Narcos Mexico slot REVIEW
Narcos Mexico ReviewNetEnt’s original branded effort, simply called Narcos, was a highly anticipated release. Unfortunately, the action-packed and visually superb installment was shamed by an unimpressive potential that let many players down. Sister studio, Red Tiger, who’s known for similar math model disappointments, clearly learned their lesson this time, as Narcos Mexico comes with a very solid 10,486x max win.
The audiovisuals are definitely engaging in this follow-up as well, but this time you’ve risen above the street-level violence to sit at the same table as the 4 cartel leaders. You get a couple of decent modifiers to keep you warm in the base game, while waiting to trigger the innovative and entertaining Cartel Spins round. Each cartel leader’s territory expands via sticky cash symbols, and a full-on cartel war breaks out if one leader infringes on another's turf.
Narcos Mexico Slot - Reels Screen
Narcos Mexico Slot Features
The 4 cartel leaders are the premium symbols, and they pay between 2 and 5 x your stake for 5 of a kind wins. Wild symbols can land on reels 2 to 4 only, and they step in for regular pay symbols to help complete winning combinations. The wilds hold no value of their own, however.
The Supply Drop feature triggers randomly, and you’ll then see a cargo plane fly above the grid and drop wilds onto random reel positions on reels 2, 3 and 4. The other base game feature is the Double Cash modifier, and this one comes into play at random times after a win to double the payout.
Any win of 100x your stake, or more, may be exchanged for the Cartel Spins feature. You pocket the remaining amount above 100x, and the Win Exchange feature also comes with a gamble option for wins between 30x and 99x. You can thus gamble to win the Cartel Spins bonus round, but you then risk losing your win altogether.
You need 3 cartel spins scatters to land on reels 1, 3 and 5 to trigger the Cartel Spins Bonus Round organically, and it plays out on a 10x10 sized grid. The 2x2 sized cartel leaders occupy each corner of the grid, and you start with 3 spins in your tally.
Only blanks, cash mystery/territory symbols and 2 other modifier symbols land during the feature, and the spin tally resets to 3 when you land a non-blank symbol adjacent to a leader and/or his ever-expanding territory. Here’s an overview of the symbols:
Mystery Territory Cash Symbol - is a ‘?’ symbol that reveals a random bet multiplier cash prize. This only happens if it lands adjacent to a cartel leader and/or his already existing sticky territory cash symbols.
Phone Symbol - applies an x2 multiplier to all cash symbols in a territory, but only if it lands adjacent to a territory.
Plane Symbol - boosts the bet multiplier values by adding 1 to 5 extra points to each territory cash symbol if it lands adjacent to a territory.
As you may understand from the above, each cartel territory is expanding as you land more and more adjacent sticky cash/territory symbols. When territory symbols from 2 (or more) different cartels land adjacent to each other, the Cartel War feature is activated.
The cartel leader with the biggest territory wins the battle, which means he takes over the turf, and the winner is determined randomly if the respective territory sizes are equal to each other. This benefits you if you land one of the modifier symbols adjacent to the now larger territory.
The 200 Spins Narcos Mexico Slot Experience
You get to see the Supply Drop wild feature in action early on in our 6:18-minute highlights video, and we grinded along in the base game for a good while before the Cartel Spins bonus round finally triggers. This happens at 3:27 into the video, and you can see how it all played out for yourself by hitting the play button below.
We really like what Red Tiger has done with this follow-up, although the menacing vibe is a tad less tangible now that you’ve risen above the street thug level. The cargo plane flyover adds depth to the excellent visual presentation though, and the dropped wilds can award solid top-up wins together with the equally random x2 win boost. This is enough to keep you going in the base game, but the big highlight is undoubtedly the Cartel Spins round.
The expanding territory and ‘cartel war’ concept is very clever indeed, but we wouldn’t have minded semi-sticky modifier symbols that lingered for a while on non-adjacent positions. The feature is highly enjoyable and tense when things escalate however, and the 10,486x potential is far better than what’s on offer in the NetEnt original. Overall, this is a very solid sequel, and it demonstrates that innovation is still very possible within the hold-and-win concept.
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Narcos Mexico Slot FAQs
What is the RTP of Narcos Mexico?
The top-tier Narcos Mexico RTP of 95.7 % is a tad below average, and this release also comes with adjustable RTP ranges.
How volatile is Narcos Mexico?
Narcos Mexico is a medium to high volatility follow-up release from Red Tiger, and you should definitely expect a bumpy ride.
What is the biggest win possible?
You can win up to 10,486x your stake in Narcos Mexico, which is almost 7x more than what’s on offer in NetEnt’s original branded effort.
How does the Win Exchange feature work?
Wins between 30x and 99x can be exchanged for a gamble that may land you the Cartel Spins bonus round. Wins of 100x, or above, can be exchanged for the bonus round directly.
Is there a free spins mode in Narcos Mexico?
Yes, it’s a hold-and-win style Cartel Spins feature that plays out on a 10x10 grid, and each corner comes with a sticky 2x2 cartel leader symbol. Land cash symbols adjacent to expand each leader's territory, and engage in cartel wars with phone and plane modifier symbols to boot.
Can I play Narcos Mexico Slot for free?
Yes, you can test the free Narcos Mexico demo game at the very top of this page (UK players must verify age first).