Cats™ is an online video slot machine game from IGT (International Game Technology) that has been released in October 2010. This online video slot machine game has 5 reels and 30 pay lines. The theme of Cats™ is, as its name implies, inspired by the big wild cats of the world – lions, tigers, cheetahs, mountain lions and black panthers.
The Cats™ video slot machine game is actually very popular at the land-based casinos in Las Vegas, and it quickly became an instant favorite by online slots players when IGT released its online version.
Most people think that most IGT developers have a certain adoration for animals, and maybe that’s the reason why they are so good when it comes to creating slots games with an animal theme to it. If you have never played the Cats™ slot game before, you will initially imagine that the cats they are referring to are the smaller domestic ones. However, you certainly would not mind playing this game with the big wild cats when you get to spot them especially in twos, thanks to the unique Split Symbols Feature that counts for 2 symbols instead of just 1, which means more chances of winning big prizes!
It is natural for online slots players to try out the free play mode first whenever they happen to come across a slot game they have never played on before. The reason for this is that they would like to assess whether or not that a particular slot game is worthy enough to spend their real money on. Fortunately, you can play online slot games powered by IGT absolutely for free, without bothering to download anything! Cats™ online video slot game is perfectly a fun and exciting game to play at, especially if you are fascinated with these majestically big wild cats that we commonly see featured in the arid plains of the Serengeti on TV documentaries. Cats™ offers its online slot players Free Spins, wild substitutes, scatter wins, the unique Split Symbols™ Feature, a maximum coin jackpot of 10,000, and a maximum cash jackpot of £250,000, and last but not least, it has a 93.04% to 94.93% RTP (theoretical return to player)!
Graphics & Sound
Known for being one of the leading slots manufacturers in the whole world by both land-based and online slots players, IGT (International Game Technology) brings to the online gaming world one of their slot games that has been considered to be extremely popular in almost every casino on the strip in Las Vegas – the Cats™ slot machine game. It seems like animals are a favorite theme among the developers of IGT, so it is no wonder that the Cats™ slot machine game is pretty well built. When you first play the Cats™ online video slot game, you would see that the cats they are referring to are the bigger and wilder ones, not the smaller and tamed ones we typically see in our homes. The symbols used in the game are pretty lifelike, not drawn in a cartoonish manner. The background of the reels is of a solid color, which makes the reels look neat and the symbols are a lot better to view. The outer surrounding of the reels resembles the vast Serengeti plains of Africa. The overall graphic design of Cats™ shows many different colors such as blue, green, red, pink, purple, black, and a whole lot of orange, brown and yellow.
When you spin the reels, background music similar to the ones you hear in animal TV show documentaries is played. Different celebratory background music will fill your ears whenever you hit winning combinations; and if you manage win with a specific wild cat, say for example, the lion, you will also hear a lion’s mighty roar!
In Cats™ online video slot game, the card deck symbols available are J, Q, K, and Ace. Other regular symbols include, of course, the big wild cats of the slot game such as the Black Panther, Lion, Tiger, Cheetah, and the Mountain Lion.
The Wild Symbol is the Cats Logo symbol. The Cats Logo (wild symbol) acts as a substitute for all other symbols (except for the scatter symbol) in order to help you complete a winning combination. When you are able to get winning combinations with multiple Cats Logo wild symbols on an active pay line, you will be given varying prizes (refer to the Paytable). Because of the Split Symbols™ Feature, the Cats Logo wild symbol can substitute for the highest-paying animal symbol or highest-paying double symbol that completes a winning combination! When substituting for a Cat animal symbol, the Cats Logo wild symbol is always evaluated using the Split Symbols™ Feature, which totally makes these wild symbols exceptionally valuable.
The Scatter Symbol is the Paw Print symbol. Scatter symbols mean that they do not need to appear in a line (on an enabled pay line) for you to win. The Paw Print scatter symbol can be scattered anywhere on the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th reels only, and you will be able to complete winning combinations as long as there are 4 or more Paw Print scatter symbols that come out. Your winnings are calculated by multiplying the Paw Print scatter symbol combination payout (refer to the Paytable) by the total number of coins you’ve bet. If you hit 5 or more Paw Print scatter symbols (anywhere on the 2nd, 3rd, or 4th reels), you will activate the Cats™ Free Spin Bonus Feature game.
