If you’ve not looked at the periodic table since your schooldays you could be racking your brains to remember what you were taught in Science.
This slot is educational as well as fun because floating in space are lots of symbols which represent elements. Water is one that most people will be familiar with, so keep your eyes open for H20 but what others will you recognise? O2 is the all-important oxygen while Au is something that everyone playing the slots seeks: gold!
There are 5 reels, and these include a fairly modest 15 paylines. You can choose the value of the coins but you don’t need to choose a bet per line. Instead there’s a simple grid option where you can select the total bet you want from the minimum of 0.15 up to 90.00. This makes it much easier to see how much each spin will cost without any complicated calculations.
Claim Your Prize
Like any other slot, the way to win prizes on The Lab is to line up matching symbols along an active payline. Three is the minimum you need to get a win but if you match five you’ll get a bigger payout.
You’ll be playing with mind-blowing pieces of intergalactic material which has been sucked into the vortex from across the universe. Line up matching molecules in colours such as amethyst and emerald in a whole host of shapes to max out your chances of winning.
There’s a wild symbol which stands in for other symbols on the reels, and makes it much easier to line up a match. The X-scatter acts like a regular scatter and also hands out a multiplier of x2 as well. This multiplier appears per visible symbol so could ramp up the prize considerably!
Also look out for the special bonus symbol which appears on the second row on Reel 2. This unlocks a free spins bonus game where all winnings are automatically doubled and you’ll play with sliding reels instead. The free spins bonus can be retriggered, so has the potential to be a very lucrative, if you’re lucky!
Select Your Strategy
Elk Studios take an innovative approach to betting, providing extra options for players who want to try for big prizes.
You can opt to play the traditional way and simply pick a bet, and change it whenever you decide that the time is right, or you can pick one of the preset strategies.
Elk Studios have included three of their standard strategies in this game: Booster, Leveller and Jumper.
With the latter, Jumper, the bet increases every time there’s a win on the reels and resets as soon as there’s a loss. The bet is capped at 10 times the original sum.
In contrast, the Leveller climbs when there’s a loss. Every time you hit five losses in a row, your bet will jump up by two levels. This is also limited to 10 times the original bet. This strategy resets to the original level when you win.
The Booster is another strategy which increases with a loss. It mimics the same movements and limits as the Jumper, but based on losses rather than wins.
The theoretical RTP is 96.30% which is unaffected by the strategy you choose for play.
The Lab by Elk Studios isn’t a science based game as you may expect, but an adventure into infinity and beyond. The whirling vortex on the screen will make an instant impression despite it being a rather simple background. There is a bonus round but there’s nothing too complex, unlike some of the other titles from the same developer.
There’s also the helpful betting structure which makes it easier for beginners to see exactly what they’re betting. For this reason, The Lab by Elk Studios is a slot that’s suitable for players of all levels of experience.