Free Fortune 8 Cat Slot Machine Game
Fortune 8 Cat seems to combine Lightning Box designers' two greatest passions – cats and Asian cultural heritage. This time the spot light goes to Zhao Cai Mao, or the famous Chinese Fortune Cat with a lifted paw, one of the best known symbols of good fortune and prosperity. Please enjoy our free Fortune 8 Cat game :)
The same Zhao Cai Mao symbol is also found in Japanese tradition by the name of Maneki Neko and can be generally regarded as a Oriental omen of wealth and luck, rather than being appropriated by one of the two cultures. The legend has it that a cat saved a man's life by beckoning at him to come inside the temple during a storm. Curios, the man decided to approach the cat and as he entered the temple, a lightning struck down the tree that was sheltering the man only a second ago.
Another important symbol in this game is number 8, which has a highly positive connotation in Chinese tradition and it is often associated with abundance (along with other higher value Fortune 8 Cat icons: Fish, Turtle, Dragon and Frog). With all of these elements combined, Lightning Box has committed to provide us with an extremely generous and profitable slot.
Fortune 8 Cat is a 4-row/5-reel slot with 1024 win ways and 97% return to player percentage. The combinations are paid left to right and at least three icons should land on the reels and form a string to be considered as valid and generate a payout.
The bets start at $0.40 and are capped at $4.00 – if the player sticks to the lowest of the five bet multipliers. The multipliers are optional and can increase the wager by x2, x3, x4, and x5, making the max bet $20 and consequently increasing the payout potential and the number of coins awarded for each of the winning combinations. For a faster play, Auto Play option is available and the player can select up to 50 auto spins and manually stop them before they expire.
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Triple 8 icon is the Fortune 8 Cat Wild and, as such, replaces all other symbols and creates a valid, payable combination when landing on reels 2 and 4. The Golden Cat is another Wild of the game, which means that it has the same characteristics as 888 – is can sub for all other icons except for the Chinese Firecrackers Scatter symbol.
Unlike all other symbol combinations which have to start from the far left, combinations that consist out of the Scatter icons are payable both ways, left to right and right to left. When three Scatters appear on the reels, the payment is not the only thing the player will win; up to 20 Free Spins will be unlocked, during which more Golden Cat icons will land on reels 2 - 4. The spins can be re-activated if new Scatters land on the reels during the bonus rounds.
The fact that Lightning Box allows the players to expand the betting range makes Fortune 8 Cat equally suitable for different types of players. The main advantage of this system is that it enables the players to increase their balance first and then start wagering higher amounts for a larger winning potential.
Sadly, there isn't plenty to look forward to in the bonus feature department – apart from the Free Spins and some extra Wilds, the player will not get out much (bonus-wise) from Fortune 8 Cat slot.
For those who enjoy Oriental Themed slots, Fortune 8 Cat is likely to become an instant classic, as it lives up to its promise of generosity in both the payouts and the return to player percentage. This, along with the re-triggerable Free Spins definitely makes up for the unimpressive graphics and the lack of more original and diverse bonus features.