What a Hoot Slot Review
What a Hoot is a 5-reel 9-payline slot from Microgaming. Themed around owls, it offers a bright cartoon-style design, depicting owls in a funny way. Enjoy fast action on the reels without bells and whistles to sidetrack you from spinning and winning. Special symbols like wilds and scatters will help you catch some good wins while a comfortable autospin option will let you relax and have fun without clicking Spin button every time. Join the cute partying owls and let them guide you through the night wood to grab a massive 5000-coin reward.
This Microgaming’s creation has a standard set of the most basic slot features including a wild and a scatter. However strange it may sound, the slot comes without free spins but this obvious fallback is offset by a vivid gameplay and good paytable prizes. Ten regular symbols are used in the slot – some belong to food and another category comprises different owls who are having a party. Food symbols are corns, sunflower seeds, chestnuts and a fruit mix. Animal symbols portray a white owl eating a corn, a blue owl blowing the whistle, a yellow owl reading a book and a red owl with a cocktail glass. Finally, there’s a jackpot-paying picture depicting a flying owl with popped eyes.
There are a couple of consistent patterns in payouts that are underpinned by a symbol type:
- Food pics pay out starting at 3-of a kind combos while owl pics pay for 2 to 5 of each kind;
- Awards for any 3-of-a-kind combo exceed a bet amount.
This is an important aspect since very few online slots behave like this. In many other games, three matching symbols, especially low-paying ones, return less than you have wagered on a spin.
Each of the nine paylines accept just a single coin and you cannot wager more. But you can tune the other bet option such as a coin size. It comes as a kind of surprise that the lowest coin denomination is $0.25 so the minimum spin bet is high at $2.25. Microgaming should have started at $0.01 to attract low-rollers to the slot but it is what it is. The maximum coin size is $5 so the top spin bet is $45.
Payouts and jackpot prospects
Food symbols pay off x10 to x150 and animal symbols produce up to x600. The highest paying regular symbol has a generous return that begins if you get two of them on a payline. Should it happen, the rewards will be x20, x200, x800 and a super large x5000 for five of a kind. Translated into dollars, you get the maximum of $25,000 for a full collection of jackpot symbols on an active payline.
A scatter depicted by a glass jar with some fireflies inside pays in any position. This means that it is not tied to specific payline patterns but is counted in absolutely any place on the reels. Three, four and five of them will earn you x2, x10 and x50. These values are multiplied by a total bet, not a line bet as is the case for regular symbols. Therefore, the best award available for five scatters reaches an impressive $2250. As there are no free spins and other bonus events, scatters do nothing else but pay out.
The Trees symbol is a wild that is used to substitute other symbols save for scatters. It appears on the three central reels (2, 3 and 4) and cannot create its own winning combinations.
Other gaming features
The control section under the reels has two red buttons titled as Expert and Help. Clicking the former opens autospin settings for a more comfy experience whilst the latter gives access to detailed rules of the slot where every facet of the slot is scrutinized and made clear.