Love Animals? Then you'll love these purr-fect Microgaming slots
Most of us are animal lovers and you only need to see how popular TV shows and safari parks, zoos and similar are with people to realise that we do indeed love all creatures great and small. Unsurprisingly, this has encouraged Microgaming to develop a number of slots devised to appeal to our love of all things fish and feline, furry and fierce.
In this review, we are going to take a look at some of the best animal themed Microgaming slot games that you can play today and give you a little information about each so that you can try out these fabulous slots for yourself.
So slip into your safari suit, grab your binoculars and see if you can track down a winner on any of these fantastic animal-themed progressive and non-progressive slots from Microgaming
- Mega Moolah Progressive
You cannot start any list of animal-themed slots without mentioning the game that is the "King of the Jungle" when it comes to online slot gaming. Having only just paid out its latest winner a prize of over 8.3 million, the Mega Moolah slot is based on an African Safari and features a number of different cartoon animals in the game. There's four different progressive jackpots to chase too, the Mini, Minor, Major and Mega and it is the latter which offers you the chance of winning at least 1 million pound sterling (and often, the top prize is far in excess of that). The beastly goings on in the base game are also often overlooked but you can win some tidy prizes without triggering the Jackpot Bonus wheel too if you are lucky enough. Quite simply, if you are keen to play a slot game about animals, Mega Moolah is where you should start and you can trigger that massive progressive jackpot, if you are lucky enough, from just 0.25 per spin.
- Untamed Wolf Pack
Untamed Wolf Pack is just one of a selection of non-progressive slots in Microgaming's 'Untamed' series of slots but for me, I think it is the best of the bunch, although to be fair all the slots are set up to be very similar to each other, so if you enjoy one, you'll likely enjoy them all. What you have here is a 5-reel game which does away with winning lines and instead has 243 Ways to Win. Bets start at just 0.30 per spin (excellent value for a 243-ways game). To help players the game features a Lucky Nudge bonus, which can nudge a reel from above or below to create a win for a player, while collecting four of the Untamed Wolf Pack Wilds below a reel will turn that entire reel Wild for four spins. You can see how many Wilds you have collected on each reel as there is a counter for each at the foot of the reels. Wolves prove popular as themes for slot games and Untamed Wolf Pack is as good as any of the other Lupine-themed slots you can play today.
- Kitty Cabana & Hound Hotel
When it comes to domestic pets, people tend to be either a dog-lover or a cat-lover, so to appeal to both, Microgaming developed two slot games around a similar theme. Those in the camp of the felines will be interested in the Kitty Cabana slot, while those who prefer the howling hounds will probably want to check in at the Hound Hotel. Although the look of each slot is different, the structure of the games are very similar, with five reels, 25 lines in play and bets starting at just 0.25 per spin. Each slot boasts a bonus round and a free spins game and each is based on a theme of your pussies and pooches enjoying a bit of downtime from all the barking, scratching, sleeping and meowing that tends to occupy their days.
- Cool Wolf
I told you wolves were popular themes for slot games but this slot from Microgaming is one that is slightly different. If you are familiar with the Michael J Fox film, Teenwolf, then you will likely have got the gist of what this slot is about. This is about a high school student who is a bit of a nerd in real life, but who at the sight of a full moon turns into Cool Wolf, the coolest student in school. The slot features 243 ways to win rather than pay lines and has the usual 5 reels. It's slightly more expensive to play than most, with bets starting at 0.50, and it is suited to higher roller players with bets up to 250.00 accepted. The Howling Wild feature offers you a fair chance of some decent wins in the base game and with Rolling Reels in play, you can land better value wins as successive Rolling Reels wins will increase the multiplier applied to your wins. Add to that up to 25 Free Spins available and you'd be howling mad not to give this game a try.
- Karate Pig
Karate Pig I hear you cry, that sounds somewhat familiar. OK, so I'll happily admit that Karate Pig does seem to be 'inspired' by the Kung Fu Panda series of films, but you don't have to be original all the time to produce a highly enjoyable and playable slot. Microgaming offer us a fine specimen here who is not only a dab hand at a karate chop, but that can also bring home the bacon when it comes to landing big wins. The 5-reel game offers 40 lines in play and a minimum bet of 0.40 per spin, although you can ramp up the action to 200 per game if you prefer. The use of comedy throughout the slot is real treat with a number of other animal-based characters alongside the Karate Pig and best of all, a sizeable 10,000x your coin stake jackpot on offer.
