If you’re a Pug, Poodle or a Pointer, Hound Hotel might just be your perfect holiday destination. This is a hotel set up specifically for dogs and features a number of the four-legged pets as guests. This is a hotel on 3 floors and the dogs in question will find themselves greeted by a Chihuahua, looking resplendent in his porter’s outfit.
This game is packed full of features, all of which are based around the wild symbol. During the base game have stacked wilds and a randomly awarded wild bonus. The feature of the game sees you enter one of five bonus rounds, where the wilds play a different but pivotal role in each.
Hound Hotel is a five-reel slot with a total of 25 win-lines. The slot pays from left to right and the coin value ranges from just 1c through to $3, making this game suitable for all.
The highest paying standard symbols are all dogs. A St. Bernard wearing a dressing gown, with a newspaper under his arm and drinking a coffee pays 450 coins for landing five in a row. A hound dog in top hat and tails is next on the pay table and pays 400 coins. A demure looking poodle, all dressed in pink has a top win amount of 300 coins, while a Scotch terrier in an appropriate kilt pays 200 coins. The final standard dog symbol is a bemused looking pug, complete with a flat cap and a waistcoat. The pug is holding a drink in his paw and is smoking on a large cigar. The Pug has a max win of 150 coins. The standard symbols in the game are completed by the playing cards J, Q, K and A.
The title logo symbol acts as the wild. This will substitute for any other symbol in the game apart from the Chihuahua scatter. This wild symbol is stacked throughout the base game. This wild will in itself enable many additional wins, but also plays a key role in all of the following features.
The first feature is randomly awarded during the base game. ‘Dashing Wilds’ can be awarded at any time during a non-winning spin and will see 3 wilds landing on random positions. The reels will now be re-evaluated and any wins paid out.
The major feature of the game is the ‘Hound Hotel’ bonus. This is activated by landing three or more Chihuahua scatter symbols anywhere on the reels (2 or more scatters also pays out an instant win.) You’ll now enter the hotel and see three floors, each showing a number of doors. First, you’ll pick a door on floor one to reveal which wild feature you’ll land. Picking a door on the second floor will reveal your multiplier for the feature. Your final pick on the top floor will reveal your number of spins.
There are five wild features in all:
Super Stacked Wilds – Wilds are stacked 20 high on reels 2 and 4.
Expanding Wilds – Any wilds will expand to fill the entire reel.
Wild Reels – Reels 1 and 5 will be completely wild throughout the feature.
Split Wilds – Wilds can split into two, counting for 2 symbols. This can lead to 6 in a row wins (the 5 in a row win amounts are doubled).
Up to 3 Wild Reels – One of reels 2, 3 or 4 will be completely wild, with expanding wilds on reels 1 and 5.
The background to this MicroGaming designed slot shows the hotel itself, an elaborate building with large window panes. Look closely and you’ll see the guests of the hotel move past these windows. The reels loom large, with each of the canine symbols giving the game character. Land a win with any of the dogs and added animation brings them to life too. The accompanying sound to the game is the noise of a busy hotel lobby, although the lack of barking might imply these dogs are well behaved.
Hound Hotel is a very enjoyable game from start to finish. The graphics will appeal the moment you enter the game and the gameplay only matches up. There is little doubt that this game is all about those wilds. You have stacked wilds in the base game, while ‘dashing wilds’ can turn a losing spin into a winning one. The feature is simply excellent. Picking the multipliers, the number of spins and the wild feature adds excitement. The range of five wild features makes for a game with great variety too.
If you prefer cats to dogs, then MicroGaming has you covered. The same game play and features, with a feline theme, can be found in the excellent Kitty Cabana slot.