If there’s one thing the Internet is good for, it’s looking at pictures and videos of adorable kittens. Yes, cat photos and memes are probably responsible for a shockingly high percentage of all Internet traffic these days, and it’s easy to understand why: even people who dislike felines in person tend to agree that they’re pretty cute from a distance.
With so much love for felines out there, it only makes sense for slot machine makers to incorporate the furballs into their games. The best example might be OMG! Kittens, a game created by WMS first for the live casino market, and more recently ported to the world of online play.
OMG Kittens! Is a five-reel, 40 payline game that can be played at most casinos offering WMS games. At the start of each spin, players have the option of choosing how much they would like to bet per line; several denominations are available, with a typical spread going from $0.01 to a dollar or more per line.
The object of the game is simple: match identical symbols from left to right across your paylines. All of the symbols in the game are cat themed, of course: there are balls of yarn, bottles of milk, and little kitty collars.
There are also three symbols of individual cats: Tiger, Bubbles, and Mr. Whiskers. Each of these symbols fills the entire reel it lands on. These symbols offer the largest prizes if you can hit three or more of the same cat in a row, but can also be mixed and matched in order to win a large payout.
Like most games, OMG! Kittens comes with a scatter symbol: in this case, it is a cute picture of a cat attempting to sneak into a fishbowl (known as “Fishcat”). Hit three or more of these anywhere on the reels, and you’ll earn money; the more of them you find, the bigger the reward.
There’s also a free spins bonus round that can be triggered by hitting four of the large kitten symbols with a bonus symbol on the fifth and final reel. When that occurs, you’ll be awarded a minimum of five free spins.
Exactly what bonus is earned will depend on which cats make up the spin that triggered the special feature. For each Tiger, you’ll see the multiplier value of the free spins increase, up to a maximum of 10x for four of these symbols. Bubbles awards extra spins, up to 45 more if you hit four of that particular feline. Finally, each Mr. Whiskers will add a bonus payout prior to the start of the feature.
During your free spins, you’ll also be able to earn additional multipliers by hitting Mr. Whiskers on the fifth reel. And even if everything goes wrong, you are guaranteed to win a minimum of ten times the cost of your triggering wager, so you’ll never leave this bonus round a loser.
There are a couple of other interesting features scattered throughout this machines as well. When one of the cat symbols appears on the fifth reel during normal play, it will sometimes come with a multiplier, ranging from 2x to as much as 100x. These will increase your winnings if you should happen to hit five kitty symbols in a row on that spin, potentially earning you a jackpot-like payout.
Obviously, the OMG! Kittens slot machine is super cute and cuddly. But does that make it a game you want to play, or just one to give a quick look for its gimmicky premise?
The answer is that, by and large, this is actually an excellent game. Sure, when it was first released, the promise of cats prancing across the screen was probably what drew people in to the machine. But it would not have gained such popularity or fame on its feline-friendly theme alone. While it may not be the most complex machine out there, this game features lots of bonuses and the potential for big prizes, and that should be enough to keep most casino players interested for quite a long time. The graphics are only okay, and there isn’t much in the way of flash (despite what you might expect), but this is legitimately a solid, fun slot machine.
By the way: if you like the idea, but are more of a dog person, you’re in luck. WMS Gaming has also put out an OMG! Puppies machine at brick-and-mortar casinos, and we’re sure that before too long, it will find its way to online casinos as well.