Grinning Like a Cheshire Cat
Have you ever heard of the expression: “grinning like a Cheshire Cat”? The phrase is perhaps most famously associated with Lewis Carrol’s story of Alice in Wonderland which features the slightly unnerving Cheshire Cat character with a creepy grin. However, the idiom pre-dates the story and the origins are as perplexing as the philosophical riddles uttered by the feline in the story. Some people reckon that the term relates to the fact that cats in the English county of Cheshire must have been more than smitten with the abundance of dairy farms in the area while others claim that Cheshire cheese was often moulded into the shape of a cat with a smile on its face. There is even a suggestion that the phrase came from a Cheshire painter who couldn’t paint a lion rampant without it turning out to look like a silly grinning cat.
No matter what the origin of the phrase is, this free Cheshire Cat slot machine pays homage to the iconic character by presenting it among other characters from Carroll’s fantasy wonderland, such as Alice herself, the White Rabbit and the Caterpillar. Even though this is one of the newest releases from WMS, it still keeps it classy with some old school illustrations in place of 3D Graphics.
Place Your Bets
Playing The Cheshire Cat is not quite as discombobulating as you might think given the reputation of the riddle-some cat character. In fact, punters simply need to select their desired wager from range of options available, beginning at the low limit of just 0.40 credits going up to the top bet level of 100.00 credits. The 40 paylines of the game are permanently in place so you won’t need to worry about fiddling around with too many bet permutations.
The biggest prize on offer in the slot is a 50x total bet multiplier that will be awarded whenever five scattered ‘Bonus’ icons appear on the reels, regardless of payline position. All other wins are made up from matched icons along any of the 40 paylines with five ‘Cheshire Cat’ logos returning 500x the chosen bet per line.
Guaranteed Bonus Win
Giving spinners every chance to secure more real cash returns are a couple of special symbols – the wild ‘Cheshire Cat’ logo and the ‘Bonus’ scatter symbol. The first of these icons will substitute for every symbol except for the scatter to complete wins on any payline. Three or more scatters will trigger a round of free spins in which a random mystery symbol is chosen to appear in stacks on any reel. What’s more, a special wheel of fortune feature will play before the free spins bonus to determine how many reel arrays and wild reels are in play for the bonus game. The slot also has a ‘Bonus Guarantee’ that will boost any bonus game with wins under 10x the total bet.
Down the Rabbit Hole
The great thing about gambling online is that there is often plenty of choice for punters, even when it comes to slots with similar themes. If you like the story of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland then you are in luck, because there are loads of weird and wonderful takes on the narrative with slots such as Alaxe in Zombieland by Gemesys, Adventures Beyond Wonderland by Ash Gaming and Mad Hatters by Microgaming.
Classy Take on a Classic Tale
The Cheshire Cat is a new video slot machine which has a certain nostalgic charm about it. Instead of going down the road of big 3D graphics with stunning animations, the slot machine keeps it simple with some cartoon illustrations that fit the feel of the original children’s book. However, there is nothing childish about the game’s winning potential with a 10x total bet guarantee in the bonus game as well as a 50x total bet jackpot in the base game. This mobile-optimised game can be played on smartphones and tablet devices.