Back when I was in school, “copycat” was a derogatory slight on another kid’s imitation. As we get older, we realise that imitation is a high form of flattery, just outside compliments and outright currying of favour. NetEnt goes with the good kind here, though we are dealing with actual cats in the Copy Cats Slot, a five reel, 25 pay-line game that boasts cartoonish artwork and some excellent bonus features.

Gameplay

Our cats in question come as our high-paying symbols in three different colours and sizes – Red, Pink and Blue. They blink and grin their way across our five reels with that, “Moi? Of course I didn’t swipe your fish dinner from the table! How could you suggest such a thing!” kind-of-look. As always, we know the true story. These pussies aren’t helped in their quest for innocence in the Fish Bones symbol that forms one of our medium-paying symbols. The Spilled Milk tells it’s own story, too. The Mouse Toy is a more benign indicator of the kind of mischief these kitties get up to.

In a sweet touch, our low-paying symbols are made up of different coloured Paw-Prints, a creative flourish that beats the standard 10s through Aces any day of the week. All the while our game-play is accompanied by an impish, playful tune – fitting, given our cheeky subjects. And then there’s the Gold Wild Cat. She hides behind a ball of wool, peaking out when she completes winning combos out of the possible 25 pay-lines. Should our Wild Cat appear Stacked on reel 1, she activates the Copy Cats feature – a Star Wars-esque wipe that switches all Cat symbols to Wilds. The more the merrier, in that case.

Bonuses

The Copy Cats feature also arrives when we land a Stacked Cat on reel 1. The same wipe transforms all other Cats to the same as our kickstarting moggy on reel 1 for that spin, potentially scoring us big wins in the process.

But Copy Cats doesn’t stop at in-game bonus features. Landing three Bonus Collar Bells on reels 1, 3 and 5 launches the game’s Free Spins bonus, awarding us 10 free games. Like a playful kitty coming back for more, the Free Spins bonus can be re-triggered during the bonus feature and, while Copy Cats doesn’t feature any additional multipliers during the bonus round, it does allow for extra portions of the Copy Cat feature to transform our Cats and our Wilds for free.

Summary

I wouldn’t say this slot was good. I’d say it was the cat’s meow. NetEnt has hit a perfect cartoonish note in style and design, echoing its similarly playful Scruffy Duck online slot. With the readily-occurring Copy Cat feature doing the business during the base game with the Free Spins bonus chipping in playfully, we can expect plenty of game-play to come pawing out of this top slot.