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As The Eagles once sang on “Life in the Fast Lane”, they were “eager for action and hot for the game”. Lyrics apt for this adrenalin-fuelled Formula 1 themed slot game by SkillonNet. Do you have the need for speed or will you be sent off track in this 3-reel, 3-line game?

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Layout on Track

After the screenshot intro of our orange speed car, you’ll see how the visual design and layout is certainly different from most other games. First off, it’s in the stage of an old-school one-armed bandit. You can even pull the lever instead of the Spin button. While this has been seen before, it has been as an option, not as the only setting. The opportunity has been fully seized, especially as the car from the intro is on full display on the top left of the screen. With its speed lines and going through a chequered flag, it is all action.

The right hand side is taken with the scores for the winning lines. There are only 5 different symbols, with a maximum of getting 3 in one spin, meaning it’s all very easy to see the value. Each symbol’s worth is shown for 1, 2 or 3 lines. The 3 symbols that gain credits for getting 3 are also seen. Rather neatly the credits box is bordered by the white and big chequered symbol. When the game is on pause, shots from a Grand Prix are shown to add to the thrill.

As this is in the style of a one-armed bandit, it means there is a gap between the bigger top part and the smaller bottom part. The 3 reels on the left have the chequered flag colours above and below. Along with parts of the background also being in purple, it feels a natural parting and not like two parts just shoved together.

Play at High Speed

As the game doesn’t have too many settings and little in terms of bonuses, it’s easy to explain. You have 5 choices for credit; 0.25, 0.5, 1, 2 or 5. Fitting in that there are 5 gears in a car, and the credit options are higher than most. This is going at speed! There are 3 lines, and you can choose either 1, 2 or 3. You can also accelerate straight to Bet Max or go automatic by selecting Auto Play. Depending on your need for speed, it can be for 25, 50 or 100 spins.

And whatever changes you do make are easily seen. On the bottom right-hand side there are clearly marked the Total Bet, Coin Value, Lines and Winner Paid. The number of lines you are playing shows up through the reels. The possible winnings you can get, depending on the line choice you have made, lights up the relevant part of the scoring board above. This also becomes a screen celebrating your specific score when you win.

Fast Track but No Short Cuts

There are many good things with the game. But it does fall short on bonuses. There are no wildcards, scatters, bonus games or free spins. If you get a Winner Bonus sign your score is doubled though. While the game is enjoyable, the maximum number of credits is 1,500, far less than most other games. However, if you play the game at a higher credit level you can of course win more.

And the game is fun and there are no complex rules or tricky bonuses to navigate. All the 5 symbols are race-related, with the most valuable appropriately enough being the trophy. There are 2 types of helmets, a chequered flag and wheels to complete the set. Indeed, it also means you can also get into a good rhythm with the game’s music. Its fast guitar riff will have you buzzing and picturing yourself zooming past every bend.

Right on Track

With so many games focused on having a having a lot going on, it’s interesting to see one that is happy to have fewer icons and less in the way of bonus games. And this is without losing out on design and layout and game theme.

It might not have a big a jackpot as others and its stripped down nature won’t appeal to everyone, but this game is very much on track.