World-renowned casino software developer Microgaming has just released a new Video slot called Exotic Cats. The Isle of Man-based studio is especially known for the detail, graphics, special features and creative themes of its slots, so every new title is eagerly anticipated and received. Exotic Cats, which has been live across all platforms since 8 August 2018, has been no different.
Theme and Design
Larger and wilder species are the focus here, rather than domesticated tabbies. High-resolution graphics show lions, cougars, panthers, leopards and tigers in all their beauty. They are all seen on the reels, which are set against a lush jungle scene. At the top of each barrel is the name of 1 of these 5 big cats. When the feline symbol lands on the reel bearing its name, it springs to life and swipes down with its claws to turn the entire thing Wild.
Playing card symbols make up the lower-value icons and the wild atmosphere is further enhanced by a background of rhythmic drumming noises, along with roaring animal sounds. Classic slot sound effects complete the experience.
There are 5 reels and 3 rows in Exotic Cats, which features a 243 Ways to Win pay structure. This means that instead of the conventional paylines, there are several positions in each row that will trigger a reward when specific symbols land on them. There are 243 possible configurations, meaning players have 243 chances of getting paid out on each spin.
The betting range should suit almost every budget, starting at 0.15 and going up to 30.00 per spin. The top jackpot in the base game is 106,000.00 and with a theoretical Return to Player percentage of 96.3% many will feel this is well worth spinning for.
Very busy individuals can activate the AutoPlay feature to keep the barrels turning by themselves, and the game can also be enjoyed for free as well as for real cash. This allows interested players to try it out first, before they commit to spending any money.
Jam Packed with Special Features
In addition to the feline-themed Vertical Wilds mentioned above, there is a Scatter Symbol to further enhance wins in the Exotic Cats slot. This looks like a stone carving that might be found in a temple buried deep in the jungle, and activates a round of 10 Free Spins whenever 3 or more are seen anywhere on the reels at the same time. Landing 3 or more of the carvings during the Bonus Round will trigger 5 more Free Spins.
Wild Symbols can also appear individually, and not only in a Vertical Wild configuration. They take the form of the game logo in this case. However the Wild Symbols appear, they can substitute for any icon other than the Scatter and help to create many more successful combinations on the reels. Every payout is accented with special sounds and animations, making it feel more celebratory.