NetEnt spill the beans on new Copy Cats video slot
Just over a month ago we told you that NetEnt were releasing a new online casino slot, available on both mobile and desktop, called Copy Cats. We told you it would be available in our Casino on the 23rd May. Those were facts.
What followed was us trying to figure out what the game was all about, what it looked like and what features it may contain. That included speculation, logic, use of powers of deduction, wild guesses and sensible reasoning based on what we know of NetEnt and the state of the slot industry.
The good news is that this morning we received a package in the post from NetEnt. How did we know it was from NetEnt? On the package it said ‘Sender: NetEnt.’
In the package was all the necessary info about Copy Cats and now is the time to see how we did in terms of our guesswork. Were we on target like Robin Hood with his trusted bow? Or wide of the mark like those handsomely paid political experts who predicted a Hillary Clinton landslide win and no Brexit? Let’s find out.
Feline fun everywhere on the reels
An early bonus point for guessing in our previous article that the Copy Cats slot was a 5×3 reel slot but let’s not pat ourselves on the back too much. Predicting that is about the equivalent of guessing that an Italian restaurant serves pasta.
NetEnt have really gone with the cat theme here in terms of symbols with four different coloured paw prints, a fish bone, milk, a wind-up toy mouse and three different coloured cats. Red, pink and blue.
Fun fact: ‘tortoise shell’ cats whose fur has three different colours and whose name derives from their similarity to tortoiseshell material, are almost always female. They’re also perceived to be lucky in countries such as Scotland, Ireland and the US, where they’re sometimes called ‘money cats.’
Sadly, we couldn’t find any quirky trivia about red, pink or blue cats.
There’s also a Golden-coloured cat which is the Wild and a little silver cat bell, which is the bonus symbol. The Golden Cat is wrapped up in a purple ball of string, the red cat is a Fat Cat (in the sense that it looks like it lives on a diet of cream and Pâté rather than being an overpaid investment banker), the pink cat is cute and docile and the blue cat looks angry and irritable. A bit like you’d imagine Madonna would look if she was told her pilates class had been cancelled and that they’d run out of seaweed and Quinoa smoothies.
First-of-its-kind feature to look forward to
They say a company is only as good as its staff, a film is only as good as its Director and a video slot is only as good as its feature rounds. So let’s find out what the Copy Cats features are.
Copy Cat feature
‘Buy that man a big stiff drink!’ said the LeoVegas Blog’s boss. We tell him that Steve doesn’t really drink alcohol.
‘Buy that man a big glass of Coke!‘ We tell him that Steve is trying to cut down on sugar.
‘Buy that man a big class of Coke Zero!’ We all nod.
Why is Steve about to be so generously rewarded? Well, here’s what he had to say last month about what features the game may have.
‘Maybe if you get a particular symbol on Reel 1 during free spins, the reel combination will be copied onto Reels 3 and 5 to give you the same wins there.’
To be fair, he was only partly right.
There is a Copy Cat feature and it is activated after you get a particular symbol on Reel 1. But it happens in the normal base game – not during free spins -and actually applies to symbols anywhere else on the reels.
What happens is that if you get a particular cat symbol stacked on Reel 1, it triggers the Copy Cats feature, turning any other Cats symbols on the reels into the Cat symbol that triggered the feature. So if you stacked Reel 1 with the blue cat and there were four other cat symbols on the reels, those four would all turn blue. If you activated it with the Wild/Golden Cat, all other cat symbols will turn Wild.
This is normally the part where we say that this feature is similar/inspired/copied/identical to another feature in a different slot. But the truth is this business of all cats anywhere on the reels turning into the same symbol that triggered it is, to the best of our knowledge, unique.
In other words, you really will have to try it out to see what it’s like.
‘Take back the big glass of Coke Zero from Steve’ said the Leo Vegas Blog’s boss. We tell him Steve has already drunk it. He closes his office door dramatically and isn’t seen for the rest of the day.
Boss’ disappointment comes from the fact Steve predicted multiple types of free spins because that’s the way NetEnt had gone in recent times with the likes of Warlords and Scruffy Duck.
But in fact, NetEnt have come up with just the one pretty standard free spins round here.
Well, sort of standard. It is in the sense that that the 10 free spins are activated by three Bonus symbols (appearing on Reels 1,3 and 5) and can be re-triggered by getting additional bonus symbol during the free spins meaning you can get up to 20. But they’re not standard in that all cat symbols on Reel 1 will be Wild, meaning that you will by default trigger the Copy Cats feature as all other symbols will be turned into bigger wins.
Unique, funny and daring
From what we’ve seen of NetEnt over the past year or so, their new slots are divided into three distinct types.
Their Fairytales series, of which Red Riding Hood was the first slot and the soon-to-be-released Hansel and Gretel will be the second; the big-budget blockbusters like Warlords and finally, a series of animal-themed games released in the first half of 2017 including Butterfly Staxx, Jungle Spirit and Scruffy Duck.
It’s pretty obvious that Copy Cats here belongs to the third category and from what we’ve seen of all four so far, it seems to be the one with the strongest humour element to it. From the theme itself to the different types of cat to the fish bones that remain from a nutritious fish dinner.
But what will surely make or break this game will be the Copy Cats feature itself. More bonus points for the way NetEnt have created something totally fresh which has never been done before with this feature and the early signs are that it’s one that we’ll love getting our claws into. Once those other cats on the reels start turning into the original one, we’ll be like the cat that got the cream.
It’s likely to be a slot that reminds us that creativity, a cool theme and just the one original bonus round can trump all the graphics and endless features if done properly.
Just a reminder that Copy Cats will be live at the LeoVegas Casino on the 23rd May. Until then you can open an account and play any of our hundreds NetEnt slots.