Free Fortune Pays Slot Machine Game
Lightning Box does have a strange obsession with Fortune Cats, but considering the good fortune that Maneki Nego has brought that so far, it's no wonder that the slots series featuring the lucky beckoning feline continues. Here, we have a free version of the wonderful Fortune Pays slot.
Being one of the most notable Asian symbols of good luck, protection and wealth, Maneki Nego cat is a subject of many legends about the symbol's origin.
According to one, the cat has saved a man's life by showing him the way to the temple during a storm. In a different version of the story, a starving cat was rescued and fed by an inn tavern proprietor; in return, the cat sits in front of the tavern, inviting the customer in and welcoming them. The cat seems to be doing the same favour to Lightning Box software developer, especially in the US market, where Astro Cat and Fortune 8 Cat slots have had a lot of success.
The coin value in Fortune Pays is adjusted manually, within the range of $0.01 - $0.10. There are 50 fixed paylines, which makes the minimum wagering amount $0.50 and the maximum bet $5. For higher stakes and more generous coin payouts, the players can select one of the available betting multipliers (x2 to x5) and increase the betting range to $2.5 - $25. Auto Play option can be selected for spin sessions of 10, 25, 50 or 100 spins or until a bonus feature is activated – as soon as the bonus feature is completed, Auto spins will be resumed.
On the highest coin value and x5 bet multiplier, the higher value symbols can generate a payment of 5,000 coins for a combination of 5 icons, left to right; the same number of Scatter icons is paid 62,500 coins, both ways. At the moment, return to player percentage is still not announced for Fortune Pays.
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Beckoning Cat symbol is the Stacked Wild and it lands only on reels 2, 3 and 4. As a part of a combination, this icon will replace any other symbol (except for the Scatter) and double the total payout.
At least 3 Scatter symbols will unlock the Free Games mode, with 10 extra spins. During the additional games, all the winnings will be increased by 3. The Stacked Dragon icons will appear on the reels while the extra spins are in progress, increasing the winning chances; bonus feature can be re-activated by the same, triggering symbol combo.
Optional bet multipliers can be a brilliant way to add some edge to your gameplay and shift back and forward between different betting ranges, according to the risk you are willing to take and the balance you have at your disposal.
Re-triggerable Free Spins are a great addition to any slot, however, it would be nice to see more innovative bonus features – Oriental theme is often exploited but one rarely gets to see something truly original.
A worthy contribution to the Beckoning Cat series, especially considering the Free Spins potential, doubled payouts for Wild icon combinations and x3 multipliers in the bonus rounds. As usual, Lightning Box plays it safe and you will not see anything you have not seen before, but Fortune Pays is still a pretty decent slot with a great set of multipliers. In certain aspects, it is safe to say that this release surpasses other Oriental slots by the same developer and we do hope that the saga will be continued.