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Drive slot review

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3.8 (1)

Game information

Game supplier:NetEnt

Release date:11/2016

RTP:96.7%

Volatility:Medium

Max. win:bet x 18000

Mobile version:Support all devices

Highlights

RTP

Bonus game or special game

Freespins

Wilds

Multiplier wilds

Themes

Adventure & action

Cars

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RTP (Return to player):
96.7%
Volatility:
Medium
Max. win:
bet x 18000

Bojoko score (compared to other slots on Bojoko)
55
NetEnt score (compared to other slots of supplier)
26
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Slot tester's review: Trystan Michielsen

Drive is the pulse-pounding slot by developer NetEnt that takes place in the future where different racers fight each other on the road, using multiplier Wilds and free spins to beat each other to the finish line.

This slick-looking slot came out in 2016, being developed and released by veteran NetEnt. There are a lot of things you can say about this production company but they always deliver slots that look amazing and often introduce different original features. With Drive: Multiplier Mayhem they take their foot off the gas when it comes to the features but they compensate by making sure the slot looks amazing.

The game puts players in the driver’s seat of a series of illegal street races, taking place sometime in the near future. While playing the game we’re treated to a grand view of a futuristic city skyline, while a slick racecar drives along with us in the bottom left corner.

The 5-reel, 3-row playing field hangs in the air, covered with 15 win lines and filled with different symbols. While the low-paying symbols are unfortunately just simple card letters, the high-paying symbols are represented with the 4 main characters as well as cards and animated Wilds. These Wilds also grant multipliers to any wins they’re a part of, which I’ll get into later.

I want to give a special mention to the sound as it fits the style of the game perfectly. We’re treated to a rhythmic, thumping techno song with a heavy beat. It’s excellent driving music on its own and thus also fits the setting. Special sound-effects, of course, include revving engines and various other racing sounds.

Symbols

Drive is a Medium Volatility game through a combination of features that appear quite often and a large collection of different symbols. The symbols all look sharp and detailed but the low-paying car letters simply lack creativity. They are made to fit the chrome, futuristic style of the game but also feel very out of place.

The characters that are used as high-paying symbols obviously fit the setting a lot better, and each of them is very easy to tell apart. They also impact the slot as you will have to race each of them in turn in order to get the biggest wins during the free spins mode.

I thought the game doesn’t go out of its way to introduce strange or new concepts, but focusing on developing those that are already popular and making sure these were implemented well. Getting a win across one of the win lines would have them light up quickly. If there was a big win, I was treated with the car in the corner boosting its speed to the point that lightning crackled out from under the hood.

The symbols are from highest to lowest:

  • Scatter: Scatter Symbols only appear on reels 2, 3 and 4. Get 3 Scatter Symbols to activate the Free Spins mode with 10 free spins.
  • Wild: Wilds appear during both the base game and the free spins mode. Wilds substitute all other symbols except the Scatter and Nitro symbols.
  • Nitro: Nitro symbols only appear during the free spins mode. Nitro symbols award extra free spins and can overlay with Wilds.
  • Jette: Max. 150x your bet with five-of-a-kind on a winning payline.
  • Car: Max. 90x your bet with five-of-a-kind on a winning payline.
  • Bruiser: Max. 90x your bet with five-of-a-kind on a winning payline. Hamaki: Max. 60x your bet with five-of-a-kind on a winning payline.
  • Twitch: Max. 60x your bet with five-of-a-kind on a winning payline.
  • Ace: Max. 30x your bet with five-of-a-kind on a winning payline.
  • King: Max. 30x your bet with five-of-a-kind on a winning payline.
  • Queen: Max. 30x your bet with five-of-a-kind on a winning payline.
  • Jack: Max. 30x your bet with five-of-a-kind on a winning payline.
  • 10: Max. 30x your bet with five-of-a-kind on a winning payline.

Features

The slot doesn’t make too much use of different features, but they appear often enough to feel like a part of the game. That said, the free spins mode didn’t activate very frequently but did have a big impact in terms of total win. Of course, this is not a guarantee.

The features you can find in Drive are:

  • Wilds: Wilds substitute all symbols in the game except the special symbols.
  • Multipliers: Wilds in Drive act as random multipliers, adding between a 2x and a 5x multiplier to any win they’re a part of.
  • Free Spins: Get 3 Scatter Symbols to activate the Free Spins mode with 10 Free Spins. Retriggering additional Free Spins is possible.

People who are familiar with video slots in any capacity will probably be familiar with these features already. The game doesn’t really do anything new with them, although the combination of Wilds with Multipliers is rare. I also thought that was the best part of the game.

Any time a Wild is part of a win, it will add a certain multiplier to that win. The multiplier can range between 2x to 5x the total coin win. Obviously, it’s possible that 1 Wild is part of multiple win lines or that there are multiple Wilds part of a win. In that case, I found the numbers to go up very fast.

