Microgaming’s list of latest releases includes Exotic Cats, a slot machine that’s going to take the player deep inside the jungle. The main roles are taken by dangerous predators of the jungle, the “cats” that the title mentions. The game’s most attractive part seems to come from some of its major features.
5 reels get to host 243 ways to win, making the game’s individual combinations relatively easy to form. The wins you get might not be too high, but with the help of the slot’s features they can deliver up to $106,000 in a single spin. Regular and vertical wilds, scatters and free games make up the feature list of Exotic Cats.
Betting and Prizes
Exotic Cats is playable with a small wager, even as low as $0.15 if necessary. To get more out of the game’s winning combinations, I would recommend you go as high as possible, the maximum bet allowed being $30. Whatever bet you use, the game will have all its 243 ways to win active, so only the amount you win changes.
A game that is considered to have Medium volatility, it will sport an RTP of 96.30% for its entire lifetime. It’s capable of paying even up to $106,000 in a single round. Individual wins are going to be quite a bit lower than that however.
Among the features that Microgaming has chosen to implement in Exotic Cats, I’d say that the wild symbol is the one that you will benefit from most often. These symbols which you can use as replacements for other symbols are useful even when they appear only once, provided that the reel they land on is one where you need another symbol. The ways to win make the wild’s job a lot easier, because it can do its job no matter on what position it lands on, provided that it gets the right reel.
Vertical Wilds are the ones that make the game most profitable though. The slot has five exotic cats which are associated with the five reels. You see a different exotic cat at the top of each reel. Have each exotic cat symbol appear on its own reel, to turn it into a Vertical Wild. This is your basic expanding wild, which takes over a reel. Get all five exotic cats on their associated reels, and you could have a full screen covered with wilds, and the payouts would be incredible.
The 1st reel is associated with the Lion, the 2nd reel with the Tiger, the 3rd with the Panther, the 4th with the Leopard, while the 5th reel gets the Cougar.
For the final feature, we have the free spins. These are activated via scatters with Coins and they give you 10 rounds once you land 3+. Retriggering this feature adds only 5 extra free spins to the total. There are no extra features here, these rounds play the same way as the paid spins, and they have access to the same Vertical Wilds.
Theme & Design
Sporting a jungle cat theme that should be fun for most players, Exotic Cats uses images of lions, tigers, cougars, leopards and black panthers for its major symbols. The others are going to have logos or coins, or images of card suits, paw prints and a jungle woman. A very good design overall, but don’t expect anything impressive here.
I think that you will be able to appreciate Exotic Cats, mostly for its Vertical Wilds feature and the potential it has for you.