Not a fan of the Festivities? Eight slots to make you forget its Christmas!

I don't want to come across as all "Bah Humbug!" and Uncle Ebenezer here, but there are many people for whom the Christmas holidays and shopping in particular are an ordeal which they simply want to get past so that they can get on with their lives.

There are many and varied reasons for this, especially for those who live alone, or who have other perfectly valid reasons for not feeling the love at this time of the year.

Being brutally honest, by Boxing Day, even I have had pretty much enough of the tinsel and candles and I'm looking forward to getting my house back into some semblance of shape and not festooned with decorations and lights over every square inch.

So with that in mind and because we like to serve the needs of all our readers, having brought you the list of eight festive slots to play over the Christmas season, we are also going to bring you our choice of eight games which you should play over the season which absolutely, definitely and without any shadow of a doubt, do not have any links to shepherds, angels, cattle lowing or Maids-a-Milking.

We've tried to makes this selection a nice balanced selection, so we've included a couple of older slots, the top progressive jackpot game in the world today, some newer slots from Microgaming and of course, a couple of the classics from the company.

And I promise, there's isn't a fat, jovial, rosy-cheeked and white bearded fellow anywhere in sight.

Here's our choice of eight non-festive slots to see you through the festive season!

Showdown Saloon slot

  • Reels - 5
  • Lines - 15
  • Min Bet - 0.20
  • Max Bet - 100
  • Free Spins - Yes

One of Microgaming's most recent releases, the Showdown Saloon slot is a Wild West themed game which plays very similarly to the October release Romanov's Riches slot and which features Jumbo Symbols as part of the game.

The slot has been superbly presented and features superbly recreated Western-style theme, which will have you tapping your foot as you play. Symbols are stacked and alongside the playing card lows (which fit nicely into the Western poker theme), there are a number of higher value symbols each related to the theme of the slot.

All symbols can be stacked on the reels to create winning lines, including the Wild and Free Spins symbols, and one symbol per spin is Super Stacked on the reels. These are the Mystery Stacks and these can lead to you triggering one of the main bonus features of the slot, the Re-Spin bonus.

Land two Mystery Stacks on the first two reels and you trigger an automatic re-spin of the remaining reels with the other Mystery Stacks held in place. On these re-spins, the super-stacked symbol on the remaining reels will be the same as your mystery stacks and if you can add more wins to your spin on your re-spin, then you earn another re-spin. You can re-spin in this way until you either land a spin that doesn't increase your win, or you turn all of the reels to the same symbol, which lands you a big win.

With another Free Spins bonus in the game, which can see you land 5, 10 or 15 Free Spins with 1x, 2x or 3x your standard stake as the Free Spin bet stake, depending on how many Free Spin stacks you land on the reels, Showdown Saloon is a fantastic new game that is sure to be a big hit.

Mega Moolah Progressive slot

  • Reels - 5
  • Lines - 25
  • Min Bet - 0.25
  • Max Bet - 6.25
  • Free Spins - Yes

You can't get anything less Christmassy feeling than a safari around the African Savannah, but it isn't that which has made us add the Microgaming progressive jackpot slot Mega Moolah to this list so much, but the fact that the progressive jackpot prize has climbed above the £10.5 million mark in the last 24-hours or so.

The last time the jackpot was triggered was back in September 2018, when a world record win of €18.9 million was awarded to one lucky player. Could somebody be set to land a big bonus win at the end of the year to cap off another brilliant year for the top progressive slot in the world today?

It's worth remembering that the slot itself is good fun to play and can see players rewarded with some big jackpot prizes, especially in the Free Spins bonus round. Remember too, spins start at just 0.25 to be in with a chance of the progressive jackpot prize, which is great value for money for those who want more bang for their buck.

The Mega Moolah slot is one of the true Microgaming classics and with a bulging £11.5 million Mega jackpot prize waiting to be won at some point by one lucky player, who will receive all their prize in a single lump sum, there could be no better time to play this popular slot.

Immortal Romance

  • Reels - 5
  • Lines - 243-ways to win
  • Min Bet - 0.30
  • Max Bet - 300.00
  • Free Spins - Yes

First released back in December 2011, the Immortal Romance slot is actually based on the same game engine as the legendary Thunderstruck II slot but boasts an even bigger potential jackpot prize of over 3.5 million coins. The haunting theme of supernatural love really caught the imagination of slot players and it has proved to be one of Microgaming's top played slots over the years.

The base game offers some sizeable prizes, but it is the bonus features, including the four different Free Spins bonus games, which you unlock one after the other with successive unlocks of the Free Spins bonus round (don't worry, the game does save your progress after each session). These bonus games are accessed through the Chamber of Spins bonus feature.

Each of the four bonus games are named after the four main characters of the slot, Amber, Troy, Michael and Sarah and each has their own bonuses attached alongside a stated number of Free Spins, which increase from 10 through to 25 as you progress through the bonuses.

If you love slots with a little added bite and a higher variance, then Immortal Romance is as good as any other non-progressive slot out there for Microgaming fans.

