Online pokies come in myriad flavors. Sports, sci-fi, fantasy, holiday, destination, famous films/TV series – you name it, there’s probably a hundred or more poker machines themed around it. Today we’ll take a closer look at some of Microgaming’s most popular animal-themed games.
Microgaming has produced well over 600 interactive poker machine titles since the company made its casino software debut in 1994. The brand’s wildlife themed creations are many, encompassing just about every creature known to man, including land dwellers, sea-farers, and birds of flight.
I’ve selected a small collection of the company’s most famous animal online pokies, from the original, safari-themed millionaire maker, Mega Moolah, to the newest mobile pokies release, Untamed: Giant Panda. We’ll take a brief look at these and more.
Original Mega Moolah 5 Reel
Due to overwhelming popularity (thanks to a progressive jackpot that seeds at $1,000,000), Microgaming has spread its progressive network for this game over multiple titles, but the original edition—Mega Moolah, themed around an African Safari retreat—is number one among animal lovers.
The king of the jungle is the Wild, and 5 Lions on a single payline delivers the highest base payout of 15,000 coins. Three Monkey scatters on the reels awards free spins. Other animal symbols include the elephant, African buffalo, antelope, giraffe and zebra.
Unleashing one of the four progressive jackpots requires no specific combination or max bet. The wheel Bonus triggers at random, and has been known to award up to €17,879,645 – a Guinness World Record set in October 2015.
Untamed Pokies Series for Mobile
Microgaming unveiled the first two installments of its ‘Untamed’, endangered species series of online pokies back in 2012 – Untamed: Bengal Tiger and Untamed: Giant Panda. Not long after, Untamed: Crowned Eagle and Untamed: Wolf Pack were released. All were incredibly popular at launch, but as online games gave way to the mobile era, their prominence began to fade.
Animal lovers will be glad to know that Microgaming is reintroducing all of its Untamed titles as mobile pokies.
Untamed: Bengal Tiger Mobile presents players with stacked wilds, free spins and special bonus features, with breathtaking graphics that – as a side note – raise awareness about endangered species.
Untamed: Giant Panda Mobile is by far the most popular in the series, because after all, there’s nothing more cute, cuddly and adorable than a giant panda! Wilds, free spins and up to 20x multipliers don’t hurt the cause either.
Microgaming pays Homage to Cats and Dogs
The majority of animal lovers are, of course, pet owners, which has developed into a strong market for online pokies featuring cats and/or dogs. Microgaming has filled that need with a multitude of titles, but none more delightful as it’s recently launched Hound Hotel and Kitty Cabana.
Hound Hotel features a wide variety of canine breeds, dressed to the nines to operate a first class hotel. The Bellboy Chihuahua Scatter awards a bonus game with free credits and multipliers, while a throng of special Wild features will have players wagging their tails in delight.
Kitty Cabana is for online pokies fans with a fancy for felines, and is a close mirror of the doggy version detailed above. These cute kitties live in the lap of pampered luxury, dishing up wilds, free spins and multipliers amidst a generous pick-me bonus game.