Animal-themed slots are as numerous as those inspired by Chinese symbols and myths, so finding the best is no easy task. To save animal lovers time which would be better used for spinning the reels for fun or real cash, we’ve explored games featuring all kind of domestic and wild animals and compiled a list of those you’re likely to enjoy the most.
Instead of scary fire-spitting monsters, Microgaming has chosen to portray dragons as cuddly and colorful toys. The 243 ways-to-win slot features Scattered Gems which launch second-screen Free Spins round. Dragons called Flint, Switch, Frost and Gobble each provide 10 spins and a little extra of their own –Wilds either shot as flames or spat onto the reels, non-winning Wilds exchanged for winning ones, and Wild icons frozen in place until they help form a winning combo. Features are randomly awarded until you’ve triggered Free Spins 12 times, after which Player’s Choice gets unlocked and lets you pick any of the four. Unique Wild Deal feature kicks in when Wild icon lands on the 3rd reel but doesn’t pay, which is when extra Wilds will get added to other reels to create a winning combo.
Animals Olympics is quite a unique theme, and the competitors in this Playtech slot include a swimming Bulldog, Hypo gymnast and basketball playing Cheetah. All three are Wild and if they appear stacked to cover the entire central reel, they’ll each award a special feature – either Freestyle Swim Bonus, 100m Dash Bonus, or Balance Beam Bonus. The first will prompt you to choose 1 of 3 Bulldogs competing in a swim event, and the medal they win determine how many extra free spins you’ll get on top of the initial 8. The 100m Dash Bonus asks you to pick a Cheetah competing in a dash event, and the respective medal will either turn Wild, transform into an expanding Wild, or go Wild and clone one more Wild icon. In Balance Beam Bonus round you’ll have to select balance beam routine and get judges to rate your performance; free spins will be played with a multiplier which is the average of judges’ scores and can go up to x10.
NetEnt’s Tornado Farm Escape will not appeal only to farm animal lovers, but also players enjoying quirky themes and fun features. As tornado approaches the farm, flying cows, horses, pigs, sheep and chicken form winning combos across 5 reels and 20 paylines. Hot and Cold symbols appearing simultaneously on reels 1 and 5 activate the Tornado Feature; symbol positioned on the 2nd row of the central reel becomes active and is then, together with all Wilds, blown away by the tornado to award cash prizes. Randomly triggered Storm Feature causes a storm which starts from one of the outermost positions and moves one position at a time, leaving Wild icons in its trail.
Some people have dogs and cats for pets, and Ned has got rats. Well, why not? Especially when the whole thing comes complete with superb graphics and animations BetSoft is known for. This highly interactive video slot plays with 5 reels, 30 paylines, and more rats than you’d like to see in real life. Get 3 or more Rat icons and you’ll trigger Singing Rats Free Spins mode, while 3+ Rat Holes activate click-me feature awarding instant prizes. Ned’s Girlfriend has the power to launch Bonus round when she passes out in shock; select a rat to sing her a tune, and once she wakes up, you’ll get rewarded.
Quickspin’s popular video slot draws inspiration from the popular kids’ tale about three piglets and a scary wolf who’s trying to blow down their houses. The 5×3 reel area fashioned like a house positions game symbols in “windows” and awards payouts across 25 lines. Each winning combination activates Swooping Reels which make contributing symbols disappear and new ones take their place. Every second win will turn a pig Wild, meaning that 6 consecutive ones could deliver 3 additional Wild icons. Scattered Wolf activates Free Spins round, while Scattered Moon launches Blowing Down the House feature. It will take 3 Moons to blow away the wooden house and collect 2 additional spins, and 6 to help the wolf blow down brick house and earn you 2 extra spins with x2 multiplier.
Untamed Giant Panda from Microgaming features 243 ways-to-win and is packed with special features. While loveable Panda appears in its natural surroundings across several game symbols, each game logo landing on the reels activates Wild icon positioned below that reel. Collecting 4 will turn the entire reel Wild for 4 spins. Peeking Scatters trigger Free Spins feature which, helped by sticky game logo Wilds, has the potential to pay as much as 360,000. Unique Gamble feature lets you adjust the odds and save 50% of your win before spinning the needle on the radar screen. If the needle stops within the green area, your win will receive a boost.
Birds! is a cute and wacky BetSoft game playing over 5 reels and featuring amazing visuals and animations. Creatively executed reel area displays lines stretched between two light posts in a peaceful city park, and the spinning of the reels is represented by birds flying away and new ones landing on the lines to take their place. The same will happen with all winning symbols, offering an additional opportunity to win on a single bet. There are no traditional paylines; instead, any 3+ birds grouped together deliver payouts. Fly For Free feature has the potential to award limitless Free Spins. The way it works is that successive wins fill the Free Flights meter on the left-hand side, and once it fills up, you’ll receive a number of free games.
If you’re a cat person, you’re bound to fall in love with one of the newest NetEnt releases. Copy Cats is a 5 reel and 25 payline slot game with lovely cartoonish visuals and soundtrack. Bonus symbols launch 10 free games, with the potential to award 10 more. Full stack of any cat symbols on reel 1, including the golden Wild cat, activates Copy Cats feature; those populating other reels will all turn into the same cat symbol as the one which triggered the feature. Imagine the potential when the icon in question is Wild!
IGT’s Siberian Storm is a MultiWay Xtra slot with a hexagonal structure and a whopping 720 ways-to-win. It’s a high variance game which doesn’t pay often, but when it does, it’s a payout beast. Blue tiger eye appearing on 5 consecutive reels triggers initial 8 Free spins, with a chance to win as many as 96. Orange eyes award additional free games and will keep the bonus round going either until all freebies are used, or up to a maximum of staggering 240 spins.
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