Microgaming’s Hound Hotel is where posh pups go when their owners leave for their annual holiday. Five cartoonish dog characters in rather elegant outfits feature on this 5 reel and 25 paylines game, smoking pipe or enjoying their coffee.
Naturally they represent the high value symbols, supported by J, Q, K and A, as well as a fancy bellboy, who serves as the scatter symbol and the Hound Hotel logo, which is the wild symbol. Depending on how they show up on the reels, you have a number of outcomes.
Dashing Wilds are a feature that you may get on a spin that didn’t win you anything. The wilds will jump around on the reels, settling in random positions that may well allow for a reasonable win.
As usual, the normal wild symbol replaces any of the others, safe for the scatter symbol. It is the latter that can launch the Hound Hotel bonus feature when it appears three times anywhere on the reels.
You’ll be taken right inside the hotel, where you choose from five doors each on three floors. The first floor will decide which Wild-feature you will get. The second floor door decides the multiplier for your wins (though you may get a chance of taking another pick). And the third floor finally determines the number of free spins (here, too, you can get another pick).
Your options for the wild features on the first floor are thus:
- The second, third and fourth reel are wild on each spin
- The second and forth reel are stacked with wilds on 20 positions
- Wilds expand to complete wins
- Wilds freeze on the first and fifth reel
- Wilds will split in two to create further winning opportunities
All that is accompanied by a mellow soundtrack that will offer some easy listening. It should be added that this is the dog lovers’ version of Kitty Cabana, which is essentially the same game. As a medium variance game you can get up to 2,933 times your stake money in winnings, which is pretty decent.