Christmas is a time for slowing down, relaxing and taking things easy and festive slots don’t come much more laid back than Xmas Joker. Created by Play N Go, it’s a 3 reel, 5 payline slot that comes with a free spins bonus round and some randomly awarded Christmas treats. Available on all devices, you can play from between 50p and £25 per spin.

Xmas Joker has the look and feel of an old-school one-armed bandit, albeit one with a Christmas twist. The reels are set against a green and red backdrop complete with festive bells and include symbols of gingerbread men, bows, baubles, bells and stars. You need to find three symbols in a payline to create a winner which will give you between 10 coins (the gingerbread men) up to 50 coins (if you land the stars).

There is no wild on offer in Xmas Joker but there is a scatter (the joker) – land three jokers anywhere on the reels during the base game and you’ll be awarded 10 free spins.

During the free spins, the scatter changes from the joker to the pink gift – land 2 of these during the feature and you’ll be awarded a cash bonus of anywhere between 1 and 100 times your total stake. Find 3 presents sitting on the reels and you’ll re-trigger another 10 free spins – a maximum of 50 free spins in a row are possible here.

And that’s about it – as slots go, they don’t come much simpler than Xmas Joker. Many slots are akin to the obligatory Christmas Day James Bond film – full of bangs, crashes and action. Think of Xmas Joker as Val Doonican sitting by the fire, strumming away on his guitar.  Like a cheesy Christmas jumper, it’s comfortable and reassuring. You don’t think you’re enjoying it but secretly you really are.

There’s not much action on show here but Xmas Joker is lovely to look at and what action there is plays out to a gentle, festive soundtrack. If you need an escape from the children, in-laws or neighbours and still want a chance of a winner, you could do worse than taking Xmas Joker for a cheeky spin over the Christmas holidays. If you like festive-themed slots, Play ‘N Go’s Merry Xmas is worth playing and more of a traditional slot when it comes to features.