The secret sauce that powers NetEnt slot games
NetEnt is one of our favourite games providers and we’ve got over 100 of the most popular NetEnt slots games to prove it! Known for iconic titles like Starburst and Gonzo’s Quest, NetEnt has been showing everyone else how to make stunning slots for over 20 years. But it’s their mobile chops that have earned them big love from players, casinos and awards judges in recent years. NetEnt has been showing everyone else how to make stunning slots for over 20 years. But it’s their mobile chops that have earned them big love from players, casinos and awards judges in recent years.
In this NetEnt software review, we’re gonna reveal who they are, what they do and why they’re so darn good at it!
Who’s behind NetEnt?
Originally called Net Entertainment, NetEnt is a Swedish company that was founded in 1996. They started out making gambling software for land-based casinos, but when one of their team sniffed out the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity in a little thing called the world wide web, they started developing gambling games which would be used by the early online casino pioneers.
We won’t bore you with their rise to fame but suffice it to say they’re now one of the most successful software providers on the planet, going toe-to-toe with the likes of Microgaming, Playtech and IGT. But unlike many of their rivals, NetEnt is a public company, traded on the Nasdaq OMX Stockholm stock exchange. You can read their latest company reports and check the NetEnt share price here.
Their software is now used by over 300 big-name online casinos and that success has helped them grow to 1,000 employees with office in Sweden, Malta, Ukraine, Gibraltar, USA and Poland. They’ve also joined the acquisition game with the 2019 purchase of up and coming slots supplier Red Tiger Gaming.
NetEnt have always done things by the book, because they’re big believers in well-regulated, responsible gaming. They’re licenced to operate in the biggest European gaming jurisdictions including the UK, where they’re regulated by the UK Gambling Commission.
They’ve also got a gaming licence from the Malta Gaming Authority, just for good measure, and they claim to be active in more regulated jurisdictions than any other software supplier. They were one of the first to crack the newly regulated Italian and Spanish markets and they’ve got a foothold in New Jersey, the forefront of US gaming revolution.
Their tagline is ‘Better Gaming’ and one look at their software – and how they do business – and you’ll see why.
They say that millions of people play NetEnt casino games and slots every day (glad PlayOJO’s doing its bit, obviously the best NetEnt UK casino!) and their systems process 16 times more transactions than the New York stock exchange. Bit of an apples-and-oranges comparison but we’ll let it slide!
With an enviable portfolio of 200 premium quality games, a Live Casino and an award-winning mobile platform, NetEnt are the straight-up cat’s pyjamas.
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NetEnt online games
At PlayOJO you’ll find virtually all casino games by NetEnt and we’ve made sure there’s something for everyone!
You can play their best online slot games for real money of course, but we’ve also got free NetEnt games using NetEnt demo play. To play NetEnt games for free, simply login to play casino online, pick a NetEnt slot and look for the Play For Free button. All of their games play superbly well whatever device you’re using, be it a desktop, laptop, Macbook, tablet or phone. Given over 50% of all online gambling takes place on mobile devices, it’s no surprise that NetEnt are a pioneer in mobile gaming tech, but we’ll get to that in a moment.
Like Microgaming, NetEnt have spent decades building up an epic assortment of table games, classic slots, video slots and progressive jackpot slots.
Themes are central to the success of online slots and NetEnt has the lot; Fruit machine, fairy tale, fantasy, mystical, 60s, ancient Egyptian, wild west, space, even manga. They’ve also jumped on the retro GTA-style video game bandwagon with games like Reel Steal, Hotline and Drive.
NetEnt make all of their games in-house and most are bespoke, original titles. Their best-known game, Starburst™, is a great example of their signature slick design and their feel for what makes a blockbuster slot. Starburst has become one of the most popular games in the world and we look at why in our Starburst slot review.
What types of game do NetEnt make?
Games developers may love coming up with all-new themes and characters for their slots but licencing famous brands – movies, TV shows, music bands and celebrities – is one way to stay in the news and tap into existing fanbases. NetEnt’s branded slots include a rock music trilogy - Motorhead, Guns n’ Roses, Jimi Hendrix – which will soon be joined by their new Ozzy Osbourne slot when it’s released later in 2019.
Their other big-name branded slots include Planet of the Apes, Jumanji and Vikings, from the TV show of the same name.
Classic slots are the bread & butter of online gaming. Thanks to games like Super Nudge 6000, Double Stacks, Reel Rush and Twin Spin, NetEnt have ensured that fruit machine nostalgia is alive and kicking!.
Video slots are games with more immersive graphics and often innovative features like extra paylines and better bonus features. This is where NetEnt’s game studio shows its class, with the legendary Gonzo’s Quest and Asgardian Stones rightly appearing on many slots players’ favourite Netent slots lists.
Slots may be their forte but they do a mean casino game too and their new mission is to create the best live casino online. If you want to recreate the feeling of being in a casino, or maybe you prefer to see a human face flipped over the cards, NetEnt live casino games like Live Blackjack, Live Roulette or Live VIP Roulette will be right up your alley. All of these online casino games come from NetEnt Live, featuring action direct from a live casino table in some windowless bunker in Kazakhstan (we joke, they probably have windows).
NetEnt will never be happy with second place, so they’re constantly updating their game selection with a couple of new NetEnt games every month. You can see their latest releases below, including our personal favourite, Narcos!
