About Cats Slot
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.