The Catfather Introduction
The Catfather opens to display a 5 reel pokie set against a home-theatre screen, flanked by standard lamps. A screenful of cat characters like you’ve never seen before are waiting for their chance to animate, as you win a prize.
Icons and symbols
Five furry felines take centre stage amongst this game's icons, each dressed to impress. Look out for the two gingers, one sporting a mask and the other a bowler hat. There’s also a green-eyed, mean-looking specimen, another in a pink beret and a Persian with sunglasses. Add in the diamond encrusted letters Q, K and A, a mouse tied up in rope, which is also the scatter, and 2 black cats in a box which are the wild, for a full set.
Easy to play
Free play kicks off with 500 credits, and, as is standard, the information you need to play is displayed neatly at the bottom of the screen. Probably the only thing that is slightly unusual is having the buttons to raise or lower the amount of credits bet per line at the far right end, either side of the play button, while the number display is at the far left of the reel.
Autoplay allows you to choose anything from 10 - 1000 spins, giving you plenty of time to put your feet up and watch the game unfold.
Payouts, bonuses and extras
The best payout for matching icons on a spin has got to be the WILD, where matching 5 grabs you an amazing 5000x bonus. Mysteriously, this then drops like a stone to 250x for matching 4 WILDS, or just 50x for snagging 3. None of the icons in this game pay out huge prizes either, but it is easy to see which cats offer higher rewards, by tracking the number of footprints displayed with their image.
Leading with 5 pawprints is the ginger in the bowler hat, where matching 5 gives 200x, followed by mean green eyes with 4 prints, with 5 winning you a 100x credit, and the lowest payouts are for 5 of the letters, winning between 15x and 25x. Although the payouts are generally on the low side, the chance to win random credits is some compensation.
For example, there’s the exciting ‘random stacked wild’ feature which appears randomly, but only just before a spin is completed. Any designated reels are covered fully with WILDS when this is triggered. Matching 5 Scatter cards equals 25 free spins, 4 gets you 15 freebies, and matching three still offers 10. That’s not bad, considering any free spin payouts you secure are multiplied by 4.
Worth a spin for sure
Yes, the concept is wacky and the prizes aren’t huge, but the Catfather is different and definitely great fun to play..