When you visit a casino site, the choice of games can be overwhelming, especially if you are visiting for the first time. With slot games in particular, there might be hundreds, on different themes and from different developers. Where the latter is concerned, you’ll find a mixture of major global players and small indie studios, just as you do with any type of gaming. But having said that, the vast majority of titles will come from perhaps four or five names.
NetEnt is probably the best known of them all. Originally formed in 1996, the Stockholm-based company has built a reputation for creating some of the most iconic games that have stood the test of time – and they continue to produce instant classics to this day. You can visit the NetEnt games website to see their full portfolio. But here, we’ll look at five of their most popular games that present a great place to start.
This isn’t just the most famous NetEnt title, it is also consistently voted the most popular slot game ever made, in both land-based and online casinos. Like any design classic, there is no single reason, for this. In fact, it is largely a triumph of simplicity and the fact that it checks off all the important boxes so effectively. The game is easy to play, being almost retro in design, so does not frighten novice players away, it has attractive graphics, and the low volatility means rewards come thick and fast.
Starburst is remarkable for its longevity, having just celebrated the 10 year anniversary of its release. A few months ago, NetEnt released an updated version called Starburst XXXtreme. This stays true to the original in terms of gameplay, but has updated graphics and higher volatility. It met with a warm reception, but the original Starburst remains most popular.
Another classic, Gonzo’s Quest was released in 2011 but has been consistently ranked among the top slots to this day. Gonzo has become a casino icon, and we all love to help him try to match symbols for a win. The animations are top notch, made with the loving care for which Netent has become famous, and the avalanche reels are a nice extra touch that can help the rewards to really pile up when you get on a run.
The title has also been adapted by Evolution Gaming into a live casino game that has more of a treasure hunt format. This is called Gonzo’s Treasure Hunt Live, and on some platforms, you can even play it in VR mode.
Dead or Alive
There’s something about Western-themed games that seems to capture our imagination, and with Dead or Alive, NetEnt has brought that special something to the slots genre. It’s not that it is crammed with extra features – although there are some – but the real key to the game’s popularity is its great graphics and sounds, which add up to an atmospheric experience.
The free spins round is the feature that will really get your heart racing. It triggers with three or more scatters and with sticky pairs, the rewards can rapidly accumulate.
Progressive slots provide even more opportunities to win big as they incorporate an extra jackpot that grows every time someone plays the game. Mega Fortune is the most popular NetEnt game in this genre.
The jackpot can get up into the millions but of course, the likelihood of winning is right up there with getting seven numbers on the lotto. However, the standard game is engaging enough in its own right and can produce more modest wins, so it is well worth playing.
Finally, a new NetEnt game that was released earlier this year and has already earned lots of fans. Nobody can get enough of 1980s retro this year, and games don’t get more 80s than David Hasselhoff and Knight Rider!
Volatility is on the high side, but there are four different Wilds functions and if you trigger more than one of them at the same time, just sit back and watch the rewards stack up. If you love the 80s, be sure to give this one a try!