NetEnt, or Net Entertainment as they are sometimes known, were formed in 1996 in Stockholm, Sweden. This actually makes NetEnt one of the oldest casino software operators in the world now, highlighting just how far the company has come.
What’s been great to see from a company such as NetEnt is their ability to really grasp new technologies available to them and make some very creative games. The software on offer comes in a instant play, flash based version only. They use slogans such as ‘Be unique’ and ‘Be ahead’ across their website, which would indicate that there are very much a forward-thinking company.
With NetEnt, the proof is very much in the pudding, and by this we mean that they do a lot of their talking via the vast array of games that are on offer. In total, they provide over 200 games, which are a mix of both slots and table. But, we will say at this point that we think their slots section is much stronger than their table games section.
Why NetEnt have been so popular comes down to how each individual games looks and functions. No two game are the same, which is impressive when you have 200 games to choose from. It’s almost like the games are ahead of their time when it comes to design, which rings true even when you compare these games to the likes of Microgaming and Playtech, two of the biggest players in the industry.
The range of slots are why most casinos are going to look to work with NetEnt. They offer a stunning range of games across the platform and from the games that we tested, we could find very few week links, even in their older titles. Like all good development companies, NetEnt don’t just leave games to get stale and fall away, they spend as much time improving old games as they do including new ones. This allows players who have played on the same games for years to continue to enjoy improved versions of those games.
The branded games that are on offer are some of the best within NetEnt. These games include Aliens, Dracula, Guns ‘n’ Roses, South Park and Scarface. What’s great about this range is that the games are all so different, not just in terms of theme or design, but in terms of gameplay. Things like the number of reels, bonus rounds, feature rounds and paylines differ massively from one game to the next.
We always think that a casino has only truly cracked the industry when they have produced their own games that have gone down as cult classics. With titles such as Jack Hammer 2, Gonzo’s Quest , Starburst and EggOMatic, we have four games here that have to be right up there as some of the best independent casino games in the industry. There simply aren’t enough superlatives to mention how good these games are and you only need to look about within the casino industry to see how many companies promote these games over branded titles to get a scale of their success.
Rather than break up the table games in different sections, we thought it would be easier to just mention them in one section, mainly down to the fact that there aren’t all that many. In total you get to choose from 17 different table games, which include Roulette, Baccarat, Blackjack, Caribbean Stud Poker, Oasis Poker Pro, Punto Banco, Red Dog, and Texas Hold’em.
Now, the overall standard amongst the games are fine and each one of them fits a purpose to be fair. There are a decent number of roulette games and decent number of blackjack games, with a splash of the others thrown in for good measure. Our gripe is that after the brilliantly designed games within the slots section, the table games seem to have been the sacrifice for the company, which is a shame, but quite often the case.
In terms of jackpots you are going to be able to choose from 6 titles in total, which include Arabian Nights, Hall of Gods and Mega Fortune, three of the biggest jackpot games in the industry. What you will find with each of these games is that the jackpots will often cruise into the 7-figure territory, offering up life changing sums on money on offer.
The company were founded in 1996 and based out of Sweden, where they still hold one of their main offices today. The business started fairly slowly for NetEnt and in the early days they will be the first to admit that it took them a while to get going. It wasn’t until 1997 when the company launched their first casino game, but it was in 2002 when they launched their first casino.
In fact, NetEnt didn’t actually make any money until 2003, which is a long time in the industry. In the years before that the company had to let people go from the business and the owners at one point even tried to give the company away fro nothing, but were unable to do so. We’re pretty sure that now this turned out to be a blessing in disguise!
It’s fair to say that the company have come from very humble beginnings with just 3 employees, 1 transaction and 1 customers, to now boasting over 27 billion transactions, over 200 games and over 100 employees. They have 7 offices based in Stockholm, Malta, Gibraltar, Kiev, Gothenburg, New Jersey and most recently, Krakow. Their innovation towards gaming and game design in particular is the main reason as to why this is one of the most exciting game developers in the world right now.
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