Narcos Slot Machine
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NetEnt’s new release Narcos was a long-awaited one, mainly because it is based on the extremely popular American crime series that tell the story of Pablo Escobar, a legendary druglord from Medellin. NetEnt has adapted the drug-fuelled drama into a 5-reel, 243 ways to win slot that is as exciting as the crime series.
The DEA Badge is the Wild in the slot, which gives you a 15x the stake payout for a 5-of-a-kind combo, substitutes for all symbols except for the Scatter and the other special bonus symbols and participates in the winning combos that trigger the Walking Wild feature. This is the feature where the Wild sticks on the reels and moves one position left horizontally on each spin until no winning Wild symbols appear in a combination.
During the main game, at random, the Drive-By feature can get triggered. This is when a getaway car passes and a criminal starts shooting bullets onto the reels which transform all high-value symbols into Wilds.
Whenever you see 3 or more Locked Up symbols appear on the same row, you trigger the mini bonus-game Locked Up. The Locked Up symbols are those with Escobar’s picture on them. This is when a new set of reels appear where win-streak clusters will give you payouts.
You get 3 Free Spins with only Golden Briefcase and Locked Up symbols appearing on the reels. When you connect 3 or more symbols make a winning cluster, and an Escobar symbol joins that cluster, a win value of 1 to 10x the stake is given to you. If to the winning cluster a Golden Briefcase connects, you get a Multiplier which multiplies all coin values by 2x or 3x, an Upgrade Symbol, which upgrade symbols by 1x the stake, or a Big Starting Value which gives the Golden Briefcase an improved starting value.
Now, for each symbol that connects to the winning cluster, your Free Spins reset to 3. When no more symbols are added to the winning cluster, the feature ends, but with the feature, you can win up to 271x the stake.
The grand finale of the slot is the Free Spins feature. You trigger it the normal way, by landing a Scatter on the 1st, 3rd and 5th reel. You get 10 Free Spins during which the Drive-By feature will be active, as well as the Walking Wilds. It is during this feature that you can get to the maximum payout potential of 1,506x the stake!
Theme & Design
If you are a video gamer, you will instantly notice the similarity in graphics between GTA and Narcos. The pastel colours dominate, giving the game a modern feel. You are taken to the crime-filled Medellin streets that at first glance, look really peaceful. For the lowest-paying symbols, you will see the playing-card Royals with machine guns, piles of cash, handguns and grenades around them, as well as Cessna’s and Flamingos. The familiar characters from the crime series Javier Peña and Steve Murphy will be the highest-paying symbols, giving you the same payout as the Wild for a 5-of-a-kind combo. Connie Murphy and José Rodríguez Gacha will also be present on the reels, as well as the DEA agent’s Badge.
Wagering & Paylines
Narcos offers 243 ways to win, where the betting will start at $0.20 but will go up to $400.00 per spin. NetEnt casinos has offered the average RTP for the game, of 96.23%.
As mentioned, the Wild and the DEA agents will give you 15x the stake for the highest combo, meaning $6,000.00 for the max bet. The Locked Up feature can give you anything from 10x to 271x the stake, meaning from $4,000.00 to $108,400.00. Even though the latter may seem appealing, wait until you see how much the maximum payout is. The payout potential is capped at 1,506x the stake, meaning that for a $400.00 max bet, you can win up to $602,400.00! This is a significant payout, but you can get it only if you manage to trigger the Free Spins.
With no doubt, NetEnt has used excellent visuals to implement the jaw-dropping cut-scenes and create an overall top-quality production. We were amazed by the attention to detail with which NetEnt presented Narcos, as there were so many similarities with the actual crime series and even real cut-scenes. But we were blown away with the payout potential, definitely. Capped at 1,506x the stake, this winning potential is everything you could ask for. Sure, it is fairly hard to trigger the Free Spins, but when you trigger them, you should know that you’re one step closer to win it. In all, Narcos is a game you need to try because it offers more than you would hope to see and win.