The Spin Lab is new to Stakers – and it looks different from other games, particularly in how the free spins rounds work. This peaked our curiosity – and we figure you are curious, too. So we booted up the game, put it in free mode, and tried it out for a couple of hours.
We did this so we can give you a fair and impartial review of the game. That way you know if it's right for you or not. Obviously, we don't want you wasting your credits on a game that is not right for you!
For the purpose of this test, we were betting 1.2 credits per spin. Here's what we found out.
Now, when we first started the game, it seemed normal. There are five reels and three rows. The symbols are all science-based with atoms and molecules and such. And the win rate was pretty high. One thing we noticed right away is that you only need two scatters on the screen to make a win. That's a nice touch.
Then, about 15 spins in, we got three scatters – and our world changed.
You are taken into the spin lab and offered free spins. But before you take those spins, you have to make three choices.
The first choice is between these three beneficial effects.
Symbols the Same – All cube, atom and DNA icons become molecules
Stacked Symbols – Molecules are stacked
Symbol Prizes – Every molecule wins a prize
The second choice is between these three beneficial effects.
Wilds Stacked – Stacked wild
Extra Wilds – More wilds on the board
Wild Multiplier – Wilds wins pay up to 10 times their normal value
The third choice is between these three beneficial effects.
All Wins Multiplier – All wins pay out at twice their normal value
Pays Both Ways – Pays off left to right as well as right to left
Extra Five Free Games – Five additional free spins are added
The first time we got it, we chose Symbols the Same, Extra Wilds and Extra Five Free Games. During that play, we ended up winning at total of 39.30 credits.
The second time we got to choose we selected Symbol Prizes, Extra Wilds and Pays Both Way. During that play we ended up winning 27.50.
Obviously, for repeated plays, we went back to our original formula, as we decided that was the best way to chase a win. Now, that doesn't mean that way is for everyone. You can mix and match and come up with your own winning strategy. With three choices among three levels, there is a lot of room for experimentation – and you alone can decide what will put you in the winner's seat.
Overall, we found this to be a mid-variance game. We didn't go very low before we caught a win, and we didn't go very high, either. Instead, we had a good couple hours and ended up leaving 11.70 up. Not a bad time at all!
Of course, some people prefer lower or higher variance games. But if you like to stick to the middle, this is definitely a game you should consider.
What we didn't like was the absence of a lot of variety in the icons in the main game. There could have been two or three more icons, and that would have added a lot to the mix.
At the end of the day, we give The Spin Lab 4.5 out of five stars. It's a fun game, and trying to decide your strategy for the free spin mode is a unique and fun challenge.