Classic Chinese Style
Fortune 8 Cat is a classic slot game in terms of graphics, given the general theme. The reels are placed on the facade of a red, Chinese temple with a pointy tiled roof on top and a standard command bar at the bottom. The music is quite loud and forced us to turn down the volume early into the game, and overall the graphics are decent but really not exceptional.
Lightning Box Games usually designs low-key slot games, and Fortune 8 Cat is no exception to the rule. The overall atmosphere is very classic and failed to deliver a really strong impression in the first minutes of the game, which is a bit of a shame.
Winnings Available Anywhere
One of the main strengths of Fortune 8 Cat is its reel set: a 5×4 setup with 1024 ways to win instead of specific paylines. In other words, combinations of symbols appearing from left to right will be valid, regardless of their exact position on the screen. Use the command buttons to bet from 0.40 to 20 credits at every turn, and activate the autospin game mode whenever you are in a hurry.
After a few spins in the game, we can safely say that Fortune 8 Cat has an average volatility and makes small and big prizes alike as likely to be won at any given moment. On the reels, you will find card icons and small statuettes of frogs, fish and other fantastic animals. If you are playing all-in, the maximum reward in the base game is 5000 credits, which is already a very decent jackpot to look forward to.
Free Spins to the Rescue
And the fun doesn’t stop here, as Fortune 8 Cat also features a couple of bonus functions to help you win even bigger prizes. Keep an eye on reels 2 and 4 to spot the triple 8 symbols: they are wild and can replace the other icons on the reels instantly. The number 8 is a lucky number in Chinese culture, in the same way that the number 7 tends to be in most Western countries.
Fireworks are traditional elements of any Chinese celebration, and on the reels of Fortune 8 Cat these red rockets work as scatters and can be worth up to 25,000 credits, wherever they happen to land. 3 or more scatters also award up to 20 free games, during which the golden cat statue is introduced onto reels 2, 3 and 4. This little icon works as an extra wild, in addition to the regular triple 8 symbol.
Nothing New Under the Sun
Fortune 8 Cat is a very classic slot game, whose main selling point is the sheer size of its cash prizes when you are playing all-in. No one would say no to a 25,000-credit jackpot, and this alone can make Fortune 8 Cat worth a try.
On the other hand, the game lacks originality and the wild symbols are a little too restrictive to be truly helpful. Despite an announced average volatility, Fortune 8 Cat is more challenging than you might think. Monster Wins by NextGen is based on basically the same rules and open, 1024 ways to win gameplay, but does give players higher chances to win some very big prizes right from the start.