Expecting a roar, but getting a meow in Microgaming's new Exotic Cats
243 Ways & Expanding Symbols Feature
3500x max potential
Exotic Cats Slot: Introduction
Microgaming has been missing in action as of late, not being very active with producing new slots under its own name and relying more on its back catalog of classic slots. Instead, the company seems to have focused on its partnerships with smaller, lesser known studios that have been churning out a line of quite awful slots. Being such an iconic developer we're always a bit excited to hear about new slots, despite this being a very lazy production.
Exotic Cats is as generic as a Microgaming slot gets with 5 reels, 3 rows and 243 ways. It's playable on all devices from €0.15 to €15 and has a max win of €53,000 on max bet. As usual with Microgaming slots, information about RTP can be very hard to find and we could find no such information in the help file or the paytable. Not ok!
It's not the first time Microgaming takes on a feline-themed slot. In June 2016 Pretty Kitty was released, a slot that shares more similarities with Exotic Cats in more ways than one.
Exotic Cats Slot: Symbols & Paytable
Exotic Cats includes 6 low paying symbols and 5 high paying symbols represented by cougars, leopards, panthers, tigers and lions - the latter being the most valuable of the regular symbols, yielding a 10x win for 5 on a payline. The game also comes with a wild symbol which is worth 14,6x for 5 of a kind as well as a scatter symbol.
All the 5 cats are represented on each of the reels on the reel set. Whenever a cat lands on its matching reel, the Expanding Symbols feature is activated.
Expanding Symbols Feature
In the main game and the free spins, players can benefit from expanding wild reels. If a cat lands on its matching reel when the reel is activated (if a cat shows up on top of the reel before the spin plays out), it will turn into a wild and expand on the reel. This way it is possible to land a full screen of wilds which awards the maximum win of 3564 times the stake. This is pretty much all that is going on in the base game.
Exotic Cats Slot: Free Spins Feature
Landing 3 or more scatter symbols anywhere on the reels awards 10 free spins and if a further 3 or more scatters are landed in the free spins game an additional 5 spins will be added. The free spins mode is identical to the main game in terms of gameplay and features but has a different reel set with more premiums.
Exotic Cats Slot: Conclusion
This is a very basic and standard Microgaming slot with quite low payouts and medium volatility, although it does have the potential for some really nice dingers. It's definitely not the worst game we've played, but it does get a bit repetitive with a free spins game too similar to the base game. Adding something as simple as a multiplier to the free spins game would have been a huge improvement in our opinion as well as a random feature in the main game.