Get your claws in to another classic game from IGT. I present to you the purring Cats Slot Machine.
Cats Slots Features
- Split symbols give the chance to hit up to ten cats symbols in combination for huge reel wins
- Extremely fun game that can take you from rags to riches in seconds
- Wild symbol always counts as split symbol in cats combinations
- Great animations in the base game with awesome roaring sound effects
- Free spins bonus game with enriched reels gives you a chance to hit some massive prizes
Slots developers have loved offering players bigger and better opportunities through out the evolutionary life of their games. When slot machines first came to light they were three reel affairs that could only offer prizes of around 20 – 30 x the players stake.
One way casinos tried to make slots more attractive was to add more reels, such as with the Big Bertha slot games. However, when manufacturers tried to create games with more than 5 reels, many of the big prizes were simply unobtainable due to the astronomical odds.
Modern slot makers now possess technology that can make it easier to get over such problems, and the Cats slot from IGT is one game that manages to offer players big combination wins of ten successive symbols – on just five reels.
Before we look at the massive reel prizes on offer from Cats, let’s take a look at the nuts and bolts of this great casino style slot game. This is a thirty pay-line slot which is probably the most lines you’ll get on this kind of five reel, fifteen stop space set up from IGT.
The audio is the same IGT palette that’s used for many similar slots, although the game does possess some nice roaring cat noise soundtracks for the bigger wins. These are animated with a drop down graphic that displays a silhouette of a big cat walking against the savannah skyline, concurrent with the same grassland imagery that’s used for the background to the reel game.
The game has the usual selection of Poker symbols on the reels, although it only uses the ace through to the jack, with the rest of the reel space being reserved for the five big cat symbols (panther, lion, tiger, cheetah and mountain lion).
The interesting thing about the big cat symbols is some of these appear as split symbols that operate as doubles, so this means the maximum combination you can hit with the big cats is ten symbols as opposed to five.
The game also uses the Cats logo symbol for the game’s wild and this always counts as a split symbol when you use it to substitute for any of the big cat symbols, making it double the fun of any other slot’s wild.
Stop in five wild symbols for the game’s jackpot prize of 10,000x your stake with the big cats symbols providing the next biggest prizes. The game also has a paw print scatter that controls the free spin game, which we’ll come to shortly.
The Cats slot game seems to value the sleekness and coolness of a big cat over the traditional view of that cat within the feline hierarchy. Whilst we recognise lions and tigers to be the biggest and strongest cats alive in the modern world, the big prizes on this slot game are given for stopping in ten panther symbols in combination, which pays a massive 2500x your original stake whereas ten lions, tigers, cougars or leopards pay a maximum prize of 1000x your original stake.
It’s the paw print symbol that holds the key to the Cats bonus game. The paw print symbol can only be stopped in on the middle three reels and like the big cats symbols in the game these symbols appear both as single and split symbols.
You’ll need to score in four of these symbols to receive a scatter bonus of 2x your activating stake, but five of these symbols will take you into the free spin game with five free spins and six (the maximum amount of scatters) will take you into the free spin game with ten free spins.
As soon as you’ve won the free spins it’s over to a second set of enhanced reels where the paw print scatters have been removed to make place for more big cat and big cat split symbols. This does mean that there is no chance to re-activate the free spin game, although we believe one of the reasons for this omission is that the reel game pays so well.
Slot Professor Says
Cats is a very volatile slots game that can rock you quite violently from being at the top of your stack into a loss, and vice versa quite quickly. For this reason I usually like to dip into and out of the Cats slot game, taking the big wins that come quickly when I can, although if this slot game does go on a streak it tends to be pretty tremendous.
I'm usually harping on about how most slot games have to be played for the bonus round, but this isn’t the case with Cats. This is a high paying slot game that needs to be handled with extreme care as it represents one of the most exciting games on the online stage today with some massive wins available on the reels.
I’d suggest that this volatility makes Cats both a brilliant and a difficult slot game to play, which in turn makes it hard to form good game-play strategies. However, this shouldn’t dissuade you from playing Cats, as this is one gambling game that can pay you extremely large amounts of cash in just a few spins and this can be handled by changing your bet amounts appropriately. If you like to take a reasonable risk for a big prize then this is definitely a good slot that’ll give you that chance to try for the big money.