Animals are a common theme found in many slot games. The wide theme of ‘nature’ covers a huge array of sub-genres and sub-categories, so it’s important that players know just what is on offer when it comes to animals slots. From ferocious lions to cute kittens, mythical dragons to very real wolves and buffaloes, animals have a special place in our hearts and therefore on our slot reels too. The concept of ‘wildness’ is a major facet of animal games, and provides excellent wordplay with the WILD symbols that appear in every decent slot. Here are some of the main animal sub-categories and suggestions for the best games to discover within each category. Click here to read more.
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King of the Jungle
Lion slots are very popular. Many of them fall under the wider bracket of Africa-themed games, which also includes all the big five game animals; giraffes, rhinos, hippos, zebras and elephants. Lion games are the most enduring however, and that’s because the lion plays on our deepest fears and insecurities. Whatever we achieve in this world, we will never be as strong as the mighty lion. Top lion themed games include 50 Lions by Aristocrat, a game that plays out on the Serengeti. Mythical lions also appear in some Chinese-themed games, including 5 Lions by Pragmatic Play and Fortune Lions by GameArt.
Top Africa-themed wildlife games include Mega Moolah by Microgaming, one of the highest ranked slots around, and one that takes place in the desert with a host of cartoonish wild animals. Also hugely popular is Stampede by Betsoft, a slot game with imagery worthy of being framed and hung on your wall.
Wolves have a special place in the human psyche, as the precursor to our trusty doggie friends, but also because the wild wolf, like the lion, plays with our deepest fears of essentially being eaten. The excellent Wolf Rising by IGT boasts a whopping 100 paylines and is one of the best wolfy games around. Also worthy of a mention is Wolf Gold by Pragmatic Play. Half-human werewolves are also a popular theme in slots games and are found in games such as Werewolf Wild by Aristocrat, a game that takes place in a spooky Victorian London.
Cute Kawaii Kittens
Everyone loves a bit of Japanese ‘kawaii’ (which roughly translates as ‘cute’) and kittens are the most common animal that is represented in this genre. These adorable animals are found in a number of games, but one to note is Kawaii Kitty, arguably the slot that started it all. In this game by Betsoft, an extremely pampered white pussy is complemented by pink and white graphics as well as an expanding wild ball of yarn and an excellent gamble feature. Some exceedingly cute critters also pop up in Forest Mania by iSoftBet, a magical game and one of the few 10 Reels Slots on the market.
Almost quite randomly, buffaloes pop-up a fair bit in online slot games. Unlike wolves and lions, there is not so much of a historic storytelling precursor to these animals, but for some reason, they have captivated slots players. Maybe because the games they feature in are sheer brilliance, including Buffalo by Aristocrat, which boasts up to 27x multipliers and remains one of the most popular titles ever from this developer.
Despite not actually being real, mythical creatures deserve a special mention here and certainly fall under the theme of animals slots. Mythical creatures are important to human storytelling and have endured for years in oral folktales, books, films and now in slots games. Dragons are probably the most common mythical creature you will encounter in slots, firstly because they appear in many Chinese themed games and also because they appear in medieval themed games. These different types of dragons have originated in human stories independently of one another and therefore they differ in form and narrative. Top dragon games include Dragon Spin from Scientific Games, a slot that could easily be taking place in the world of Games of Thrones. In Dragon Spin, mystery stacked reels, reels blast, persisting wilds and raining wilds make for a thunderous adventure.
Unicorns are popular too and pop up in magical games such as the stunning Unicorn Legend by NextGen, which takes place in an enchanted forest where up to 20 free spins with multipliers of up to 12x can be found. Golden Unicorn by Habanero is another great choice, where an elusive golden unicorn offers a 5x multiplier and is joined by a number of ‘real’ creatures including a ladybird and a deer, as well as by fairies and other coloured unicorns. Greek legends also mention many mythical animals, such as Pegasus the winged horse, which takes centre stage in Divine Fortune by NetEnt. Divine Fortune is one of many NetEnt free games that players can enjoy here at Slots Temple NZ. As with all our games, our animals slots can be played for free and on your choice of platform, including mobile and tablet devices
The massive animal-themed category of slot games gives players the chance to be whisked away to tropical landscapes, thick jungles, stunning safaris, arctic adventures and even mythical forests. Don’t bother with the zoo, just have a look through the hundreds of free-to-play animals slots here at Slots Temple NZ and discover the real beauty of nature.