Lucky Neko slot review (Yggdrasil)
Lucky Neko Gigablox puts the Japanese lucky cat centre stage
As this lucky cat is called in full, the Maneki Neko is a popular good luck charm in Japan.
Japanese believe that the left cat leg brings business prosperity, and the right leg mainly causes happiness and riches.
Therefore, it’s no coincidence that this lucky cat can often be seen with online slots or as the mascot of an online casino, such as Maneki Casino.
The Gigablox (and Splitz) are typical Yggdrasil inventions. Every slot provider tries to invent a unique and recognizable game mechanism.
Big Time Gaming has its Megaways slots and Mega Clusters slots. Netent has the Infinity Reels slots. Quickspin introduced the ‘tumble slot’ mechanism, and Play’n GO launched its ‘symbol splitting feature.’
But let us now dive into Yggdrasil’s lucrative Gigablox with the Lucky Neko slot at hand.
Lucky Neko Gigablox gameplay and features
Lucky Neko Gigablox is played on a 6 x 4 playing field of reels and rows of symbols.
There are 40 fixed paylines, and you can wager a bet from 24 cents up to $€ 100 per spin.
Lucky Neko Gigablox has a medium to high variance, and the theoretical payout rate is a cool 96.4%.
Everything in this game revolves around the so-called Gigablox. These are blocks from 2 x 2 to a whopping 6 x 6 (in the bonus game) identical symbols. This can result in ginormous payouts: the maximum profit is no less than 6,953 x the total stake.
The cat is wild and replaces all other symbols except the scatters.
Because there are six reels, a 6-of-a-kind is the highest possible winning combo. The four talismans yield between 200 x and 320 x the bet per payline. This amounts to between 5 x and 8 x the total bet.
The four low–value card symbols (hearts, spades, diamonds, clubs) award 2.5 x the total bet with six the same on an active payline.
Free spins bonus
6 or more scattered Maneki cat symbols activate the free spins bonus.
Each scatter yields +1 free spin, so you are always awarded at least 6 free spins, but it can also be many more. Especially a gigablock with scatters is very lucrative.
During the free spins, things roll a bit different than in the base game:
- You play with 85 paylines instead of 40.
- The playing field is 6 x 8 symbols wide and high.
- A special x5 paying symbol is in play.
- Each scatter awards you +1 free spin.
Especially the special symbol can boost your bank account in a big way. Every symbol, except the wilds and the scatters, can consist of a special symbol.
Strangely enough, we have had our greatest success with the low–value special symbols. Although they are worth less than the talismans, they drop much more often. But then again, with an x 5 multiplier and all those extra paylines, your profits can skyrocket.
Our verdict on Lucky Neko Gigablox
The Lucky Neko Gigablox game is a very handsome Yggdrasil video slot.
Because of the Gigablox, every spin is a surprise: out of nowhere, you can land a big paycheck in the blink of an eye.
Furthermore, the Japanese lucky cat theme is beautifully developed: Yggdrasil never makes unsightly slots (if you don’t take their very first releases into account).
The only downside is that the base game gets a bit tedious at some point, precisely because you get a gigablox every spin. At a certain point, that gets old.
But the free spins bonus, with even bigger Gigablox and special symbols that pay out massive sums of money, make up for it.
By the way, if you did not know the meaning of ‘arigato’ (thank you) in Japanese. After this game, you will never forget…
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