Astro Cat

Astro Cat is a Chinese astrology-inspired slot that features a cute Waving Cat as its star, and plenty of other oriental-themed symbols that are designed to help you scoop prizes.

As a Lightning Box Games slot, the gameplay is out of this world, and a big part of the fun playing experience is the Reelfecta Reel. The Reelfecta Reel has previously appeared in Lightning Box's Pixie Gold and Druidess Gold slots, and it gives you a whopping 1,296 ways to win. With this valuable tool at your disposal, you can lock in twelve Waving Cat symbols to trigger a Mega Spin and win up to twelve free games with locked wilds. Astro Cat is well-suited to all betting preferences as the minimum, and maximum bet-per-spin sit at 50p and £100 respectively.

More about the Software Provider

Lightning Box Games is a games studio that was founded in Australia back in 2004, and it's worked with many high profile names in the online casino industry, including Odobo, Quickfire, Scientific Games, and NYX Interactive. Some of the most popular slots that Lightning Box Games has created are Moon Temple, Serengeti Diamonds, and the progressive jackpot slot, Stellar Jackpots with More Monkeys.

Appearance and Sound Effects

The graphics that appear in Astro Cat are truly exceptional. They depict a tranquil lake surrounded by rushes, on which little wooden sailing boats are moored, and overhead, against the starlit night sky, a full moon lights up the top-right corner of the screen. This is just the game's background, and the reels are presented in an equally attractive fashion. They're housed by a wide pagoda-style structure, and the reason that the reels are so wide is that they're formed of eight different columns. Note that we say columns and not reels, as Astro Cat is a five-reel slot whose centre reel is four rows wide (N.B., the Reelfecta Reel).

Filling the various positions on the reel sit are a multitude of beautifully illustrated oriental symbols, including a Waving t, a Chinese dragon, a frog sitting on top of a pile of coins, a bonsai tree covered in tiny yellow and pink flowers, fireworks taking off in front of a full moon, koi fish, paper fans, and five playing card symbols.

Lightning Box Games has matched the impressive graphics with a suitably relaxing soundtrack which features a soothing classical composition played with traditional Chinese instruments.  

Bonuses and Special Features

In Astro Cat, the wild symbol is the Waving Cat, which is a lucky charm known as Maneki-Neko in Asian cultures. This cute little feline can only appear on the third and fourth reel and, as he can substitute for all symbols except the scatter, he can help you to make winning combinations.

The Reelfecta Reel is an equally important part of the game. It contains sixteen symbols, and you can use them any of them once on each spin to make wins in the base game.
The Free Spins Bonus is unlocked when five or more scatter symbols (N.B., the Firework) come into view. On the first spin, a wild symbol is added to the top-left position of the Reelfecta reel, and they continue to be added in a clockwise fashion on every subsequent spin. The wilds that appear stay in place for the duration of the feature. The aim is to get twelve wilds covering all of the outer positions on the Reelfecta Reel without revealing a bottle of poison. The poison bottle brings the feature to the end, but if you manage to avoid it, you receive a thirteenth free spin which is called a Mega Spin that places wilds in all sixteen positions on the Reelfecta Reel.

Paylines/Reels

Astro Cat uses five reels, three to four rows of symbols, and provides you with 1,296 ways to win thanks to the Reelfecta Reel. It also has an average RTP (Return to Player Rate) of 95.44%.

Mobile Compatibility

The game is designed to work with desktops, laptops, mobile phones, and tablets, and includes mobile-friendly game controls when played on mobile devices.

Our Verdict

If you're a fan of oriental-themed slots but are struggling to find one that's both mobile-friendly and a little different from the norm, then Astro Cat could well be the answer. As well as offering a huge number of paylines (1,296 to be precise), it comes with a Free Spins Bonus, a Reelfecta Reel, and a Gamble Feature that lets you try and double and quadruple each win.