Lucky Neko Gigablox
Enter a world of Daruma dolls and fortune-finding felines on the slot from Yggdrasil Gaming. Lucky Neko Gigablox takes you deep into Japanese culture and symbolism with wild substitutions, linked reels that can create 4×4 blocks and a free spins round with a chosen blessed symbol and even bigger blocks that can lead to wins of up to 6,950 times your bet.
Lucky Neko is a video slot with six reels, three rows and 40 fixed pay lines in the base game that will expand during the free spins to a 6×8 format with 85 pay lines. Wins are awarded for three to five matching symbols on a line from left to right only. You can spin the luck Japanese dolls on desktop or mobile from 0.08 to 100 credits per spin. The game has medium to high volatility with a respectable RTP of 96.40%.
Loading the game will take inside a Japanese bric-a-brac shop selling a colourful assortment of traditional art and pottery. Given the importance of lucky symbols in Asian cultures, the Daruma dolls dominate on the reels while the Lucky Neko makes an occasional appearance as scatter symbol. As a side note, Darumas dolls and Lucky Nekos are considered talismans of good luck to the Japanese. A serene traditional Asian soundtrack conveys a soothing atmosphere and is only interrupted by intermittent Japanese voices and rumblings sounds announcing the arrival of the mega symbol blocks.
The pay symbols start at the low end with card suits – clubs, diamonds, spades and hearts – held on traditional Japanese porcelain jars, awarding across the board 2.5x your bet for a single six of a kind. They are followed by four Daruma dolls in purple, green, orange and red colours. Hit six on a line to win 5x to 8x your stake. A golden tile with a cat and marked with the word itself is the wild symbol, substituting for all regular symbols. The Lucky Neko acts as the scatter.
Lucky Neko Gigablox Slot Features
Lucky Neko is the debut slot from Yggdrasil Gaming, showcasing their latest reel mechanic they dubbed Gigablox. Similar to the synched reels known from the iconic Twin Spin slot from NetEnt, the mechanic will create one, two or three sets of synched reels on every spin in the base game and bonus feature. Based on how many reels are synched, you will have only 2×2, 3×3 and 4×4 symbols appearing on them in the base game while 5×5 and 6×6 Gigablox will be added in the free spins. Symbols can appear fully stacked on regular reels, providing the potential to hit a full screen of matching symbols with wins peaking at 320x your stake for the red Darumas.
Things are changing quite dramatically in the Free Spins feature. To trigger it you will need to land five or more Lucky Neko scatters anywhere on the reels. Any scatter blocks will be divided into individual symbols. One free spin is awarded per scatter, giving you anything from 5 to 18 free spins to start the round. Any scatter landing during the round will add +1 free spins, no limits.
Before the feature starts, the game window will expand from the default 6×4 format to a giant 6×8 size. Simultaneously, the number of pay lines increases from 40 to 85. The second change is the random selection of a Blessed Symbol which can be any regular pay symbol except wilds and scatters. Any wins with the special symbol will be multiplied by x5 for the duration of the feature.
With the increased game grid, you can have five and six reels syncing up and thus massive 5×5 and 6×6 Gigablox will be rumbling down on to the screen, providing extra potential for mega hits. For a chance to score the maximum win on a single spin of 1,600x bet, you would need the top symbol to be selected as Blessed Symbol, followed by landing a 6×6 block to cover the screen.
Yggdrasil seems to be on a quest to develop new reel mechanics. They recently introduced Splitz and PopWins on their latest creations and continued now with Gigablox, although we have seen the latter in a simplified form on Gem Rocks. Overall, Lucky Neko Gigablox is the usual visual feast coming from this studio while the gameplay is engaging enough to keep us pressing the spin button. Definitely engaging is the max win potential which peaks at a solid 6,950x bet in the free spins.