Astro Cat Deluxe is a five-reel, Asian-inspired offering from Lightning Box Games released in 2019.
It runs on the Reelfecta game mechanic, in which the central reel comprises 16 icons that spin independently on a 4×4 grid, and which combine to create 1,296 ways of winning. (Other reels are only three rows in height.)
Deluxe is a follow-up to the earlier Astro Cat game, which the same operator launched in 2016.
How to play
Spin away from a relatively high 50p a pop to a hefty £50 each go. The action takes place against a gorgeous-looking lake, while symbols are a nod to the Chinese theme, incorporating a frog, dragon, koi carp, fan and bonsai tree plus golden coins, alongside the lesser-paying playing-card values.
And, as ever, you’ll need three icons of a kind to scoop a payout, working from left to right and kicking off with the reel furthest left.
Within the Reelfecta, all reels are counted as one, making it easier for you to create a winning combo.
Astro Cat Deluxe special features
The Wild is a cat, and as usual, it replaces all icons bar the Scatter – you’ll only see it on Reels 3 and 4.
The Sky Wheel Scatter activates the Sky Wheel round described below. It only displays on the Reelfecta’s outer-lying positions.
Sky Wheel feature
Scoop five or more Scatters on the Reelfecta’s outmost spots to initiate this round. Spin the wheel to bag one of four different jackpot prizes, outlined below. You can also notch up some cracking instant wins.
Next spin the inside wheel, to discover the multiplier your win will get. End the round with an extra whirl of the bonus wheel.
This takes place on the Reelfecta, kicking off from the corner that’s the furthest left and shifting clockwise. Land a Wild cat, or poison to earn a double prize and terminate the round. (This will not happen during the first three respins.)
If you land cats, they become sticky and stay that way throughout the feature.
Land Wilds on all the Reelfecta cells and launch the Mega Spin, which turns the 16 places on the Reelfecta Wild.
The Sky Wheel bonus can earn you up to 10,000x bet.
The four jackpots up for grabs are:
- Mini – worth 10x stake
- Minor – worth 100x stake
- Major – worth 1,000x stake
- Grand – worth 10,000x stake
Equally, you can win a bolstering 6,400x wager on every spin or respin.
Return to Player (RTP)
Mid-variance Astro Cat Deluxe has an RTP that’s ever-so-slightly low at 95.46%.
At first glance, with so much going on, Astro Cat Deluxe can feel a somewhat complex offering, and it certainly isn’t the most orthodox slot ever devised. So we’d definitely recommend those very new players trying something else first.
Equally, more experienced slots fans may want to have a few whirls in demo mode before spending any money.
But if you can trigger the bonus wheel (be warned you may find this quite hard to do), you could be in for an impressive payday.
Do give it a go – and let us know what you thought.