It’s a game of cat and mouse in Pussy Cat, a 5 reel, 25 payline video slot from Ainsworth. The highlight of this simple slot is the bonus round that awards up to 16 free spins where wild multipliers can boost payouts by up to 6x. You’ll also have a chance to land 1 of 4 jackpot prizes. Play on all devices from between £1 and £40 per spin.

Ainsworth Big Thunder Quad Shot Slot ReviewAinsworth has kept things as simple as usual as far as the design of Pussy Cat goes. The reels include A to 9 symbols as well as objects relating to the feline theme. They include toys, bells and balls of wool. Each of these pays 0.2, 1.6 or 4 times your total stake if you land 3, 4 or 5 on a payline.

The cartoon cat comes next, paying 0.2, 2 or 6 times your stake. The mechanical mouse is the best of the standard symbols, paying 0.2, 2.4 or 8 times your stake for a 3, 4 or 5 symbol combination. There’s also a gold fish which is the base game wild.

The most rewarding symbol is the paw print scatter. Land 3, 4 or 5 of these anywhere on the same spin and you’ll pocket an award of 2, 20 or 50 times your stake. Landing 3 scatters also triggers the Free Games feature. If you land 2, you’ll receive a respin with the 2 scatters locking in position, giving you another shot at landing the all-important third.

Once triggered, you’ll receive 8 free spins. Joining the action here is a second wild, the silver fish which can hit on the middle 3 reels. Whenever either of the fish wilds forms part of a winning combination, the payout receives a multiplier boost of between 1x and 6x. Land more than 1 wild and the multipliers are combined. As usual for an Ainsworth slot, the paytable is reduced during the feature so don’t get too carried away. You can also win 8 more free spins.

Pussy Cat also offers a chance to land 1 of 4 Jackpot Prizes. These are triggered by landing a full stack of gold fish wilds during the Free Games feature. Which 1 of the jackpots is awarded is chosen at random – the Grand Jackpot is worth £30,000 though!

This is a fairly typical Ainsworth slot. The design isn’t the classiest you’ll see and the gameplay is pretty straightforward. The Free Games feature has its charms thanks to the wild multipliers. We don’t like the way Ainsworth always seems to reduce the paytable in the bonus round though. The variance is in the medium range.

If you’re a feline lover, then Pussy Cat is worth a look. For the rest of us, there’s not really enough on offer here to make Pussy Cat a must play. I would much rather try my luck with Play ‘N Go’s Big Win Cat or IGT’s Cats.