Microgaming's Five Reel Drive Video Slot Review

July 19, 2013

 

With the Five Reel Drive video slot, you're going to get an older style video slot that focuses on a racing theme. You'll see cars, checkered flags, engine blocks and more on the reels when you take a spin in this game. This game has a high top payout, and it still manages to have a medium volatility. This means that it's going to hit often, so you won't have to worry about weathering long losing streaks too often. This game is great for players who like classic slots but who are wanting to move on towards video slots since it doesn't have too many paylines.

The core of this game is a nine-payline spread set across five reels. The coins range from $0.05 to $2.00 in this game, so your betting range is effectively $0.45 to $18 per spin if you have all of the paylines activated. As is the case in most video slots, there is an effective payout penalty if you don't have all of the paylines activated. Pay close attention to the reels and the paylines when you play so that you see all of your payouts coming ahead of time in this very high-paced game.

The street sign is important in this game because it's wild. A lot of your value will come from this symbol since it can help you to make lots of winning combinations. It does not substitute for the scatter symbol, but that is the only symbol that it does not substitute for. If you get five wilds on the same payline, then you'll trigger the 10,000x jackpot. This can also be won without wilds if you just use five of the checkered flags. Effectively, the five wilds just substitute for the flags in this payout.

The police car scatter will pay up to 450 times your total bet. This is the same as a 4050x line bet win, so it's easy to see that this is a nice prize. The reason why Five Reel Drive is able to offer such great hit rates is that it does not waste your time with a bonus game that you'll rarely hit. Instead, the value that would be given from bonus features is given in the form of more frequent payouts. This is the reason why this game has the combination of frequent wins with a high jackpot.