Take a trip to China is Astro Cat, an 8 reel, 1,296 ways to win slot from Lightning Box Games. It comes with a bonus feature that awards up to a dozen free spins complete with locked wilds and prizes paid up to 16 times courtesy of the Reelfecta game engine. Play from between 50p and £1,250 per spin.

The set up in Astro Cat is a little unusual – it’s played using a 3x3x4x4x4x4x3x3 game engine. The middle 4 reels form the Reelfecta with each symbol only able to be used in 1 winning combination. All you really need to know is that winners are formed when the same symbol lands on adjacent reels and there are 1,296 ways to win.

The visuals have a strong Asian feel – joining the lower value playing cards are fans, a bonsai tree, goldfish, green frog and a dragon. The anime style cat is the game’s wild – it appears on reels 3 and 4 only and replaces all other symbols apart from the bonus.

The fireworks symbol is the bonus, appearing on the outer reels of the Reelfecta only. Landing 5 or more of these on the same spin will trigger the Free Spins feature where you can look forward to up to 12 free spins.

Once the free spins start, keep a close eye on the Reelfecta – starting in the outer top left position, a +1 Wild Cat or a poison symbol will appear. If you land the +1 Wild Cat, you’ll receive an extra free spin and the wild will be frozen in place. Up to 12 extra free spins can be awarded here.

Fill 12 outer positions with Wild Cats and you’ll fill the inner positions too – this creates 1 giant 16-symbol wild. You’ll then receive 1 Mega Spin with all extra wilds in place. If the poison appears, you’ll receive a 2x payout and the feature ends. You’re guaranteed not to receive a poison in the first 3 free spins.

The unorthodox game engine and unusual Reelfecta feature make Astro Cat sound more complex than it really is. Ideally, what you’re hoping to trigger is the free spins then land a large number of extra wilds. Land the Super Spin and some enormous payouts are possible.

Well-designed and featuring a catchy, Asian style soundtrack, Astro Cat is a strange little slot – get lucky with the free spins feature though and it could prove to be a memorable one. If you like Chinese themed slots, I recommend you take a look at Playtech who offer many excellent titles such as Sun Wukong and Jade Emperor.