New Game of the Week: Narcos
The television show Narcos was a hit in every viewing market. The same can be said of NetEnt’s newest branded slot game Narcos, with all the action captured in this entertaining online slot from NetEnt.
TV Show Background
Narcos took the TV audience into the underworld of drugs and drug lords from the viewpoint of the government agents who tried to take them down. Set in the 1980s, the show presented a raw and honest look at the US agents and Columbian government officials who went after the notorious drug lord Pablo Escobar.
NetEnt secured the rights to the title based on the TV show. NetEnt has subsequently captured the dark world of the Medellin Cartel and El Patron in its newest branded slot game.
Set in the 1980s amidst the drug war, this 3×5 video slot offers 243 bet ways. The features – Drive-By and Locked Up – are unique to Narcos, and Walking Wilds takes the game to another level. Players will be intrigued by the kinds of action never seen before in a video slot.
And it is all set in the drug wars of Columbia. It’s hard to resist going in to take a look.
The intro to Narcos shows the faces of the drug battle, all incorporated into the game. The music mixes a bit of the Wild West with Columbian melodies, the latter being the predominant backdrop during base game play.
The game is as real as it gets on a video slot. Behind the reels, players will spot a drive-by shooting, complete with bullets flying across the screen and symbols erupting into fiery flames. Helicopters fly over the city. Dust blows across the streets.
Meanwhile, the spin button is the center of a barrel of a gun filled with bullets, and it spins as does a gun barrel. Bullet holes randomly mark the screen.
Symbols include the faces of the Narcos world, as well as flamingos, single-engine planes, A with a pistol, K with piles of money, Q with an automatic rifle, and J with grenades.
This chart illustrates the payouts for five symbols in a line:
- Agent with walkie-talkie or agent with handgun: 300
- Woman or drug lord pointing gun at player: 250
- Flamingo or airplane: 120
- A or K: 60
- Q or J: 40
– Other Features
Free spin symbols show the car…before it explodes. And the wild is the Department of Justice special agent badge, which substitutes for anything except scatters and Locked Up symbols. If the badge is on fire, it is a Walking Wild, which rolls one column to the left for each subsequent spin.
The prison yard is the backdrop for the Locked Up feature, complete with the sounds of chains and padlocks. Free spin symbols that result in free spins show themselves in car explosions before the bonus round begins. And the gun battles play out on the sides of the reels as players spin for cash.
Players may subsequently choose their level of play, starting with a bet of 20 for Level 1 and going up to a 200-coin bet for Level 10. Coin values begin at $0.01 and can be increased to $0.02, $0.05, $0.10, $0.20, $0.50, $1.00, and $2.00.
How to Play Narcos
Spinning the reels brings hope of running into any number of special features. The Drive-By feature also transforms higher-valued symbols into wilds or even higher values.
Locked-Up is triggered by hitting at least three of the convict symbols (holding “Catch Me” signs) in a row. Those symbols then move together and are assigned a value of 1x to 10x. During the feature, Locked Up symbols and Golden Locked Up symbols connect to form payout clusters, at which time a golden suitcase unlocks a new multiplier, a symbol upgrade, or a higher value for golden symbols.
Players also look for the Free Spins car symbol. When it appears on the first, third, and fifth reels, the cars explode before activating 10 free spins.
All wins are then shown by lighting the paylines on fire. The sound effects that go along with the action let players know that action is happening.
And big wins are paid out as dollar bills and cigars fall across the screen.
Where to Play Narcos
Narcos is a high-action video slot with many sights and sounds of violence. The entertainment value is high, as there are rarely any dull moments without some kind of action.