NextGen’s position at the heart of the NYX Gaming Group means two things. First, it is at the forefront of new slots and casino game releases. Second, it has the opportunity to re-release its extensive back catalogue of top playable slots across NYX’s shiny and bright OGS game server. To whit, we all get a second chance to play slots that might have been before our time, or simply outmuscled by mega-hyped new slots games. NextGen’s Fat Cat slot weighs into the slots mix with five reels, 20 paylines, two bonus features and wealthy pussies galore.
NextGen, of course, has a rich history of producing online slots with rich animals at their centre. Anyone who has played the Aussie studio’s fans’ favourite Foxin Wins slot can lay testament to that. Like that release, the many riches this loaded kitty has amassed make up the background to our gameplay. Our five reels spin in front of piles of cash, set beneath blue skies in which a private jet and helicopter zoom. It does beg the question, how can a Fat Cat fly in both a private jet and a helicopter at the same time? The Fat Cats can do whatever they like.
Our Fat Cat host takes his place as the game’s Wild, substituting for all game symbols except Scatters. Complete with gold chains and sunglasses, this bling kitty looks like he’s made his money as a hip hop producer. Or, judging by the jazzy soul riff that plays when he forms winning combos, a Motown producer. His Lady Kitty, Dog Butler (what else?) and bag of Cash make up our high-paying game symbols, while golden Dollar Scatter does the business to launch the game’s Free Spins feature. Bright 10s through Aces make up the numbers as the game’s low-paying symbols.
With two bonus features on offer, this Fat Cat proves generosity does pay forward. We trigger the Fat Cat Bonus Round when we land a Fat Cat Wild on reels 1 and 5. We win the displayed prize when we match any prize, though we multiply our winnings when we uncover various multipliers along the way. We could land a win multiplied up to x5, which could see us land up to x500 our triggering bet.
Landing three Dollar Scatters left-to-right on an active payline triggers the Free Games feature. We now have 10 free games in which all prizes are tripled, getting us on the ladder that the Fat Cat sits atop. We can also retrigger the feature when we land a further set of three Scatters on an active payline.
Who doesn’t want to be the Fat Cat themselves, put on their perch – or in their gold-lined basket – with a big slots win? The gameplay and sounds on this slot might be vintage, but the NYX OGS does help to bring the Fat Cat slot into the modern slots world. And, with two bonus features to choose from and a whopping x500 our stake a very real possibility, NextGen makes sure that we could well yet turn out to be the cats that get the cream.