Nitro Madness slot review

By Tom Horn Gaming

Nitro Madness Slot

Nitro Madness Basic info

Game provider Tom Horn Gaming

Release Date 1/2013

RTP 97.00%

Game Technology HTML5

Popularity Low

Min bet $0.02

Max bet $100

Max Win bet x 10000

Gamble Feature RTP, Bonus game or special game, Bonus symbols, Wilds, Scatter symbols

Layout 5x3

Devices Desktop, Mobile

Configurable Winlines No

Volatility Low

Progressive Jackpot No

If someone wants to go street racing but can’t muster the audacity to zip down the main drag at face-melting speed, then playing with toy cars may be the safest way to stardom. Maybe the designers at Tom Horn Gaming wanted to make an online slot about street racing, but the end result has come out as the dream playground of a five-year-old boy.

I was five and played with toy cars about a century ago but the game got the best of my curiosity nevertheless so I gave it a try. Reading the facts and figures about Nitro Madness helped in making the decision because of the maximum payout potential of 5,000x your bet and because the theoretical return to player is a wholesome 97%.

As I expected, I didn’t find the game particularly engaging. I’d say it was quite on the contrary. Even though I liked some of Tom Horn’s slots that have a similar quality in graphics, Nitro Madness underwhelms with its gameplay altogether. The game comes with two extra features but I only found one of these to be appealing and therefore worthy of a reason for giving the game a chance.

Theme and Graphics

I was confused about whether Nitro Madness is indeed about car racing or if it is about toy race cars. The record is set straight by a single symbol on the paytable – the scatter, which shows a 2D rendition of a Race Girl in skimpy “clothes”. Nevertheless, it was impossible to shake off the impression that the graphic design simply lacks quality and animation.

The only detail that can hold up a higher standard is the sound design. I have to hand it to Tom Horn, it has outdone itself in this regard because most of the previous releases had a substandard choice of sounds and/or musical theme. But the only way to enjoy the layered electronic beat and melody is by first turning off the game sounds from the Menu because spinning the reels also comes with an abrasive sound that drowns-out the audio track.

I guess Tom Horn’s logic was this is a slot game about racing and when you turn on the nitro you wouldn’t be able to hear a thing anyway. But that, of course, couldn’t have been the case.

Extra Features

The extra features are really the only good reason why anyone should play this game. I’ll get to the part about the paytable, but I’ll just give you guys a heads-up way ahead, it underwhelms just like the graphics.

  • So, the extra features start with the wild symbol which can pay for two of a kind on a payline. It’s a minuscule reward but it’s good when it rings up anyway. Getting three wild symbols pays 100x your payline bet, which is a lot better, but getting four and five of these symbols can give you a reason to celebrate because the prizes are 1,000x and 10,000x your payline bet respectively.
  • The game’s datasheet says that you can win up to 5,000x your bet from a single bet and this is a theoretical projection where, considering the paytable, the strongest win for the wild symbol must crop up from the same turn together with the three NOx canister symbols.

    Three, four and five NOx symbols trigger the bonus feature, but sadly, Nitro Madness doesn’t succeed in setting the octane molecules on fire here either. This is just a poorly-made pick-me game where you first get to choose one of four characters and on the second screen, you get to choose one of the baseball hats in order to reveal the prize.

  • And just when you think that the Race Girl can invite you to a Free Spins race, you realize you’ve thought wrong because three, four or five scatter symbols can only align on a payline in order to pay a cash prize of 5x, 25x and 100x your total bet. Not too bad, but it comes with zero excitement.

Bets and Payouts

The funny thing about Nitro Madness is that despite the weak bonus feature and lack of free spins, the game has the smallest bet size of 2p per payline which extrapolates to 40p for the minimum bet. I don’t find this to be the most friendly bet size for players who just want to try the game.

As for the potential payouts, as I said, the paytable structure doesn’t offer a decent payout potential because the most valuable symbol, aside from the wild, can pay 25x your bet. Besides the cop car, the black, yellow and pink roadsters can pay 5x, 7.5x and 10x your total bet for five of a kind on a payline. All other symbol combinations for the high-paying symbols can pay between 0.1x and 5x.


There are car-racing slots that are far better than the game at hand, like the Macau Racing slot by Red Tiger Gaming with its sticky and expanding car symbols. But if I am looking for some kind of advantage in the Nitro Madness slot, it’s the payout consistency.

The game’s low variance and high RTP has reflected well in my experience. The payouts were just slightly lower or higher than the bet, but there were many medium-sized wins which had occurred with the regular appearance of the wild symbol.

Overall, it’s a decent game for the reasons above, but it is painstakingly uneventful and lacking the thrill that you’d normally get from a bonus feature.

Leticia Miranda

Leticia Miranda

Slot Games Analyst

Leticia Miranda is a former gambling reporter who knows everything about slot games and is happy to share her knowledge. She has covered a broad swath of topics and trends on gambling and is always full of new ideas and energy. Leticia also has a master’s degree in journalism from New York University and is passionate about writing.