How to Play
Visually, NetEnt will always impresses with their NZ online pokies, and this one is certainly no different. This branded pokie is based on the TV series that chronicles the rose of the cocaine trade in Colombia. The game features all the characters you know from the film and the symbols include cash, grenades, rifles, A, K, Q, and J card values. The high-value symbols include one of Pablo’s gang, a blonde lad and two DEA agents. The blonde and the two DEA agents will reward you with 1x, 4x, or 15x your wager for 3, 4, or 5 on adjacent reels.
The features of the pokie include:
- Reels: 5
- Paylines: 243 ways
- Min Bet: 0.20
- Max Bet: 400
- Wilds: Yes
- Scatters: No
- Free Spins: Yes
- Progressive Jackpot: No
The DEA badge is the game’s wild feature and has the same value as the agents. The wild does the usual work of substituting for all the standard symbols apart from the scatter and any other special symbols. When part of a winning combo, the wild activates the walking wild feature. You might have seen similar features before where the wild stays on the reels and moves horizontally one position to the left with each spin. This will continue until there are no wilds left.
During the base game, the drive-by feature is randomly activated on any spin. When triggered, a sequence is played where a ruffian releases a mass of bullets from an escaping car onto the reels. This sees the premium symbols randomly changing into wilds.
Locked Up Feature
The Locked Up feature is triggered by landing three Locked Up symbols. This is the symbol that represents Pablo Escobar. You will be taken to a new playing field with only the Golden Locked Up symbols and Locked Up symbols on the reels. When in the new screen, the Locked Up symbols that have landed in the main game move together giving a cash prize of 1 to 10x the wager. You will receive the bet 11 to 26 times when the Golden Locked Up symbol appears. If this is part of the winning combinations, one of the following will be applied:
- Multiplier: The values of the symbols are increased up to 3 times
- Starting Value Higher: the starting value of the Golden Locked Up Symbols increases
- Upgrade: the symbol values are increased by 1-15x the wager.
The Free Spins feature is activated by landing three scatters. This rewards you with 10 free spins and with each spin; one or higher symbols are transformed into wilds. You can also get to enjoy the walking wilds during the free spins feature. When there are no more free spins but there are walking wilds remaining, you will be awarded extra free spins until all the walking wilds disappear.
Graphics and Sound
The game is set in a typical Colombian town of the late 1980s with the city centre being visible in a distance. The frameless game window is filled with characters from the film. NetEnt went to great length to incorporate an authentic storyline from the movie. Some of the highlights include the nightclub shout-out, the random drive-by shooters and the revolver barrel. A fascinating salsa soundtrack will have you swaying through your gaming session, although it will be dramatically interjected when the features hit.
Narcos doesn’t offer players with any type of progressive jackpot. However, you can still win some decent payouts. Considering that it is a medium variance game, you should however not expect huge payouts. The max you can win is 1506x your wager during the free spins feature which amounts to $602, 400 if you place a max bet of $400.
The Free Spins in Narcos pass to be the game’s special feature. The feature is played by landing three scatter on reels 1, 3 and 5 on one spin. You will start with ten free spins, where you get to benefit from the Drive-by feature that is in play on every free spin. This also means that there is a potential for the Walking Wilds feature coming to play. The free spins feature is hard to trigger but if successful, it can be quite rewarding. The feature awards you with up to 1506x your bet.