This is one lucky kitty as you get one reel and 16 chances to score a win in this Astra Cat slot machine.
Don’t be scared when you first load up this Lightning Box slot machine; whilst it may look complicated, with what appears to be 8 reels on show, it’s actually far more elegant than that.
Unlike the colossal reels in casino games like WMS Spartacus, where you get lost in the symbols and reels, this Astro Cat actually has 5 reels much like in so many Android and iPhone/iPad slots out there.
It’s just that reel 3 compromises of 16 symbols – that big block of 4×4 symbols you can see in the images below.
The Astro Cat slot can be found in Vegas casinos, so if you’re a fan, you’ll know all about those crazy reels.
If not we explain a little more how it works below, but basically it means that you get a fair amount of wins – mostly 3 of a kind wins to be fair, but little tops ups here and there.
It’s pretty effective and you can see why it’s popular, but for us it kills the excitement as we know we’ll rarely win more than a couple of times our bet when a win flashes by.
Still, as it works very much like a 243 ways to win slot, where the symbols only need to be adjacent to each other to create a win, you quickly get the hand of it.
As always, it’s the free spins that bring the excitement, especially with these Astro Cat bonus games.
Because every free spin gives you one locked wild in that amazing 16 symbol centre reel. The hope, of course, is to get a wild on every spot and get a ‘mega spin’ right at the end, where you have 16 wild symbols to create multiple wins.
It’s a guaranteed huge mega win, which from this game studio, only the Stellar Jackpots With More Monkeys mobile slot manages that.
Unfortunately, you rarely get more than 5 or 8 wilds on screen before a poison symbol shows up and ruins the fun.
Which pretty much sums up this Astro Cat slot machine; it looks good, and has big potential, but doesn’t ever manage to fulfil on that promise.
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|Mobile Slot released||November 2016|
|Slot type||Video Slot|
|Slot reels / paylines||5 Reels / 1024 Ways to Win|
|House edge / RTP||4.56% / 95.44%|
|Coins range||0.01 - 2.00|
|Min/Max bet||0.50 / 100|
|Free spins||Up to 12 Free Spins / Progressive Locked Wilds|
|Bonus rounds||Scatters, Free Spins, Locked Wilds, Wilds, ReelFecta Reel|
Scatter: The firework symbol is the scatter and pays if you find 5, all the way to 12. They also trigger the free spins.
Wild Symbol: The lucky Astro Cat is the wild symbol and replaces all other symbols on screen. However it only shows up on reel 3 (the mega reel) and reel 4.
What is the Reelfecta: Reel 3 is the reelfecta reel and is comprised of 16 individual symbols. Each symbol can only be used once per winning combination.
Free Spins and Scatter: 5 or more scatter symbols will trigger the start of the free spins.
Starting from the top left hand corner of the Reelfecta reel, one Astro Cat slot wild will be added to each spin until it covers all 16 positions of the reel or... you get a poison symbol, which ends the free spins.
If you manage to cover all positions, you would have played 12 free spins with more and more wilds, and the 13th spin is played as a 'Mega spin' where the whole Reelfecta reel is covered in wilds.
That said, you rarely get to that point, mostly landing on the poison at around spin 5 or 10.
If the Astro Cat mobile slot was a school report it would have 'must try harder' written all over it.
It's not that it's not good. On the contrary, it has plenty of interesting slot features with that Reelfecta reel and sticky wilds in the free spins.
But the thrill of the spin soon fades when the decent wins seem out of reach, even if you're not losing that much fun.
Personally, we prefer the set up and theme of the Pixie Gold slot online which has similar features.
Review by Lucky Mobile Slots, last updated: March 25, 2021 - Rating