Narcos is based on the Netflix series of the same title, which itself is based on the life and crimes of notorious drug lord Pablo Escobar. This makes Narcos the latest in a series of branded slots based on TV shows or movies.
And they’ve done a decent job of it. Visually, Narcos is a bit surprising. Whilst all the characters are recognisable, the slot looks more like a comic book than a live action TV show. But that’s quite alright in our book.
Whilst Escobar himself can be found on the reels, he serves as a scatter symbol and doesn’t have a coin value. Two DEA agent, a blonde woman and one of Escobar’s cronies stand in as the high-value symbols. They’re all worth between 250 and 300 coins for 5 of a kind.
The DEA badge, which is the wild, is also worth 300 coins for such a win. The flamingo and the airplane are worth 120 coins both for 5 on a payline. The playing card symbols are decorated with money, guns and other weaponry to fit the theme.
You can play this game from 0.20 to 400.00, making it suitable for all budgets.
During the base game, you’ll be looking out for wild symbols. When they become part of a winning combination, chances are that they light up and will become wandering wilds. They will then move along the reels from right to left until they fall off the reels. Mind you, you don’t get re-spins here, but the feature can still be worthwhile.
The drive-by feature will keep things interesting as well. Apart from the fact that it is visually quite interesting, the bullets fired from the car will hit random symbols on the reels and turn some of them wild, creating potential for extra wins.
Finally, get three Pablo’s on the same row in the base game and he will get locked up. The symbols will then become sticky on the reels and during three free re-spins, only Pablo symbols will spin on the reels, hopefully becoming sticky as well. Each Pablo comes with a random coin win and if you manage to add another Pablo to the reels, you continue to get 3 free re-spins.
It’s also possible to get a golden case, a bigger coin price and multiplier is possible as well.
Three car scatters on reels 1, 3 and 5 activate the free spins. The scene changes now and you’ll be caught in the crossfire of cops against drug dealers. They will shoot at each other after every spin and hit the symbols on the reels. Some of them may turn wild and some of those wilds might turn sticky and wander off the reels.
You’ll get 10 free spins to start with, but once you’ve played all 10 spins and there are still walking wilds on the reels, you will get an additional spin. As long as at least 1 walking wild remains on the reels, you will keep getting free spins. And since the shootout continues, more wilds are often added at this point anyway. You can easily play 15 to 20 free spins or even more.
The theoretical RTP (Return to Player) of Narcos is 96.23%, which is a good value. The volatility of this slot varies from medium to high. Sometimes wins are more frequent than other times and bigger wins tend to be rare but possible.
Narcos can be quite fun and there tends to be a lot of action to keep you entertained. The individual features aren’t exactly innovative, but they work quite well here. It’s a bit of a shame though, that we don’t get free re-spins when the wilds are wandering along the reels.
Indeed, the game doesn’t feel very rewarding most of the time. Wins are never as big as one might hope for, even with the potential for lots of extra wilds. Still, for a while it can be good fun and then theme is quite well done.
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