Fast Lane Slots is a motor racing theme game with a striking design. Over the reels for each spin are the pistons from an engine, moving up and down in sequence to reveal the symbols. Combined with the upbeat (in your face) music and sound effects, and you have an entertaining 50 reel online slot. It has an American look but there’s no F1 sophistication here, just an appreciation of a day out at a NASCAR even.
Fast Lane Slots plays out over five reels and fifty pay lines and those reels are framed by the starting gate; in the background there’s a blurry image of the racetrack. The symbols include a spare tyre, an oil can, a rattle gun, a blue helmet, a racing fan, a cheering lady, a driver, a gold trophy and the red race car. The wild is represented by the green race car and it will expand to fill all position on it’s reel if it can make a winning combination. There are two scatter symbols – a blue car and a chequered flag – which trigger their own bonus games.
As well as regular wins there are several notable features. An expanding wild is always useful for creating more winning combinations, and the free spins bonus game comes with a 3x multiplier on all of those wins. There is also a break out bonus game unlike anything I have seen before. Here you get to be the pit crew in a race, getting the car refuelled and ready to go again to win coins.
The blue ‘Blitz Cola’ car is the key here and landing three or more of these scatter symbols anywhere in view will award the following: Three blue cars – five free spins. Four blue cars – ten free spins. Five blue cars – twenty free spins. Any wins during this round will be multiplied by 3x and the feature can be re-triggered by landing more blue cars.
The biggest win from regular play is a huge 8888 coins for lining up 5 of the red cars on one of the 50 pay lines. There are 888 coins for 4 on a line, 88 for 3 and (you guessed it!) 8 coins for just 2. All of the other symbols require a minimum of 3 from the left hand reel on a win-line to win.
This is the interactive bonus game and it’s triggered by landing three or more of the chequered flag symbols anywhere on the reels. You’ll see a short movie as the green car pulls into the pits and then you must follow the crew chiefs instructions as quickly as possible to perform the maintenance. For example when you see a picture of the jack, click on the mechanic with the jack and likewise with the other tools. You can see this unfold in the video above and it seems to be quite a lucrative mini-game. Speed is the key to the chequered flag game so get that mouse finger working quickly for a higher pay out.
Gold trophies are the biggest paying regular symbol, worth 1000 coins for 5. This is followed by the driver (750), female fan (300), male fan (200), helmet (150) and the power tool (100) the final symbols are the refuelling canister and the spare tire.
When you hit the green car this will expand and cover the entire reel – as long as wins are possible. This is the wild symbol and will make up wins with all of the other symbols. With 50 win lines in play, and the possibility to get wilds on reels 1, 3 and 5 at the same time, you will often find yourself with multiple pay outs from the same spin. There are two more symbols on the reels, both of which are tied in with the bonus game. The blue cars trigger the free spins, and the chequered flags the break out pit stop bonus.
The number of free spins you get depends on how many blue cars hit on the triggering spin. 3 cars get you 5 spins, 4 cars get you 10 spins and 5 cars get you 20 free spins. The game play does not change from the main game for this bonus, though the 3x multiplier for all wins is very welcome. 3+ chequered flags trigger the pit stop game. You will get an intro video of the race, which switches to the driver’s perspective. Next you see a pit crew arranged around a green car. You will see each member highlighted in the top right of the screen (well, their tool is shown). Here you click on the right member, who moves their tool a little in response and gives you a cash prize. When you complete all 5, the car leaves and your bonus is totalled. So get racing today!