In the 1950’s and 1960’s, ‘The Rat Pack’ was a nickname given to a group of individuals and friends who were stars of stage and screen. The group included Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Sammy Davis Jr and would appear in movies such as ‘Ocean’s 11’ and ‘Sergeants 3’. This slot pays homage to the group, although I’m not sure any of the stars would be too pleased at being replaced by an actual rat.
On the reels you’ll find these rats in various poses on stage, whether singing, dancing or playing the piano. The highlight of the game is the free spins bonus round, where you’ll want to see as many gold discs as possible frequent the reels.
The Rat Pack is a five-reel slot, showing four symbols on each of the reels. The game has a total of 30 win lines and pays from left to right. You can choose the number of lines (between 1 and 30), the number of coins (between 1 and 10) and the coin value (between 1c and $3). You also have the option of automatic play.
The highest paying symbols in the game are the five ‘rats’ on stage. The three leading rats are supposed to represent Sinatra, Martin and Davis Jr and each pay 1,000 coins if you land the maximum five in a row. The next symbol on the reels shows a couple of rats acting as backing singers and offers a maximum win of 500 coins. The final rat sits at a piano and has a top pay-out of 300 coins.
At the lower end of the pay scale, you’ll find the playing card symbols 10, J, Q, K and A. The top prizes for the playing cards range between 150 and 50 coins.
Unusually, the game has two wild symbols. The first of these shows the title of the slot against a sparkling red background. Being the wild, this will substitute for any other symbol in the game apart from the scatter. Land five of these title wilds in a row and you’ll win the top prize in the game of 5,000 coins. The additional wild shows ‘2X’ against a gold background. When this substitutes in a win, the pay-out is doubled.
Any time you land a win you’ll have the opportunity to gamble. Choosing to gamble will see you taken to a screen where a large audience of rats await. You’ll now have the opportunity to gamble on the colour or the suit of the card.
A gold disc acts as the scatter symbol and you’ll win an immediate cash prize when 2, 3, 4 or 5 appear anywhere on the reels. Land three scatters or more and you’ll also enter the free spins feature.
The free spins feature plays very differently to normal. The gold discs that activated the feature will now remain on the reels. All the other symbols will now be greyed out and not take part in the feature. The reels will spin and each of the gold discs will nudge down one after each spin until they disappear off the bottom. New scatter symbols will appear on the reels throughout the feature and scatter wins will be paid after each spin (even one scatter will pay during the feature). The feature ends when all the scatters have fallen off the bottom and no more remain.
This MicroGaming designed slot takes a humorous approach to the famous ‘Rat Pack’. Each of the leading rat symbols comes to life with animation when you land a win, while the soundtrack changes, reacting to the action on the screen. The game is full of colour, which is a nice contrast to the dark background of the stage. The ‘usual’ soundtrack is that of a piano number, the only thing missing being the vocals of Frank Sinatra.
The Rat Pack is a very enjoyable slot from start to finish. The oversized reels give the game an originality, even if they weren’t filled by a bunch of singing and dancing rats. The game has a great sense of humour too – you’ll find yourself smiling while you spin. The free spins feature is certainly unique. Keep landing those gold discs and the reels will keep spinning and those wins will add up. Give this slot a spin and make sure you play it your way!