Enjoy some festive cheer from Eyecon courtesy of the developer’s Very Merry Xmas slot. Available on all devices, it’s a 5 reel, 25 payline game that comes with a match and win bonus and a picks round that can award up to 400 times your total bet as well as 10 free spins where all payouts are doubled. Play from between 25p and £12.50 per spin.

Christmas-themed slots sometime overload the senses but Very Merry Xmas is rather tastefully done. The reels have a woody look and include a selection of traditional toys. You’ll see squirrels, blocks, rattles, trains, teddy bears, cars and planes. The most rewarding symbol is the wooden rocking horse – land 2, 3, 4 or 5 of these and you’ll win 5, 30, 100 or 1,000 coins.

You’ll also see the letters M, E, R, R, Y spinning around the reels – if they land in a left to right combination, you can win 5, 25, 500 or 3,000 coins. The snow glob is the game’s wild – it can hit on reels 2 and 4 only. When it does and goes on to form part of a winning combination, that payout is doubled. There are also 2 scatters, both of which can trigger a bonus feature:

Match & Win feature – land 3 or more of the red gift box anywhere on the reels to trigger this round. Choose from the selection of globes until you find 2 that have the same value. That’s the prize that you’ll win.

Prize Pick feature – you’ll need to land 3 or more green gift boxes to trigger this round. Once again, you’ll be shown a selection of snow globes with each 1 offering a multiplier prize of up to 100 times your total stake or 10 free spins. If you find the free spins, all payouts during the free spins are doubled.

We’re not usually big fans of Christmas themed slots as they’re usually dripping with schmaltzy, over the top imagery. The understated design on offer in Very Merry Xmas is nicely done though. The range of features impresses too. There’s nothing revolutionary on offer as far as features go but all 3 extras offer plenty of potential.

Christmas-themed slots are certainly an acquired taste – when December rolls round though, Very Merry Xmas will be near the top of our festive favourites. I also suggest you try Taco Brothers Saving Christmas from ELK Studios which is excellent.