Do slots like Starburst, Gonzo's Quest, Arabian Nights, Dead or Alive and Dazzle ring a bell? If you are into online casino games, we would be surprised if you’ve not seen the NetEnt logo on your screen. After all, this company has been around for over 20 years and is behind some of the biggest hit games the industry has seen.
Previously known as Net Entertainment, the Stockholm-based company is a multi award-winning developer and a leading supplier of online casino software, slot machines and casino games. The company has built up a solid reputation as one of the most trusted providers for online gaming.
Read our full review to learn more about NetEnt. We’ll explore the trademark game features and popular NetEnt online video slots that made them a top slot game provider!
NetEnt has its roots in the traditional casino world and was then called Cherry AB. It was a Swedish roulette company founded in 1963 and NetEnt’s founder Pontus Lindwall’s father, Bill Lindwall, was a partner in that firm. Three decades later, in 1996, Lindwall Jr. founded NetEnd (as a subsidiary) which has become a pioneer in online gaming. However, it was a slow and steady climb to the top.
It wasn’t until the 2000s that the company launched its first online casino. In 2002, NetEnt CasinoTM was launched and the company started delivering its casino games to international customers only by 2004. In 2007, NetEnt was spun off from Cherry AB and got listed on NGM Equity. In 2009 NetEnt was moved to the main list of the Stockholm Stock Exchange.
2011 saw the launch of online mobile slot games and by 2013 NetEnt had introduced Live Casinos. Three years later, in 2016, NetEnt started the first mobile live casino and become an associated member of the World Lottery Association (WLA). During the same year, NetEntr showcased the future of online casinos—a VR game demo was shown at ICE London, UK.
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NetEnt’s logo says it all. They simply aspire “Better Gaming”. They call themselves a game developing company and thus cutting-edge technology is a prime focus. To give you an example, in 2014, they were among the first companies to develop a game entirely in HTML5, which ensured the slot ran smoothly on both desktop and mobile devices. It’s now expected that all modern online slots should be developed with HTML5.
For NetEnt, trust is also a core focus. Over the years, the company has built a strong reputation for being one of the most trustworthy game providers in the industry. As for the well-stocked awards cabinets at their offices - that’s a result of their creative genius and willingness to experiment.
NetEnt pioneered 'storytelling' in online slot games. Most of their games start with a small video about the characters. NetEnts trademark game features include rich visuals with unique storylines, innovative features and branded and theme games. Then there are games such as Aloha Cluster Pays, Finn and the Swirly Spin and Turn Your Fortune that are great examples of how experimental NetEnt gets with its reel designs.
One of their most popular slot games, Gonzo’s Quest was the first game ever to have ‘avalanches’, a now popular bonus also known as 'tumbling reels'. You can read more about these special features on our Slots Bonus page.
Another popular example of innovation in slot games is Twin Spin. As the name suggests, the game includes a twin spin feature, where 2 reels spin together having the exact same symbols, increasing your chances of landing a winning combination. Another example of experimental reel features is NetEnt’s Reel Rush slot. If 234 paylines sound impressive to you then wait until you’ve played with an unbelievable 3,125 paylines on Reel Rush - a feature that’s completely unique to them.
NetEnt is also wild about the Wild feature in their games, and they come ina great variety including expanding wilds, transforming wilds and sticky or moving wilds. Their Hotline slot is also a first NetEnt video slot with a totally unique multi-level bonus bet feature, which has attracted thousands of players thanks to the increased chances of winning.
Being a master storyteller, it is natural that NetEnt offers some of the top rated theme games in the industry. Jack and the Beanstalk, and their comic book themed game, Jack Hammer are all-time favourite slot games.
NetEnt is also considered the best for branded content, where they fuse the fictional world with the reel-world. NetEnt has excellent partnerships deals with a variety of multinational mega-brands from the music, movies and the entertainment world, including biggies such as Colombia Pictures Industries Inc.™, 20th Century Fox™ and Universal™.
Their ever-growing list of branded games includes titles such as Jumanji™ slot, Emoji Planet™, Planet of the Apes™ video slot, Universal Monsters™, The Phantom’s Curse, Guns n’ Roses™, Dracula™, The Invisible Man™, Motörhead Video Slot™, Jimi Hendrix Online Slot™, Creature from the Black Lagoon™, Scarface™ and Frankenstein™. They also offer slot games based on two popular TV series, Vikings and Narcos.
With over 200 games, variety is NetEnt’s middle name. They have something for everyone starting with classic slots like Super Nudge 6000 and Jackpot 6000. These two slots are for those who are nostalgic about the old, real-life slot machines in casinos.
Being a tech-oriented company, NetEnt, however, is more focused on video slots. They are known for their rich storylines, great video intros and advanced tech used in video slots.
Ask a NetEnt fan and they’ll gush about the rich details of the slots. There are many small surprises in the background that heighten your game experience.
NetEnt games’ variance range from low to medium and usually have a high RTP of 96% to 98%. Meaning, you will win bonus rounds easily. However, if you are interested in a high variance game, try NetEnt Berryburst MAX™.
NetEnt also provides table games such as Blackjack, Texas Hold’em Pro and French Roulette. These old classic table games are still favourites amongst many players. They’re a fun experience if you’re looking for something different from their video slots.
Being a tech-first company, NetEnt’s all games are mobile optimised with NetEnt Touch. Meaning all your favourite titles can be played as mobile slots on your phone, tablets and even on your smart TV. You can play NetEnt's new football themed slot game Football Champions Cup directly from your mobile!
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