Published on 9 November 2015 by Rhi
Did you know that NetEnt release a new slot on a monthly basis? Once upon a time they’d take much longer creating games as they had a much smaller team and could work on one project at a time. But after growing hugely in popularity and becoming one of the most successful game developers in Europe, they were able to expand to the point that allowed them to launch a new game every single month. Each game takes around a year to build, from concept, to product and a lot of blood, sweat and tears goes into every single one. Today we’re looking at the newest slots of 2015 from NetEnt and the story behind them.
5. Top New Slot 2015: Sparks
I originally thought the Sparks slot from NetEnt was based on fireworks, but actually, it’s all about electricity. The brains behind this beautiful creation wanted to imagine what it would be like to be inside an electrical current, racing through a tiny cable, with all that power. Sparks was the result; filled with bursts of colour and stunning visuals. I’d go so far to say that it has a kind of magical feel, which is really all electricity is, right?
Sparks is a 5 reel, 20 pay line video slot with a win both ways feature, meaning you can opt to have the winning pay lines read just from left to right (as usual) or also from right to left, increasing your winning options. The RTP is huge, sitting just over 96.5%, so your chances of hitting it big are very real with the Sparks slot. The new Sparks slot is filled with little electrical current symbols and the standard letters and numbers. There are Wild symbols, of course, to create winning pay lines, plus Expanding Cloning Wilds, which is actually a hybrid of two different features. Not only does the Wild symbol expand vertically to cover an entire line from top to bottom, they will also clone the symbols on either side of them, meaning a win is almost guaranteed.
4. Top New Slot 2015: Dazzle Me
Dazzle Me slot is a diamond and gem themed new slot created purely to give players what they want; to be dazzled. Players always want to be surprised, excited and enthralled by new slots, so a dazzling theme is perfect. Dazzle Me stands out from the crowd with it’s unusual asymmetric layout for the reels. Whilst not the only Netent slot to deviate from the standard 5×3 shape, it is one of only very few. There are no ‘filler’ symbols, only gems, bells and the classic number 7.
Dazzle Me is filled with features to make it a firm favourite with many players. The Dazzling Wild Reel feature is one of my favourites; the reels fade out for a moment as a huge, blinding diamond Wild lays itself on a symbol and spreads from top to bottom covering all symbols on that line.
You’ll also spot the Free Spins symbols, which trigger a free spins round when 3 or more appear. The more Free Spins symbols there are, the more Dazzle Me free spins you’ll be granted. Within Free Spins, you’ll enjoy a Linked Reels feature where two reels ‘link up’ to show the same symbols, increasing the chances of creating a winning line.
3. Top New Slot 2015: Hook’s Heroes
I was an enormous fan of the film Hook when I was growing up, I still am. So this one piqued my interest from the moment the name was announced and the final new slot product really did me proud. Hook’s Heroes is loosely based on the book, ‘Peter Pan in Scarlet’ and seems to take place in a school play, with curtains displaying the stage (thats the reels!) and children playing the characters (even the infamous crocodile).
Hook’s Heroes holds 3 unique features: the Pirate Feature, the Fairy Feature and the Mermaid Feature. These can happen during standard game play, triggered by Scatter symbols, or else can be chosen when triggering free spins. You can choose how many free spins you’d like and which feature you prefer.
Pirate Feature: no more pay lines; wins are created with 3 identical symbols wherever they lay! Pirates never were fond of rules!
Fairy Feature: the magical fairy will over lay 2 to 5 symbols randomly with Wilds to try and boost those winnings.
Mermaid Feature: this beautiful creature will double all wins when activated, and when the pay line is created with a Wild, winnings will be paid x4!
2. Top New Slot 2015: Mr Green Moonlight
This slot is a special one as it’s actually exclusive to Mr Green. It was created as a collaboration between the casino and Netent themselves and the top new slot, Mr Green: Moonlight has quickly become my personal favourite. It’s based on the Frankenstein slot (which seems to have been removed!) so if you miss those cheeky spreading Wilds, you can find them again at Mr Green. This is a much darker slot than recent new slots from NetEnt, based on the story of a werewolf hunter. Mr Green has had a tragic life, never more so than when his beautiful fiance is mauled to death by a monstrous werewolf. Mr Green then dedicates his life to hunting these beasts.
Moonlight Wilds are what makes this game for me; when a Moonlight Wild appears on reels 2, 3 or 4 it will spread to 2 or more close by symbols (vertically, horizontally and even diagonally) to turn them into Wilds and create truely insane wins. As well as these profitable Wilds, you’ll also find Scatter symbols (a silver bullet) which trigger a Free Spins round, which in turn includes multipliers of up to x5.
1. Top New Slot 2015: Pyramid Quest for Immortality
The latest slot release of 2015 is Pyramid: Quest for Immortality. Based in ancient Egypt, we, the players, become explorers, searching the depths of the pyramids for the secret to immortal life. The reels are pyramid shaped, another slot to venture from the standard layout, giving it something of an edge and we see the return of the popular Avalanche feature seen in a few other slots, most notably, Gonzo’s Quest. Whenever you create a winning pay line, the blocks will explode and others fall into their places, to potentially create more wins from just one spin.
Excitingly, in the new pyramid slot, you’ll also find Wild Generation portals. If the top symbols on reels 2 3 or 4 create a winning pay line (and thus, an avalanche) the symbols that drop in will magically become Wilds, greatly increasing your chances of finding an immortal avalanche spin, that carries on going until you don’t create a winning line.