David Williams | 04 May 2017
World renowned slots developer NetEnt has yet another new mobile game lined up for release on May the 23rd. Copy Cats is the developer’s latest slot release for desktop and mobile - although a recent sneak peak has made many players wonder whether the developer hasn’t taken inspiration from Microgaming to create the new game. It seems that in some ways, the name is really fitting!
Copy Cats kicks off with colourful graphics and unique symbols, which feature a variety of quirky animated cats to fit the theme. The first of its kind in NetEnt’s portfolio, Copy Cats also offers a bonus feature that is a new addition to the developer’s collection; duplicating symbols.
These duplicating symbols will kick in when a stack of any of the higher valued cat symbols lands on reel one of the game. The minute this happens, any other higher paying cat symbols on the other reels will immediately transform into the same stacked symbol on the first reel, making for massive winning potential.
Although the duplicating symbols are very new in NetEnt’s portfolio, Microgaming already offers several mobile slots with a very similar feature. Ariana is one of the latter company’s cornerstone slot games with transforming symbols much like those in Copy Cats, and Microgaming’s Pretty Kitty is even more similar, with both a cat-related theme and the stacked reel one feature.
With that said, NetEnt’s feature does offer a different mechanism for winning, making it refreshingly different in its own way. In Microgaming’s Pretty Kitty mobile slot, the symbols on the other reels expand instead of duplicate, which can trigger either impressive wins or no wins at all.
NetEnt’s Copy Cats slot, on the other hand, guarantees a win as long as there are any cat symbols on reels 2, 3, 4 or 5. For mobile players, this could mean a bigger chance of catching some good wins whenever the duplicating symbols are triggered.
While there are some similarities between the two developers’ slots, companies borrowing and collaborating on new ideas is nothing new. Many bonus features, like free spins, have become a regular fixture in mobile slots, and NetEnt using the reel one feature in their latest release may be a testament to its popularity above all else.
iPhone players will be able to experience the Copy Cats mobile slot for themselves on its release date on May 23 at all participating NetEnt mobile casinos. The game will be fully optimised for mobile play across all iOS versions, giving iPhone casino players the final say on NetEnt’s latest creation.