Do you like Alice in Wonderland? If you do, you must be well acquainted with one of its absurd characters: the Mad Hatter, which Alice meets during a mad tea-party. Micro-Gaming has conceived a slot machine in his image, with an atmosphere as magical as the one of Lewis Carroll\'s novels. Be prepared for a dreamy, fun and slightly insane world. In this slot machine, you are invited to drink tea with Mad Hatters. Therefore, the symbols are delicious cakes, ice-creams, tea-cups and a few other tasty treats. This slot is graphically very well-executed and endearing. It reminds of the Disney film and have a particularly interesting dynamic style. As far as the soundtrack goes, the discreet music is a mix of fun-fair and circus music and distant laughter. A lot of sound effects are also available when the reels are turning, when a Scatter or Wild symbol appears and when you win. They bring a lot of dynamism to the overall effect. Even if there is not much animation, the game is still rhythmic and dynamic, a bit like Lewis Carroll\'s writings. It is a very good adaptation even though this slot machine is solely concerned with a single character, the Mad Hatter.
Basic Gaming Elements
Mad Hatters is a slot machine with 5 reels and 30 payment lines. It accepts small bets since you can bet 1 cent. However, players with a bigger budget will be happy to know they can bet a lot of money. The range of possible bets is quite large since you can bet up to 10 coins per line, coins being worth between 1 cent and 0,25 $/£/€. In the end, you can bet up to 75 $/£/€ per spin. Quite a large amount, all things considered. The jackpot reaches 20.000 coins. You can thus win up to 50 000 $/£/€. This one-armed bandit offers a Wild and two Scatter symbols. It also offers a possibility of winning free spins and to play a bonus game. Its variance is rather average.
The Mad Hat is depicted on the Wild item of this slot machine. It can replace any other symbol to form winning combinations. However, it cannot replace a Scatter. If you obtain a Joker on the third reel, it will change shape, in a magical but rather static animation, until it covers all the spaces on that reel, which will allow you to form winning combinations on several payment lines if many of them are active.
The Mad Hatter slot machine has two Scatter symbols. The first one is a bunny getting out of a hat. If you manage to get 3, 4 or 5 of them anywhere on the screen, you will win respectively 5, 50 or 300 coins. The second Scatter symbol is the Cuckoo Clock. If it appears at least three times anywhere on the reels, a bonus game starts. As soon as a Scatter appears, it starts an animated sequence. The bunny laughs and the cuckoo gets out of the clock. This short and surprising animations bring quite a lot of dynamism and rhythm to the game.
Free spins are won with the bunny Scatter. With, 3, 4 or 5 of them on screen, you win respectively 10, 25 or 50 free spins. During those games, your overall winnings are doubled. Before these free spins start, you can choose one out of three Mad Hatters, this symbol becomes a new joker, called Extra Wild symbol, during your free spins. This is an excellent idea since with two different Wilds, these spins are extremely profitable and therefore great fun.
The bonus game starts when three cuckoo-clock Scatter symbols or more appear on screen. You can win up to 11 1000 pièces. When the bonus game starts, the reels stay put but get darker. The Scatter symbols which allowed you to launch it are highlighted. You can click on 1, 2 or 3 clocks to win the money they have if you have obtained respectively 3, 4 or 5 Cuckoo Clocks.
The Mad Hatters slot machine has many nice tricks in its bag. From a gaming point of view, it is quite complete with 30 payment lines, the possibility to bet several coins, a large range of value for those coins, a Wild, two Scatters, free spins and a bonus game. As far as the atmosphere goes, it is also a great achievement since the design and soundtrack go well together to create a coherent, childish and motley universe. Fans of Alice and of Lewis Carroll can only be enchanted. Others should still like it if they have kept their childhood dreams.