Astro Cat Deluxe is an Asian-themed slot from Lightning Box Games. It uses a 5 reel, Reelfecta game engine where the middle reel is made up of 16 individually spinning symbols. Together those reels combine to offer 1,296 ways to win. Extras on offer here include a bonus wheel that awards cash and multiplier prizes as well up to 16 respins with sticky wilds and a quartet of jackpots which can top 10,000 times your stake. Play on all devices from between 50p and £50 per spin.
There are lots of moving parts in Astro Cat Deluxe. Reels 1, 2, 4 and 5 are each 3 symbols high. They’re joined by a 4x4 block of individually spinning symbols which make up reel 3. On those reels you’ll see lower value royals (minus 10 bizarrely) plus a selection of symbols relating to the Asian theme. They include fans and bonsai trees, fish and a gold frog. The top standard symbol is the dragon which pays 1.5, 2 or 5 times your stake if you land 3, 4 or 5 in combination.
They’re joined by the waving cat which is the game’s wild - this replaces everything apart from the Sky Wheel. The Sky Wheel can land on the outer positions of the reel 3 Reelfecta. Land 5 or more of these on the same spin and you’ll trigger the Sky Wheel feature where the following prizes are on offer depending on where the pointer lands:
- Jackpot Prizes - you could land 1 of the Mini, Minor, Major or Grand Jackpots worth 10, 100, 1,000 or 10,000 times your stake.
- Credit Bonus - prizes of between 2.4 and 24 times your stake are on offer here. If you land a prize, you’ll then spin the inner wheel which delivers a multiplier boost of between 2x and 5x or gives you another spin of the Bonus Wheel.
You could also gain entry to the Respin Bonus feature - on each respin, starting in the top left-hand corner and moving clockwise around the Reelfecta, you’ll see a respin wild cat or a poison symbol appear. Land a respin wild cat and it locks in place and you’ll receive another respin. If a poison lands, it pays double your stake before bringing the round to an end. You won’t receive a poison on your first 3 respins.
In theory you could end up with 12 respins with plenty of locked wilds here. If you fill all the outer positions with wild cats, you’ll trigger the Mega Spin feature. As well as the 12 outer symbols, the 4 inner symbols in the Reelfecta also turn wild. This Mega Spin offers a giant 16 symbol wild block which can really boost your winning chances.
With so much going on, Astro Cat Deluxe can seem a bit complicated on first view. There are loads of moving parts and the gameplay is a rather unorthodox. A few spins in demo mode are recommended here.
The key to success is landing the bonus wheel. We found this quite tricky to do. If you then go on to trigger the respins, then it can be worth the wait though. You can win a cool 6,400 times your stake on each spin/respin which is impressive.
This Asian-themed slot is an unusual one, both in terms of design and features. If you like this popular theme but fancy something a little different, then Astro Cat Deluxe offers just that. Alternatively, Lightning Box Games’ Jackaroo Jackpot offers payouts up to 768,000 times your total stake.