Free Exotic Cats slot
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Exotic Cats slot is exactly what you might imagine from the name of the game - a slot themed focused on mighty big cats from five continents done in the traditional unfussy and simple style. Developer Microgaming tend to like animals as their subject matter with their 'Untamed' Series including Giant Panda and Bengal Tiger although most of these man-eaters are featured together in IGT's Cats slot which I'd say is the nearest example. The reels are set over a dark jungle background and spin to a tune of jungle drums and music with a soft ring each time they stop, but more spectacular effects can appear later as you'd imagine with these clawed killers! Can our bankroll escape from here intact or will it be hunted down and consumed by these hungry predators?
On the reels...
Being a 243-way game there are 5 reels of 3 rows each and aside from the Wilds and scatters all symbols appear stacked. The pays are quite simple as we have 5 different big cats all paying 10 for a full way of 5 symbols, the Lady and Pawprint at 3.33x and four card values paying either 3 or 2x bet for a full way. The Wilds will award 15x and the Wilds are what this slot is all about as I will explain!
Above each reel is the name of a big cat - Lion, Tiger, Panther, Leopard and Cougar from 1 to 5 respectively. Should the named big cat appear anywhere on that reel it will appear from behind its name tag and with a mighty slash of claws and a roar expand to become a full reel Wild. If you manage this on all five reels 3564x bet is yours!
A Gold Token scatter appears on all five reels and we need three or more to trigger 10 free games, during which 5 extra spins are awarded should you land another three or more scatters. There is a simple enhancement in that the reels have more cats on them, increasing the chance of triggering those all-important expanding Wilds. The standard Wilds still appear too so there is some big-win potential here.
Exotic Cats slot is simple yet very effective with good animations and sound effects, especially when the big cats expand. Wins are quite frequent although these tend to be in the smaller range to balance the possibility of quite large wins via multiple Wild reels. The game is nearly as volatile as the temperament of the animals featured, but we do get a good 96.33% RTP and a very exciting free games round where big prizes are more likely. Sometimes straightforward is best and with Exotic Cats you get exactly what you see which means it tends to hold your attention. These are hungry hunters so be prepared to give them a good feed before they lie down to sleep and let you leave with some of their gold...