Top Cat Basic Information:
There was a time where Hanna-Barbera was the king of television cartoons. From Scooby Doo to The Flintstones, you couldn't escape them. One of their relatively less popular creations followed the adventures of Top Cat and his crew. Is this pokie attempting to simply cash in on nostalgia, or is Top Cat worth your time and money? Read our review to find out…
This pokie was created by the developers at Blueprint Gaming. Blueprint have their basis in physical gambling terminals. In fact, Blueprint are so popular they have over 100,000 land based gaming terminals over the UK, Germany and Italy. If you've spent time in a casino in Europe its very possible you've already had a sample of what Blueprint has to offer. Now they aim to bring their expertise the world of online gambling. This game was released on the 22nd of February, 2016.
The Blueprint 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 Blueprint.
Top Cat comes with a total of 20 paylines over 5 reels in a 3×5 layout.
- The minimum coins bet are static.
- The maximum coins bet are static.
- Minimum coin size sits a 0.20
- Maximum coins size sits at 100.00
- The return to player offered by this game is 92.48%, which is quite far below average.
Top Cat is a game built around simplicity, and because of this the game has a notable lack of options. Rather than the traditional option screen, Top Cat has the majority of its options available from the main game screen.
- Total Bet
By clicking on this button a menu pops up with all the possible betting quantities.
- Audio Button
Moving the cursor over this button gives the player the ability to either set the volume at a specific level or mute the entire game.
- Paytable Button
This is used to open the main game information screen. This section includes helpful information on symbols, game rules and payouts.
When this button is clicked the player is brought to the autoplay settings screen. From here the user is able to choose from a menu with three different sections. These are as follows:
- Set Number of Plays
In this section the user is able to choose from 10,25,,50,75 or 100 spins to play out.
- Autoplay Session Loss Limit
Here the user is able to set stopping rules based on how many time the initial bet was lost. The options here are 2x,5x,10x,50x and unlimited. For this last option the autoplay will continue regardless of how much is lost.
- Autoplay Session Single Win Limit
This section allows the user to set end options based on how much times a bet is won in a single spin. The selections here are 10x,25x,50x,75x and unlimited. For the last option the spins will continue regardless of how much any individual win nets the player.
Originally released in 1961, Top Cat was another incredibly popular release by the now legendary Hanna-Barbera. This show followed the adventures of the eponymous Top Cat, called T.C, and his close friends (also cats).
The original inspiration for Top Cat came from the East Side Kids and the Phil Silvers Show. It was from these main two sources that Top Cat drew the concepts of hard-living as a poor community, as well as fast talking and scamming their way whenever they could.
These days the show is seen as a type of social commentary. The cats are stuck into a cycle of poverty and disenfranchisement, a situation which is not helped by the cat's local police force. Why are the police dealing with these guys rather than animal control? I have no idea.
Other Features and Bonuses
The wild symbol in Top Cat comes in the form of an eaten fish. This can substitute for any symbol except the bonus.
The bonus symbol in Top Cat appears as a picture of the gang. These do not need to appear on an active payline in order to generate a win. Gaining three or more of these on a single spin gives the player access to the Master Plan Bonus Game.
Top Cat also comes with a total of four different features which can randomly trigger on any spin. These features are as follows:
– Choo’s Piano Wilds – As the reels continue to spin, Choo will walk onscreen up to the centre of the reels. Brain will swing in on a rope before a piano drops down onto Choo’s head. A comedy bump then appears with stars floating on to the reels transforming symbols into wilds.
– Brain’s Water Wilds – As the reels continue to spin, Brain will appear with a fire hydrant appearing next to each reel. Brain then uses his wrench to shoot water from each hydrant potentially turning the reel Wild before moving onto the next reel. This continues until Brain has worked through all 5 reels.
– Spook’s Mice as Nice – After a call between TC and Spook, the reels will stop and TC will appear from the trash can and blow his whistle, with Mice appearing next to each reel symbol, jumbling them to create a winning spin. If the TC blows his whistle again, the mice will jumble the symbols again to create another win. This continues until Office Dibble appears, with the player awarded the amount won from all the Jumbles.
– Benny’s Colossal TVs – As the reels continue to spin, Benny will appear, pressing the button on his remote, making a colossal TV appear which will add a number of TVs to the reels. Once a number of colossal TVs have been added to the reels, the reels will stop with Benny pressing his remote again to make every TV reveal a mystery symbol at random.
Whenever a feature win is achieved in the game, the player has the option to either collect the feature or gamble to try and win one of the other features in the game (except for Construction Site Wilds Bonus).
The player will be presented with a Gamble screen showing the 5 features from left to right, ranked in terms of average payout. The feature the player has won will have the words press to collect over the gamble wheel, with press to gamble shown on the feature gamble the player can select.
When the player gambles and win, the feature they have gambled to can be collected, with all features below that now eliminated. This continues until the player collects, reached the top feature (where it awards that feature) or the player loses in Gamble – where they are then awarded a Booby Prize (a mystery cash value).
The bonus games in Top Cat are won when the player gains at least 3 scatter symbols in a single spin. The bonus features which become available in this game is randomly selected based on which plan is clicked by the user. These games are as follows:
Cash Picker Bonus
Triggered when revealing the Bonus from the Pick A Plan Bonus.
