Rabbit in the Hat Slots
It can’t be very nice being the rabbit in a magic show. You spend most of the time in a dark hat and are then pulled out by your ears only to realize that you’re being stared at by a large audience. All things being equal, there is probably an alternative universe somewhere where the centrepiece of a magic show is a human being pulled out of a hat by a rabbit. The rabbit in this slot, however, seems very happy with his lot, possibly because of the carrot that sits in the middle of the title. Joining him on the reels is the suave looking magician, his wide eyed female assistant and a number of magic props, in a game where the magic hat certainly plays the leading role.
The backdrop to the slot is a stage in the theatre, with the draped purple curtains covered in stars and moons. The magician stands to the right of the reels, occasionally raising just one eyebrow while holding his hat in his left hand and his magic wand in his right and is joined by his female assistant to the left when the feature is activated. These full length characters are graphically impressive, as are the symbols on the reels, which come to life when forming part of a win line, while also adding much colour to the game. The accompanying sound during the base game is the general noise you’ll find if inside a live casino, however the jaunty soundtrack of the feature really brings the game to life.
Playing Rabbit in the Hat
Rabbit in the Hat is a five reel game, with a slightly fewer than usual number of win lines in 9. This number, somewhat understandably, cannot be changed to fewer. You’ll choose your total stake for each spin (as opposed to the coin value) using the plus and minus buttons on the control. Fortunately you don’t have to be a magician to win at this MicroGaming designed slot, as hitting 3 or more symbols in a row on a win line from left to right will guarantee a win. The top wins come along when hitting 5 in a row and the magician and his assistant pay out 1,000 and 900 coins when achieving this. The rest of the standard symbols pay out between 800 and 100 coins, with the happy rabbit being the highest paying of these.
The wild symbol is a hat with the word ‘wild’ emerging from it. This substitutes for every other symbol on the reels and is also the highest paying of the game, with 5,000 coins hitting your account for five in a row.
So far, everything points to the slot being much like any other, but this is certainly not the case, as the base game is actually very different – this because of the ‘Magic Hats’ feature. Randomly during any spin, a magic hat may appear above the 5th reel. There are four different hats:
Wild Reel – Expands to turn up to 3 reels wild
Free Spins – Gives you a random amount of free spins up to 50
Cash – Awards a random cash prize
Random – Awards one of the above
Although the hat appears above the reel, it will only be activated if the wild symbol appears on the reel, so you’ll be willing for those wilds to appear. After each spin, the magic hat will jump one reel to the left and will continue to jump until it reaches the left end of the reels before disappearing.
Should you manage to land the free spins feature, your spins are different to the base game. Here, each of the 5 reels will start with a magic hat above and a new magic hat will appear on reel 5 after every spin, as the others shuffle to the left. The free spins can be re-triggered during this round, with up to an additional 10 free spins available.
With so many slots out there, it can prove to be a little tough in coming across an original idea for a game. However, it looks like MicroGaming has achieved it here. A game without a scatter symbol might not sound too enticing, but those magic hats that jump from reel to reel certainly make for an entertaining and unique base game. This only improves during the feature, where virtually every wild activates a feature. This all makes for an entertaining, visually appealing and original slot, which is highly recommended.