Cat Scratch Fever by Novomatic
Cat Scratch Fever is a funky looking five reel online slot by Novomatic. Its name may be misleading; the slot has nothing to do with an obscure medical condition and everything to do with a 70’s themed feline who helps you to win cash.
Cat Scratch Fever does not have very many special features, in fact all it really has is a free spins round and a wild symbol. But it does have an interesting way of replacing symbols in the base game. Each line can be played for as little as two coins going all the way up to 400. This is a huge wagering margin that makes Cat Scratch Fever a great game for all budgets.
The graphics in Cat Scratch Fever are bright and colourful. They are definitely not on the realistic side, and tend way more to the cartoony. The background to the reels is a stereotypical city skyline with dark high rises which set of the lurid purples that surround the reels. The reels themselves are black, which show off the symbols very well. All in all the graphics in Cat Scratch Fever are crisp and well drawn. They look modern and add a sense of fun and humour to the slot.
70’s Theme and Symbols
The premise behind Cat Scratch Fever is a set of funky felines that are dressed up in typical 70’s gear. All the symbols in the game are theme based, which makes a nice change from Novomatic’s usual line up of poker card symbols as the lowest ones in the game. So instead we have things like afro combs, red suitcases, shiny golden cups, large purple cars and lots and lots of bling. There are of course cats involved as well, our main character being a large afro haired feline with a handlebar moustache.
The special symbols in the game are conveniently marked so that you cannot miss them. The wild symbol, which has Wild emblazoned on it in huge glittery letters, can replace any other symbol in the game. This of course does not include the bonus symbol. The wild can be found on all of the reels except the first one.
During the base game play all symbols except the wild can be stacked on the reels. When two or more of reels one to three are filled with matching stacks, the non matching symbols get scratched, and replaced with new symbols. The wins are paid both before and after the scratch, which means that the player gets to double up on any matched stacks that are found on the reels.
Funktastic Free Spins
Cat Scratch Fever has an interesting little feature called the Scratch and Win feature. This has nothing to do with scratch cards and everything to do with the games free spins. When you find two or more stacked matching symbols in the free spins game, any non matching stacked symbols will be scratched out of the reels and be replaced by new symbols falling from above.
The free spins round is launched by finding nine bonus symbols anywhere on the reels. Although this seems like quite a task, it does seem to happen quite often. All told you can be awarded anywhere between 18 to 30 free spins, which added to the Scratch and Win feature can lead to some decent wins.