After a short transition, a back street scene will be shown with a garbage truck driving on and dropping a number of bins onto the screen.
At this point the player is prompted to Pick A Bin, with one of the characters appearing holding a multiplier sign before going back into the bin. The player continues selecting until Dibble is revealed holding COLLECT, where the player exits the feature with the amount displayed in the TOTAL WIN panel on the clothes line at the top of the screen.
Maharaja Heist Bonus
After a short screen transition the player will be presented with a secondary bonus screen that is themed around the Maharaja Heist.
The bonus is split into two stages; Stage 1 is a multiplier trail up the side of the Hotel and stage 2 is a Big Money Board.
The player always begins in stage 1 and is required to Choose One of the Gang in order to advance up the hotel and increasing the total bet multiplier. Selecting one of the gang will reveal one of the following positive or negative outcomes:-
Advance 1, 2, 3, 4 or 5
Will action the gang to move up the side of the Hotel by the corresponding number of Windows.
Ends the bonus and pays the current total bet multiplier.
If the ‘Big Money’ end game is reached, the gang enter the big money end game. Here the player is presented with a board layout with the gang and dibble on the board.
A red die will be rolled to move the gang around the board, collecting big Total Bet multipliers, followed by a blue die roll for Dibble. If Dibble catches the gang then the game cuts to an end scene where the player is awarded the win shown, which is a multiplier of Total Bet.
Construction Site Free Spins
Revealing the Construction site from the Master Plan Bonus awards Construction Site Free Spins.
A screen transition will occur and the player will be taken to a new destination, this time a construction site with multiple reels in view.
The screen will start at the top, on the fifth reel set. This reel will be littered with wilds. The screen then pans down to four other reel sets, which also display wilds across the reels, however less on the reels closer to the bottom.
The player is then presented with the bottom construction level. Here the player will play out their set of free spins on this reel set. The object of the Free Spins round is to collect Top Cat stickers which appear stuck over the symbols. By collecting a number of TC stickers this then advances the player up to the next reel set. The further the player levels up, the more additional wilds will be awarded.
As the player gets higher up, additional spins are awarded.
Free Spins continue until all spins are used where the player is awarded the amount displayed in Bonus Winnings. Additional free spins are awarded each time the player completes a level.
Diner Free Spins
Triggered by revealing the Bonus from the Master Plan Bonus.
After a short screen transition the player will be presented with a secondary set of reels that will be set a diner, with the characters sat at the counter.
Diner Free Spins are unlimited. After each spin if a special scatter symbol lands anywhere is view on reel 5, the diner tickets down the right side of the reels will fall away and the chef will change the plate of food in front of the gang. The number of steps is determined by the number displayed on the scatter symbol. Reaching various levels up the ladder on the right increases the free spin multiplier. The bonus ends when all tickets have fallen down.
Dibble Free Spins
Triggered by revealing the Dibble Free Spins Bonus from the Master Plan Bonus.
After a short screen transition the player will be presented with a secondary set of reels that will be set in a rainy street.
During this bonus round a special wild symbol is active on all 5 reels. When any special wild symbol lands in view it would act as a standard wild symbol by substituting any other symbol, but then on every subsequent spin the ‘wild’ will roam around the reels to a different position.
In addition to the wilds roaming around the reels, now when two wild symbols ‘collide’ on the same position the special wild symbol shall expand to cover the entire reel.
This continues until all the Free Spins have played out at which point the accumulated bonus winnings are paid to the player.
Dibble Free Spins Bonus cannot be retriggered during Dibble Free Spins.
How to Play:
Basic play for Top Cat is as simple as a player selecting a betting amount and clicking spin.
Clicking the autoplay button allows the player to go through a selection of different amounts of autospins.
Overall Design and Usability:
When it comes to design, Top Cat is a little bit unusual. The show itself came from the 60's, so by its nature you might expect the graphics to be a little dated, and they are, but not in the way you might think. Most of the character graphics are great, having been given high definition updates. The problem comes with other symbols and the playbar. These come with heavy aliasing and can, in some cases, actually be difficult to read. It really is too bad, especially given how they proved with the cats that they could create great cartoonish works.
In terms of usability Top Cat follows a similar path as the rest of the Blueprint games. The game itself responds well and quickly, with no issues coming up what-so-ever in our tests. The issue comes from the lack of options. While the game itself is not particularly demanding there is a lack of graphics and other options to make the game perform better for users on older or less powerful devices, which is a little disappointing.
Where to find it:
Blueprint may not be as common as the big boys in the business, but they still do very well. Check out the following links for website reviews which offer games from the Blueprint framework. From here you can decide which casino works for you, and you can jump right in!
An interesting game, of that there is no doubt. We've reviewed a lot of pokies here at CasinoPokies24, but few have the same disconnect of graphics and gameplay that Top Cat does. In simple terms – the gameplay itself is fantastic. Top Cat has a huge and varied range of bonuses which are some of the best in business. On the other hand we have graphics and a layout which can be ugly even at the best of times, and difficult to read at the worst. That said, if you can deal with these issues then we can absolutely recommend this game to players old and new, just be aware that it might be disappointing in some regards.
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