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Well, they say Christmas only comes once a year, well nobody told the creators of the Deck The Halls slot: Microgaming. Here’s a game that aims to bring the festive spirit to casino players all year round. Providing players with a conventional 3 by 5 reel setup that allows for 30 different paylines, along with easy to understand game features; this is a slot that doesn’t try to impress you with flashy and complicated bonus features, but instead relies on its Christmas themed charms with some nice win multipliers sprinkled on top.
Here is another instance that showcases some great user interface design that Microgaming has provided to make navigation easy. All of the main options are located on the right of the game window. The top icon provides players with game options such as volume control and play session history, as well as providing access to the game rules. The second icon from the top allows you to set up the slot’s autoplay functionality. The third icon triggers the spinning of the reels. The fourth option allows you to toggle on and off faster animations and lastly the fifth icon allows you to customise your bet amount. A full screen option is also available and the game even features a digital clock on the top left of the screen, so you don't lose track of time while playing.
The overall aesthetics on show are rather charming, playing host to a traditional red and green colour scheme. The symbols also portray various aspects of the holiday season with Christmas decorations, a nicely cooked turkey and of course Farther Christmas himself, who is the most valuable regular symbol and is stacked. Wilds are represented by the Deck The Halls game logo, while Scatters appear as a mistletoe and bells symbol. Wilds also come with the benefit of providing an additional 2 times win multiplier and stacks in free spin mode. Free spins are achieved by landing on at least 3 Scatter symbols, which awards 10 free spins. Furthermore all wins from achieved Free Spin rounds are doubled and the stacked Wilds provide a 4 times win multiplier during the mode’s gameplay.
Unfortunately there is no background music present in this slot game, which is rather disappointing, especially considering that Christmas music is such a big part of the holiday and theme. The spinning of the reels also has a sound effect that quickly becomes repetitive and bothersome, which doesn’t do this game any favours. The only saving grace in the sound department comes from actually hitting a winning combination, as there are some nice jingles that come up, especially when you land a winning combination that coincides with a Wild symbol.
The only other feature to take note of from this Microgaming game, is the possibility to win up to 2,400,000 coins from a single spin. With a max bet of 300 coins that equates to a potential of an incredible 8,000 times return on your bet. All in all, this is a rather simple slot that doesn’t try to impress with flashy gimmicks or complicated bonus features. It’s main draw is from the multipliers that you gain from Wilds and the free spin rounds.
While it is certainly not the most visually impressive game, nor does it offer up great sound effects; the slot nonetheless does an admirable job of conveying the festive season. The simple and easy to understand features of the slot also lends itself to more casual play and allows a sense of comfort and accessibility to even newer slot players. Microgaming’s user interface design is also excellent and it’s great to see that a game session history is available for players to view. There is also something to be said about the fact that it is available all year round, which can’t be said for some Christmas themed slots.