Very Merry Christmas is slot provider Eyecon’s take on the festive slot. Eyecon are a pretty big provider who launched classic slots like Fluffy Favourites, and now they’re bringing Christmas cheer to the industry.
The slot was first released in 2016 and while today it does look a little dated, there are still some things to enjoy about this holiday favourite.
Very Merry Christma is traditional in its design, featuring classic toys such as aeroplanes and pull-along squirrels and teddy bears against wooden reels. The reels are lined with pine needles and berries, and while there’s no constant background music, the well-known Eyecon jingle rings out every time players land a win. This slot’s design is basic but pleasant.
Very Merry Christmas features 25 paylines, though players can choose how many paylines to play on with each spin. The snow globe symbol is the game’s Wild, appearing on reels 2 and 4 on any spin, and otherwise, the highest paying symbol in the game is the rocking horse, which pays out up to 1000x the bet for five symbols on a payline, with lower valued symbols like squirrels and blocks paying up to 100x the bet for five symbols.
Eyecon have packed quite a few features into this slot. First of all, if players manage to land all five M-E-R-R-Y blocks on each reel they can win a massive 3000x payout, with smaller payouts available for just landing two or more of the blocks. The slot’s green and red present Scatter symbols are key to unlocking most of the features. Three or more green Scatter presents will unlock the Prize Pick bonus round, which gives players one pick for each triggering symbol. Picks can result in either free spins or multiplier wins, with up to 10 free spins or 100x multiplier wins on offer from each pick players have. During free spins, if players win any, all prizes are doubled too. Three or more red presents triggers Match and Win, which opens a little mini-game in which players have to find a pair. None of these bonus features are amazing, but they all help to add a little variety to the gameplay in Very Merry Christmas.
Very Merry Christmas’ average return to player is 95.04%. This isn’t great, and many Christmas slots will offer better returns than this. It’s not poor enough to avoid the slot if you really enjoy playing it, but if you’re hoping for a Christmas miracle you’re unlikely to find one here.
Very Merry Christmas is a fun little Christmas slot with a quaint festive theme that captures the magic of a storybook Christmas or a Dickens’ novel. The slot has quite a few features to keep up the pace of play, and while the RTP is a little low it’s not dreadful. Very Merry Christmas might be a good slot to play by an open fire during the Christmas holidays, provided players aren’t too precious about their returns.