Now I’ve been on more secret missions than most people have had cups of Earl Grey tea. So, when the chance came up to take down a bunch of ne’er-do-wells in NetEnt’s Narcos slot, I was in! If I can cope with the murderous Michael on the Halloween slot, I reckon I can cope with a few drug runners.
Let’s head off to the steamy streets of Medellin, Columbia’s bustling city, shall we? It’s time to put your tropical suits on! I’ve just been in Mexico on the Colossal Pinatas Spinata Grande slot, so it wasn’t far.
Fans of real life thrillers on the smaller screen will know that Narcos is based on the global TV smash of the same name. The show follows the thrills and spills of the real life story of drug czar, Pablo Escobar.
Apart from the slick graphics and sound effects which will whisk you to the vibrant streets of Medellin, this highly-charged slot offers Walking Wilds, free spins, a Drive-by feature and Locked up reels! And then there’s that 243 ways to win mechanic.
Well it’s pretty slick isn’t it? Video gamers will be impressed when they cast their eyes upon this game. This is no one-armed bandit down the pub. It’s a big step up from more traditional games like the Cleo’s Wish slot – mind you, that’s got a certain charm about it.
Those of you who’ve had the treat of watching the TV show should recognise the cast of characters on the reels. Set against a deserted street, with the city the background, the game looks the business. There’s no spin button in this game. To set the reels in motion, you spin the bullet-loaded chamber of a gun- I did warn you that this game is for tough guys and gals, wall flowers should look away now.
The hard action on this slot takes place over 3 rows, 5 reels and 243 ways to win.
The two lead crime fighting characters, Steve Murphy and Javier Peña, are the most valuable reel icons: each one offers you a 15 x your wager windfall for landing 5 on an active pay-line. The next two characters are Steve’s wife and José, a crafty henchman. A small plane and a flamingo are the mid value icons.
The lower value icons are the Ace through 10 of the card deck each decorated with different weapons.
The familiar badge wielded by the DEA (Drug Enforcement Agency) investigators is the Wild, which substitutes for all icons except the Scatter and Locked Up symbols. The no nonsense face of Pablo Escobar himself is the Locked Up icon.
Free Spins are triggered by the icon bearing the very same words and featuring a car.
The ever-welcome Walking Wilds feature is triggered by landing a winning combination that features a Wild. For each of your spins, the Wild will travel one place to the left. This wandering icon will hopefully trigger more wins for you. The fun stops when the wins dry up.
This danger fest hits a fever pitch when at random in the base game a car firing bullets emerges. The bullets land on higher value icons on your reels, transforming them into Wilds. In this case, crime does pay!
If you manage to land a trio of matching icons on a single row, you trigger the Locked Up feature.
The cluster of 3 icons act as a single icon and are given a value of between x 1, or a hefty x10 your bet. You will come into 3 free spins, during which the reels only contain the Locked Up icon, Pablo and a golden suitcase stuffed with cash.
If you land a win using the golden suitcase, 1 of 3 possible side games will fire up.
– The Big Starting Value feature is basically a higher value attached to the suitcase which could mean more dosh for you.
– Symbol Upgrade increases the value of your icons by x1 your wager and will happen between 7 and 15 times.
– The Multiplier increases the cluster’s value by between x2 and x3.
The Free Spins game is triggered by landing 3 of the car icons on reels 1, 3 and 5. Try and rake in the cash over 10 free games as each spin transforms a high value icon into a win-making Wild.
The Narcos slot faithfully recreates the tension and feel of the hit show with a whole bunch of potentially profitable features. Try and make a killing on the Drive By or make sure you get Pablo Locked Down and take out the crime boss. This is a medium to high variance slot with a high-octane feel.
Score: 4.5 bananas