Cats are the subject of many slot games. This is the first time I have come across a game themed on a hotel which is staffed by cats. You’ll find a feline bar tender, waitress and various residents of the cabana on the reels.
The deceptively simple game-play of the base game hides some interesting features. There are randomly appearing ‘dashing wilds’, plus 5 different variations of the free spins game. You will find expanding wilds, frozen wilds and more via a picks round – where a cat delivers cocktails to different rooms.
You will find the 5-reel, 3 row grid of the reels housed inside a building – flanked by palm trees. 25 win-lines cross over these. You can’t adjust the number of win-lines, though the bet size is flexible. The minimum bet is just 25c and up from there. Auto play is offered as a standard extra.
Prizes listed in the pay table will adjust automatically to your bet size. This shows you exactly how much you can win at different stakes. For this page, I have based the prizes on $1 per spin to keep things clear.
Kitty Cabana logo symbols are wild. These also appear in stacks on the reels, often covering one or more entire reels. They replace all the regular (non-scatter) symbol to create extra wins. The logo symbols also have the biggest single prize. This is $20 for 5 of a kind.
Cats make up the higher paying symbols. These are beautifully drawn and have some real character. A female cat with a pink cocktail tops the prizes, at $18 for 5. Another lady, this time on a sun-lounger with a martini glass is close at $16 for 5. A bar tender cat ($12), older lady cat reading a book ($8) and Siamese cat with glasses ($6) make up the feline wins.
Smaller prizes come via the playing card symbols. Aces down to jacks are in play.
This is a randomly triggered feature, and involves 3 wilds – one on each row of symbols. You will see the word wild appear 3 times, and move from left to right while the reels spin. As the reels stop, these will select a place and become the regular wild symbols. If you are lucky enough to combine these with some of the standard wilds, you can turn a losing spin into a big winner!
An elegant female cat with a 1920’s look is the scatter symbol. This has prizes of up to 100x your total bet amount for 5 in view. 3 or more of these symbols will also trigger the free spins bonus game.
This game goes through 2 distinct stages, with screens showing the scatter cat and scenes from the Cabana in between.
The first part involves a view of 3 levels of the cabana. On the right is an elevator, in which the lady cat appears. You pick a door from the bottom level first. She goes to this door, knocks and delivers a cocktail to the cat that opens it. This bottom level reveals your special feature for the free spins game. There are 5 different ones:
Super Stacked Wilds: Wilds take up long strips on the reels, giving you a better chance of covering entire reels with them.
Expanding Wilds: Each time you hit a single wild on a reel, it expands to cover all 3 positions.
Wild Reels: Reels 1 and 5 are wild for the duration of your free spins.
Split Wilds: Wilds divide into two, enabling more wins and 6 of a kind wins (which pay 2x the 5-of-a-kind amount).
Frozen Wilds: Wilds are frozen for 3 spins after hitting, at which point they will melt away.
There are still 2 more levels to climb before your free spins get started. The 2nd level gives you a win multiplier, and the 3rd level gives you a number of free spins. You now start the spins, with a special screen showing your total wins appearing once you have finished.
There is no doubt that the cats are stylish in this game, with the design reflecting high-society for felines. The detailed characters in the symbols are beautifully drawn, and there are some cute animations when you win. A soundtrack of swinging jazz plays during the free spins bonus.
This game has it all, a stylish design, some humour and a good depth to the features. Initially, things can seem relaxed, with only the occasional roaming wilds to break up the base game. Once you hit the feature, you will find that this slot has some hidden depths. There are enough free spins variations to keep you entertained all night!
You will find the same game-play options with a different, dog themed, design in the popular Hound Hotel slot.