Posted in Game Reviews, New Games June 5, 2019
NetEnt Announces Narcos Slot Machine
NetEnt has surprised everyone with their latest announcement of a new game inspired by the popular TV show Narcos. The game is not only a tribute to the show but also a testament to the effort and investment required to obtain the necessary licenses for a game of this scale.
Narcos, a critically acclaimed TV show, had millions of viewers eagerly awaiting each episode. Despite only running for three seasons, all of which were highly enjoyable, the show left fans satisfied. Its success can be attributed, in part, to its basis on a true story.
If you haven’t watched Narcos, we highly recommend it. But let’s shift our focus to the game itself and see what NetEnt has created.
Considering the theme of the game, featuring one of the world’s most notorious criminals, Pablo Escobar, and the Cali Cartel in season 3, it is only fitting that the visuals are in line with the show’s tone. NetEnt has included iconic elements such as a Colombian city road backdrop and the main characters on the reels. The game may appear simple at first glance, but the attention to detail and the use of 3D animations and cinematic elements elevate the overall experience.
The Structure, Paylines, and Rules
NetEnt has opted for a familiar 5×3 grid layout, a design choice that appeals to slot enthusiasts who appreciate simplicity. However, that doesn’t mean the game lacks depth. NetEnt offers a wide range of slot games for players who prefer more intricate gameplay, but Narcos is intended to provide a well-crafted, story-driven experience. The game features 243 ways to win, offering numerous opportunities for players to form winning combinations.
When it comes to the rules, NetEnt has not provided specific details yet, so players are advised to refer to the standard set of rules found in the paytable.
Symbols and Features
The paytable includes picture card values from jacks to aces as the least valuable symbols. Other symbols in the game represent characters and elements from the TV show, such as cop cars, mafia cars, police badges, and guns.
The Drive-By Feature
NetEnt has introduced unique and visually appealing features in Narcos. The Drive-By feature, activated at random after a regular spin, showcases a group of gangsters shooting at the reels, turning high-value symbols into wilds. This significantly increases the chances of achieving winning combinations.
In addition to the Drive-By feature, the game includes Walking Wilds. These wild symbols not only last longer but also move across the reels. Once they land, any prizes are paid out, and the wilds shift one reel to the left before the next spin. This process continues until the wilds move off the screen.
Locked Up Feature
By landing three or more locked symbols in the same row, players activate the Locked Up bonus feature. This takes them to a new screen where they can win random coin prizes. If the golden locked symbol appears, it can increase the coin prize value or unlock additional bonus features.
No slot machine would be complete without Free spins, and Narcos delivers. Players can trigger 10 Free spins by landing three or more Free spins symbols. During the Free spins round, the gameplay shifts to a new background where players witness a shootout between the mafia members and the police. After each spin, the Drive-By feature is activated.
If you want to dive deeper into the gameplay and explore all the symbols and features, the game was released on May 23. You can play it for free or with real money.