Hot Ink

  • Reels - 5
  • Lines - 1024-Ways
  • Min Bet - 0.50
  • Max Bet - 125.00
  • Free Spins - Yes

We all know that bigger is not always necessarily better, but in some cases it can be and that is certainly true of one of Microgaming's most player-friendly slots, Hot Ink. This 5x4 reel slot has an incredible 1024 Ways to Win on every spin, yet you can get the reels spinning for just 0.50, which makes it great value for money to play.

With a lower variance too, you will be picking up wins relatively frequently and with the game being based on tattooing, it is a somewhat unusual genre too, which offers players something a little different to what they may be used to playing.

You can use the Respin feature after any spin to re-spin any of the reels on the slot, at a price, it is up to you whether you decide to use this feature or not. There is also a Tattoo Bonus game where you can unlock 10 Free Spins with a 2x multiplier, or some cash prizes instead.

The Free Spins bonus can also be unlocked by landing three or more of the Koi Fish Scatters on the reels. This will land you 20 Free Spins with a 2x multiplier and you can even re-trigger Free Spins from within the bonus.

Pub Fruity

  • Reels - 3
  • Lines - 1
  • Min Bet - 1.00
  • Max Bet - 10.00
  • Free Spins - No

Do you remember the good old days of slot gaming, when Free Spins was only available if the player playing before you accidentally left some credit in the game after leaving? Well if you go misty eyed thinking back to spinning the reels in your local pub with a pint of beer or glass of wine in your hand, then Pub Fruity is the slot for you.

This is a simple 3-reel slot with just a single pay line and you can play from 1.00 per spin up to 10.00 per spin. The game also features Nudge buttons and all the symbols used are some of the most popular ones from fruit machine games of the past including cherries, oranges, lemons, grapes, bars and bells.

That's not to say the game is devoid of some extra features. There is the Drinks Trail around the reels which you can get some sizeable rewards, as well as the Darts Game bonus where you get to pick one of three darts players who will throw at the board and win you a cash prize of up to 1,000 times your stake.


  • Reels - 5
  • Lines - 243 ways
  • Min Bet - 0.40
  • Max Bet - 30.00
  • Free Spins - Yes

Join Connor MacLeod, Highlander and one of the Immortals in this fantastic slot realisation of the 1980s film classic, which starred Christopher Lambert as MacLeod and Sean Connery as his mentor and friend, the Spanish Peacock, Ramirez.

What is great about the Highlander slot is that it is set in the two different parts of the world (and eras) that are central to the film. You begin in the Scottish highlands of many moons ago for the base game, but trigger Free Spins and you are transported to 1980s New York.

All the key characters from the film including MacLeod, his nemesis The Kurgan, Heather MacLeod and Brenda Wyatt are all on the reels. The game also features a Free Spins bonus game with Quickening Wilds which can increase the number of Wilds on the reels on any of your Free Spins.

This is a fun and enjoyable slot to play which has a lot of depth and a number of enjoyable bonus features, including a randomly triggered base game bonus which can turn additional symbols into Wilds to trigger additional wins.


  • Reels - 5
  • Lines - 50
  • Min Bet - 0.50
  • Max Bet - 100
  • Free Spins - Yes

Based on the classic soccer comic that was a staple purchase week in, week out for many football fans in the 1970s and 1980s, the Shoot! slot offers a chance to see some soccer legends of the past in this enjoyable trek back through football's golden era.

The most exciting feature of the slot is the Shoot! Bonus game which sees you able to pick from 12 different cards to reveal cash prizes. You can also trigger two additional games from within the bonus, a Free Spins bonus game and a Magazine Bonus, both of which offer the players the chance to win some sizeable prizes, up to 61,900 coins.

Six top soccer stars from the past are featured on the reels, in descending order of value in the game these are Pele, George Best, Diego Maradona, Johan Cruyff, Franz Beckenbauer and Kevin Keegan. In addition, the other symbols include a football rattle, a pie and the obligatory Adidas Tango football.

If you are a football fan seeking a nostalgic look at football's past while you play a great and enjoyable slot, then Shoot! is the game for you.

Jungle Jim El Dorado

  • Reels - 5
  • Lines - 25
  • Min Bet - 0.25
  • Max Bet - 25.00
  • Free Spins - Yes

Featuring the popular Rolling Reels feature, which sees winning symbols disappear from the screen, to be replaced from symbols dropping from above, which can then subsequently trigger additional wins, the Jungle Jim El Dorado slot follows the adventures of the eponymous hero on his trek for the famous lost city.

Each Rolling Reels win sees the Multiplier Trail increase by one, going from 1x up to 5x in the base game, so those wins when landed, can soon mount up into a sizeable cash prize all from s single spin.

When you land three Scatters on the reels, you trigger the Free Spins bonus and in this bonus, you get 10 Free Spins and with each win there is a 3x multiplier attached. That is not all though as all the Multiplier Trail amounts are also subject to the multiplier, so they range from 3x up to 15x the standard win.

With beautiful presentation and some excellent bonuses, plus 3,680x your stake available to be won, Jungle Jim El Dorado is one slot that will help you get to January without any mention of the "C" word!

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