Another slot with a pun in the name from online slot software house MicroGaming. Dogfather is a pun on Godfather – the name given to the boss of a mafia crime family. The symbols are an entertaining mix of dog-gangsters, and equipment like guns and dog knuckledusters. Fire hydrants play a special role in one of the bonus games – as does a flea, which lands on the reels with an amusing ‘boing!’ sound.
Tripled wins during the free spins bonus game are the highlight in terms of potential wins. The highlight in terms of entertainment is a picks game. This is called the ‘mark your territory’ bonus, and involves choosing fire-hydrants to mark. Fortunately, there are no animations showing how these are marked!
This game has 20 win-lines, with the usual size grid of 5 reels and 3 rows of symbols. The spin button is shaped like a bone, though you’ll need to choose the number of lines, size of your coin and (if needed) a coin multiplier before you hit the spin button. Auto-play and bet max are on offer.
A bulldog with a suit, cigar and a stern expression is the highest paying symbol. This is also wild, substituting for the non-bonus symbols to create extra wins. The top prize is a healthy 13000 coins for 5 of the Dogfather symbols. You’ll get prizes all the way down to 2 of a kind for this symbol – though the regular ones require 3+ on a win-line.
Higher paying symbols continue with a female dog, who is wearing an expensive-looking pearl necklace. She will get you 900 coins for 5. 3 more dog symbols appear to be the mafia members on the street. There is another bulldog, a white one with big ears and then a pair of Doberman dogs.
Smaller wins come from a mix of symbols, with no playing cards used this time. There is a gun, pink toy with some dollars, cigar (complete with cutter), knuckle duster designed for a paw, and a gloves and soap combination.
Fire hydrants pay prize based on the total number in view, and are not tied to the win-lines. These prizes can be big. If you hit 5 hydrants you’ll win up to 5300 coins.
Even better, 3 or more of these will trigger the ‘Mark Your Territory’ bonus game. You’ll go to a new screen, which is filled with fire hydrants of different colours and designs. You simply pick 3 of them, revealing cash prizes each time. As usual, the prizes behind the hydrants you did not pick are revealed at the end.
A yellow flea (called ‘Itchy da Flea’) triggers the free spins bonus. This entertaining character, pays up to 100x your total bet for 5 on the reels. You get 13 free spins each time, and during your bonus any wins are tripled compared to the pay table. This means that 5 of the wild Dogfather symbols in this bonus will get you a full 39,000 coins. You can retrigger this bonus with 3+ fleas during play.
The reels take up almost all of the screen, which does not leave room for anything except the logo around them. This contains a paw print, with a city-scape behind. The white reels show up the brightly coloured line-drawn style symbols. I will admit to being confused by the pink toy, which looks like a rabbit.
The stand out symbol is Itchy da Flea. He looks like a real character in a stiped waistcoat, and lands with a characteristic sound. There are other entertaining animations. The Dogfather himself is reading a book on ‘Taking Care of Cats!’.
While you play there is some swinging 1920’s Jazz music, this switches up when you hit the free spins bonus game. Overall, this slot is well produced – even though the design style is not the most modern.
This is all all-round entertaining game, with a fun theme and plenty of animations and sound effects. There is a picks-game, though it is the free spins bonus round which you’ll want to hit. During Itchy da Flea’s 13 spins, all your wins will be tripled. Hitting a big win at 3x could well give you a howling good session!