Fortune 8 Cat, which was released in June 2013, is a Feng Shui ideology-based online casino game created by Lightning Box Games, and supplied by SG Digital and Stars Group. Super Happy Fortune Cat, Fortune Pays, and Astro Cat are other related games in Lightning Box Games’ portfolio. Fortune Cat from SA Gaming, Detective Black Cat from Top Trend Gaming, and Lucky Fortune Cat from Red Tiger Gaming are among the rival games.
According to the Feng Shui ideology—the energy determining whether a person is lucky or unlucky—cats bring good luck. The name “Fortune 8 Cat” is inspired by both the Wild “888” and the fortune-bringing cats that are endearingly called Maneki Neko, or simply Lucky Cat. The Fortune 8 Cat slot players match three, four, or five symbols.
Fortune 8 Cat Game Characteristics
Fortune 8 Cat lacks pay lines; instead, there are 1024 winning ways that result from three or four or five-of-a-kind appearing on side by side reels when viewed from the left towards the right of the 5X4 grid. Fortune 8 Cat has twelve symbols: three special symbols and nine ordinary symbols.
The special symbols are: “888” which is a Wild and substituting symbol; the so-called zhao cai mao/Feng Shui cat (basically, this is a golden cat raising its left front leg) is yet another Wild; and a bunch of red free spins-activating “Bonus” firecrackers, which double up as the Scatter.
The ordinary symbols are: a dark-blue dragon horse (mythically called Long Ma), an emerald green tortoise on top of coins, a golden brown Feng Shui money frog (has three legs) on top of coins, a blue K, a purple Q, a green J, an orange 10, a yellow 9, and two pink koi carp pet fish.
Fortune 8 Cat has four credit values: $0.01, $0.02, $0.05, and $0.10. However, there are five (options: 1X, 2X, 3X, 4X, and 5X) 40 bet multipliers; as such, there are many possible bet sizes, but the minimum total bet is $0.40 (equivalent to $0.01X40X1) while the maximum bet is $20 (or $0.10X40X5).
These are the Fortune 8 Cat payouts for three, four, and five combinations, respectively. The bunch of firecrackers pays X200, X1000, and X25000 (this is the non-progressive jackpot). The dragon horse offers X500, X1250, and X5000. The Feng Shui money frog pays X375, X1000, and X3750. The koi carp pet fish pay X250, X400, and X1250.
The tortoise offers X50, X200, and X625. The K offers X25, X200, and X500. The Q pays X25, X200, and 375. Getting respective combinations with J, or 10, or 9 pays X25, X50, and X250. Lastly, the firecrackers can not only activate as much as 20 free bonus rounds, but also the players are boosted with Feng Shui cats (can appear except on reels 1 and 5) during the free spin mode.
The recurring Feng Shui theme is associated with feel-good graphics. Unfortunately, the Fortune 8 Cat software “was” not as good as Astro Cat, which is possibly why it was either seemingly withdrawn from the market or most casino operators refused to stock it.
Luck in Fortune 8 Cat
A game of chance, Fortune 8 Cat’s RTP rate is 97% and the house edge is 3%.