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What a Hoot Microgaming

What a Hoot is a 5 reel video slot with 9 pay-lines. It is powered by Microgaming online casino software featuring an owl party. The game has clear graphics and there is some traditional sounds playing in the background.An array of colorful owls followed by symbols in the form of trees, fireflies, game logo, berries, crabapple, chestnut, etc. If you want to take a glimpse of what this slot has to offer give it a try here for free or visit Microgaming Casinos to play for real money.

This is an excellent video slot for all the newbies out there, but before you hit the reels you need to set your betting range.Clicking on "Select lines" button sets the number of lines you wish to play. With "+/-" you choose to increase or decrease the coin size. The "Bet Max" button helps you set the maximum bet and start the spin automatically. Minimum coin size is 0.25 and maximum is 5.00. Both the minimum and maximum amount of coins per line is 1.By clicking on "spin "you start the reels.

In the What a Hoot video slot you have regular and expert betting panel which can be changed by a simple click on the button. In the Expert panel you have features such as "Auto-play" which allows you to spin the reels for a certain amount of times without interruption. With "5X" and "10X" buttons you choose to auto play for 5 or 10 rounds and with the "auto-play" button you can set how many times you wish reels to spin automatically. 

Given the fact that this slot game lacks in special features and bonus games, the closest you will get to a special feature are wild symbols and scatters. The highest value symbol in this video slot game is a blue owl and can pay-out up to 5.000 coins when you hit five of them on any active pay-line.

When it comes to wilds,much like other wild symbols, it acts as a substitution for any other symbols except for the scatter. Wild symbol in this game can appear on reels 2, 3 and 4. However, it does not create its own winning combos when multiple symbols appear in a line on an enabled pay-line. This slot's wild is represented as a Tree which, once you hit it and it ends up forming a winning combo, becomes animated.

When it comes to Scatter symbol, it is represented in the form of the fireflies escaping from an opened jar. This symbol completes a winning scatter combo when three or more of these appear anywhere on the reels. Wins are calculated by multiplying the total bet by 2x, 10x or 50x. 

Game Play:

Bet +/-: Change the total bet.
Regular/Expert panel: Switch between the two playing panels.
Select Lines: Change the number of lines you wish to bet.
Bet Max: Set the highest bet possible.
Spin: Start the game.
Auto Play: Turn the reel without interruption for a desired number of times.

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Software Microgaming
Slot Type Video slots
RTP 96.94%
Special feature Wild Scatter
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Reverandglenn 2 reviews
Reviewed on April 12, 2020


I like the size of even the small payouts if they actually hit, but other than that, I do not have much good to say about this game. I have never landed on 5 of a kind for What a Hoot, Brown Owl, Yellow, or Scatter. The closest I have come was 4 yellow Owls.


Where to start... I think the most important would be the ideal beginning. I think the RTP of 96.06 is nonsense, to be honest. I gamble a lot on line, easily topping $2,000,000.00 in run-through on all sites that I use. I find it impossible to believe that the TRP is 96.06% on this game. I haven't actually been counting until about 2 months ago, and started counting What A Hoot about 1 month ago. I have spun at $4.50 2000 times at at $9.00 1000 times. That is a run through of $19,000. I generally play in spin cycles of 100, 200, 300, and 400. Of course, if I were to hit a 5 of a kind on any substantial payout, I would play out the current cycle, log my notes and either stop for a while or go to another game. In all honesty, if I was paid out 1/3 of the $19,000, I still may be exaggerating to the upside. It is difficult to judge payout on limited spins, so I try not to make judgement based on small numbers of spins, choosing to wait until I have at least 2000 or more in.

I do not like the music.

I dislike that there is no feature or bonus. Considering it's a 9 line game, it is sadly omitting a couple features that would make a 9 line game far more enticing.

I do not like the jump from $4.50 to $9.00 wagers. I think $4.50 is too low and generally like to start at $6.00 - $7.50 for games. I rarely go higher unless it's a re=spin game where the sky is the limit.
Afi4wins 2006 reviews
Reviewed on January 26, 2017


What a hoot of a game is this, you may ask? Well, it's a 9-paylines game from Microgaming, nothing new in it except for being yet another cloned game, but I must admit that I quite like the nice big icons of the birds and the fruits. They look good, looking much better than most other games of the same age. However, that's about all that I can say about What A Hoot. Play wise and pay wise, it is not much different from the other 9 payliners. You either get a good win early on, or you end with nothing till the end, just like it did for me.

The Wild symbol is rather muted in appearance, looking dull and not as vibrant as it should be. It is a totally dumb Wild symbol that doesn't pay anything for itself, it doesn't double any wins with it, it doesn't become stacked or expanded, and all it does is to substitute for other symbols except the Scatter symbol. The Scatter symbol pays a very low 50x the total bet for getting 5 of them, but getting 3 or more of these Scatters don't trigger any free spins, because there aren't any free spins in this game. What a shame. The logo 'What A Hoot' pays 5000x, the Red Bird pays 600x, the Yellow Bird pays 500x, the Blue Bird pays 300x, the White Bird pays 250x, and the Fruits pay from 150x to 100x, all per line bet for getting 5 of each kind. A very low paytable for a 9-paylines game.


I simply hate MIcrogaming games that play with only 9 paylines but need a minimum starting bet of $2.25, which is ridiculously high! Why can't these games play like Adventure Palace, needing only $0.09 to play the game? Yet the huge possible payouts from Adventure Palace is way above what this What A Hoot game can ever pay. I can't believe that any normal player may even want to give this game a try, except for giving it a few spins. At $2.25 a spin, I gave What A Hoot just 10 spins to see how it would play and pay. And guess what, not one single spin paid anything! What a blardy money-eating game it turned out to be! Just like most of the other 9-paylines Microgaming games too, and I really hate them!
raverbabe 559 reviews
United Kingdom
Reviewed on October 27, 2016


This game popped up in the "recommended" section as I was closing Vinyl Countdown and I was looking for another new game to try so I figured I'd give it a shot. I immediately noticed this to be another nine line game and couldn't believe I had found yet another old school Microgaming slot that I had yet to try out!

It didn't take long for me to notice that the amounts I was winning were identical to the last game I was playing, and checking the paytable it was obvious that this was in fact just a clone of Vinyl Countdown which must be the reason the two games were suggested as being similar by the casino software. I felt really quite disappointed, it seems like every game I try these days from Microgaming is just a clone or copy of another machine I've already played but alas, What A Hoot is still a fun game when judged on it's own merits.

One thing I will say about this particular title is that it was much more kind to me than it's twins Vinyl Countdown and Lucky Twins - I had a 200x stake hit within my first 100 spins, which always helps you to grow a preference for one clone machine over another ;)


The graphics don't appeal to me very much, this is a game that could certainly benefit from a HD overhaul however I can't imagine Microgaming going to the trouble of working on such a task for an all but forgotten game. Anybody who does enjoy this game could also just choose to play the more recent "Lucky Twins" slot too, which has an identical paytable matched with a new symbol set and updated user interface, bringing the basic mechanics of this game bang up to date.

If you like nine line games and are happy with a maximum jackpot of 1,000x your stake then you might get a kick out of this game. I respect it as a decent effort for it's time, though I'm shocked to learn that even two decades ago Microgaming was already copying their games relentlessly, rebranding them and re-releasing instead of putting out brand new machines. I honestly thought it was a recent phenomenon as well!

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