Astro Pug, released in September 2018, is a bulldog-themed slot game made by Lightning Box Games. Astro Pug is the second game in the developer’s Astro series, whereby the first game is titled Astro Cat. The rival games include Lucky Pug from High 5 Games, Pugs Life from PearFiction, and Tales of Dr Dolittle from Quickspin.
This game’s name results from shortening the word astrology to “Astro”, which is then used alongside pug—a bulldog. The Astro Pug players should match three, four, and five regular symbols, while between five and eight special symbols can be matched in the bonus round.
Astro Pug Game Characteristics
With 1296 winning ways, Astro Pug’s grid is divided into three sections: a.small 2X3 grid on the left, a large 4X4 flipping grid at the center, and another small 2X3 grid on the left. These are the fourteen (ten ordinary and four special) Astro Pug symbols.
The regular are: a cute baby, green monkey, purple fish, golden stature of a pug, red gunny bag beside golden cups, red A, blue K, blue K, purple Q, green J, and golden-yellow 9. The four special symbols are: a “Wild” (substituting) bone winnings multiplier, free spins-triggering “scatter bonus” firecrackers, a substituting golden bulldog with its tongue stinging out, and a “Wild” (substituting) bulldog with its head tilted sideways.
The 50 coins bet multiplier is used on these Astro Pug coin values: $0.01, $0.02, $0.05, $0.10, $0.20, $0.25, and $0.50. Astro Pug has bet level one to bet level ten, leading to diverse bet sizes, as exemplified below. Bet Level 1 has the lowest bet size range: $0.50 (minimum), $1.00, $2.50, $5.00, $10.00, $12.50, and $25.00. Bet Level 5 has an average bet range: $2.50, $5.00, $12.50, $25.00, $50.00, $62.50, and $125.00. Bet Level 10 has the highest bet size range: $5.00, $10.00, $25.00, $50.00, $100.00, $125.00, and $250.00 (maximum bet).
Astro Pug’s regular symbols have four sets of payouts (one payout for standalone symbols, and three payouts for symbols accompanied by two, three, and four bone multipliers) for three, four, and five winning combinations, respectively.
A standalone baby pays X40, X50, and X125. A baby plus two bone multipliers: X80, X100, and X250. A baby plus three bone multipliers: X120, X150, and X375. A baby plus four bone multipliers: X160, X200, and X500. A standalone monkey pays X20, X40, and X75. A monkey plus two bone multipliers: X40, X80, and X150. A monkey plus three bone multipliers: X60, X120, and X225. A monkey plus four bone multipliers: X80, X160, and X300.
A standalone fish pays X10, X15, and X50. A fish plus two bone multipliers: X20, X30, and X100. A fish plus three bone multipliers: X30, X45, and X150. A fish plus four bone multipliers: X40, X60, and X200. A standalone gunny bag or pug stature pays X10, X15, and X40. A gunny bag/pug stature plus two bone multipliers: X20, X30, and X80. A gunny bag/pug stature plus three bone multipliers: X30, X45, and X120. A gunny bag/pug stature plus four bone multipliers: X40, X60, and X160.
A standalone A/K/Q pays X5, X10, and X20. A/K/Q plus two bone multipliers: X10, X20, and X40. A/K/Q plus three bone multipliers: X15 X30, and X60. A/K/Q plus four bone multipliers: X20, X40, and X80. A standalone 9/J pays X5, X8, and X20. 9/J plus two bone multipliers: X10, X16, and X40. 9/J plus three bone multipliers: X15 X24, and X60. 9/J plus four bone multipliers: X20, X32, and X80.
Five, six, seven, and eight “Scatter Bonus” pay X1, X5, X10, and X25; while between nine and twelve “Scatter Bonus” offer X500. Twelve locked golden bulldogs activate a mega spin and can offer 12 free spins maximum. The 4X4 (reelfecta) grid has a X4 multiplier, resulting to X64 multiplier; logically, the $250.00 maximum bet multiplied by 64 is equal to $16000, which is the non-progressive jackpot.
The Astro Pug software is good, although it times out constantly, forcing players to keep on reaccessing via the lobby. The flute sounds and the simple animated caricatures are interesting.
Luck in Astro Pug
A game of chance, Astro Pug’s RTP rate is 95.72% and the house edge is 4.28%.