Drive is a pokie that could well have been inspired by the ‘Need for Speed’ movie franchise. In this NetEnt game, you’ll play the role of Jette, the pink-haired female character, who acts as the highest paying symbol. Enter the bonus feature and you (and she!) will race off against Twitch, Hamaki and Bruiser, three characters who also appear as symbols on the reels. The other star of the show is the sleek pink and black car, the colour scheme of which matches the outfit of Jette.
This NetEnt designed game is all-action. In the fast-paced base game wild multipliers can combine to give you huge wins. Here are the fast and furious highlights of this medium to high variance slot:
Multiplier wild symbols appear on all five reels of Drive. Each of the wilds has a multiplier attached, based on which reel it appears on. Wilds on reel one have a 1x multiplier, while those on reel two have a 2x multiplier, all the way up to a 5x multiplier on reel 5.
While these wilds are on hand to give any spin a big boost as they are, the wilds can work together to give an even bigger boost. Win with two or more wilds and they multiply each other. For example, if you land a 3x and 4x multiplier on a win line, any potential win will be multiplied by 12. The perfect spin will see you line up the 2x, 3x, 4x and 5x multipliers, leading to an incredible overall multiplier of 120x!
The main feature of the game is where the action really comes to life, as you’ll enter into races with the other characters. The feature is activated by landing the scatter symbol (showing dark silhouettes of the three opponents) on reels 2, 3 and 4.
You’ll now find yourself with 10 free spins and facing Twitch. Your aim in this section of the feature is to land ‘Nitro’ symbols which power up a meter to left hand side of the reels. Land 3 Nitro symbols and you’ll level up and go on to face Hamaki.
At this point you’ll be awarded 4 more free spins, as well as one overlay multiplier wild (one guaranteed wild that will appear on each spin). 3 more Nitro symbols and you’ll then face Bruiser, with 3 more free spins and now 2 overlay multiplier wilds. Land another 3 Nitro symbols and you’ll continue to face Bruiser, with 2 more free spins and now 3 overlay multiplier wilds. The deeper you move into the feature, the better it gets!
Drive is a five-reel pokie featuring a total of 15 win-lines, with each spin coming at the same cost of 15 credits. Jette, as the highest paying symbol pays 150 coins for the maximum five in a row, while both the sports car and Bruiser are worth 90 coins. Hamaki and Bruiser pay 60 coins, while the subsequent playing card symbols all have a top prize of 30 coins.
The backdrop to Drive features a city scene at night with lights twinkling on and off on the high-rise blocks in the distance. The reels are nicely transparent, keeping the impressive scene in view throughout. The four main characters in the game stand out, adding a storyline to the game – Jette is clearly the hero of this game, coming up against a ‘rogues gallery’ of opponents. The accompanying up temp soundtrack only lends a further energy to the pokie.
Drive is one of those pokies that you can really get your teeth into. The base game, with those wild multipliers, is enjoyable and can offer up a big winning spin at any time. However, it’s the free spins feature that really gets the pulse rate rising. Suddenly you’re head to head with the other drivers and every time you win, more and more wilds are added to the reels. Plus, there’s no greater satisfaction than getting one over Twitch, Hamaki and Bruiser!