Christmas Vibes Accumul8 Review
When it comes to Christmas-themed slots, some game producers attempt to break the mould while others simply go with the flow. Unfortunately, Light & Wonder hasn't attempted to push any boundaries here. Christmas Vibes Accumul8 is a fairly standard game with no incredible features to help things along.
If it wasn't for the cascading reels, there would be very little to set this slot apart from thousands of others. That said, it has a jolly feel and does help to get you in the festive mood if that's what you are after.
The 6x5 grid sits on top of a Christmas backdrop. Clearly, it is a scene from Santa's workshop with various tools hanging on the wall and a decorated Christmas tree to the side.
There are some nice animated touches with twinkly Christmas lights adorning the decorations. The theme tune couldn't be more festive if it tried and some of the symbols are extremely cute. There are the little reindeer, elves, snowmen and of course, Santa making their way around the cascading reels.
This game features a cascading reel structure, which means it functions slightly differently from a regular slot. As the symbols land and create a winning combination, they will disappear and new ones will take their place.
It is a fantastic invention that means you effectively get a re-spin each time you win. It can have some fantastic consequences for your balance along the way. Nothing much changes during the bonus round other than the fact that you aren't paying for the spins. But do watch out for the multiplier symbols as they can really help boost your bankroll.
The game's RTP varies between 90% to 96% but stands at 96% for the most part. But during the free spins round, it lifts ever so slightly above that level. It is about right so we don't have any complaints on that front.
The medium to high volatility means that wins will lean more towards the larger side but these will be less frequent. There is even a maximum payout of 7,500x the stake that is possible!
It is a decent effort from Light and Wonder but is it our favourite Christmas slot? Probably not. It is fun and light-hearted and does have the potential to pay out some decent wins.
We enjoyed the music and cheeky Santa symbols. But if it wasn't for the cascading reels, there wouldn't be a hell of a lot to write home about. Give it to go if you're feeling festive but don't expect to be engrossed until New Year's day.