The Cat’s Meow
Copy Cats is a five-reel, 25-line machine created by NetEnt. As we’ve already mentioned the theme is a pretty simple one: a playful parade of cats, more or less, with all the things that you would expect to find as a part of that idea. That means you’ll see toys, treats, milk bottles, and – of course – plenty of the kitties themselves.
Artistically, this is a cartoonish looking game with a computer generated backdrop that looks a bit like ay suburban neighborhood – the perfect place for a bunch of stray cats to be out on the prowl. Overall, the graphics are sharp, detailed, and of high quality, with plenty of cute little touches. There aren’t any extensive animations, but the little twinkles and facial movements are enough to make the game look livelier than a truly static machine would.
Playing with Kittens
The object of the game, as in most slots, is to match symbols from left-to-right across your active playlines. Players are forced into play all 25 lines in this case, but there are still plenty of ways to customize how much you want to spend on each spin: you can bet between one and 10 coins per line, and a variety of coin values are also offered to players. That makes this an ideal game for just about any player, from those on a budget to high rollers.
A variety of prize-winning symbols can be found on the reels, and we’re happy to say that they are all thematic: there are now generic card ranks or suits found here. Instead, the low-value wins come from a series of paw prints that are available in four different colors. For larger prizes, you can match fish, milk bottles, or toy mice. Finally, the largest wins come from the felines themselves: blue, purple, and red cats offer progressively larger payouts, potentially as large as 200x your line bet for hitting five red felines in a row. In addition, there is a golden cat, which serves as the wild for this game. It can substitute for any other normal symbols you’ll find on the screen to make winning combinations.
There are two special features that you’ll encounter while you play this game, one of which gives this machine its name. That would be the Copy Cats feature, which offers up a chance to instantly turn a mediocre spin into a huge winner. The four cat symbols all have the potential to appear in a stacked format on the first reel. Should one of these stacked icons cover the entire reel, it will turn all other cats on the screen into that color. This can even happen with the wild icon, though it is a lucrative feature no matter which kitty triggers it.
In addition, this game also has a free spins mode. If you hit the bell symbol (a scatter) on the first, third, and fifth reels simultaneously, you’ll be awarded with 10 free spins. During this special feature, you can retrigger more spins in the same manner, earning 10 more plays each time you see those three scatters at the same time.
Time for a Catnap
Overall, Copy Cats is far from the most complex or innovative game we’ve come across in the iGaming industry, but it is still a very solid slot with some pretty fun ideas. For one, we know that a lot of players love any slots that feature pets they might have at home, and this one certainly fulfills that requirement in a warm and inviting way. In addition, the copying mechanic is an interesting way of rewarding players with some surprisingly big paydays out of what might appear to be worthless spins at first glance.
We doubt that this machine is on its way to becoming one of NetEnt’s all-time classics or biggest hits. But it is a fine addition to the long line of cat-based titles that are out there, and an all-around fun game. If you’ve always liked seeing your feline friends on screen, enjoy NetEnt titles in general, and are looking for something new, we’d recommend giving this one a look.