Microgaming’s Quickspin has pushed the arc out with this Dr Doolittle themed slot, Tales of Dr Doolittle. So, ok, he’s no Noah, that’s fine, we don’t have an issue with this. The theme is a corker, and everyone loves animals, right? Join the Dr at his hilltop house where you are spin, pet and win.
Presented over the standard 5x3 setup, this cartoon-like slot set against a twee seascape background is a pleasant game to play. The soundtrack is enough to get anyone’s foot tapping, even if you’re fully aware that the tune you’re enjoying is rubbish.
The signs are all there
High-value symbols are typically predictable, as with many of these slots. You’ll find a dug with a bow tie, a parrot sporting a monocle, a horse with glasses on and Dr Doolittle, the man himself as the highest payer here. He’ll drop you 2x your stake for five over a payline, as well as the prize from his score. Low-value symbols are mand up of the playing card deck from 10 to Ace.
There are three bonuses in the game, any winning combo in the base game will get you a respin, contributing symbols lock whist the remaining symbols spin again. Should there be another win those symbols also lock and another respin ensues until no more winning combinations are possible, if you’re lucky enough for them to land in the first place that is.
Having a wild time
The Multiplier Wild round is a little cracker, with any multiplier wild symbol that is part of a win awarding you a multiplier. One wild win will get you a 2x multiplier; two wild wins, a 3x multiplier; three wild wins, a 4x multiplier and four wild wins, a 5x multiplier. Tidy.
Get three or more of the bonus scatters across the reels to trigger a free spins bonus feature, you’ll get 10 free spins, each guaranteed to carry at least one multiplier wild symbol. There is potential for a 5x multiplier on all these free spins, if you’re very lucky.
Tales of Dr. Dolittle does pay out quite well, but the low to medium variance will always keep thing sensible and safe. In fact, you could get Dr Doolittle over all reels with a 5x multiplier and still only have 250x your stake, and that’s the top. That Respin feature could be your saviour though, as you can get multiple wins with those wilds on the base game. Good for beginners, high rollers will get bored.
Words: David Bailey-Lauring