Free CATS Slot Game

Wildlife themed slots are a popular and crowded niche – both in live casinos and online. To stand out, a lot featuring big cats needs to do something a bit different. This is exactly what you’ll find in this beautifully produced slot from IGT – where the novelty is that you can get wins of up to 10 of a kind. This is a standard 5 reel, 3 row video slot. In order to give you the possibility of those 10 of a kind wins, the symbols are often doubled up, with 2 cougars or panthers per symbol. This game-play also counts for the wilds in the free spins bonus round.

The background to the reels is a golden savannah, with grass at the bottom leading to an amazing sunset above. The choice of rich colours gives the slot a high quality feel to it overall. There is not too much background to the symbols on the reels, as most of the cats are in square frames without gaps. The playing card symbols which make up those smaller wins have a dark red background. There are some animations on the reels and roars when you get wins involving the big cats – though mostly the sounds are computer generated (though not unpleasant). Any big win will generate a running cat pop-up graphic, and you will get to watch your total increasing.

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  • Playing the Cats Slot

    There are a maximum of 30 win-lines for this game, which are selectable. As always, with wild symbols in play keeping to the maximum lines and instead reducing your coin size will help maximize the number of lines those wilds can be involved in. You can spin for 30c and up, and choose auto-spin if you prefer.

    Double cat symbols are easy to spot; they simply have two head-shots of the big cats in question rather than just one. 5 ‘doubles’ and you get the 10 of a kind maximum prize for each cat – though pay-outs do start at just 3 of a kind. The panther is the best paying symbol (apart from the logo during the free spins round). 10 panthers get you 2500 coins, with 1000 coins for 9 all the way down to 10 coins for just 3. Lions, Tigers, Leopards and Cougars have the same prizes. You will get 1000 coins for 10 of any of these, with 800 for 9 and 500 for 8.

    There are two special symbols on the reels. First the paw prints. These can be either single or double, and are scatter symbols – paying out from 4+ anywhere on the reels. Paws also trigger the free spins game, with 5 spins for 5 and 10 spins for 6+. There are also ‘Cats’ logos, these are wild, substituting for everything except the scatter.

    Bonus Game for Cats

    After seeing a nice graphic of a big cat running across the screen, you’ll go to a new set of reels with a night background, and enjoy some up tempo music while you go through your spins. The main difference in the free spins is that the wild ‘Cats’ logo is worth 10,000 coins for 5 on a win line. This logo also starts to count as double when involved in wins with other symbols – giving you the potential for much bigger regular wins.

    At the end of the bonus game you’ll get a display with your total winnings and see the graphic / silhouette of the cat going in the other direction across the screen.

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    Summary for Cats

    I can see the appeal for this game from two different angles. First, those who appreciate a beautifully produced game will enjoy the graphics and drawings. The cats themselves look amazing. Second, there is the potential for those 10 of a kind wins, and the big prize of 10k coins during the free spins bonus game too. This big win potential adds an extra element which keeps the slot interesting after the appreciation of the graphics has worn off.

    Cats the Musical

    It is one of those strange facts in life that one of the most successful musicals of all time was based on a book called ‘Old Possums Book of Practical Cats’, which was written by T. S. Elliot. This musical was famously created by Andrew Lloyd Webber and made its debut in the West End of London back in 1981. Since then it hit Broadway, where it recently became the 3rd longest running show in history (behind the Phantom of the Opera and Chicago).

    The Plot

    This story is set on a rubbish dump on the night of the ‘Jellicle Ball’, where one cat is chosen to ascend to receive a heavenly reward (new life). The cats notice that there is an audience watching them and introduce themselves (through song and dance). There are a wide variety of characters and back-stories to the cats vying for the top spot. A theatre cat, mature and well-dressed one, another who is barred from the ball and reflects on happier times and so on.

    The Show

    In addition to the huge successes on Broadway and in London, the show has popped up in cities around the world. These are now regular performances in Vienna, Los Angeles, Sydney, Zurich and Mexico City – many of these have been running for decades.

    Many famous musical actors have been involved along the way. These have included Sarah Brightman, Brian Blessed, Elaine Paige, Bonnie Langford, Sir John Mills, Timothy Scott and many more besides.

    It will not surprise you to hear that Cats has won many awards and even more nominations. These have includes a Laurence Olivier Award and multiple Tony awards.