Exotic Cats is a Microgaming release from August 2018 that features a jungle theme, 243 ways to win and up to five Wild reels which turn Wild when a normal symbol lands on a particular reel. The game offers frequent wins and a lot of fun, all that with a payout that's good enough for most players.
The main feature of the game is that each of the five reels is overseed by an exotic cat, from left to right by Lion, Tiger, Panther, Leopard and Cougar. Those are also five high-paying symbols in the game. Whenever an exotic cat lands on the reel it owns, the symbol will expand into a Wild Reel. It's possible to get all five Wild reels at the same time, and Wild is a paying symbol that pays 15x for five-of-a-kind. All the cats pay the same, 10x for five-of-a-kind. With the 243 ways to win, this game pays often, and every Wild reel counts. There are six more low-paying symbols, for a total of eleven plus a Scatter and a Wild, which can appear on the reels independently.
When three, four or five Scatters land on the reels, a free spins game with exactly 10 free spins will get triggered. The free spins can be re-triggered for 5 more. During the feature, all the cats are visible above the reels but will again only react when there's a symbol match. However, the free spins reel stripes are different than the ones in the base game and landing a Wild reel – or more than one – is much more common in the free spins game. It's why most of the big wins in Exotic Cats will be won during the free spins feature.
Theoretical return to player (RTP) is 96.33%, good enough, and variance is medium. Although this game is definitely capable of issuing a huge win, the variance isn't high as the game is handing out decent wins all the time, keeping the player in the game.
The jungle theme is done right by Microgaming, and the slot game has just enough detail to depict big cats properly. There's nothing wrong with the theme, it's decent, and it's in style of Microgaming which rarely attempts to impress the players. This is just a good slot game with a decent theme that does its job. Overall, the slot game is enjoyable to play as there's often a reward in shape of a Wild reel, which also comes with a decent animation.
There's no shortage of Microgaming casinos out there, so there's a big chance the casino you're playing at already hosts Microgaming slots. Some of the best-known brands with this game would be Bet365 Casino, SlotsMillion, Slotty Vegas, Cashmio, Thrills, Videoslots and many others. Exotic Cats is one of better titles with a jungle/animal theme so it should be tried out by all players who enjoy simpler slots.