Research shows that cats have been domesticated about 9,000 years ago. Humans love cats ever since. We like to think that the feeling is mutually, but nobody can say that for sure, as we know what cats are like. It has been proven that people who live with and around cats are healthier. Furthermore, cats have a therapeutic effect and they can calm us when we are nervous or depressed.
But, now, we’re going to talk about a set of cats that will not calm you down, but will make you ecstatic instead. NetEnt’s Copy Cats is a cat-themed slot game which will definitely catch your attention, especially if you’re a cat lover.
The designer who developed the graphics for this game was obviously inspired by cat cartoons, you’ll see few flat blocks in the background on which the reels are set, and it will immediately remind you of Top Cat and similar cartoon series. The piano-based music that will be hearing while the reels are spinning will only amplify that impression.
In terms of graphics, NetEnt here lived up to their usual level of quality, the grid blends in naturally with the background and some of the symbols look vivid and playful, and every win is followed by a quirky animation which makes everything seem a lot less static.
The game has 5 reels and 3 rows, which is pretty much a standard grid, used in most slots. The borders between reels, rows and symbols in general are very subtle. There are 25 winning combinations, all of which are active at all times, i.e. you can’t choose the number of paylines you wager on.
But, you can choose how much you wager per payline, that is, you can choose the bet level (number of coins) and the coin value. There are 10 bet levels and the coin value may vary from 1p up to 50p. That means that the minimum stake in this game is 25p, or a total of 1p per payline. But, if you dream of winning it big time, and you’re not afraid to risk it, you’ll be able to wager as much as £125, or a total of £5 per payline. As you know, higher wagers equal higher potential winnings, so it is totally up to you.
The RTP and its importance is often undermined, but experienced and smart players know that it is one of the most important criteria when it comes to deciding how good a game is. Copy Cats has a RTP percentage of 96.76%, which is alright by anyone’s standards, as any RTP above 96.50% gives you a pretty fair chance of winning. Of course, the RTP gives us just the average percentage of wagers that are returned to the players, calculated in the long term.
Fortunately for those who enjoy playing slots on the go, Copy Cats is a mobile friendly game, developed using HTML5, so as long as the casino of your choice features this game and is mobile optimised, you will be able to play Copy Cats on your smartphone or tablet, regardless if it is an Android device or an iOS.
There are 10 regular symbols, as well as a scatter and a wild in Copy Cats. Unlike in other games, the discrepancy between low-valued and high-valued symbols isn’t that drastic in terms of payouts per combination. First we have different-coloured cat’s paws as the lowest valued symbols.
There’s a blue, green, purple and orange paw, and each of them pays the same amount – 5 coins for a combination of 3, 10 coins for a combination of 4 and 25 coins for a combination of 5 symbols. In order for a payline to be activated the combination has to start from the leftmost reel.
Next come the fish skeleton, the milk bottle and the toy mouse symbols. These pay a bit more than the paws. Three-symbol combinations are worth 10 coins for each of the mentioned symbols. But 4 skeletons pay only 20, whereas 4 milk bottles will result in a 30-coin payment and 4 mice equals 40 coins. A full combination of five symbols pays 30, 50 and 75 for the skeleton, milk and mouse respectively.
Finally we have the three cats, the blue, the purple and the red one. The winning payments for combinations of three symbols are 15, 20 and 25 coins, respectively, whereas 4 symbols will give you 50, 70 or 100 coins. A combination of 5 red cats pays the most – 200 coins, whereas 5 purple cats are worth 50 coins less. Five blue cats are worth 100 coins. A gold cat hiding behind a purple ball of wool with the word ‘wild’ on it is the wild symbol, whereas the scatter is a silver necklace pendant.
There are two bonus games in Copy Cats. Whenever either of the four cats (including the ‘wild’ golden cat) is stacked on reel one, the special Copy Cats bonus is triggered. During this game all other cats anywhere on the remaining reels will turn into the stacked cat, and if the stacked cat is the wild, then all cat symbols will turn into wilds, resulting in massive winnings.
The free spins bonus is activated when there is a scatter (bonus) symbol on the leftmost, midmost and rightmost reel simultaneously. Ten free spins are awarded, but free spins can be retriggered during the bonus game, which means the maximum number of free spins is 20. The Copy Cats feature can also be activated during free spins.
With a fair RTP, original game feature (Copy Cats) and loveable cat symbols this game certainly charmed all cat lovers among slot fans. It is a very playable game this NetEnt slot is definitely ‘another breed of cat’.
Join the red, pink, blue and golden cats in the Copy Cats slot game from Netent
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