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The Lab Slot Review

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With just 15 paylines this simple slot boasts unique free spin round and multiplying scatters.

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  • Min Bet: 0.15
  • Reels: 5
  • Paylines: 15
  • Free Games: Yes

Elk demonstrate that they have a real way with ‘themes’ and originality with this unique The Lab online slot machine.

Elk Studios are one of the top new slot providers in Canada. People love their games, but of course, they had to start somewhere.

The Lab was one of the first proper slots to be released by Elk, and boy did they really hit the ground running with it.

Elk video slots are well-known for their ability to concoct epic stories for even the simplest of games; from taco stealing banditos in the Taco Brothers to monster fights cyborgs in the Kaiju slot.

While The Lab does not have the same attention to detail that their more recent slots have, it is further evidence that Elk knows how to design a video slot which is a true joy to play… at least on a thematic level.

If you hadn’t guessed by now, The Lab is set in a lab. Your symbols are mostly formed from odd crystals and certain elemental symbols from the periodic table.

The soundtrack is not something that you are going to be writing home about (perhaps the only failing of Elk here), but you won’t be reaching to mute either.

The Lab slot is easy to jump into

Since this was one of Elk’s first slots, they needed to design something that everybody would want to play. This is why they have a low minimum bet of 0.15 and have turned it into a low volatility slot.

You aren’t going to be winning big in this science themed slot, but at least their wins are going to be steady.

We do admire them for trying something new with this slot game. If you tinker about with the ‘spin’ button, you can change up the way in which you bet on auto-play.

It is not something that we use that often while playing this game, mostly because once we have a bet locked into place we stick with it.

Game Stats & Details

  • No Reels: 5
  • Paylines: 15
  • Min Bet: 0.15
  • Max Bet: 90
  • Free Spins: Yes
  • Wilds: 3
  • Volatility: low
  • Software: Elk
  • Slot Type: Video
  • Theoretical RTP: 96.3%
  • Mobile: Yes
  • Online: Yes

What are the Elk slot betting strategies you can use?

These are ideal for players who like to try new strategies to increase their budget, but haven’t found their foot on how to play slots:

  • Jumper: every time you win, the amount you are betting will increase.
  • Leveller: bet will increase when you lose five spins in a row.
  • Booster: bet will increase after each loss.

We suppose that these betting strategies are a way to help people to break even when they play the slot… or at least that is what Elk wants you to think.

Play with these betting strategies if you want, but make sure you have a predetermined limit in place anyway.

This is a low volatility slot so you probably should come close to breaking even if you use the jumper strategy.

But if you find it’s not working for you, take a step back and go back to betting low and steady.

You will fall in love with the scatters and free spins

Every time the scatter appears on the reels, which is sadly not that often, all wins on that spin will be doubled. The scatter does not need to be part of the winning combination.

Unlike every other slot game, the scatters don’t trigger the free spins like they do on Sam on the Beach or the Hidden slot.

To trigger free spins, you need to get the ‘The Lab’ logo over the vortex in the background. Doesn’t happen too often, sadly.

If this happens, the first three reels will be ‘frozen’ into place

They will be shifted two positions to the right. This means that during your free spins, of which you will have around 10 of them (we averaged closer to 8), only the first two reels will spin.

The logo will now be a wild and all wins during this game mode are doubled.

If you are lucky enough to have a scatter locked into place on one of the three reels, then you will be making oodles of cash.

Should you play The Lab slot?

Absolutely. The Lab mobile slots and online game shows that Elk had a commitment to producing unique slots right from the start.

Some of their features are a little bit of a miss, maybe this 15 payline slot will be a little too simple for some, whilst other will see no use in the betting strategies.

But the rest of the game is awesome. Perfect for building up that bank roll.

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By TrueNorthSlots | Updated: Jun 4th 2018 | Rating 4.2
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