Here Comes Microgaming’s Seasonal Slot…
It’s Christmastime (or it will be soon enough), and that can only mean one thing: online casino software developers will soon start churning out seasonal slots. Microgaming is already one step ahead of the competition after the world-famous game provider unveiled Festive Indulgence this month.
Already available to play online, Festive Indulgence is your traditional Christmas slot, featuring iconic imagery from yesteryear, including turkey dinners, high playing cards in the shape of gingerbread, bells and all the classics. This puts the game in stark contrast to some of the more comedic Christmas slot rivals which are debuting at roughly the same time.
Microgaming Kick Starts The Christmas Season
Microgaming’s latest Christmas-themed slot is a light-hearted and traditional attempt at the genre. It has a lot in common with other generic Christmas slots, with the classic Deck the Halls likely to be the game’s chief rival in terms of similarities.
While Microgaming hasn’t specifically mentioned Festive Indulgence by name in recent press releases, they have spoken more generically about their array of December games. James Buchanan, the Director of Global Operations at the software developer, commented that:
“Microgaming continues to diversify its exclusive content offering this December, along with popular partner games. Each new release is packed with thrilling features, formats and unique themes, offering operators incredible choice.”
Looking ahead, Mr Buchanan added,
“we’re looking forward to building on that momentum as we head into 2020 when we will be revealing another wave of exciting releases and announcements to shake up the new year.”
Basic Gameplay for a Simple Christmas
The new Microgaming slot offers up a very basic gaming structure. There are just nine paylines spanning the game’s five reels, and these are adjustable. Much about the gaming structure has been developed to resemble retro slots and the types of casino games the provider used to create. For instance, because of the adjustable paylines, stakes can cost as little as 0.01 per line per spin. At the opposite end of Festive Indulgence’s wagering spectrum, bets of up to 45.00 a spin can be placed.
Unusually for Microgaming slots, this Christmas cracker is being launched as a highly volatile game. Its RTP (return to player) rate is still a respectable 96.1%, though, that will of small comfort to players who hoped for frequent wins in the slot title.
Santa springs up as the second best-paying icon in this game (an honour he shares alongside the elf). Wilds show up as Christmas wreaths, and these icons can deliver wins worth up over a thousand times a stake, making them by far the most valuable symbols players can land in five-of-a-kind combos.
Just a Free Spins Game Sits Under the Tree
Other features in the slot are a touch on the light side. There is a scatter, and that can trigger a free spins round. Players should make the most of it where possible, as this is the only bonus on offer. Three or more Xmas scatters are required to trigger the bonus, as usual. These can do more than merely dish up 15 free spins, though, as scattered cash prizes worth up to 500x a bet can be snapped up with the symbols if all five appear.
Once the free spin round kicks into gear, players will be able to pocket 3x multipliers on anything they win. Trebling winnings is about as far as this slot’s bonus feature goes. This isn’t too disheartening, and as any player who tried their hand at slots years ago will know, this is in keeping with how slot games used to be made and played.
Start Christmas Early with Festive Indulgence
Christmas hasn’t necessarily come early with the Festive Indulgence slot. Any player hoping for something simple to play or for a blast from the past will get what they are looking for with the new Microgaming slot. It also makes for the ideal introduction to online slots for amateurs and newbies. However, for more seasoned slot veterans, there isn’t much to go on.
- Simple, easy to get to grips with
- Allows slot players to wager as little as 0.01 per spin
- A 3x multiplier boosts winnings in the bonus round
- Festive Indulgence has a severe lack of special features
- Very similar to other traditional Christmas slots in terms of design
- Will struggle to compete against other seasonal slot releases which have more to offer.
The bottom line with Microgaming’s latest effort is that it may struggle to gain traction against other top slots. Both Santa vs Rudolph and Rudolph Awakens were released by rival developers recently, and have a touch more to offer players than this Christmas classic can do, in terms of both features and excitement.