superb while the musical score is elegantly festive enough to put even the most sour Grinch in good spirits.

Thematic symbols include traditional holiday décor, like filled stocking, wreathed candles, gold bells, gingerbread houses, even cookies and milk for Santa. Even the high-value playing cards symbols of 10-A are designed as lighted wreaths.

Santa himself is the Wild, with a bag of toys as the Scatter. The main goal is to get 3+ Scatters to unlock the 10 Free Spins bonus. When this happens, payers can open 3, 4 or 5 Christmas Gifts (equal to the number of Scatters), which deliver additional free spins, multipliers, extra wilds, or Wild Reels (where a Wild Santa covers all of the 2nd and/or 4th reel for all free spins).

Snowmania Pokies by RealTime Gaming

Snowmania iPad PokiesAnother joyous 2016 Christmas pokies released at the end of November is RealTime Gaming‘s new 5 reel, 20 fixed-payline Snowmania. Grab your sweaters, because this icily-themed game will send chills right through you as snowmen, candy canes, holly, Santa caps, carrots and gingerbread mean cycle around the reels.

The Ice Cube is wild, and plays a traditional role of replacing any other symbol (except Scatters) to help create wins. Snowmania has a Cascading Reels feature, too. In the base game, all symbols involved in a winning combination explode. New symbols fall from above to replace them, potentially creating additional wins.

Landing 3 Christmas Gift Scatters awards 10 free spins, where multipliers grow with each winning combination, starting with 3x on the first win and scaling up to 15x.

Taco Bros Saving Christmas Pokies by ELK

Taco Brothers Saving Christmas PokiesLast but not least, we have a whimsical new release from ELK Studios called Taco Brothers Saving Christmas. The Mexican motif is a spin-off of the developer’s original Taco Brothers pokies, and features the classic trio of siblings, Paso, Pepe and Pico who apparently aim to save the holiday by… robbing the bank?

It has 5 reels and uses the 243 Ways-to-Win model. Like most ELK creations, players can boost their bets to increase the volatility from low, to medium, to high.

Released in November 2016, the Christmas pokies has an actual plot that unfolds as you play, so I won’t spoil it by giving away too many details.

You’ll come across 2 types of wilds, a standard Wild and a Taco Brothers Wild. The second can unleash a respin and give players a shot at the bonus game. Three or more Safe Scatters unlock free spins with a random multiplier up to 3x and a Running Wilds feature. There’s no set number of free spins to be played – it all depends on how the plot unfolds.

Although it runs just fine on desktop computers, Taco Brothers Saving Christmas pokies was specifically designed with mobile users in mind. I suspect all you iPad pokies fans out there will get a kick out of this one.