Get ready for a merry reel feast on the slot from Microgaming. Festive Indulgence is their 2019 contribution to the holiday season, promising a high-volatility sleigh ride with Santa and his elves. Among their gifts are wild substitutions, stacked premium symbols and a free spins round with an x3 multiplier that can lead to wins of up to 3,333.33 time your bet.
Microgaming’s contributions to the festive season include to date Ho Ho Ho (2004) Santa Paws (2006), Jingle Bells (2006), Deck the Halls (2008), Scrooge (2009), Santa’s Wild Ride (2010), Secret Santa (2013) and Happy Holidays (2015). Last time we checked they were all still available for play, which is in itself quite astonishing albeit the looming end of the Flash era might see some disappear from the casino lobbies. Maybe the best time to give some of the classics a last spin before they are added to the eternal archive.
Festive Indulgence is a video slot with five reels, three rows and 9 fixed pay lines. Wins are awarded for two to five matching symbols on a line from left to right only. Your joyous reel feast on desktop or mobile starts at 0.09 credits and peaks at 45 credits per spin. The game has high volatility with an RTP of 96% (unconfirmed).
The cliché of a Christmas slot is perfectly portrayed on this creation. Brick wall, snow-covered window and decorate three, the works. Meanwhile, the reels are populated by gingerbread card royals from 9 through to A as well as golden Christmas bells, Christmas puddings, Christmas turkeys, female elves and not to be missed, Santa Claus. While the latter two are the top-payers among the regular symbols at 83.33x your bet for a five of a kind, only Santa Claus appears fully stacked at all times and that on all reels.
Naturally, a Christmas wreath is the wild symbol, substituting for all regular symbols and also awarding 1,111.11x your bet when five land on a line. A Christmas gift acts as the scatter.
While the title implies a reel feast with ample features that will make for joyous slotting sessions, it turns out the game is actually more or less a clone of classic 9-liners with a simple free spins round. Cue in Thunderstruck or Spring Break and you won’t be far off from what Festive Indulgence has to offer.
The only feature on the game is triggered when you hit three or more gift scatters in one spin. It will get you 15 free spins which can be retriggered once only, plus a coin win of 5x, 20x and 500x your stake for three, four and five scatters respectively. Landing two scatters will award 2x your bet only. The round is played with x3 multiplier for all wins. Nothing new until here but there is one twist that will provide extra potential to score a win. The wild symbol will appear stacked throughout the feature. That’s it.
In its heyday, Microgaming delivered some truly great slots for the festive season which are still being played today, even the decades-old classics. Naturally, in 2019 we expect to see something that at least raises our eyebrows but Festive Indulgence is all but indulgent. It is basically a clone of the most simple 9-liners Microgaming started releasing nearly two decades ago and their creative team seems to think that the concept still has the power to pull the crowds. I highly doubt it.
Please note that at press time we had for this review only a simple game sheet at our disposal. We will post updates or corrections the soon we receive the demo link for the slot.