Aristocrat already have a rabbit themed slot (Bunny’s Rabbits) and a Panda game (Wild Panda), so why not add a cat to the mix? This is a 50 line video slot, which is available both at live casinos and online. The symbols are centered on the main cat, and if the ‘meow’ sound each time she appears in a win-line does not put you off, you’ll have the potential to win big through the free spins game.
50 line games are actually the exception with Aristocrat slots. Most fall into either the 25 lines or 243-ways ‘reel power’ categories. With this many lines you’ll need to watch your total spin amount closely before you play. On the plus side, there are a lot of winning combinations, especially if you get Miss Kitty herself on the reels – she acts as a wild.
The familiar galloping clicks, retro beeping tunes for wins and playing card icons are all included in this slot. You’ll also get the chance to gamble any wins on the draw of a playing card if you wish.
You can select any number of lines you wish from 1 through to 50 in this game. I recommend all 50, as you’ll often get multiple winning combinations from the wilds – which appear on reels 2, 3 4 and 5. You can bet from 1c per line up to $5. Minimums will depend on the casino, and are usually no lower than 25c. You can see the total bet amount above the reels, this is always worth double checking before the first spin.
Miss Kitty herself is the wild symbol. You cannot make ‘wilds only’ winning combinations with her, since none of this symbol appears on the first reel. Instead she will make up winning combos of all the other symbols in the game. These include fish, clockwork mice, birds, milk and a ball of string. Individual wins are small, though you’ll get quite a lot of them to keep your bankroll ticking over while you wait for the bonus rounds. The playing card symbols also offer wins, though these are lower than the main symbols.
The moon symbols are the scatters. These appear on reels 1, 2 and 3 only and trigger 10 free spins when you hit all 3.
Aristocrat are synonymous with free spins games. While many are simple runs of spins, this one does have an interesting twist in the form of ‘Sticky Wilds’. Any Miss Kitty symbols which appear during the bonus will stay on the reels. This means that as you go through your spins, it is possible to have a lot of wilds on the reels, bringing multiple wins each spin. The scatters will sometimes share a spot on the reels with Miss Kitty too. This feature can be retriggered, though only once and only for 5 more spins. Keep in mind that by the time you get to your 5 extra spins, you’ll have a lot of ‘stuck’ wilds in place – making them potentially very profitable indeed.
This is solid, simple slot game with the characteristic focus on playability you would expect from Aristocrat. It would not appeal to players more used to the interactive video slots from IGT or PlayTech, however it is an entertaining game for those who like retro-feel slots. My one gripe is the ‘Meow’ which really started to grate after a while. Sure, it does mean you have a win, it is just too fake and a little too loud in comparison to the other sounds.