- Oink Country Love
We're back with our porcine dining companions for the next slot in Microgaming's selection and it is a hugely enjoyable farm-based love story in the somewhat oddly titled Oink Country Love. This 5-reel slot boasts an unusual number of pay lines, 45, and you can get the reels spinning for as little as 0.50 per spin. The theme of the slot are two musically gifted pigs, Willy and Chancho and they are both enamoured with the gorgeous Miss Southern Charm and want to woo her. It's a farmyard love story with a twist which features a Barnyard Bash bonus game which allows the players up to 20 Free Spins depending on the number of golden ticket free symbols you land. This is a fast, fun and engaging slot to play which has been a popular additions to Microgaming casinos since its release a couple of years ago.
- Pretty Kitty
If you are a lover of pampered pussycats, then the Pretty Kitty slot will be right up your street. This slot features a total of five feline friends, each of whom has more wealth dangling from its collar than the Crown Jewels collection at the Tower of London. Each of the five cats is stacked on the first reel, with the rather grumpy looking white cat stacked across all five reels. This means that if you can land that symbol across the reels, you can land some big multiple line wins. Spins start at just 0.30 per spin for the 5-reel 243 Ways to Win slot. The Pretty Kitty logo acts as a wild and can play a part in some big base game wins while landing three or more of the diamond collar scatters will trigger 15 Free Spins with Stacked Wilds on the first reel. These pretty kitties do have claws, but they can also reward you with a healthy pay out from time to time too.
- Eagles Wings
Eagles Wings is a 25 line, 5x3 reel slot which can be played from 0.25 per spin up to a maximum bet of 125.00 per spin. The game features Stacked Wilds throughout (which is the best way to land some of the bigger value wins in the game) and although it is based on the incredible bald-headed eagle so familiar across American culture, there are other aspects of the great North American wilderness celebrated in the other symbols, including native American culture, which is good to see. Three of the scatter symbols leads you to a bonus feature where you get to pick from three coins. The one you select reveals how many spins you will get in your bonus which can be any number up to 60, although most often you will land around 20 spins. During free spins, there's a 3x multiplier paid on all wins, which does increase the value of those wins considerably.
Who'd have thought that the humble caterpillar would be the inspiration for one of Microgaming's most unusual and different slot games? Well, this 5x5 reel slot, which boasts 100 pay lines is one of the more expensive Microgaming slots to play at a minimum bet of 1.00 per spin, but for that you get a game that offers you a chance of winning up to six million coins. The Cashapillar symbol is the Wild and when landed it can be stacked on the reels and when it forms part of a payout, it applies a 2x multiplier to the win, doubling your prize money. The cake scatter offers a cash prize for two landed on the reels, but land three or more and you are given 15 free spins, which comes with an even more generous 3x multiplier. This is a slot that has crystallised into a real classic for fans of slots that offer huge winning potential and which look and play a little different to the norm.
- Bar Bar Black Sheep
Of all Microgaming's slot games inspired by animals, my favourite name for the slot is the Bar Bar Black Sheep game, which is perfect. This is a more retro-styled slot, despite being a recent release and players have just three reels to play here with just a single pay line in play. On the reels are just a few symbols, three different types of Bar symbols (single, double and treble), a bag of wool symbol, the white sheep and of course, the black sheep. Land two single bars and the Black Sheep (Bar Bar Black Sheep) across the pay line and you win the top jackpot prize. You can select your coin size and wager up to 3 coins per spin on this simple, fast and endearing slot. You'd have to be baa-my to miss this game out.
- Fish Party
I've resisted the temptation to include 'So Much Sushi' in among the animal slots because I think animal lovers tend to prefer games about their subjects still alive and in relatively fine fettle, rather than served up for hungry diners on a plate, even if they have been dressed rather splendidly. So if you prefer your fishy friends swimming about having a jolly old time of it, then the Fish Party slot is one well worth a closer look. This 5-reel slot has 243 Ways to Win instead of pay lines and can be played from just 0.30 per spin. Three or more scatters triggers the free spins bonus game and you can land between 8 and 20 free spins at random for this bonus and during your spins, you have higher paying symbols increasing in value. I don't want to carp on about it, but this Fish Party is the plaice to go for some fantastic slot play.
- Dolphin Quest
I've left my personal favourite creature to last in our rundown of the dozen best Microgaming animal themed slots and that is the dolphin, subject of the Dolphin Quest slot. This 5 reel slot has 50 lines in play and a minimum bet of 0.50 and I have to say, in terms of graphics and presentation, it is one of the most beautiful looking slots Microgaming have produced. There's plenty of other sea-creatures alongside the eponymous dolphins on the reels, so much so that you forget you are playing a slot and not watching an episode of the Blue Planet. There's a decent jackpot of 12,500x your coin stake up for grabs and the Golden Dolphin triggers a bonus feature where you spin a new set of reels once and hit stop to land a prize that could be worth as much as 150,000.
So if you love all different types of creatures as the subject of a slot, then don't forget to try out this dozen top Microgaming animal-themed games today. You'd have to be roaring mad to miss them!
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