While some of us are fortunate enough to spend the entire summer by the pool or gallivanting on some exotic beach, this season has been all work and fairly little play for Novomatic and NetEnt.
The latter has been particularly productive and ready to get back on the market full speed ahead, re-establishing its position as one of the most powerful providers in the industry, especially due to a recent setback accounted by the financial difficulties and managerial restructuring that the company has undergone in the previous months. Still, one should not be overly concerned; NetEnt is re-conquering the market with no less than 3 slots announced for this autumn.
Starting with the less prolific of the two (as far as this season is concerned), Novomatic’s new Eye of the Dragon is the upgraded version of the last year’s medium-high volatility slot, with 10 paylines and 95% RTP.
The updated release has additional paylines (10 to 25), a bonus Feature game, and high volatility, which basically means bigger payouts, with a bit more space in between the hits. Dragon Eye icon has a dual value as both the Wild and the Scatter, replacing all other icons (except for the Expanding Special symbol) and unlocking the Free Spins.
During the bonus rounds, the randomly selected icon expands across three positions on the landing reel and pays both left and right. If any extra Dragon Eye icons land on the reels during the Free Spins, the feature will be re-triggered.
Halloween Jack slot by NetEnt is to be released just on time for Halloween and so far, the slot’s special features are being kept secret. The only disclosure is in the title, and David Bowie fans are already eagerly anticipating the release.
Although some of the younger players are expecting nothing more than a standard seasonal release with a couple of carved pumpkins scattered across the reels, a more mature crowd is looking forward to once again seeing one of David’s iconic personas, first brought to life back in 1974, making a debut on Bowie’s Diamond Dogs album. How NetEnt is planning to resurrect the character is still unknown and the release has already caused quite a stir, before it’s even launched.
More is known about Narcos, a branded slot following the NetEnt’s deal with the series production house Gaumont. The game will be showcased on ICE and the expectation are running as high as the show’s popularity, especially with season 4 at the door. There’s hardly a better way to gain new demographics; according to Tim Stephen, Gaumont’s Head of Legal & Business Affairs, NetEnt was a natural choice and the developer’s experience with branded slots makes it ideal for capturing the spirit of Narcos and transferring it onto the reels.
The launching of Narcos slot was confirmed back in February this year, along with Vikings, another extremely popular TV series, and the long wait is finally over – at least for the Narcos fans. Just like with Halloween Jack, everything about the slot is shrouded with a thick veil of secrecy, but even less is disclosed about the Vikings and there are no indications as to where we can expect this release. With Jumanji launched earlier this summer and Narcos lined up for this Autumn, Vikings will be the third branded slot announced for this year and we do hope that the trend will continue.
Still, even with the somewhat shifted focus, the developer is not abandoning their recognisable flare and if you are in favour of NetEnt’s original slot design, feel free to heave a sigh of relief, as the new branded era will not put an end to NetEnt’s colourful style we know and love.
Thanks to the Stacked Wilds in the Free Spins, the winning potential is supposed to be amazing or to be more precise, Big, Mega, and Super Mega. The return to the player percentage is slightly above 96% and according to some preliminary estimates, the volatility is leaning towards medium.
As far as the layout of the game is concerned, Double Stacks follows the conventional 5×3 structure with 10 paylines and the platform is no different to any other NetEnt’s release – the Spin Button is located at the centre of the game screen with Auto Play and Max Bet buttons placed left and right.
Players will also be able to adjust the betting level and the coin value manually and refer to the “i” section for additional information regarding the pay table. The highest payouts (as indicated by the slot’s name) will, of course be triggered by the high-value icon stacks and a full screen of Diamonds can produce a payout of x1,000 player’s bet.