As Roy Wood and Wizzard famously sang, “I Wish It Could Be Christmas Every Day”. Well it can be, for slots players at least, courtesy of I Love Christmas, a 5 reel, 25 payline game from Pariplay. This festive slot comes with all the visual trimmings as well as a pick’em bonus round. Play from between 25p and £25 per spin.
Like pretty much every other slot in the Pariplay catalogue, I Love Christmas looks and sounds excellent. Set against a Toytown backdrop and flanked by a pair of Christmas trees, the reels have a festive feel.
Symbols include an ice skate, a candy cane, a star and candle. More lucrative are the red stocking which pays up to 200 coins, the bell which awards up to 250 coins and the bauble which will get you 500 coins if you land 5 on a payline. The top-paying standard symbol is the snowman – land 3, 4 or 5 of these in combination and you’ll pocket 50, 160 or 1,000 coins.
They’re joined by a snow globe which is the game’s wild- this can land on any reel and replaces everything apart from the scatter and bonus symbols. Land 2, 3 or 4 wilds and you’ll win 2, 3 or 10 times your win. 5 across a payline awards 5,000 times your bet! Santa is the scatter. 3, 4 or 5 of these will bring a payout of 3, 6 or 30 times your stake.
I Love Christmas comes with a Christmas Gifts feature – to trigger it, you’ll need to land 3 or more gift box bonus symbols anywhere on the reels on the same spin. You’ll then be taken to a new screen and presented with a collection of presents. Pick to reveal coin prizes once they are unwrapped.
The festive period should be a time of excitement – unfortunately, I Love Christmas is a pretty dull affair. Yes, it looks lovely and the jangly version of Jingle Bells is very nicely done. We just found the action pretty boring. The picks round lands fairly regularly but the lack of features is a bit of problem.
We levelled similar criticisms at Las Cucas Locas and Fish & Chips which also looked superb but were a bit of a let down on the features front. If you opened your virtual stocking and found Santa had delivered I Love Christmas, you’d be a little disappointed. If you’re a festive fan there are plenty of better alternatives available elsewhere – such as NetEnt’s Secrets of Christmas.