Playtech’s Buckle Up slot is a somewhat unusual slot game. The car racing game theme comes with fairly basic symbols. This includes the racing car driver, a woman drinking champagne, a helmet, champagne, and checkered flags. There is a scatter trophy symbol, and a wheel wild symbol along with stacked wilds of the racing car driver or the woman. The game is reminiscent of older console games. You see the moving road behind the reels at all times.
The game plays on three reels with four rows and 26 pay lines. There is an additional reel, the Booster Reel, that spins when you hit a winning combination. This reel then awards you with extra wilds, level ups, extra symbols, and multipliers. In addition to this, the Booster Reel can trigger various combinations of these offers. Place your bets from as little as 0.25 per spin up to a maximum of 75.00 per spin. Choose the Turbo mode if you wish to increase the speed of gameplay. Turbo turns off some of the sounds and winning animations, saving you time. There is also an auto play option available.
The bigger wins in the Buckle Up slot game pay out when you hit combinations with wilds. There are also bigger payouts when the Booster Reel triggers better wins. Other big payouts come with the scatter circuit payouts. The top circuit payout is the Night Circuit at 160x your bet. The theoretical RTP (return to player) is between 95.76%and 95.80%.
When you see three scatter trophy symbols, you get a cash prize. After paying out your cash prize, you continue on the reels to the next race. Three scatters with one each on reels 1, 2, and 3 triggers a screen with Circuit Complete. There are four circuits in the game, the Daytime Circuit, the Jungle Circuit, the Beach Circuit and the Night Circuit. The circuits unlock in order, and each time a new circuit unlocks, there is a larger completion payout than the previous circuit. The line payouts and game play remain unchanged.
The wild symbol is a wheel. It substitutes for all symbols other than the scatter and helps make the best winning combination when possible. When wilds are the only symbols forming a winning combination, they pay out at the highest symbol value. Wilds do not have their own value.
When the wheel symbol lands on the reels, it expands as a stacked wild to fill the reel. When the booster reel shows a W symbol, it adds a stacked wild to the first feel of the game.
The booster reel sits to the right of the main reels. When there is a line win on the main reels, it triggers a special booster spin on the booster reel. There are four booster symbols. When one of these symbols lands between the arrows on the booster reel, it triggers the corresponding special feature. The booster symbols are the Extra Wild Booster, the Level Up Booster, the Extra Symbols Booster, and the Multiplier Booster.
The Booster Symbols:
It is possible to trigger booster symbols in various combinations. Combinations found are L and M, S and L, S and M, W and M, and finally S and L and M. The Booster Combinations trigger in the order seen here.
You can play Buckle Up on the go without using a special app. The game uses HTML5 technology and plays in a browser. Simply log in to your Playtech casino account, select the Buckle Up slot in the casino’s games lobby, and spin the reels. The slot is compatible with a number of smartphone and tablet devices.
We think Buckle Up is well worth playing. Although the RTP is not as high as we would like, it is refreshing to play a slot using more unusual reels. We like the racing theme, but you will probably want to turn the sound off after some time. We miss free pins and the gamble feature. However, we do find that the expanding stacked wilds and the Booster Reel bonus symbols keep us entertained. It would be even better if the Booster Reel symbols landed between the arrows more often. The scatter payout when you move to a new circuit is another way to get bigger payouts.