The free spins mode is largely the same as the base game but it does have some special elements that make it more likely to get a big win. First off, you need to trigger it though which I found to be pretty hard to do. I wouldn’t say this mode was rare but during my time playing it didn’t trigger as often as I would have liked! Then again, it did pay off sufficiently to make up for the long waiting period.

Once the Free Spins mode activates, the game shifts into an illegal driving competition. The goal is to beat each of the 3 opponents in 4 separate stages before the free spins run out. Winning against an opponent will add free spins as well as adding another Multiplier Wild to every spin.

You start each Free Spins mode with 10 free spins against Twitch. If you beat him by gathering 3 Nitro symbols on the playing screen, you move on to Hamaki with an extra 4 free spins and 1 Multiplier Wild on every spin. Beat him and you move on to Bruiser, who you will face for both level 3 and 4. You will only receive an additional 3 and 2 free spins to do this, respectively.

I thought this was a fun way to handle the free spins mode as well as introducing better elements to the mode as time goes on. Getting to another level will make sure you are getting bigger rewards, which is ultimately the goal of the free spins mode.

During my time playing, I found this to easily be the time where I got the biggest wins, but even without it, I had some pretty big wins during the base game as well. Keep the nature of the slot in mind though, as another time I played I blew through my funds very quickly. The game does let you pick a bet between $0.15 and $75 per spin to mitigate the risk.

In Conclusion

Drive is a slot that still keeps up with some of the newest slots in terms of design and sound. The game looks great even though there aren’t quite as many animations as some other slots, but it uses what it has to create the idea of movement nonetheless. The soundtrack is thumping and I actually enjoyed just listening to it even when I wasn’t paying attention to the slot itself.

The features are rather simple but feel like the appropriate amount for a slot like this. It changes up the core gameplay enough to keep things interesting but isn’t so extravagant that it will turn away all but the most hardcore modern players. This is a nice middle ground that a lot of NetEnt slots find themselves in.

A final thing to mention is the sizeable max. win of 18,000x your bet! Don’t count on it dropping very often but the fact that it is a possibility definitely kept me playing a little longer than I had to. Just keep an eye on your funds while you play, as I found quite some time between big wins.

Overall rating:

3.8

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  • Features

    Wins and bets

    RTP (Return to Player):96.7%

    Volatility:Medium

    Max. win:bet x 18000

    Min. bet:C$0.15

    Max. bet:C$75

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    Reels & playlines

    Reels:5

    Rows:3

    Non-standard layout:

    Max. lines:15

    Min. lines:15

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    Languages

    You can play Drive in English, Finnish, Swedish, German and 20 other languages.

    All supported languages:
    English, Finnish, Swedish, German, French, Spanish, Italian, Russian, Bulgarian, Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, Estonian, Greek, Hungarian, Polish, Norwegian, Portuguese, Romanian, Slovak, Turkish, Chinese

    Currencies

    Drive supports GBP, EUR, SEK, NOK and 33 other currencies.

    All supported currencies:
    GBP (£), EUR (€), SEK (kr), NOK (kr), DKK (kr), RUB (₽), CZK (Kč), USD ($), NZD ($), CAD (C$), AUD ($), ZAR (R), UAH (₴), GEL (ლ), TRY (₤), BRL (R$), CNY (¥), PEN (S/.), ARS ($), MXN ($), PLN (zł), CHF (₣), BGN (лв), HRK (Kn), HUF (Ft), RON (L), ISK (Kr), INR (₨), JPY (¥), MYR (RM), PHP (₱), SGD ($), THB (฿), TWD ($), GHS (₵), HKD ($)

    Stats

    Release date 11/2016
    90th newest on NetEnt 1,454th newest on Bojoko
    RTP 96.7% 0.85% > average
    45th highest on NetEnt 249th highest on Bojoko
    Win up to 18000 x your bet
    36th highest on NetEnt 249th highest on Bojoko
    Paylines 15 25% < average
    103rd highest on NetEnt 1,413th highest on Bojoko
    Min bet C$0.15 per spin
    48th lowest on NetEnt 988th lowest on Bojoko
    Max bet C$75 per spin
    123rd highest on NetEnt 1,409th highest on Bojoko
    Rated 0 by 0 members
    7th most rated on NetEnt 39th most rated on Bojoko
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    Trystan Michielsen

    Trystan Michielsen

    I've been playing videoslots for almost 10 years and been a professional reviewer for over 5. I look at slots not just as a writer but also as a player, hoping to help others find their perfect slot.

    I also enjoy movies, books and travel so any slots with those topics usually have my preference. But in general I'll play everything!

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    Game supplier:NetEnt

    Release date:11/2016

    RTP (Return to player):96.7%

    Max. win:bet x 18000

    Mobile version:Yes

    User rating: 0
    Tester rating: 3.8

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