NetEnt progressive jackpot slots
You can play 6 different NetEnt progressive jackpot games at PlayOJO, and there are few things more exciting than being 1 click away from a multi-million-pound win.
Progressive jackpots – or ‘pooled jackpots’ as NetEnt sometimes calls them - are slots where a small share of every bet contributes to a fast-growing prize pot. Usually you’ll need to trigger a bonus feature and get lucky on the spin of a jackpot wheel in order to win the biggie.
If you’re looking for the biggest NetEnt jackpot slots, our Hall of Gods™ slot is often at the top of the list. A triple-jackpot game whose biggest ‘mega’ jackpot often gets into the millions, Hall of Gods paid out big in 2016 when a player won £1.6m. Ker-ching! Want some? You can take your shot at a place in the NetEnt jackpot hall of fame for just 20p a spin.
Another NetEnt pooled jackpot game that consistently makes headlines is Mega Fortune™, which gave NetEnt a Guinness World Record in 2013 when a player won £17.8 million. This particular slot paid out £20 million in the first 6 months of 2018 ALONE, including 5 separate millionaire-making jackpots. Stick that in your Mega Moolah, Microgaming!
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NetEnt games on mobile
From social media to reading news, streaming video or zombie Snapchatting as you wander aimlessly down the street, mobile is the future. In online gaming, the numbers prove it too, with over 70% of sports betting and over 50% of casino play taking place on mobile devices.
NetEnt set their ‘mobile-first’ stall out very early in their journey to global domination, and they’re determined to remain the best provider of mobile games. They released the NetEnt Touch® platform in 2011 to serve slots and casino games specifically made for phones and tablets. With minimal screen space and no mouse to work with, making great mobile games is not as easy as it sounds. But their combination of uncluttered, tap-and-swipe-friendly, full-screen design has been a recipe for success.
NetEnt Touch games like Dracula, Reel Steal and Live Roulette are perfect examples of their appreciation for smartphone gambling; fast, HD quality graphics, smooth animations and user-friendly controls that work well whether you’re playing NetEnt slots on Android, iOS or Windows operating systems.
Gone are the days when you need to install an app to play the best casino games too, with most mobile casino games now just as impressive in your phone’s browser.
In 2015, a player even won an £8.6 million NetEnt slot jackpot while playing Mega Fortune on their phone. That’s one hell of a commute home!
So it’s official. NetEnt have been crowned undisputed kings of mobile gaming software almost every year since they launched NetEnt Touch. In 2019 they won Mobile Product of the Year at the International Gaming Awards 2019, the latest in a long string of NetEnt awards.
Why NetEnt slots are a great value
Sure, NetEnt slots are known for their looks, soundtracks and famous partnerships, but there’s more under the hood that makes them worth playing.
Unbeatable RTPs: The Return To Player is a game’s average lifetime payout. NetEnt slot RTPs are almost always upwards of 96 and can go as high as 98%.
Free Spins: The number one feature for slots players, NetEnt Free Spins can be found in various forms in most of their slots, along with some innovative ways to trigger them and play them.
Easy payments: Here at PlayOJO we offer a wide range of NetEnt deposit methods, from debit and credit card to PayPal, Neteller and Skrill.
Rewards: Every time you play any NetEnt game, you’ll earn money back with OJOplus. Check it out!
Bonuses: A NetEnt bonus can vary from casino to casino. At PlayOJO we give you a welcome bonus, free spins and more. No funny business either.
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NetEnt licence and responsible gaming
When you play NetEnt games at PlayOJO, you can be 100% confident that they’re safe, secure and fair. Why? Just like us, NetEnt is licenced by the UK Gambling Commission and the Malta Gaming Authority, two of the most respected regulators in the world. Meeting their standards is tough – as it should be – and both NetEnt and PlayOJO have shown we can keep your personal info and payment details safe, guarantee a fair game and deliver effective player protection.
NetEnt’s platform, games and RNG are all audited and certified by independent testers to ensure they meet the highest standards of fairness, security and player protection. Here are some of the independent testers they use:
- eCOGRA – Live Casino testing and certification
- Gaming Laboratories International – Onsite security inspection
- iTech Labs – Platform and game testing and certification
- Technical Services Bureau – Platform and game testing and certification
So you can trust them, that’s for sure. But they’ve got players at the heart of their products too, with a range of useful tools to help you manage your gaming. These include self-exclusion, play limits, reality checks which remind you how long you’ve been playing, and a visible clock.
Top 5 Reasons to play NetEnt Slots at PlayOJO in 2019
- Mobile: Award-winning Touch platform delivers perfect NetEnt mobile games.
- Creativity: From zombies to cowboys to gems and rock stars, NetEnt’s range of themes is dazzling.
- Fairness: With RTPs of up to 98% and fully licenced software, you know you’re getting a fair deal.
- Innovation: From tie-ups with hit TV shows to bonus features that’ll blow your mind, NetEnt are the rolling stone that gathers no moss.
- Transparency: All cards are on the table with this publicly traded company.
OJO’s Final Word on NetEnt
The clue is in the name! NetEnt are in the entertainment game, and they sure know how to deliver. I dare you to play Starburst, Jack & The Beanstalk or The Invisible Man and say it ain’t so, amigo!