Slot game developers are well known for finding inspiration for their next creations in many different places.
Be it in ancient civilisation, classic fictional themes or original designs, the options are plentiful. Another category of games that is also popular with players is the franchise slot games, aka games inspired by other famous works. Top Cat by Blueprint Gaming is an example of the latter, as it is inspired by the famous 1960s Hanna-Barbera cartoon.
So get ready to dive into the universe of this unique gang of stray cats and relive their adventure in a slot game format.
Like most franchise-based slot games, Top Cat aims at reproducing the settings of the original product faithfully.
Therefore, it should come as no surprise that the game is set in an alley between tall skyscrapers in a big, anonymous, modern metropolis. Add a few trash cans, a wooden fence and a lamppost, and you have the exact set of both Top Cat the game and the animated series.
Fans of the original cartoon will be delighted to find their favourite show adapted into a slot game featuring plenty of minute details. If you have never watched the cartoon, Top Cat still looks pretty good and attractive.
Top Cat looks and feels like a classic video slot games, where you goal as a player is to line up specific combinations of symbols.
The game features five spinning reels of three symbols each, with a total of 20 fixed paylines on which symbols must be aligned in order to count as a valid win.
All the command you needs are located right below the reels. Click the appropriate button to modify your total bet, and keep in mind that taking a bigger risk also means increasing your rewards in the future. Hit the trash can marked Spin to validate your settings and let the reels spin loose.
And if you would like to speed up the process a little once you have decided on your wager, try out the Autoplay game mode. The reels will then spin automatically times and times again, until you decide to revert to the standard game mode.
Top Cat thus sticks to a rather classic base gameplay that players are already familiar with. The true originality of the game lies however with the mode advanced gameplay features, which we will introduce in the remaining of the present review.
Top Cat introduces nine basic reel symbols, most of which representing characters from the original animated series.
Fans will thus be quick to recognise Brain, Fancy-Fancy, Spook and other famous felines from Top Cat when they appear on the reels. The Cats are the most valuable symbols, sometimes appearing in bulk and covering an entire reel to give you more chances to win big in a single spin.
The classic Jack, Queen, King and Ace are the most common symbols on the reels of Top Cat. You will have plenty of occasions to win with them, despite their relatively low payouts in comparison to the Cats.
Top Cat stands out from other video slot games by providing a very large array of Bonus games and other extra special features. We begin with a classic: a Wild symbol in the shape of a Fish plate, which can replace any basic symbol and give you an extra chance to win big.
Each spin carries a chance to trigger one of the four Bonus mini games, each associated with one of our Cat heroes. Each game awards either Wilds or extra wins, and it is also a chance to watch a fun and colourful animation.
There is also a dedicated Bonus symbol in Top Cat, three of which need to be aligned on a payline to initiate the Master Plan. One of the six options available will be chosen for you. Most mini games award either Free Spins or big cash rewards, and the rules often involve helping the Cats escaping Officer Dibble and pocketing a big stash of coins – which will later become yours.
Top Cat may start off as a classic slot game, but it will surprise most players with its many Bonus games. Fans of the original animated series are obviously the main target here, but newcomers will surely find Top Cat both fun and rewarding as well.
You might even end up playing the mini games more than the actual slot, but in the end only the cash rewards at stake matter – regardless of how you get them.