Going wild: three of the best animal-themed online slots

Animals offer us a lot. They can be companions, offer us a friendly paw when when we need some reassurance and they get filmed doing stupid things for our amusement. They also make a pretty decent subject for slots too, whether it’s kings of the jungle, cute pets or underwater fun.

But with such a breadth of slots out there that feature our furry friends it can be difficult to know where to start. Chances are, for example, that you lie firmly in the dog or cat camp and so you don’t want to be going in the wrong direction when it comes to choosing a ‘pet’ slot. There’s also the small matter of whether you can stomach something ultra cutesy for spin after spin, or if you’d prefer to spend your time admiring the lithe, muscular physiques of elephants, rhinos or lions.

The choices, then, are too great and too varied. That’s why we’ve trawled our way through the very finest – and not so finest – animal-themed slots out there and brought you a decent selection to get started. Here goes…

King Tusk

New King Tusk Slot
Elephants are fascinating, and pretty incredible creatures. So it follows that elephant-themed King Tusk is a pretty impressive slot if you’re an animal fan. The game, as you would expect, is pretty heavy on elephant references. It’s graphics are great and the backdrop of a stunning African scene really serves to bring the world of these tusked beauties to life.

King Tusk isn’t all about looks though, the gameplay offers lots to get excited about too. Symbols on the five reels include elephants, traditional playing card symbols and African pottery that’s decorated with elephant drawings. Elephants act as wilds and there’s the King Tusk scatter symbol that appears during play.

Aside from the base game, King Tusk offers three separate free spins feature – free spins are triggered by landing three scatter symbols on the reels. Each of the free spins offers something slight different, but all are good opportunities to maximise winnings for players.

And, if more scatters are landed during the bonus round then there’ll be 10 more free spins awarded.

When Pigs Fly!

when pigs fly
Admittedly, it’s a million miles away from King Tusk but When Pigs Fly is worth a spin or two for entertainment value alone. Also, there’s few games that you can say manage to successfully combine 60s retro styling, cartoon graphics and space exploration – at least, not that I can think of.

The game explores the idea of pigs rocketing into space in order to win you some cash on the reels. Those reels are another big draw of the game, and fairly unique across slot games. They are arranged in a staggered cross design and offer a lucrative 3,125 potential paylines to exploit.

This slot is developed by NetEnt and uses a gameplay element found in slot game Reel Rush. This sees the reels automatically respin after every winning bet, and then expand by two symbols. Alone, this feature takes the number of paylines up to a massive 1875 at full expansion. Five successive respins then trigger the free spins feature.

Plenty of ways to win, then. But let’s face it, what this game is really about is blasting pigs into space. That is something that never gets old…

Copy Cats

CopyCats slot by NetEnt

Another NetEnt title, but this time featuring cats. Copy Cats features kinda cute cartoon cats, all bundled up in a fun slot that has an RTP of 96.76% and some interesting bonus features.

The game has good musical too, with cheerful and catchy sound effects accompanying spins and wins (you can mute it if you want to). Low value symbols are represented by different colored paw prints in blue, green, purple, and orange, while mid value symbols are a fish skeleton, a bottle of milk, and a clockwork mouse. High value symbols are character portraits of the cartoon cats themselves. The wild symbol is a golden cat playing with a purple ball of yarn, and the bonus symbol is a little silver collar bell.

In terms of special features, the one to watch out for is the Copy Cats feature. Free spins are also given out by getting three or more scatter symbols on the reels, and the free spins round can be retriggered.

Copy Cats is a decent mix if cartoon silliness with some great slot winning potential that, if you spend the time, could reward well. And you get to look at cats doing stupid things while doing it…

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