Narcos - FanDuel Casino Review

Olufifun Adeleke
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Another popular Netflix TV series has been reimagined on the reels, this time offering 243 ways to win for the gaming pleasure of the avid slot player. "Narcos" is a branded slot powered by NetEnt. It presents a cast of the original characters alongside fantastic features, including a walking wilds feature, a locked up feature, drive-by shootings for wilds, and loads of bonus spins. Launched in 2019, it is available for mobile play and offers a max jackpot of 1,506x your wager.

How To Play Narcos Slot

Narcos slot has medium to high variance, so you can expect to receive some very hefty wins on a lucky spin. The game is set on 5 reels and 3 rows with coin sizes ranging from 0.01 to 2. The mode of play is rather straightforward. You need three or more matching symbols dropping on adjacent reels to get a payout.

Narcos Visuals And Sounds

The streets of Colombia are at unrest as DEA agents are in a frantic chase for the drug lord, Pablo Escobar, and his notorious gang. Based on an American Crime Drama theme, Narcos is not as dark and gloomy as you would expect. The developer has chosen to take a livelier approach with an almost comic book feel and tons of bright pastel colors. The slot is quite easy on the eyes, but still provides a bit of grit and action assisted by a befitting soundtrack. The music is mostly upbeat South American tunes that perfectly tie the theme together.

Symbols include card values, A, K, Q and J, airplanes, flamingos, a blonde damsel, two DEA agents, a member of the drug lord's gang, and Escobar himself. The sharp graphics are incredibly captivating, and the symbols display several animations when they are part of a winning combo.

The overall design stays true to the theme, paying attention even to the smallest details. Lower paying card values have guns, grenades, cash, and rifles drawn on them. The higher paying symbols are the human characters, and the DEA agents pay out the most at 1, 4, and 15x your stake for landing 3,4, or 5 of the same symbol on the reels. The car is the scatter symbol, and the DEA badge is the wild symbol. The wild substitutes for all other symbols besides the scatter and pays just as much as the DEA agents.

Special Features

The bonus features hold the bulk of the excitement in this slot, and there are not one, not two, but four special in-game features.

Drive-By Feature

During the base game, a getaway car randomly arrives from behind the reels, and a gangster begins shooting from inside the car. As the bullets fly across the screen, they land on some of the symbols. Whenever a high-value symbol is hit, it transforms into a wild, and multiple wilds on the reels make for pretty big cumulative payouts.

Walking Wild Feature

This feature triggers when the wild symbol (DEA Badge) is in a winning combination. The wild maintains its position while the reels spin and shifts one spot to the left with every spin where it participates in an active payline. It continues until the wild symbol falls off the reels or no longer forms part of a winning combo.

Locked Up Feature

The drug lord is the main character in this mini bonus game. When three or more Escobar symbols appear on the same row, it triggers the locked up feature. The locked up symbols move together and pay out between one and 10 times your bet. The feature also awards three free spins where the only symbols that appear on the reels are Escobar and a Golden briefcase symbol. This leads to cluster winnings when matching symbols connect.

You get up to 10x your stake if Escobar symbols connect, and when the Golden briefcase symbols connect, you get one of three things:

  • x2 or x3 multipliers for all the values in the cluster
  • An upgrade "o" symbol values to 1x your stake
  • A big starting value that is added to the Golden briefcase symbol

When a new symbol joins the existing cluster, it resets the free spins back to three, allowing you to win up to 271 times your bet. The game returns to the base setting when there are no new additions to the cluster.

Free Spin Feature

The free spins feature activates when three scatter car symbols land on reels 1, 3, and 5. You get a total of 10 free spins, and on each one of those free spins, one or more premium symbols can randomly turn into wilds for increased payouts. During free spins, the drive-by and walking wild features help boost your winnings. Also, any walking wilds present on the screen at the end of the free spins will add an extra one to the count, until the walking wilds disappear.

Conclusion

The game ticks the right boxes for what a video slot should offer – thrilling gameplay and good payouts. The winning potential may not be the biggest we've seen, but it's 96.23% RTP is decent considering the game's setup. The visuals aren't spot on with expectations from the game inspiration, but we were delightfully surprised. The graphics and special features are super impressive and definitely pack a punch for excitement and entertainment.  All in all, Narcos is a NetEnt release certainly worth taking for a spin.


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