Festive Indulgence (Microgaming): Overview
Christmas is Microgaming's market. It has always been. New players might barely even know who Microgaming is, you can't really blame them for that, but for veteran gamers, classic slots like Deck the Halls, Santa's Wild Ride, or Happy Holidays, all come wrapped in nostalgia. Sure, there may be better and more modern Christmas themed slots available nowadays, but traditions are hard to break. For a new generation of players, however, tradition is in the making, and for them, the Festive Indulgence slot might very well end up being their go-to slot for a bit of Yule magic.
Just by looking at it, you can already sort of tell that it's going to stick to well-proven formulas, although admittedly, we're a bit surprised that Microgaming went for only 9 paylines as the 5-reel, 3-row layout would allow them the opportunity to better appeal to their cult audience by doing what they became best known for - their iconic 243 ways to win format. Who plays 9-payline slots these days anyway? Ok, probably a lot of people to be fair, but it's unarguably a rather dated setup. It's not only the setup that is basic mind you, the action is too as you will see.
So, along with the 5x3, 9-line format, you also get an industry-standard RTP of 96.10%, which is good. Highly volatile, you can play it from only 0.01 per spin up to £/€45 across all devices, including iOS and Android.
Visually, it's reminiscent of NetEnt's Secret of Christmas which was released back in 2016. With Microgaming being Christmas experts and all, you're guaranteed plenty of that Yule magic we mentioned before. Not only does the Festive Indulgence slot evoke a sense of nostalgia, its sweetness and charm also conveys plenty of warmth. Set inside a Christmas decorated cabin, the reels are positioned against a windowsill with a wintery landscape coming through.
In total, there are 11 regular symbols available. These are represented by lower value gingerbread 9 to A royals as well as bells, cake, turkey, a girl elf, and Santa Claus. The latter two are the most rewarding, giving you 83.33 times your stake for a 5 of a kind combo. The Christmas wreath is the wild. Not only does it perform the usual substituting duties, it's also by far the most lucrative symbol with 5 across a payline giving you a whopping 1,111.11 times your stake.
Festive Indulgence (Microgaming): Features
As mentioned in the intro, Festive Indulgence is low on features. In fact, there's only one available - the Free Spins game. It comes into play when you land 3 or more scatter symbols anywhere in view whilst also rewarding you with 15 spins and up to 500 times your stake if you land all five of them simultaneously.
Once in, all winning combinations will receive a multiplier boost of 3x, and that's all there is to it. You can also retrigger the free spins round to give you 15 extra spins, but other than that it's all about hoping to land five of a kind combinations with the high-value symbols.
Festive Indulgence (Microgaming): Verdict
So, in spite of its basic action and dated qualities, does the Festive Indulgence slot have a shot at becoming a new Christmas classic? Sure it does. Not everyone is into ripping all their cash on ridiculously high volatile slots like Fat Santa (Push Gaming), especially not around Christmas. Yes, this one is volatile too, but not nearly as brutal. Festive Indulgence has several good qualities about it, but also some bad ones depending on from which perspective you choose to look at it.
On the positive side, it's loaded with charm and conveys the spirit of Christmas exceptionally well. It's also easy to understand, which is always guaranteed to appeal to many players, in particular to those who could care less about Megaways and other novelties. The potential is not all that bad either. If you land 5 wild symbols across a full payline in the free spins round, you'll pocket 3,333 times your stake (4 of them will give you 666x).
On the negative side, if you're hoping to land something better than decent here, you will have to rely on that wild line to happen which, let's face it, is highly unlikely to happen. Moreover, for those who like fast-paced slots and a bit more activity, Festive Indulgence will likely come across as bland, slow, and ancient.
The Festive Indulgence slot is loaded with charm and decent potential, but the very straightforward gameplay and barren features don’t add up to make a particularly engaging slot.