The Drive Multiplier Mayhem mobile slot is only going to be popular with a small section of players, but it will soon find a devoted fan base.
At first, you can’t help but love the little details in this NetEnt mobile game. Like how the super car on the bottom of the screen appears to be flying down a fast highway.
Or how the cityscape slowly moves from right to left, giving you a feeling of movement, without making you feel queasy or weird.
It’s particularly effective in the online Drive slot, where the dark night time drive brings an air of mystery to what is otherwise a fairly simple theme; Ace to 10 symbols and some futuristic punk racing drivers.
On mobile phone and tablet however, you can’t help but wonder if, after a few spins, having more screen space on the symbols wouldn’t have made this a little more enjoyable to play.
Not so much ‘problems’ as ‘reasons you’ll throw your Android or iPhone against the wall’.
We didn’t like this Drive mobile slot to begin with. For one, during the base game, the only really good win comes with the wild symbols because they come with multipliers.
The wild on reel two has a 2x multiplier, reel three 3x multiplier etc… and you’ll be forgiven for thinking reels four and five have no wilds, as they show up so seldom in the base game, they might as well not exist.
It’s incredibly frustrating.
Much like spending your money on an expensive car, unless you know how to race this baby, it’s just a big pile of wasted money.
The Drive Multiplier Mayhem slot game is a high variance machine, much like the Pyramid Quest For Immortality slot. But unlike that game, which gives you frequent thrills, Drive is an all or nothing game.
That means that you have to get through long periods of frustrating nothing, and the free spins are so hard to catch, you’d think NetEnt put them in as a trick.
So you have two options; bet big and learn to scratch off those spendings as a sacrifice to the high volatility slot machine gods, or bet small and try and last as long as possible to catch those free spins.
We’ve had the free spins and only won 4x our bet. So this is not guaranteed. But we’ve also won over 200 times our bet on several occasions, and we know for a fact this Drive Multiplier Mayhem video slot hides as much as over 5,000 times your bet if you’re really lucky.
Mostly it’s because you can end up playing as many as 19 free spins, where you get more and more wilds on screen.
But really it’s because those 4x and 5x multipliers on the wild come out to play, and as they add up together, you can end up with up to 120x multiplier on a win that sends your winnings sky rocketing.
9 times out of 10, you won’t win this race. But every once in a while, when you do, you’ll get the biggest adrenaline rush on the planet.
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|Mobile Slot released||February 2016|
|Slot type||Video Slot|
|Slot reels / paylines||5 Reels / 15 Paylines|
|Coins range||0.01 - 0.50|
|Min/Max bet||0.15 / 75|
|Free spins||Starts with 10 Free Spins / Wild Overlays|
|Bonus rounds||Wilds, Multipliers, Scatters, Free Spins|
Multiplier Wilds: Symbolised by a speedometer, every reel has wilds. But the wilds come with multipliers according the the reels - so reel 1 has no multiplier, reel 2 has a 2x multiplier, all the way to reel 5 which has a 5x multiplier.
You won't see many wilds on reel 4 or 5 in the base game, but they show up more often during the free spins.
These multipliers are cumulative; meaning they add up together. So a win with a 2x multiplier and 3x multiplier, actually gives you a 6x multiplier.
Scatters and Free Spins: The shadowy figures about to start a race is the scatter symbol. Get 3 or more anywhere on screen, and you'll start 10 free spins.
How successful you'll be on this street race depends on how many nitro meters you encounter, and how quickly they show up.
You'll need 3 to get to the next race level, where things get interesting as you get guaranteed wilds on screen, and more free spins.
You don't have to finish the free spins in order to go to the next level, just 3 nitro symbols and you move up, so the earlier you get them, the longer spins with more wilds.
And with 3 wilds on screen, you just know a couple of them will come with 3x, 4x, and 5x multipliers.
Being a street car racing driver is hard work; you've got to spend a lot of money without any guarantees that you'll come out on top at the next race.
The Drive Multiplier Mayhem mobile slot is for those of us who love the high risk thrills of knowing that in just one spin, you could win a small fortune; but you must also be able to bear your loses and know when to walk away.
Whilst when people think 'high variance' with NetEnt, they usually think the Twin Spin slot, we think Drive is a far more dangerous, and because of it, far more exciting slot machine.
Review by Lucky Mobile Slots, last updated: December 1, 2018 - Rating