The term ‘Cabin Fever’ describes being stuck inside. This is a restless feeling you get after a while. In the Cabin Fever slot from MicroGaming – it is a family of bears suffering from this. Snow, ice and even the sun wearing a scarf to keep warm show the setting is winter. If you line up the hibernating bears, you could be on the receiving end of a big win.
Features include a free spins bonus game. All your wins are doubled for the duration of this. There are also substitute symbols in play – and scatter wins too, in the form of a shivering squirrel.
A standard 5-reel setup is in use for Cabin Fever slot game – with 20 win-lines crossing from the left to right. These lines are not adjustable, though there is plenty of flexibility in your coin size (from just 1c per line) and how many coins to play per line (up to 10). If you hit the ‘expert’ button in the control panel, you’ll get auto-play options too. Cabin Fever does include a gamble after a win option. Here you choose the colour of a playing card in a simple double or nothing format.
Wild symbols have a top prize which is way above the other pay outs. If you line up 5 of these, which show the word ‘wild’ as if carved from blocks of ice, you’ll get 5000 coins. In addition to substituting for the regular winning symbols, any wins with this wild are doubled compared to the regular pay table.
High paying symbols show the bear family. These bears are a curious mix of colours! What could be daddy bear is the top paying, worth 300 coins for 5 and paying all the way down to 2 from the left. He is purple. The bear mom is pink, and on the telephone. She shares a prize with 2 bears (kids?), of 250 coins. Finally, baby bear, who is banging upturned saucepans with spoons, is worth 200 coins for 5.
There are fruit symbols in play to make up the smaller line wins. These are all covered in snow, and have ice hanging off the bottom.
The free Cabin Fever slot game is not all about the bears – the squirrel plays an important role. This creature is holding on to 2 big acorns, and is a scatter symbol. You get a prize as a multiple of your total spin amount, based on the number in view anywhere on the reels. The top prize (for 5 anywhere on the reels) is 200x your bet. This goes all the way down to 1x that bet, for just 2 on the reels.
The sun symbol does not look happy. It is wearing a scarf, and has a blue nose. You’ll be happy to see this symbol on reels 1 and 5 in the same spin. This will trigger the free spins bonus game. You get 20 free spins, and any wins which happen during these are doubled. The wilds still double wins, giving you 4x on wins that contain the wild symbols. You can retrigger for 20 more spins during play.
A lot of effort has gone into the winter theme. Even the logo (which is below the reels) has a cap of snow and icicles hanging off it. The line markers around the reels are also snow-capped.
Symbols are bright, though more like coloured line drawings than anything too detailed. They do manage to bring an element of humour to the game. I like the use of snow covered fruits for the smaller wins. These make a good change from the standard playing card symbols.
There are very few animations in use. The sun sheds its scarf and appears with sun glasses when you trigger the free spins. The wild will also change to a warmer version. The squirrel wiggles its tail when you trigger scatter wins, and chuckles a little. Sounds are analogue beeps and whirrs, exactly as you would expect from an older style online slot game.
As simple, older style slots go – Cabin Fever casino game is enjoyable enough. The humour makes up for the lack of depth in the game play. Doubled wins with wilds and the chance of 200x from scatter symbols are both welcome in the base game. The main feature is the free spins round. At 20 spins with doubled prizes, this is your best shot at walking away with a bigger pay-out.