Claws vs Paws is a 5 reel, 20 payline slot from Playson which can be played on all devices from 20p to £100 per spin. Based on an extraordinary tale between cat and dog, this UK focused game benefits from hacked wild wins, only-win spins and spins with only the top value symbols on the reels. There’s also 3 free spins features that offer you multipliers, sliding wilds and sticky wilds.
Visually, Claws vs Paws is superb – with cartoon graphics, it’s based on a cat and dog. The cat is a hacker whilst the dog is a watch dog that guards the bank – the cat tries to steal from the bank! With a classic cops vs robbers feel, symbols on the reels include A, K, Q, J and 10 playing cards, sets of keys, police hats, diamond encrusted dog bones and the Claws vs Paws logo – the latter is the most rewarding giving you 25 times your stake for 5 on a payline. The diamond is the wild symbol and replaces all symbols bar the scatters – 5 on a payline will give you 30 times your stake.
I like the work Playson has put into Claws vs Paws as you will see matrix-like codes and lights affecting the symbols – when dog characters form part of a win, you will hear sirens and see red lights. It really gives that classic good vs bad energy to an exciting offering.
Onto the gameplay, Claws vs Paws comes with a Winning Streak Re-spins feature which is triggered randomly in the base game – you can benefit from 2 to 4 winning re-spins. You will see the cat appear to hack the field and add the relevant symbols to give you a winning combo.
There’s also a randomly-triggered Top-Symbols Re-spins feature where you will get 3 re-spins featuring only the high paying symbols. You will see all symbols land but the dog presses the button and removes all low-value symbols from the reels.
Finally, you have the Big Win Hacking feature which, again, is triggered randomly in the base game – the Cat substitutes random symbols for wilds to give you a big win combination.
Look out for 2 vault scatter symbols appearing on the reels (1 and 3) and the 3rd scatter being visible just above the reel boundary (reel 5) – the cat can nudge the reel and pull the all-important 3rd scatter from the reels boundary to trigger the Free Spins feature.
In fact, there are 3 free spins features – first up is the Sliding Wild Free Spins feature which is played when you get 2 vault scatters (on reels 1 and 3) and a cat in a bronze frame scatter (on reel 5). On every free spin, a Sliding Wild symbol might be added randomly on the reels – you can get up to 3 of these which then slide 1 position down on every free spin. The free spins continue until all Sliding Wilds have reached the bottom of the reels.
Then you have the Progressive Multiplier Free Spins feature which is accessed when you get 2 vault scatters on reels 1 and 3 with a cat in a silver frame scatter on reel 5. Look out for 2 special symbols appearing – Decryptor and Alarm. The Decryptor symbol increases the multiplier by 1 whilst the Alarm symbol decreases the multiplier by 1 as well as switching on 1 Alarm light. You will get a multiplier up to 5x on every free spin and the free spins continue until all 3 Alarm lights are switched on. In total, you can play with up to 30 free spins.
Lastly, you have the Sticky Wild Free Spins feature – this is played when you get 2 normal scatters on reels 1 and 3 as well as the cat in a golden frame scatter on reel 5. You will receive 10 free spins with a random number of sticky wilds added on every free spin. Look out for the dog as he will remove some sticky wilds from the reels – they remain in place for a random number of free spins.
Finally, Claws vs Paws comes with an Achievements feature – look out for tokens randomly appearing in the base game which are then added to the counter. When you get a certain number of tokens, you can spin the relevant Prize Wheel to win rewards. Once you get a certain number of tokens, the prize wheel upgrades – there’s 5 wheels in total. Here’s what is on offer:
- 10 Tokens triggers Wheel 1 – you can win up to 3 times your stake as well as access to the Sliding Wild Free Spins feature
- 15 Tokens triggers Wheel 2 – you can win up to 5 times your stake as well as access to the Sliding Wild and Progressive Multiplier Free Spins features
- 15 Tokens triggers Wheel 3 – you can win up to 15 times your stake as well as access to the Sliding Wild and Progressive Multiplier Free Spins features
- 30 Tokens triggers Wheel 4 – you can win up to 20 times your stake as well as access to the Sliding Wild, Progressive Multiplier and Sticky Wild Free Spins features
- 30 Tokens triggers Wheel 5 – you can win up to 40 times your stake as well as access to the Sliding Wild, Progressive Multiplier and Sticky Wild Free Spins features
As you have read, there’s plenty going on in Claws vs Paws! Overall, I found it to be graphically brilliant and engaging as there are randomly triggered base game features which can be highly rewarding. It’s all about the 3 free spins features with the Progressive Multiplier Free Spins feature my favourite due to the potential 5x multiplier on up to 30 free spins.
There are also big wins to be had in the Sticky Wild Free Spins feature as well as he Prize Wheels. It’s a medium to high variance slot which offers maximum wins of 1,752 times your stake on each Progressive Multiplier free spin. I would go on to say this is Playson’s best slot to date! I would recommend, though, that you try Dracula’s Family which is another superb Playson offering.