Book of Cats Megaways is a megaways slots game launched in 2022 by the renowned and respected provider BGaming. As we already hinted, its design centres around the mythical civilization of Ancient Egypt and the cat goddess Bastet.
Without spoiling the fun of the rest of the review, we’ll just leave you with a little tease: if you’ve always wanted to immerse in the Egyptian atmosphere while experiencing a rush of adrenaline similar to that of a pharaoh, a game with high volatility like Book of Cats Megaways is right for you!
Book of Cats Megaways 101 – Intro for Beginners
Whether you are an experienced player or a complete beginner, you’ll need to familiarise yourself with the basic game mechanics. But worry not, we have you covered.
Book of Cats Megaways is a Мegaways slots game with 6 reels, operating with a 6×3 scheme. The paylines available reach up to 117,649, meaning there’s plenty of winning potential. And we have a feeling Bastet’s cats will be on your side.
In terms of game mechanics, something you need to be aware of is that Book of Cats Megaways is a game with high volatility. In layman’s terms, you have an increased chance of winning big, but the risk is also extremely high. Nevertheless, according to BGaming’s website, the RTP is as high as 96.95%.
The minimum bet you can place on each scheme is $0.10, while the maximum allowed is $10, which is pretty typical for Megaways slots. BGaming also provides a free-to-play mode of the game for anyone who wants to try it out first before betting real money.
Wild & Scatter Substitutes
The first feature we’ll go over is the Wild & Scattered Substitutes. Now, these are quite common for slot games, but we’ll still brief you in case you need to refresh your memory.
These symbols can appear anywhere on reels 2-6 and pay in accordance with the paytable regardless of their position. It wouldn’t matter whether the symbols appear in reels 2, 4 or 6. If you have the necessary number for a win, then it’s considered a win.
In addition, during a Free Spin round, the Wild symbols can receive a random multiplier of x2, x3, x5 or x10, which is later applied to the total win of the spin. If more than 1 Wild symbol appears in one spin, the multipliers are summarised at the end.
Wild symbols can be used to replace a missing symbol from a combination. If, for example, a winning combination consists of 4 symbols, but you only have 3, a Wild symbol may appear in the place of the missing one.
Here’s one feature that all players love: the Free Spins. After all, it’s free!
Remember those Scatter symbols we previously mentioned – we’re going to need them now. In order to activate a Free Spin round, you will need a combination of 3 or more Scatter Spins to appear on the reels in one spin in the main game. Pay close attention to the wording, in one spin, not two, three or more. If you want to activate the Free Spins, you’ll need the combination to appear in a single spin. Otherwise, it will not count.
The Free Spin round is made up of 12 spins. However, if during the Free Spins round you get another combination of 3+ Scatter symbols, you’ll be awarded another 12 Free Spins.
Aside from the traditional Free Spins, in Book of Cats Megaways, as the name suggests, you can also encounter the Book symbol. We already touched upon its features earlier, but let’s go into detail.
The Book symbol can act as both a wild and scatter symbol and can appear during the Free Spins. If that’s the case, then it will act as the above-mentioned multipliers – x2, x3, x5 and x10. The multipliers will appear at random but will still summarise at the end of the round.
Another symbol you can come across in the Free Spins round is the expanding one. Again, it’s chosen randomly, and there can only be one expanding symbol per round. Neither Wild nor Scatter symbols can be an expanding one. In case the symbol pays, it will expand to the whole reel. Otherwise, it will remain in its original position. The Expanding symbol pays even on non-adjacent reels.
Of course, if you don’t want to rely on luck, you can always buy a round (or more) of Free Spins.
There are 2 available options that vary in price: the regular Free Spins and the Free Spins with a guaranteed high expanding symbol. As can be deduced from the name, the second option comes with a guaranteed high expanding symbol.
The Spin after the purchase is sure to draw 3 or more Scatter symbols to reels 2-6. You cannot, however, make use of the Buy Bonus feature if the Chance x2 is active.
However, we feel compelled to mention that the Buy Bonus is perhaps not the best option out there. Oftentimes, the cost is exponentially higher than your standard bets. While it does guarantee you that the Free Spin Feature will be triggered, nothing ensures you’ll earn your money back. So, all in all, it’s certainly an expensive and risky investment.
The last feature we’ll discuss is the Chance x2. To put it simply, this is a chance for players to purchase a double chance to get the Free Spins round. As we already mentioned, this feature cannot be used while the Buy Bonus feature is active.
Overall, despite the overused theme in Book of Cats Megaways, it’s still one of the better Megaways slots out there. It certainly has tempting features like the Free Spins and the Book Symbol that can give you multipliers and substantially increase your wins. The 117,649 paylines are definitely a plus and the high volatility may just be the adrenaline kick you need.