Copy Cats Basic Information:
What do you call a pokie which copies the most popular systems which have been in place for years? How about an unimaginative introduction to a brand new pokie? Copy Cats aims to bring all of the lessons which NetEnt have learned in their illustrious history into a fun and colourful new game which is filled with everyone’s favourite furry little idiots. Should these cats be adopted, or are these cats beyond taming? Keep reading to find out…
This game operates under the use of the NetEnt gambling software system. The talented programmers and designers from NetEnt are well known for going the extra mile in their creations, and Copy Cats is no exception. This game was released in mid may of 2017. The NetEnt system is compatible with a great many devices which are capable of running Flash. This means most PCs, Apple computers and tablets, along with a variety of other mobile devices. Check if your device supports flash, if it does you should be able to run games from NetEnt.
Copy Cats comes with a total of 25 paylines over 5 reels in a 3×5 layout.
- The minimum coins betsits at 25
- The maximum coins betsits at 250
- Minimum coin sizesits a 0.01
- Maximum coins sizesits at 0.50
- The return to playeroffered by this game sits at around 97.7%, which is above average.
By clicking on the spanner icon towards the lower left of the game screen the player can access the options menu. This is only a small single menu consisting of 3 total options. These are as follows:
Enabling this option speeds up the spinning of the reels. This means that these is less time spent waiting around between the time you click spin and when the reels come to rest, speeding up the entire experience.
- Intro Screen
This option disables the intro screen from appearing the next time the player starts the game.
- Spacebar to spin
This option lets the player start the spinning of the reels with a simple press of the spacebar, in addition to the regular methods.
Additional options can be accessed by clicking on the autoplay button. The basic options here allow the play to select from 10, 25, 50, 75, 100, 250, 500, 750 or 1000 autospins.
The player can also click on the advanced settings button to further customise when their autoplay will end. There are five different stopping scenarios to choose from here:
- On any win
- If Free Spins are won
- When a single win exceeds an entered amount
- If cash increases by an entered amount
- If cash decreases by an entered amount
Other Helpful Additions
Copy Cats also comes with question-mark and i help icons. Both of these detail much the same thing, basic game and winning information, but the i button does this within the game and the question-mark opens a secondary text page. The page accessed by the i button also lists all payout information, paylines and bonus info.
While you might expect a game with as much character as this to have been based off some property or another in reality it is completely new creation by NetEnt. This means we don’t have much a backstory to speak of. There are cats, and these cats live in some sort of city. It’s not like pokies need a big backstory anyway!
Other Features and Bonuses
The wild symbol in Copy Cats comes in the form of a golden wild symbol with that background of a purple ball of yarn with a cat attached to the back. These can substitute for any symbol except the bonus symbols. In the free spins games, in the occasion that the first reel contains all wild symbols the symbols on this first reel will turn into a full stacked wild. This then turns cat symbols on the board into wilds for one spin, after which all symbols return to normal.
The Copy Cat feature can appear in the main game when any of the cat symbols covers all positions on the first reel. In this situation all of the remaining cat symbols on reels 2,3,4 and 5 will change into the same cat symbol which activated the copycat feature. This lasts for one spin, after which the rest of the symbols will return to usual.
The free spin symbol in Copy Cats comes in the form a silver cat bell attached to a collar. Gathering three of these anywhere on reels 1,3 and 5 during the main game gives the player a total of 10 free spins. While in the free spins game gaining an additional minimum of 3 free spin symbols on reels 1,3 and 5 will add another 10 free spins to the current remaining free spin amount.
How to Play:
Basic play for Copy Cats is as simple as a player selecting a coin value and level and clicking spin. Alternatively the player can maximise their possible bet by simply clicking on the Max Bet button to the right of the spin icon.
Clicking the autoplay button allows the player to go through a selection of different amounts of autospins. From here the user can also click on the advanced settings button in order to manually select different stopping scenarios. These include on any win, when free spins are won, if a single win exceeds an entered amount, or if cash increased or decreases by an entered amount.
Overall Design and Usability:
Copy Cats has an overall simple design. Made of pastel like colours, this is both pleasant and well suited to the theme. The game and symbols themselves all show a lot of character. They really relay the idea of suburban cats lazing about on a warm lazy day. The design and animation work, especially on the cats themselves, is fantastically well done. Each of these cats express the type of distinct personalities which you often find with these pampered pets. This even extends to the control buttons, which is an area which is often overlooked by makers of pokies in favour of a simple default layout. All combined this creates a relaxing feel which is well accomplished. Although that fat red cat does look like a total jerk.
In terms of usability Copy Cats is a game which covers most of the basic but misses a couple of options which might disappoint players on older or less powerful hardware. The game itself, despite being very new at the time of writing, runs well even on older and less powerful hardware, though running from less powerful mobile devices might still be a little bit of an issue. While some graphics options to alleviate this problem would be appreciated they are not found within the game, but this the only gripe we have. Otherwise, this is a game which runs well, responds well, and shows the level of professionalism and reliability which NetEnt bring to the table.
Where to find it:
NetEnt games stand with Microgaming as some of the most popular available. If you already have a favourite gambling website then check out if they offer NetEnt games, if they do then you might be able to find Copy Cats there. If it is not available, or if you want a more direct list then check out the links below.
A great game to look at and a fun game to play. This is a great game for lovers of cats or animated themes, though the bonus features are a little lacking, and the lack of graphics options may be a problem for users on older mobile devices. I can absolutely recommend this game for those in search of something new, just try not to let the annoying face of the fat red cat get to you.
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