I generally like puns and you can tell immediately that WGS Technology have gone all out to be pun-tastic on the Dog Gone It slot. As the name suggests, this is a slot which is about our canine friends and in particular how two can stay out of the clutches of the dog catcher.
Games about domestic animals, particularly dogs and cats, tend to fall into two categories, one is to anthropomorphize the animals so that they are performing tasks that you would ordinarily find humans doing (such as in Kitty Cabana or Hound Hotel), or there is the generally awful and twee slots that simply celebrate how cute our pets can be.
I like the fact that Dog Gone It takes a slightly different approach and has some kind of back story to it, rather than simply relying on the 'ah' factor. The slot also has a nice range of bets available, which means it will appeal to both the higher roller player at the top end, and the lower stakes punter at the bottom end.
So is the Dog Gone It slot a game that is going to make you feel a little 'wuff' or will it have you howling with delight and barking your approval from the back garden (I warned you I liked puns). Let's take a closer look at the game and find out.
Where can I play the Dog Gone It slot?
The good news for punters is that the Dog Gone It slot is available at a couple of top quality casino bonus offers and you can even take advantage of a special limited time offer, which is available until the end of October for one of them.
Miami Club Casino is the home of the offer and using the code WOOF20, you will receive 20 Free Spins when you sign up and play at the casino. The maximum amount you can cash out from the bonus is $150 and it does come with a 40x wagering requirement.
The presentation of the Dog Gone It slot is rather nicely done with the main setting for the slot being a large wooded area and open field, where you can just imagine the two dogs that are the stars of the slot would be happy to run around and play. The 25-lines are shown either side of the reels, demarcated by a bone symbol, which is a nice touch.
The reels are rather simple, but animated nicely and the sound too has been well designed, if a little sparse and simplistic at times. That said, at least it isn't a game that will have you reaching for the mute button within a few seconds of starting play.
All the key controls of the slot are at the foot of the reel and you can select the number of lines in play (though the slot plays much better with all 25 lines in play), the size of your bet per line and it also displays your total bet. It's all very basic, but has been nicely done and it makes the game easy to play and control.
What's on the reels?
There are a number of different symbols on the reels and they start with the six different lower value symbols. These are, somewhat disappointingly, the six playing card symbols, from 9, 10 through the Jack and Queen and lastly to the Ace and King. They are arranged in those pairs, with each pair offering the same levels of pays ranging from 5 coins up to 150 coins for five of the Aces or Kings across the reels.
There are then four higher value symbols on the reels. These are the two dog bowls, one blue and one red, each of which has a bone in it. These offer pays from 15 coins up to 200 coins. Alongside those are the two dog stars of the slot, Sergeant offers pays from 2 coins (for just 2 symbols on a line) up to 250 coins.
Scrappy however offers a much larger top prize of 1,000 coins and you can also land 2 coins when landing two of his symbol on a line. There are just two more symbols on the slot, the Scatter and the Wild which link in with the main bonus features of the game.
I have said there are two dogs in the game because you can clearly see that Scrappy and Sergeant are dogs, but when it comes to the Wild symbol, which is supposedly another dog called Johnny, you cannot actually see the dog as he seems to be wearing a hat and sunglasses.
Why this is, I am not entirely sure and it doesn't really fit in with the rest of the game, but still, he is a welcome site on the reels as not only can he substitute for all of the standard symbols in the game, but he also awards wins ranging from 10 coins up to the jackpot win in the base game of 5,000 coins if you can land between two and five of the Wild symbols on a winning line.
Furthermore, any win that a Wild forms part of will also be subject to an automatic 2x multiplier, which is a particularly useful feature, especially when the base game is playing a little tighter than usual.
Free Spins features
To land the generous Free Spins bonus games, you need to land three or more of the dog catcher Scatter symbols across the reels. You also win a cash prize if you land two or more scatters, which ranges from 1x your total bet, up to 100x your total bet if you can land all five scatters across the reels in any position.
When you land Free Spins, you receive 24 Free Spins if you land three Scatters, 32 Free Spins if you land four and the maximum 40 Free Spins if you land all five and the great news is that Free Spins can be re-triggered from within the bonus game by landing the requisite number of Scatter symbols once again.
During Free Spins all cash prizes are subject to an automatic 2x multiplier, which is why the Free Spins bonus game is certainly the most lucrative part of the slot.
Other bonus features
There are no additional bonus features in the Dog Gone It slot other than those listed above.
Best feature of the Dog Gone It slot
Without doubt the generous Free Spins bonus round is the best aspect of the Dog Gone It slot. It can take a while to trigger the bonus (which is when those 2x Wild multiplier wins come in very useful in the base game) but when you do trigger the bonus, you are rewarded with a much higher than normal number of Free Spins. This is a real positive as you feel you have earned a decent chance at a top prize for your efforts, even if the actual pay outs you receive from the Free Spins round can vary quite dramatically.
What does the Dog Gone It slot lack?
The only feature I would have liked to have seen in the Dog Gone It slot would have been a randomly triggered base game bonus. That would have lifted the base game a little, which is important when you are spinning the reels a lot to try and trigger the Free Spins. As a medium variance game, I feel a random base game, even if it had a relatively small top end winning amount, would have given players an additional reason to keep spinning.
There's lots to like about the Dog Gone It slot. I like the high number of Free Spins you can win and the sizeable prizes available for landing some of the standard symbols in the base game (although these are not hit very often as you can imagine). The game plays nicely enough and it has some nice features, but it does struggle to grip your attention in the same way some slightly better designed slots do. That's a shame as with just a few small tweaks, this could have been one of the top slots of the year. As it is, it is still a good, fun slot to play but perhaps lacks the long term appeal of other games.
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