Microgaming brings us this wonderfully kitsch offering called Exotic Cats. Set in a damp, unwelcoming jungle, the game pitches you against the cats of this mysterious land who stand between you and your winnings.
Set across the standard 5 x 3 reels presentation with left to right play, this slot has both a base game feature and a free spins feature. The free spins is the trump card here, with potential for some tidy wins, but the base game feature is well placed to tempt you on a bit further.
The symbols and features
Along with a sound overall design the symbols include a lion, tiger, panther, leopard and cougar, and make up the higher values. Lower values come in the form of hearts, diamonds and spades. The soundtrack is a little grating, we had to turn it off.
The reels will be guarded by one of these wonderful cats, the ‘vertical wilds’ feature potentially activating during any base game spin. It will initiate when you get one of the exotic cats on a reel guarded by its own species. From reels one to five the big cats guard as follows: lion, tiger, panther, leopard and cougar respectively.
Land a cat symbol on an associated reel and see it expand to make an entire wild reel, with the potential to turn all the reels wild should you get the appropriate cat on a reel with its species present. There is actually potential for huge wins here, but such a combination is a fairly long shot, but not impossible.
There is also a wild, here it can be found in the form of a logo symbol for the game itself, substituting all other symbols to make up wins, except the scatters.
We love the free spins
All good games have a superstar free spins round, and this one is no exception. Unlock them by landing three, four or five scatter symbols in the base game, giving you 10 free spins to get you going. Landing three or more scatters as the free spins feature is running will get you a further five spins.
The total bet you placed will be multiplied by the sum of scatters that you receive, as they are also paying symbols, meaning a free spins round can become quite lucrative. They can land anywhere and will pay wherever they land. You’ll notice the free spins reels differ slightly from those of the base game, although there is a certain consistency as bets placed in the round that triggered the free spins will be carried over.
If you’re feeling particularly bold and wish to go head-to-head with these majestic creatures, then we won’t stand in your way. In the office we spent a good day or two playing this one, it’s strangely addictive in the sense that things do happen quite regularly - in the way of feature activations that is.
Exotic Cats has a half decent look, it’s not the most attractive if we’re honest, but we all know looks aren’t everything in the slot world, right? This five reel wild potential is really enticing, as are the incredible wins which can present themselves. Like.
Words: David Bailey-Lauring