Cat Wilde and the Lost Chapter: Slot Overview
The old guard has well and truly passed the baton on to the younger generation in this second slot to star archaeologist Rich Wilde’s daughter Cat. Cat Wilde and the Lost Chapter sees the adventuress heading to a part of the world pretty much mandatory for all explorers – Egypt. If that thought immediately brings a ‘Book of’ type experience to mind, well, you’d be right. Lost Chapter makes copious use of expanding special symbols; however, it also has a couple of extra bits which are a little different to the norm. While coming across as familiar, Lost Chapter does enough to set itself apart from the rest of the bunch.
Things get off on a positive footing, visually at least. In a chamber in some sort of ancient structure is where we lay our scene full of burning braziers, gold, and hieroglyphic covered columns set in a warm golden light. Lost Chapter isn’t exactly a knock out beauty at first, but it is of a typically high Play’n GO standard, and when the animations begin, it turns out to be quite an attractive game indeed. A little out of place is a distinctly non-Arabic soundtrack playing away in the background, adding a spirit of adventure rather than the exoticism you usually associate with this sort of game.
Playable on any device, Cat Wilde and the Lost Chapter does things a little differently when it comes to stakes too. This is because paylines are not fixed, thus allowing players to choose anywhere from 1-10 to be active. Having alterable win ways means bets can be set as low as 1 p/c per spin, up to £/€100 when lines, coins and their values are maxed. Lost Chapter is one of Play’n GO’s more brutal games where volatility has been rated 10 out of 10, while default RTP comes in at 96.2%.
As for the symbols, apart from Cat as the highest payer, the rest are all Egypt based in some ways. After our heroine, we find the jackal-headed Anubis, Ankhs, scarabs, followed by 10-A royals which aren’t especially Egypty but small decorations help them fit in. Values are immense at the high end, where five of a kind wins are worth a healthy 75 to 1,000x the bet. Low pay symbols form combinations when at least three of a kind land, while the four premiums require just two to link up for a win. Helping them do so is the oversized ‘W’ wild. It substitutes for all symbols except the scatter, and is worth the same amount of money as the top-paying Cat symbol.
Cat Wilde and the Lost Chapter: Slot Features
Since Cat Wilde and the Lost Chapter follows in the long tradition of ‘book of’ style gaming, payers can expect plenty of symbol expansion activity taking place. This occurs during free spins, where you’ll also find a new addition called Pyramid Spins.
Landing 3 or more blue Pyramid scatters awards 8 free spins. On each free spin, a different pay symbol is selected to be a special expanding symbol. These special ones expand to cover all the positions on a reel if they can create a win. Full reel symbols pay from any position; they do not have to be next to each other like normal.
During bonuses, the scatter also acts as a wild. Landing 2 or more on a free spin awards Pyramid Spins – four for each triggering scatter. Regular free spins are put on hold while Pyramid Spins are played. Whatever special expanding symbol was active on the triggering spin, is held for the duration of Pyramid Spins. Lastly, each wild/scatter landing in Pyramid Spins adds one more to the remaining amount.
Cat Wilde and the Lost Chapter: Slot Verdict
While there isn’t much on a fundamental level about Cat Wilde and the Lost Chapter that hasn’t been unearthed from a host of dusty tombs in the past, Play’n GO has done enough to evolve the series. As well as the excellent graphics, several things make Lost Chapter stand aside from the majority of similarly styled slots. Number one is the striking visual presentation. Play’n GO has a fantastic effects team, and the quality found in Lost Chapter is easily above average. Particularly well done are the animated symbols which don’t exactly bring anything to the gameplay, but do nevertheless put a positive spin on the experience as a whole. It’s far from just staring at static images of Ancient Egypt on a grid for sure.
Another thing deviating Cat wild and the Lost Chapter’s bonus game from the standard template are its expanding symbols themselves. Having a different symbol on each spin instead of just one throughout is unusual, though not unique, having popped up in a similar way in games like Mysterious Egypt or Ali Baba’s Luck, and, of course, in the clone Lord Merlin and the Lady of the Lake. Pyramid Spins are a newer addition, a welcome one too. It is possible to land a bunch of wild/scatters, adding a number of free spins to extend the round. Add up all the parts, and Lost Chapter’s bonus game comes across as a rather unique experience. Well, for a ‘book of’ type game, don’t expect a paradigm shift after all.
Perhaps the juiciest change is the huge value of Cat Wilde symbols – 1,000x for a line of five is double what usually crops up in these sorts of games. It means Lost Chamber can produce wins as high as 10,000x the bet, off a single spin, which is massive. Not likely to happen often, but the larger potential combined with the high volatility should make Lost Chapter an enticing proposal for players who like their Ra gaming rough yet rewarding.