The Nutcracker is a delightfully designed Christmas slot from iSoftBet. Played using a 5 reel, 20 payline game engine, it comes with 2 different free spin rounds. The first offers up to 60 free spins with multipliers that can reach 10x. In the second you’ll receive up to 10 free spins with a stacked wild and streak respins. Play on all devices from between 20p and £20 per spin.

Christmas slots can sometimes overload the senses but iSoftBet has got the balance just right in The Nutcracker. It’s festive without being over the top. An illuminated mansion forms the backdrop to the action. On the reels you’ll see A to 10 playing cards as well as a teddy bear, a toy train, a girl with a toy and a mouse. Land 3, 4 or 5 of that mouse and you’ll receive a payout of 3, 10 or 50 times your stake.

Helping to create the winning lines is the Nutcracker (the toy soldier) which is the wild. This replaces all other symbols apart from the Sugar Plum Fairy scatter. The Nutcracker comes with 2 free spin features.

Fairy Free Spins feature – land 3, 4 or 5 of the Sugar Plum Fairy on the same spin and you’ll receive 10, 20 or 30 free spins. If you land the Nutcracker wild fully stacked on the middle reel, a multiplier increases by 1, up to a maximum of 10x. Each time 1 or 2 scatters land you’ll receive an extra 1 or 2 free spins. Land 3, 4 or 5 for the full re-trigger of 10, 20 or 30 extra free spins meaning up to 60 can be won in total.

Nutcracker Gift Bonus & Free Spins feature – land the Nutcracker fully stacked on reel 3 in the base game to trigger this round. Choose from the gift boxes to reveal how any free spins you’ll be awarded. This is between 5 and 10. The stacked wild remains locked in place throughout the feature. If you land a winner, you’ll be awarded a streak respin. The winning symbols lock and place with the respins continuing as long as a new matching symbol joins the cluster.

We really liked The Nutcracker. The visuals are superbly done and the fantastical backing track has a magical feel. The 2 free spin rounds offer plenty of potential too. We landed the Nutcracker Gift Bonus & Free Spins feature more regularly of the 2 and managed to turn 5 free spins into a payout of over 160 times our stake.

Saying that, the bigger wins will come from the Fairy Free Spins feature as the potential 10x multiplier can result in payouts of 5,000 times your stake! If you’re looking for a Christmas slot that doesn’t overload the saccharine, then The Nutcracker is a festive treat. I would also recommend you try NetEnt’s Jingle Spin which is excellent.