Astro Cat, launched on October 2016, is an astrology-themed online game from Lightning Box Games. Astro Cat has since been upgraded (by adding the so-called Sky Wheel) and renamed Astro Cat Deluxe, thanks to Incredible Technologies, which re-launched it on October 2017 at the Global Gaming Expo. However, the original Astro Cat is the earliest game in the Astro series whose second game is called Astro Pug (September 2018). Fortune Pays, Fortune Cat and Super Happy Fortune Cat are other Lightning Box’s slot games that feature cats.
The name Astro Cat results from the acronym of astrology and the featured cream cat. The Astro Cat players match three, four, and five win symbols in the regular game; and between five and twelve bonus symbols.
Astro Cat Game Characteristics
The Astro Cat’s grid consists of a 4X4 grid (Reelfecta) between two 2X3 smaller grids. The following are the thirteen Astro Cat symbols. The ten ordinary symbols are: an ornamented Chinese dragon, a green Feng Shui frog atop golden brown coins, two golden yellow koi carp fish beside a blue algae grass, a pink-and-yellow bonsai tree, two hand fans, a red A, a blue K, a green J, a purple Q, and a yellow 9. The three special symbols are: a substituting golden “Wild” cat (also the brand logo); a striped red free spins-triggering “Scatter” fireworks device with a full moon in the background; and a jar containing red poison.
First, the Astro Cat software prompts the player to play with (“Yes”) or without (“No”) sounds. The next page informs about the 1296 winning ways, the mega spin-triggering Wild cats, the free spins-offering locked Wilds, and the Reelfecta feature that offers 16-fold winning opportunities.
Tapping the screen, as directed, takes the players to the interface. Astro Cat lacks pay lines, although the selected coin values are multiplied by 50. The players use a slider to set the coin values, which involves sliding towards the right to increase the bet size or sliding towards the left to decrease it. As such, the coin values are: $0.01, $0.02, $0.04, $0.05, $0.10, $0.20, $0.40, $0.50, $1.00, $2.00, and $4.00.Therefore, the Astro Cat bet sizes are: $0.50 (minimum), $1.00, $2.00, $2.50, $5.00, $10.00, $20.00, $25.00, $50.00, $100.00, and $200.00 (maximum).
The following are the regular Astro Cat payouts for three, four, and five winning symbols, respectively. The Chinese dragon pays X75, X100, and X250. The green Feng Shui frog pays X50, X75, and X150. The pair of golden koi carp fish have X15, X25, and X100. Both the bonsai tree and the pair of hand fans have X15, X25, and X75. Getting either the K or A pays X5, X20, and X40. Either J, or Q, or 9 pays X5, X10, and X25.
For the bonus game, these are the Astro Cat payouts for between five and twelve matching “Bonus” symbols. Five, six, seven, and eight symbols X1, X5, X10, and X25, respectively. Furthermore, between nine and twelve “Bonus” symbols offer X500. More than five “Bonus” symbols activate the free spin mode. The Wild cat offers between one extra free spin and twelve extra free spins. Although the poison jar stops the free spins, it does pay double the staked amount.
Specifically, the Reelfecta feature makes the software even better. The sound effects are interesting, ranging from the purring cat to the bamboo flute sound. The outstanding graphics are associated with the feng shui ideology (about the energy determining luck or fate), which instills a positive mindset, including: the fireworks devices representing enjoyment, the long-living (lifespan is 100+ years) koi carp fish wishing a long human life, the wealth-bringing money frog and the luck-bringing cat.
Luck in Astro Cat
A game of chance, Astro Cat’s RTP rate is 95.44% while the house edge is 4.56%.