Sumo Kitty is a game with Japanese roots, obviously, but it’s got a unique side to it as well. I’ve never seen a kitty acting as a Sumo wrestler in any other slot machine, so Bally actually gives us a unique theme and design here, something that’s not usually associated with their work.
Another unusual thing about Sumo Kitty is its use of ways to win, 1024 forming on the 5×4 reels that are in play each round. It also has scatter symbols, free spins where wilds have up to 20x multipliers, and so it can have massive potential, a winning combination paying as much as $80,000 under the right conditions.
When it comes to wagering, the game will rely on 50 bet lines, even though you actually get 1024 ways to win on the reels. You set up the line bet only, same as in every other Bally slot, with the starting point being $0.01 and the maximum at $16. That gives you a betting range of $0.50 to $800, quite enough to satisfy all types of players and budgets.
Sumo Kitty Jackpot
A game with ways to win tends to have smaller prizes to give away, since there are more possibilities of forming combinations, even though you only pay for some of the paylines. You get as much as $4,000 for a win in Sumo Kitty, but there are ways to improve on that once you reach the free spins and the wilds gain multipliers. Up to $80,000 should be available via the game’s best combinations.
The RTP for Sumo Kitty is going to be at 93.97% for the game’s entire life. It’s not a high number, on the contrary.
While a couple of features are of the regular variety, there are quite a few that are exciting in Sumo Kitty, such as the Hot Zone Bonus, the Hot Zone Patterns, or the huge wild multipliers obtained from the free spins. More on these below.
These symbols are added to the reels via Hot Zone patterns, both for base game and free spins rounds. These are substitutes that act as replacements, regular ones for most of the time. They gain multipliers only during free spins.
Hot Zone Patterns
Besides the regular reels of the base game, there is also the Hot Zone Pattern, which can be added to reels 2 to 4, at random. It will place wild symbols in the pattern’s positions, replacing the regular icons. The patterns can be found in the paytable area, and they have anywhere from 4 to 12 positions as they give you the same number of wilds.
Free Games With Wild Multipliers
Perhaps the most exciting feature of the game, though the Patterns can be fun as well, the free spins will be activated by the presence of three Sumo scatters on the 1st, 3rd and 5th columns. A Pick Feature starts things off, and you can select one of three available options.
First, you have the option of 20 free spins where wins with wilds in them have 2x, 3x or 5x multipliers applied. Second, the option with 10 free spins will get wild multipliers at 5x, 7x or 10x. The final option has only 5 free spins, but the wild multipliers boost wins by 10x, 12x or 20x.
With a theme that revolves around kitty Sumo wrestlers, the design of this game could only be a special one. There are the fat kitties in question in the background graphics and in the important symbols alike. The focus of the major symbols will be on Japanese related images, so you get the Kitty, a Yin Yang sign, fish, Bonsai trees or lotus flowers. There is also the usual collection of half a dozen Royals though, and they’re not that pretty to look at.
Sumo Kitty looks better and is more exciting to play than a lot of other slot machines, but when it comes to its RTP, it’s still in line with the usual Bally offer.