Sharpen your claws, because the minds at Relax Gaming are inviting us to leave behind the prison walls of Mega Heist and take to the streets of New York City to kick it with the alley cats in their next Dream Drop release. We're taking a look back at one of the team's pervious releases today, Top Dawg$, except this time around it's the cats on top. On this occasion, we're in for a hip hop theme, and Relax Gaming have been kind enough to let us know that only the fiercest of felines can hang and hop to the hottest beats in NYC – in Fly Cat$ Dream Drop. Like many previous releases, players can expect to see Fly Cats in its regular form and Dream Drop form. In the former, RTP is fixed at 96.17%, whilst the latter has a 94.0% RTP (12% jackpot contribution). In either instance, maths is highly (5/5) volatile, and wins are available up to 5,000x bet (excluding jackpots).
Well, we're in New York City today with the Statue of Liberty in the distance, but we're not quite in the city centre. We're slightly further out in Brooklyn, on the rooftop of a building. Graffiti has been sprayed on the side of an apartment block to the right, displaying Relax, NYC, HipHop 4 Life, and Brooklyn, whilst to the left we have the word Fluffy, so it's safe to assume that the cats are the vandals. Around the staged-reels we have spotlights, speakers, microphones, a turntable of sorts, and a parental advisory sign, so I guess we're here for some sort of hip-hop concert. A. variety of cats with some bold personalities make up the excitement in symbol form, and a distinct hip-hop track comes in to pull it all together.
Fly Cats Dream Drop Base Features
Taking place across 5 reels, wins are formed on Fly Cats by matching at least 3 symbols on adjacent reels, beginning with the leftmost reel, across 1 of 40 fixed win lines. Symbols begin with non premiums, with four graffiti styled spray painted suits – diamonds, hearts, clubs, and spades, awarding wins between 0.20 and 0.30x bet for 3 of a kind matches, increasing to 1x bet for 5 of a kind wins. At the premium end we meet four cool cats – one with a hoodie, baseball cap, and basketball, one with a beanie, ripped clothing, and a can of spray paint, one with a hoodie, durag, and boombox, and one with a gold chain, crown, sunglasses, and a cigar. Land 3 of a kind of any premium to see wins between 1 and 2x bet, increasing to values between 6 and 15x bet for 5 of a kind matches. Finally, equaliser Wild symbols are available to substitute for all symbols except Bonus symbols, paying 2, 5, or 15x bet for 3, 4, or 5 of a kind respectively.
Most of the Fly Cats base game action rests on one feature – Mystery Respins. On any spin, landing a Mystery symbol on the reels will trigger Mystery Respins, in which only Mystery symbols can land on the reels. Respins will continue for as long as Mystery symbols continue to land on the reels. Once no more Mystery symbols land, all those in view will reveal the same regular pay symbol and wins will be awarded.
The other obvious feature is the Dream Drop Bonus, which can be triggered randomly before any normal spin. When this feature has the potential to trigger a basketball net will appear in the middle of the screen. If the basketball misses, the spin continues as normal, but if the basketball goes into the net the Dream Drop Bonus is triggered.
Players are then taken to a new screen, where a number of golden spray paint cans sit in front of a brick wall with graffiti, with a basketball net behind. There are 15 cans in total. The aim is to select cans, which will reveal Jackpots. Once you have revealed 3 of the same Jackpot, its value will be awarded and the Dream Drop Bonus will end.
There are 5 possible Jackpots:
- Rapid – €1 seed
- Midi – €5 seed
- Maxi – €100 seed
- Major – €25,000 seed
- Mega – €500,000 seed
You are guaranteed to win one Jackpot in the Dream Drop Bonus. After the Dream Drop Bonus has ended, the regular spin that was interrupted will be played out.
Fly Cats Dream Drop Bonus
Land 3, 4, or 5 fish bowl Bonus Symbols to trigger 6, 8, or 10 Free Spins. During Free Spins, all Wild symbols are sticky for the duration of spins. Alongside this, any Bonus symbol which lands will award an additional +1 spins and increase the multiplier on all Sticky Wilds by +x1, up to a maximum of x3.
Players in appropriate regions can take advantage of two Buy Feature options:
- Mystery Respin – 10x bet (96.50% RTP)
- Sticky Wild Free Spins – 45x bet (96.55% RTP)
These Buy Feature options are not available in the Dream Drop version of Fly Cats.
The maximum win available in Fly Cats is 5,000x bet (excluding jackpots). If the sum of a single game round exceeds this, the game round will end and 5,000x bet will be awarded.
There isn't a huge amount in Fly Cats that is wholly unique, especially for fans of Top Dawg$, but there are some positives. Firstly, and in a completely unsurprising twist of fate, audio-visuals are fantastic – something the team at Relax always nail. Secondly, the mechanics on offer are tried and tested, proven to be enjoyed by a variety of players regardless of experience or budget. Dream Drop as an addition also helps to keep things interesting, especially with a Mega jackpot exceeding €6 million at the time of writing this.
Free Spins are where things are really exciting though, with Sticky Wilds and increasing multipliers up to x3. In Top Dawg$, these multipliers could climb as high as x7, so there has been a cut made there, resulting in a smaller win potential of 5,000x bet – 20,000x bet than the former. Still, nothing to turn your nose up at – or your whiskers.
Finally, maths is highly (5/5) volatile and RTP is fixed at 94.0%, albeit this does include the 12% jackpot contribution. If you aren't feeling this maths model, the regular Fly Cats game will be available with a 96.17% fixed RTP. If you were a fan of Top Dawg$ and want something similar with the chance of a life changing jackpot, Fly Cats will suit you.
*The screenshots taken of games reviewed on this site are taken from Demo Play, as reviews are often written before games are released for real play.