It's time to take a step back to the tail end (pun intended) of 2021, when Snowborn Games released a fun, furry title – Cat Clans. Combining cats with a medieval setting, bombs, and increasing multipliers helped Cat Clans to become an instant favourite with many fans – so much so that the team are back for more, in Cat Clans 2 Mad Cats.
This time around though, there's no cute village setting to be seen. Instead, we seem to be in a post-apocalyptic wasteland, with plenty of room to see a different side to our feline friends.
With RTP options up to 96.0%, this highly volatile release can produce wins up to 20,000x bet.
So, Cat Clans 2 Mad Cats is based on the idea of Mad Max: Fury Road. Let's not reopen old wounds, but I did see Mad Max: Fury Road in the cinema and left pretty enraged that I would never get those 2 hours back – regardless of what Rotten Tomatoes say.
Anyway, we're in a similar setting today, with clear blue skies and barren lands. Our cats, which were once cute and wholesome, have taken on a new image and ended up looking quite frightening, accompanied by various weapons, masks, and non premium symbols designed to look like steering wheels.
A few skulls, rats and tyres lie on the ground to really set the scene, and an eerie and foreboding soundtrack comes in to tie it all together. All in all, it's not a pretty picture, but it gets the job done.
Cat Clans 2 Mad Cats Base Features
Taking place across 5 reels, wins are formed on Cat Clans 2 Mad Cats by matching at least 3 symbols on adjacent reels, beginning with the leftmost reel, across 1 of 20 fixed win lines. Symbols available begin with non premiums, with diamonds, spades, clubs and hearts, awarding wins between 0.20 and 0.30x bet for 3 of a kind matches, increasing to values between 1.25 and 2.50x bet for 5 of a kind wins.
In the mid range tins of fish and jerry cans exist to award wins between 0.70 and 5x bet for matches between 3 and 5 of a kind, whilst premium symbols introduce us to 4 cats – purple, blue, green and red. Land 3 of a kind of any premium to see wins between 1.50 and 2x bet, increasing to values between 10 and 12.50x bet for 5 of a kind matches.
Finally, grenade Wild symbols are available to substitute for all regular pay symbols except Free Spins symbols and award wins between 15 and 111x bet, for matches between 3 and 5 of a kind.
There are a few things to cover in Cat Clans 2 Mad Cats, beginning with the aforementioned Wild symbols.
When Wilds land on the reels, they are given a random multiplier – 1x, 2x, 3x, 4x or 5x.
Next up are Mystery Boxes, which land on the reels and reveal any random symbol except Free Spins symbols. Mystery Boxes can also reveal Cash Prizes, which are times bet values.
Cash Prizes can hold values of 0.20, 0.60, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 10, 20 or 50x bet.
All Mystery Boxes will always reveal the same kind of symbol.
Mad Respins Feature
Mystery Boxes can also contain overlay Paw symbols, which are collected into the green crate to the left of the reels.
There is no set collection target – instead, collecting overlay Paw symbols can randomly open this crate, triggering the Mad Respins feature.
During this feature the only symbols that can land on the reels are Mystery Boxes and blank symbols. For as long as Mystery Boxes continue to land, respins continue.
When no new Mystery Boxes land on the reels, the feature will end and all Mystery Boxes will reveal a random symbol or Cash Prize.
Cat Clans 2 Mad Cats Bonus
Land 3, 4 or 5 Free Spins symbols to trigger 3, 4 or 5 Furry Spins with trigger values of 1.50, 3 or 9x bet respectively.
During Furry Spins, Wild symbols that land on the reels can have a higher random multiplier than in the base game – 1x, 2x, 3x, 4x, 5x, 6x, 7x, 8x, 9x or 10x.
Additionally, each time a Wild symbol lands on the reels spins reset back to their starting value.
Alongside this, all Wild symbols are Sticky Wilds that remain in position for the duration of spins. At the start of each subsequent spin, one Wild in view is chosen at random to have its multiplier increase by +1x.
Furry Spins will end when no spins remain.
Players in appropriate regions can visit the Feature Shop for 3 opportunities to skip straight to the action.
- 3 Furry Spins – 50x bet
- 4 Furry Spins (Mad) – 80x bet
- 5 Furry Spins (Max) – 200x bet
The maximum win available in Cat Clans 2 Mad Cats is 20,000x bet. If the sum of a single game round exceeds this, the game round will end and 20,000x bet will be awarded.
There's a good lot happening in Cat Clans 2 Mad Cats, but not much of it hasn't been seen by fans of its predecessor. Cat Clans offered us golden paw symbols to randomly trigger a different bonus, Wilds with multipliers up to 5x, increasing Sticky Wilds up to 9x in the bonus, and a similar RTP and maximum win. So, what is different about this one, you ask?
Well, Mystery Boxes have been added in to keep things interesting – capable now of revealing instant values through Cash Prizes, which is one of the more popular features so far this year, and triggering a Mad Respins feature.
Additionally, we now have 3 levels of Furry Spins, with spins resetting back to 3, 4 or 5 depending on the number of triggering Free Spins symbols. Sticky Wilds can now climb to 10x – a small increase – and the theme couldn't be further from the original if it tried.
Whilst the maximum win hasn't changed, the right combinations can lead to values up to 20,000x bet, so there's certainly nothing to complain about.
Finally, maths is highly volatile and RTP options are available up to 96.0%, so as always it's worth checking this. Cat Clans 2 Mad Cats should immediately please fans of the original, but there might be something here for those who weren't initially convinced, too.
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