Many of you have probably heard of NetEnt casinos already, they have been around for quite a few years already and has since its start been creating some groundbreaking video slots and innovations for the online casino business.
Free spins by NetEnt
They were certainly some of the first video slot providers to offer an free spins functionality as a tool for the online casino sites to promote their games, this was a win – win situation both for NetEnt being the provider, and for all online casino sites.
Ever since the launch of the free spins, almost all casino sites has been using this as a main feature when it comes to retention and welcome bonuses to their customers, mainly because everyone loves free spins! Above of that, free spins allowed the online casinos to offer bonuses that customers could only use inside one single slot, so if the online casino believes that one specific slot will result in the customers being more happy and having a good time, then they could point all customers to that slot which is good for both the casino and the customer!
Video slot innovations from NetEnt
Year by year, all online slot providers are making huge steps in innovation, delivering new and exciting features in their video slots, making the casino business more interesting for the end-customer. NetEnt has since the start been at the forefront of innovation slots features, we can clearly see in their latest slot releases that they are making great progress still today with new and exciting features!
Some of the most groundbreaking features has originated from NetEnt actually, they were some of the first that actually made some good progress with wild features and free spins, such as expanding wilds that covered the entire wheel, which we still see being used in interesting ways even today! I cannot say for sure that NetEnt where the ones that created the first slot using expanding wilds and what not, however they were certainly some of the first to make great progress in general when it comes to innovation and coming up with new variations of features like free spins, wilds, pick and win features and so on.
Mobile video slots from NetEnt
Some of their first mobile slot actually came up around 2011, which can be considered as quite late, however it wasn’t until then that online casino actually started increasing on mobile drastically, and ever since the mobile share of the online slots industry has just been taking a larger chunk ever year! Since the end of 2014, NetEnt only releases games that can be played on both mobile, tablet and desktop, regardless of device and operating system. It doesn’t matter if you have an Android or an iPhone, you should never have an issue with playing one of the amazing NetEnt games!
In 2014 NetEnt actually upgraded their mobile user interface as well, so all games that has been released since looks way better, and has a more clean interface on the mobile which looks great in both portrait and landscape mode, in July 2015 they actually upgraded their best performing mobile games that didn’t had this new UI already to ensure that the loyal crowd playing these games also had a good experience when playing these video slots on the go.
Where to play video slots from NetEnt?
Not to be rude towards the UK based online casinos, but the Scandinavian casino sites usually offer a better selection of video slots from NetEnt, the reason for this is because UK gamblers in general doesn’t fancy NetEnt games that much, this is of course because the culture isn’t the same with video slots as they have been for Scandinavia. In UK some of the most top performing games are the games that you can find in the land based bookie shops as well, such as Rainbow Riches and Crown Gems.
As a UK gambler, I am still asking you to give NetEnt a shot, mainly because they have been working a lot more closely with William Hill, Leo Vegas lately to provide slots that are tailor made for UK, such as Koi Princess, these games holds a lot more features, which is something I know for a fact works well amongst UK gamblers.
NetEnt most popular video slots
The most famous video slot from NetEnt ever, is Starburst, without a doubt! The game has exploded in every market it has entered, it even has a good audience in the UK market today, ever since it was released a couple of years ago actually. The funny thing as well is that this slot was actually only a smaller project for NetEnt that was in between 2 bigger slot releases, it was made with lower amount of resources and not as much finesse, but still turned out to be the most popular video slot by far in many markets even today! The slot is very simple as well, and only has one feature that can occur which is an expanding wild. Every time the wild hits any of the middle reels in the slot, the wild will expand, payout any possible winnings, and then give you another free re-spin with the wild stuck all over the reel it landed on.
Another top performer from NetEnt is Gonzo’s Quest, this is also quite an old slot that has been live for over 5 years now. It was actually released back in 2010. This game is not as easy to understand as Starburst, but still has a great appeal to it. I’m not going to get to much into details about this video slot, but I can assure you that if you go to any of the casino sites I listed above and try out any of these 2 video slots, you are for sure going to have a great time! Gonzo’s quest is actually a bit higher volatile than Starburst as well, so if you enjoy a bit more “high risk-high reward” gambling, then you should go for this video slot.
Summary of NetEnt
NetEnt is definitely one of my favorites, and I really hope that they are going to excel towards the UK market and focus on more feature rich games with simple and popping graphics that doesn’t have to be too complicated. Above of this, I think their games has a great user interface, both on mobile and desktop.
NetEnt should also be given a big thank you for giving online casinos the opportunity to offer free spins on their video slots to customers, and that they have been able to do so for quite a few years already! In the coming years they are surely going to come up with new and exciting promotional features, and new video slots innovations so let’s hope that they come up with some really cool stuff!