I'll be brutally honest and admit that I wasn't 100 per cent sure what a Cabana was, so a quick Google check informed me it was a place of leisure and relaxation, which confirmed what I thought when I had seen the first few images from Microgaming's Kitty Cabana slot.
Admittedly, a spa retreat for cats isn't top of my list of slots I'd be in a rush to play and I doubt it is pretty much near the top of yours, but that would be a shame because although it has an unusual theme, the Kitty Cabana slot actually has rather a lot going for it.
The basics reveal that Kitty Cabana is a typical 5x3-reel slot that has 25 fixed paylines in operation on each spin. This means you can play from as little as 0.25 per spin, up to a maximum bet of 37.50 per spin. This means that this game is definitely pitched more towards the medium to lower stakes players, rather than the higher stakes slot fan.
There's a handy Autoplay feature which you can set in motion for up to 100 spins while you get on with other things, or you can click the spin button yourself to progress through the game.
The theme of the slot, as we have already stated, is a spa hotel expressly designed for our feline friends, so the symbols on the reels are all linked to this theme, apart from the in game low symbols which are the usual mix of playing card symbols from Jack through to Ace.
The high symbols are a collection of coiffured cats that are residents at the eponymous Cabana and they are undertaking a host of different relaxing activities, from sitting in a hot tub, to enjoying a glass of fizz or even just reading a book. There are five such kitties in the game as high symbols, with the hot tub Kitty paying out the highest prizes of the quintet.
As it stands, there doesn't seem anything unduly remarkable about the Kitty Cabana slot, but where the game certainly gets more interesting, and potentially more profitable, is when you start to take a look at the numerous bonus features that are available on the slot.
The first of these you will come across is in the base game and it is the Wild, this is the Kitty Cabana logo and substitutes for all high and low symbols in the game to create winning paylines. Better still, Kitty Cabana Wild's can be stacked across the reels during the base game (and also during free spins).
What is a new feature however is the Dashing Wild feature which can be activated on any non-winning spin in the base game at random. When triggered, three dashing wild symbols will land randomly across the reels giving you the chance of a win, even though the original spin didn't prove fruitful.
These two Wild features do give added edge to the base game and both can see you earn decent sized wins from the base game alone, which is always a positive.
The in game Scatter symbol is the waitress cat carrying a drinks tray and this symbol pays out when you land two or more across the reels. However, when you land three or more across the reels, then you trigger the Kitty Cabana Bonus game, which is the free spins round.
In this game you pick from a choice of five doors on three floors of the Cabana. The ground floor sees you decide which of the Wild Features will be in operation during free spins (more on this below). The second floor reveals your multiplier and finally, the top floor will reveal how many free spins you will receive.
The good news is that any door on the 2nd and top floor can award you an extra pick at that level, giving you a chance to increase your multiplier and the number of free spins you win.
The first floor bonus sees a choice of five different Wild features. Super Stacked Wilds, where Wilds are stacked 20 high on the second and fourth reels, Expanding Wilds, which can expand to cover the reel on a free spin, Split Wilds, which sees any Wild landed split into two, giving you the chance of more winning combinations on that spin.
The other two features are Wild Reels, which turns reels 1 and 5 completely Wild for the duration of free spins and Frozen Wilds, which see Wilds remain frozen in place for three spins before they thaw and are replaced. Land an entire reel frozen at any point and that reel freezes in place for the duration of the free spins round.
In essence, this imaginative bonus round helps lift the medium variance Kitty Cabana slot above the typical offering. It is a fun game, that offers a nice balance of risk and reward, with the chance of some excellent wins, especially in the free spins round where the bigger jackpot prizes can be won.
Also, if you enjoy the structure of this slot but are not a "cat person", then you can also try the Hound Hotel slot, which is essentially the same structure of game, just based on a hotel for canine's instead. However, if you elect to play at the Kitty Cabana, then this is one slot that is almost purr-fect and won't have you coughing up a furball in frustration.