A Japanese wrestling cat takes centre stage in Sumo Kitty, a 5 reel, 1,024 ways to win video slot from Bally Technologies. This fast-paced feline favourite comes with hot zones that can turn multiple symbols wild as well as a free spins feature. Stakes range from between 50p and £800 per spin.

Sumo Kitty doesn’t have a traditional payline structure. It instead offers the 1,024 ways to win game engine where you win by hitting symbols on successive reels, starting from the leftmost reel. The reels have a slight Japanese feel and include a Koi carp, lotus flower, bonsai tree and tao symbol in addition to the playing card values. The sumo kitty is the biggest payer, offering 250 times your line bet if you find a five symbol combination.

The reels take up the lower half of the screen. The upper half features the oversize sumo kitty. Look out here for the Tetris style symbols that fall from the top of the screen onto reels 2, 3 and 4 below. If these ‘Hot Zones’ land on the reels, any symbols they cover will turn into wilds and a second payout will be made if applicable.

Find the sumo scatter symbol on reels 1, 3 and 5 and you’ll win double your total bet as well as triggering the free spins feature. Here you’ll be given 3 choices.

  1. 20 free spins with all wins including a wild boosted by a 2x, 3x or 5x multiplier
  2. 10 free spins with all wins including a wild boosted by a 5x, 7x or 10x multiplier
  3. 5 free spins with all wins including a wild boosted by a 10x, 12x or 20x multiplier

More Hot Zones are added during the bonus feature too offering extra wilds and more opportunities for a win. You can also re-trigger more free spins so hope to see those bonus sumo scatters on reels 1, 3 and 5.

If you liked Bally’s Jewel of the Dragon, which has almost identical features, you’ll find plenty to enjoy in Sumo Kitty. The variance is in the medium range – expect some lean spells but if you manage to trigger the feature and get lucky with the Super Hot Zones, the payouts can be fatter than even the largest sumo champion.