The number 8 is considered lucky in Chinese culture and takes centre stage in Fortune 8 Cat, a 5 reel, 1,024 ways to win video slot from Lightning Box Games. It comes with a bonus feature that offers up to 20 free spins complete with extra added wilds. See if the luck is with you from between 40p and £20 per spin.
Fortune 8 Cat uses the 1,024 ways to win game engine so expect plenty of action as you spin – winning combos are created when the same symbol lands on adjacent reels, rather than in traditional paylines.
Set against a traditional Chinese temple, the reels include a typical assortment of oriental themed objects. Look out for a jade tortoise, a Koi carp, a golden frog and a dragon as well as playing card symbols from K to 9. The 888 symbol is the game’s wild – substituting for all other symbols apart from the bonus scatter, it only appears on reels 2 and 4.
The Chinese Firecrackers are the bonus symbol – land 3, 4 or 5 of them for a payout of 1, 5 or 125 times your total stakes. You’ll also trigger the only feature on offer in Fortune 8 Cat, the Free Spins feature. Once active, you’ll receive up to 20 free spins.
The added extra here is that the waving cat will be added to reels 2, 3 and 4 and will be wild whenever it hits – this comes in addition to the standard 888 wild symbol and can deliver some impressive hauls if they fall nicely.
Like many of Lightning Box Games’ slots, Fortune 8 Cat keeps things simple, both in terms of imagery and gameplay. The visuals are pretty mundane but are perfectly in keeping with theme. Likewise, the features – it can take a while to hit the bonus feature but it can be worth the wait when it does arrive thanks to the potentially large number of extra spins and the presence of extra wild symbols.
It’s not a classic in the Asian genre but if Fortune 8 Cat lives up to the first part of its name, it can deliver payouts that will have you purring. I do prefer other Asian-themed slots such as Choy Sun Doa by Aristocrat or Pearls of India by Play ‘N Go though.