Something Is Lurking in the Dark
The Critters is clearly drawing from the Pixar universe and introduces players to a realistic, yet cartoonish universe. The reels and command bar of the game are set within the large bed frame and several characters, humans and others, pop up on the screen as you spin the reels.
The Critters is full of thoughtful details that help make the players’ experience even more immersive. We loved the light effects coming from the window in the background, and the random creatures popping out from under the bed.
The Hunt Has Begun
The Critters is based on the usual rules used in almost all other slots from Nucleus Gaming. You have 5 reels and 30 paylines to deal with at every spin, with a few command buttons under the reels to adjust your wager on a scale going from 0.60 to 150 credits. Add the usual max bet and autoplay buttons, and all the regular options are here. The Critters also features that classic coin toss mini game, if you feel lucky enough to gamble your reward for a chance to double it.
The paytable of the game is full of toys, colourful monsters, which are not as scary as you might have thought, and the 2 heroes of the game. The top reward here corresponds to 500 times your line bet, and The Critters proves to be fairly average when it comes to volatility. This means that you will always get a fair chance to score any type of prize, especially when you consider the bonus features that the game has in store.
Bonuses That Won’t Quit
If you manage to get a combination with the monster symbols framed in gold, the sticky wild feature will begin. The symbol will flip over, turning into a wild that will stay in place for a predetermined amount of turns.
The rest of the bonus features is a bit more classic. A combination of 3 bed symbols initiates a bonus round, which takes the form of a monster chase under the bed. One door symbol on the middle reel is enough to unlock 12 free spins instantly, an impressive feature that is a bit tough to unlock, however.
Keep It Spooky
If you like monsters, you are in luck: the slot game market is quite rich in terms of spooky / funny creatures ready to creep you out and help you win big at the same time. You can check out Monster Cash by Gamesys, with a nice 96% RTP but less free spins to offer than The Critters. Or you can see if Monster Mayhem from RTG and its crazy universe and generous win multipliers is more to your liking.
Not a Bad Way to Tackle Your Childhood Fears
The Critters does a great job at referencing a bunch of famous animation movies without ever naming them. The game itself is one more spectacular addition to the Nucleus Gaming portfolio, with great animations and an original theme to match. On top of this, The Critters proved quite generous when we tested it, especially because of its fun sticky wild feature. A slot game definitely worth checking out.