Please take note that if you manage to obtain a scatter win and a regular win, you will be paid out accordingly for both of these wins, because the Paw Print scatter symbol is not required to come out on an active pay line for you to win. Scatter wins are included to the pay line wins.
There is no Gamble Feature in this game.
In the Cats™ online video slot game, IGT has created 2 Bonus Features for their players – the Split Symbols™ Feature, and the standard Free Spin Bonus Feature game.
• Split Symbols™ Feature – When you play the Cats™ online slot game, you will come across animal symbols that can come in two forms: as “single” symbols, and “double” symbols.
The Single symbols have one “Cat” (animal) displayed on the symbol.
The Double symbols (which use the Split Symbols™ Feature), have two of the same “Cats” (animals) displayed on the symbol.
Please take note that there are single and double versions of each animal on every reel. Also, the winning combinations are based on the number of matching cat animals on an enabled pay line (from left to right), not just the number of matching symbols.
With the Split Symbols Feature™, you will surely enjoy winning even by just hitting as few as 3 matching cat animals, and as many as 10 matching cat animals for huge wins! Furthermore, you can win a 3-symbol pay or even a 4-symbol pay on just the first 2 reels!
To make it more interesting for the players, IGT has enhanced the Split Symbols™ Feature more with the help of the Cats Logo wild symbol. It can substitute for the highest-paying animal symbol or highest-paying double symbol that completes a winning combination! When substituting for a Cat animal symbol, the Cats Logo wild symbol is always evaluated using the Split Symbols™ Feature, which totally makes these wild symbols exceptionally valuable.
• Free Spin Bonus Feature Game – If you hit 5 or more Paw Print scatter symbols (that can be found scattered anywhere on the 2nd, 3rd, and/or 4th reel, you will trigger the Cats™ Free Spin Bonus Feature game.
Just like the other regular Cat (animal) symbols, the Paw Print scatter symbols may appear either as a single symbol or double symbols (which use the Spit Symbols™ Feature).
With the inclusion of the Split Symbols™ Feature, you can easily hit as many as 10 of a certain symbol. For instance, hit 2 “double” Paw Print scatter symbols, and 1 “single” Paw Print scatter symbol, it would equal to 5 Paw Print scatter symbols. If you hit 3 “double” Paw Print scatter symbols, it would equal to 6 Paw Print scatter symbols.
If you hit 4 Paw Print scatter symbols (anywhere on the 2nd, 3rd, or 4th reels), you will get a scatter award of 2x your total bet.
If you hit 5 Paw Print scatter symbols (anywhere on the 2nd, 3rd, or 4th reels), you will get 5 Free Spins. If you hit 6, you will get 10 Free Spins.
In the Free Spins Bonus Feature game, different reels are used during all of the Free Spins. The Cats™ Free Spin Bonus Feature game cannot be re-triggered while the Free Spins are being played.
The Cats™ Free Spin Bonus Feature game will end when the Free Spin counter reaches 0, or if the Top Reward of £250,000 has been attained.
Do take note that the maximum win on any transaction is capped at £250,000 currency units (for instance, in pounds). A transaction will include the results of the Free Spins plus the outcome, which activated the Free Spin Bonus Feature game.
When the Free Spin Bonus Feature game is over, you will be taken back to the main Cats™ online video slot game, and your Free Spin winnings are included to your total balance.
Cats™ has 5 reels where you may bet on as many as 30 pay lines. The minimum bet is 1p and the maximum bet is £10 per line. You can wager only 1 coin per pay line bet.
Please take note that the amounts mentioned are in Pounds, but they will remain the same if you choose to play in US dollars, Euros, or Canadian dollars. Also, for every coin that you wager, you will enable another pay line. You will be paid out for winning combinations on enabled pay lines only.
It is absolutely more fun and easy when there is an Auto Spin function available in online slot games. In Cats™, you can access their Auto Spin function by clicking on the Auto Spin button on the lower right corner of the screen. You are given the choice of how many spins you would like the game to do automatically for you – from as low as 10 up to as high as 50 Auto spins. When you choose a number, say 10, the Auto spin will keep track of the remaining number of auto spins. You are actually given the option to stop the auto spins as well, just in case you want to.