Microgaming's Lumber Cats Video Slot Review

November 7, 2012

 

In the online slots world, there is a balance between two things when it comes to individual games. On one hand, there is the idea that having a good brand behind a video slot will help to draw players in because of the popularity of the brand. On the other hand, there's the concept of just putting out a great game with an original concept that will keep players interested based on the merits of the gameplay. Lumber Cats, a video slot by Microgaming, is definitely of the second variety. With an original theme and a lot of great features, Lumber Cats is a game that video slots players will enjoy quite a bit.

Lumber Cats is a 20-payline video slot with five reels. The coins in this game can be set from $0.01 to $0.25, and up to 10 coins can be bet on each of the 20 paylines. This setup allows for better control over the size of your bet between the minimum bet of $0.01 per spin and the maximum bet of $50 per spin. Lumber Cats has a medium volatility, and that means that your swings will not be as large. Instead, you'll steadily win or lose depending on your luck.

The theme of this game is based around a group of cats who decide to become lumberjacks. Along these lines, the Lumber Cats logo symbol is wild. If you get five of this symbol on the same payline, then you're set up with the big 6,000x line bet jackpot. This is the largest payout in the regular mode of the game. Even though this jackpot isn't as large as some of the progressives out there, Lumber Cats makes up for it with a wide range of mid-level payouts. This helps to give some balance to the paytable so you aren't just relying on a long-shot jackpot win for a nice winning session.

The Tree symbol is a scatter symbol in this game. In addition to giving nice payouts based on multiples of your entire bet, you can also get the Tree Climb bonus game by getting three or more on the reels. This game is essentially a pick-a-box style game. If you get a Lumber Cat on reel three with a Log symbol on the first or fifth reels, then you'll get five re-spins with the third reel covered in wilds. There are chances for extra wilds in this game, so you can get some nice payoffs.