After making her slot debut in May’s Shield of Athena, Cat Wilde, the daughter of Play’n GO’s hero adventurer Rich Wilde has gone solo for June’s ‘Cat Wilde and the Doom of Dead’. For this instalment of the generational Wilde saga, Cat has left Greece and headed towards, you guessed it, Ancient Egypt. Hmm, I wonder what’s coming next?
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Expanding Wilds Free Spins with Expanding Symbols
In a bit of a break from the ‘Book clone’ tradition, Doom of Dead has a standalone wild symbol rather than using the same symbol for the wild and scatter. Not only that but whenever it lands, this wild expands to cover the entire reel. The wild acts this way in both the base and bonus games.
Free Spins with Expanding Symbols
3 or more scatters trigger 10 free spins. Landing 3 or more scatters during the bonus round retriggers 10 more free spins and there is no limit to the number of retriggers. Prior to free spins starting one of the game’s symbols is selected randomly to become a special expanding symbol. When this symbol lands anywhere on the board, and it can facilitate a win, it will expand to cover the entire reel. Expanding symbol wins do not have to consist of adjacent symbols. For example, if expanding symbols land on reels 1, 3, and 5 the game pays as if the expanded rows were next to one another. Also, expanded symbol wins do not need to start from the leftmost reel, unlike standard wins.
Design & Symbols
The Play’n GO blurb states that this game is inspired by Legacy of Dead, and by that they are talking about the design easily as much as the game itself. The gameboard is almost identical; Gold framed top and bottom, reels separated by blue and gold striped poles. As with Legacy of Dead the reels are dark and feature many identical and similar symbols. Once again, both games are set inside pyramid tombs, with Cat in search of the treasure of the lost Pharaohs. The background design for Doom of Dead has a little less detail than Legacy, but once again it Play’n GO have done an excellent job on the visuals. The soundtrack is a little different, less Arabic sounding and more adventure/Indiana Jones.
Low value symbols are the standard royals 10-A. High value symbols are a Golden Scarab, Anubis, the Sphinx, and Cat herself. Cat is the highest paying regular symbol, with 5 on a payline awarding 100x the bet size. The wild symbol is a golden Eye of Horus which expands to cover the entire reel. When expanded the wilds are represented by full length mummified Egyptian Pharaohs – again, these symbols are inspired from those in Legacy of Dead and pay 150x the bet size for 5 on a payline. The scatter symbol is the Golden Compass, which lands on reels 1, 3, and 5.
Our Thoughts on Cat Wilde & the Doom of Dead
Well, what can one say which one hasn’t said a million times before? It’s a good game, you probably know it’s a good game because you’ve played it before in countless different guises. The expanding wild represents a slight chance, and indeed a welcome change as it means the action isn’t quite so dry in the base game. The max pay per line is lower than other highly volatile examples of this slot which just means you’ll have to land more big wins in the free spins round to reach the 5,000x max payout. It looks great and plays well, and the Wilde franchise has always done well for Play’n GO, with the original still topping the charts in plenty of jurisdictions worldwide as the most popular slot from any developer. If you like Book clones, you’ll love this one. If you don’t, you probably wouldn’t even have read this far…