Video slots really do not get any simpler than 5 Reel Drive from MicroGaming. The name gives you a big hint of the theme. This is a pun, based on ‘4-wheel drive’. You will find a curious mix of symbols. These include cars (with people with oversized heads peeking out of them), and food. There is also police car involved. Sounds are as retro as the game play. There are beeps, whirrs and electronic ‘tunes’ for wins.
This free slot game does not have any unique bonus features, or even free spins. The action is well and truly on the reels. Highlights include a big 10,000-coin top line prize. There are also scatter symbols, which can trigger win of up to 50x your total bet. Finally, wilds are in play – connecting other symbols to create extra wins.
Unusually, there are two ways of displaying the controls for this slot. You can choose ‘Regular’ or ‘Expert’ by clicking one of the red buttons on the bottom left of the reels. The game stays the same. This is a 9 win-line, 5-reel setup with 3 rows of symbols on each reel. What you get is a simplified selection of buttons (select lines, + / – for coin size, bet max and spin), or a more detailed one which includes a configurable auto play option.
There is a ‘help’ button which brings up the rules. This is more like a terms and conditions document. For the prizes, you should hit the ‘view payouts’ link which is either side of the logo at the bottom of the reels.
When you click spin the reels move very quickly. When they stop, you’ll hope to find 5 of the chequered flag symbols (complete with flaming tire). These have the biggest prize by a 10x margin. You’ll get 10,000 coins for 5, 500 for 4, 40 for 3 and 12 for just 2 on a win line from the left-hand side.
People in cars are the next best symbols. There is a guy in a truck with a red hat (and cigar). He is worth 1,000 coins for 5. A guy with yellow glasses and a yellow car is worth 900 coins for 5, and a lady in pink with winged sunglasses is worth 800. A pair of red dice, with what could be the outline of a race track behind them come next.
There are no playing card symbols on the 5 Reel Drive slot. Instead the lower paying symbols are food items. You’ll find a burger, fries, soda, blueberry pie, coffee and soda all making up those smaller and more regular wins.
Yellow road signs with the word ‘Wild’ on it is the substitute symbol. This replaces any symbol with the exception of the scatter to create wins. You’ll sometimes find a single wild creating more than one win with different symbols – particularly if this hits the first 2 reels. Wilds do not have any prizes of their own. If you hit 5 of these, you will have won the top prize of 10,000 coins (as if they were replacing the chequered flags).
Scatter symbols are not tied to the 9 win-lines. You’ll get a prize based on the total number of them in view after you spin. This prize is a multiple of your total spin amount. If you get 5 cop cars, you will get 50x your total spin amount. 4 get you 20x and 3 gets you 5x.
This is not a slot which will win any awards for design! The look is retro, with some elements (like the dice) having the feel of Novomatic slots. One unusual element is that the logo is underneath the reels, rather than on top of them. Symbols are basic and cartoon-like. The oversized heads of the drivers give a quirky feel. There are some animations, which add to the cartoon style of the game. These include a bouncing road sign wild symbol and flashing light of the scatter police car.
Sounds are a mix. You’ll get some ‘vroom’ sounds, horns honking and police sirens – along with clicks and whirrs which are straight from the retro sound library of MicroGaming.
You’ll need to be a fan of simple, retro video slots to get too much enjoyment from this one. It is certainly well produced for a slot of its age. With zero bonus games, the only real appeal is that 10,000-coin top line prize. For a 9-coin spin, this potential win is certainly on the larger side!