Cat Kingdom Slot
The Cat Kingdom slot is one of three new games which were launched on 5th December 2018, the first releases from Radi8, a new affiliate brand of Genesis Group. The lazy Garfield-Esque King Cat idly slouches on his throne occasionally using his magic scepter to bestow good luck on players who have entered his kingdom.
The Cat Kingdom is a 5x3 slot and is a 243 ways to pay slot (adjacent reels pay left to right without any specific line configuration) with medium/high volatility. The game comes with a ‘Shocking Free Spins’ feature and can be played from €0.25 up to €500 per spin.
Design and Symbols
Upon introducing Radi8, Genesis Group claimed that the new affiliate, “aims to stun the gaming arena with optimized portrait gameplay tailor-made for the smartphone adapted players”. It seems, however, that whilst certainly optimizing gameplay for smartphones, they have almost completely neglected the pc players among us. If you try the game on a pc then around 80% of the screen is dead space showing a vault filled with stacks of gold coins, while the game itself only occupies a narrow strip in the centre of the screen. Fair enough if you want to predominantly target mobile users, but other providers who aim at the smartphone market usually tend to make a little more effort to make their games pc friendly.
Putting my pc quibble aside for a minute, the animation and graphics on the portrait game are actually pretty decent. The game is framed by red drapes held back at the sides by golden tasselled curtain ties and red pelmet drapes along the top with golden tassels. The top part of the screen shows the fat King-Cat in his cash-filled vault slumped in his comfy looking throne wearing regal attire including a lavish royal robe, crown, and a magical sceptre in the shape of a glowing cat’s paw. There are three big red buttons at the bottom which are the standard play and autoplay buttons, and one which four-speed settings depending on how much of a hurry you’re in.
The reels take up the centre of the screen with the low symbols represented by 9-A with the higher symbols taken by members of King Cat’s Royal Court; a goldfish, a mouse, and a red bird, along with King-Cat himself. The King is the highest paying symbol with 5 in a row paying 15x the bet size. The wild is a goblet of milk and the scatter symbol is King Cat’s castle.
When you land a win King Cat shakes his magic sceptre down towards the game board and emits a bolt of light which highlights the win with a series of flaming cat paws. The background music is reminiscent of a medieval march played on a lute with a bass drum thumping out the march rhythm.
Shocking Win Free Spins
The Cat Kingdom only comes with one feature, but it can be a very lucrative one. Shocking Win Free Spins are triggered by landing 3, 4, or 5 scatters on the reels which give 7, 15, or 30 free spins respectively. What can make the free spins a lucrative affair is that whenever one of the higher value symbols lands, King Cat will send a bolt of shocking light out to transform them into King Cat symbols? With King Cat being the highest paying symbol and the 243 ways to pay in effect you are very likely to pick up at least one or two decent wins, even with 7 spins. Also, free spins can be retriggered for an even better chance of scooping a big payday.
Cat Kingdom Summary
The pc-unfriendly design aside, Cat Kingdom isn’t a bad first effort from the fledgeling Genesis Group affiliate brand. The graphics and animation are great and the symbols are both novel and fun. Also, the free spin round can be thoroughly enjoyable, especially if you can hit 4 or 5 scatters. Perhaps a base game feature would be a nice addition though.
As this doesn’t quite fit into the high variance category it may not attract the hardcore win seekers, and if you’re a pc player be prepared to be disappointed with the layout – but as an occasional slot for mobile players the Cat Kingdom can make for an enjoyable spin or two.