Sumo Kitty Slot Review
Sumo Kitty represents a no-payline structure that features 1024 ways to win. The concept of this layout is easily understood: instead of preset paylines that determine “paths” where identical symbols must land in order to pay out, ways-win slots require like symbols to land on adjacent reels from left to right without regard to where exactly they land on these reels, whether at the top, middle or bottom. For more information, consult the slot’s paytable that explains the concept with illustrations.
The slot is designed in a novel portrait mode as distinct from 99% of other slots that are made in a landscape mode. The screen is divided into two parts. The bottom one displays the reels, while the upper part of the game shows different visuals like two wresting kittens, the next Hot Zone pattern and some other informative and entertaining messages/visuals.
Half of the symbols are common paying cards from 9 to A. As usual, they are low-value symbols that award up to x16 times a total bet. Themed icons incorporate a lotus, a bonsai tree, koi, a ball of wool and Sumo Kitty herself. Payouts are uniform among symbol groups: nines through queens award x8 a total bet; kings, aces and lotuses pay x16; other symbols except for Kitty award x24, all for five of a kind. The top payer is Kitty who needs to appear on five reels at a time to award x40 a total bet.
The reviewed slot is a true haven for high rollers who can wager here up to $800 a spin. The minimum stake is $0.50, so low bettors will also find the game suitable to their budgets.
The Hot Zones essence is easy to understand if you compare it with Tetris. Hot Zones are in fact different shapes consisting of several elementary blocks that are linked to each other in different patterns, just like in tetris. The Kitty standing above the reels sometimes releases a “tetris piece” down onto the reels. Once stopped (not necessarily at the bottom), the symbols covered by that piece transform into wilds. Hot Zones land only on reels 2, 3 and 4 and they tend to cover 3 to 5 positions at a time, except for one pattern that comprises 12 small blocks. This feature is found in some of the other slots from Bally including Jewel of the Dragon and Playboy Hot Zone so if you find the feature attractive, come try these slots, too.
Another symbol to keep an eye on is SUMO. It lands on reels 1, 3 and 5 and initiates a free game feature. Before you proceed to bonus spins, you are asked to pick a free game scenario:
- 5 free spins with wild multipliers of x10, x12 or x20
- 10 spins with wild multipliers of x5, x7 or 10
- 20 spins with wild multipliers of x2, x3 or x5.
During free spins, the Hot Zones feature is also active and turns certain symbols into wilds, depending on the shape of tetris pieces that descend from above. As contrasted to the base game, any combination with a wild symbol is subject to a Super Hot Zone multiplier that would be selected randomly consistent with the free spin scenario you have chosen.
Sumo Kitty is a bet-ways slot with a 5×4 field and the max payout of $32,000. Features include free spins with wild multipliers up to x20, wild symbols and Bally’s branded Hot Zones bonus. Bet sizes range between $0.50 and $800.