Cat Scratch Fever Slot from Novomatic
If you were to google “Cat Scratch Fever” you’d see that it is an infectious disease which can occur after a scratch by a cat’s claw. Having seen that you might wonder how this would be the subject for a slot, but Novomatic has to be commended for their wordplay here.
This is a slot based upon ‘Saturday Night Fever’, only involving a number of groovy cats instead of the likes of John Travolta! Expect big hair, big shoes and much bling on the reels. These cats can indeed scratch, giving the opportunity for many additional wins, while a free spins bonus round is certainly the highlight.
How to Win on Cat Scratch Fever
During the base game of this five reel slot you’ll notice immediately that many of the symbols are stacked throughout your play. This can lead to multiple wins and large payouts. The game has a total of 25 pay lines and wins are paid from left to right. The top paying symbol is a male cat with a large afro and facial hair, worth 2,000 coins when hitting the maximum five in a row. A similar big haired female feline pays 1,000 coins, while a pair of dancing cats is worth 800 coins. What stands out about this game is the fact that there are no playing card filler symbols, all the symbols are relevant to the theme. These other symbols include a large purple car, a gold medallion, a red 1970’s style feathered hat and eye catching platform shoes which include a goldfish swimming around in the heel.
These are joined by the glitter ball wild symbol which only appears on reels 2, 3, 4 and 5. This substitutes for every other symbol apart from the scatter.
Boogie on Down with the Cat Scratch Fever Bonus Features
The fact that the symbols are stacked plays an important role at this Novomatic designed slot. Any time the same symbol completely fills 2 of the first 3 reels, the ‘Cat Scratch’ feature comes into play. This sees a set of cat claws now scratch each of the remaining reels and ensure that each is now filled completely by a particular symbol. You’ll be hoping that the symbol chosen by the cat scratch matches the one that filled the reels in the first place, as this can lead to many wins. The ideal scenario sees the same symbol filling all five reels, which will mean that you’ll gain a 5 in a row win for each of the symbols. This particular scenario becomes even better, as the final reel will now be scratched again and the reels re-evaluated, meaning you could easily double up on your big win.
The other feature is the free spins bonus round. This is activated by landing 9 or more bonus symbols across the reels. This can be aided by the ‘Cat Scratch’ feature again, as you’ll often land two complete reels of bonus symbols and the feature might see other reels now filled with this symbol. You’ll gain 18 free spins for three reels of bonus symbols, but each additional reel will see 6 more spins added. The free spins are played out in exactly the same way as the base game.
The other feature is the standard Novomatic Slots gamble after a win, where you’ll aim to predict the color of a face down playing card to double your money.
Design and Setup
You can’t help but be taken by the design of this disco inspired slot. The reels are set against the backdrop of a high rise city scene at night, making for a dark blue background. The symbols add a nice contrast and explosions of color, especially when the glitter ball makes an appearance. Each of the symbols are designed to put a smile on your face and the somewhat cheesy soundtrack (you wouldn’t expect anything else) is the perfect accompaniment to this Novomatic design.
All of the usual options are here including the straightforward auto play where you’ll simply click it once to start the automatic spins and then click it again to stop, alongside the options to toggle both the music and sound effects on and off. With 25 pay lines, you’ll simply multiply your chosen coin value that many times for your total stake for each spin.
Cat Scratch Fever is an enjoyable and somewhat unique online slot. The variety of symbols make for an entertaining base game which is only improved upon by the ‘cat scratch’ feature which can give you those large winning opportunities. The free spins feature offers a large amount of spins too.