- Provider: Lightning Box
- Reels: 5
- Paylines: 1,296 ways to win
- Coin Value: £0.01 – £1
- Maximum Bet: £50
- RTP: 95.46%
- Maximum Payout: 10,000 times the bet
- Wild: Yes
- Scatter: Yes
- Bonus Game: Yes
- Free Spins: No
- Multiplier: Yes
- Mobile: Yes
Astro Cat Deluxe Slot Review
Lightning Box Games recently released Astro Cat Deluxe, a five-reel video slot with a 3-3-4-3-3 reel formation and a Reelfecta central reel, which actually consists of four reels with four rows, giving you 16 more chances to land a winning spin. The 2019 release offers 1,296 ways to win and also offers lots of rewarding features, including four different jackpots, Astro Cat Wilds, up to 12 respins with Locked Wilds, Mega Spins and a Sky Wheel, which is packed with instant wins, Bonuses and Jackpot fields. Playable from £0.50 per spin, the Lightning Box Games title boasts crisp graphics and a fitting soundtrack.
The reels of the 2019 release are placed on a beautiful lake, surrounded by traditional temples. Most of the symbols that populate the reels are from traditional China, including a Dragon, a Frog, Koi Fish, Hand Fans and Bonsai Trees with Golden Coins. Low-paying symbols are represented by 9-A playing cards. The Cat is the Wild that substitutes for all symbols but the Scatter and it appears only on reels 3 and 4. The Sky Wheel Scatter triggers the Sky Wheel feature. Remember that the Scatter can land only on the outer positions of the Reelfecta.
Now, here things get interesting. The 2019 release features five reels, with the central reel being the Reelfecta, which actually consists of four reels and is four rows high. Other reels are only three rows high. The Lightning Box Games title pays left to right, starting from the leftmost reel, with three of a kind being the minimum for landing payouts. The good thing about Astro Cat Deluxe is that all reels within Reelfecta count as one reel and it will be much easier for gamers to land a winning spin. Betting starts at £0.50 and the biggest wager is £50 per spin.
Land five or more Scatters on the outer positions of Reelfecta and you will trigger the Sky Wheel feature. Spin the Wheel and you can win four different Jackpot prizes (Mini, Minor, Major or Grand), instant wins, from 2.4x up to 24x the bet. If you land instant wins, you will then spin the inner wheel, which comes with multiplier that will be applied on your win. You can even get an additional spin on the Bonus Wheel.
Last, but not the least, is the Respin Bonus feature, which is performed on the Reelfecta, starting from the leftmost corner and moving clockwise, where you get to land a Cat Wild on the position, or a Poison, which ends the feature. In the first three respins you will not get a poison. Land Cat Wilds, which will turn sticky and remain on the reels until the feature ends. Land a Poison and you will get a doubled prize and end the feature. If you fill all the cells on the Reelfecta with Cat Wilds, you will trigger the Mega Spin, with 16 cells on Reelfecta turned Wild.
Loads of action bring plenty of opportunities for big wins. The central attraction is definitely the Sky Wheel, which can get you up to 10,000 times the bet in Jackpots, plenty of instant wins, multipliers, up to 12 respins and Mega Spins. Also, the base game can surprise you with decent wins, due to the fact that the third reel is actually made out of 4 reels and each cell counts. Astro Cat Deluxe’s RTP is 95.46%.
Astro Cat Deluxe on Mobile
Even though the Lightnig Box Games product may seem huge with such a big central Reelfecta, it can easily fit to the screens of compatible handheld gadgets as well on desktops. Players can enjoy Astro Cat Deluxe from the comforts of their chairs or on the go, because the quality of the game is completely the same on any device.
+ Reelfecta makes it easier for gamers to land winning combos
+ Rewarding Sky Wheel feature
+ Playable across all devices
– No freebies
– Generic playing cards
– Hard to reach Mega Spin
Astro Cat Deluxe is a polished version of the original video slot and there are plenty of similarities between the original and the sequel. We had the pleasure of testing both the 2016 release and the 2019 release and we can say that both of them are very good. The Reelfecta will help gamers land wins more easily, while the Scatters that appear on the central reel will trigger the Sky Wheel and reward you with respins, instant wins and four different jackpots. Still, we feel that the original is a bit better than the sequel.