Updated 1st September 2020
Six Best NetEnt Slots
Whether you’re new to the world of online casino or whether you’re an experienced slot player, one game developer that you have likely seen attached to several of the biggest games are NetEnt. The brains behind the famous Starburst slot (spoiler alert: it may be one of the top six on our list), they have created a vast enterprise of diverse casino games that each add something unique to gameplay. So whether you want to see innovative layouts, high definition graphics, or the best bonus rounds in the business, NetEnt slots could well be what you’re looking for.
Before we get started with exploring the top six NetEnt games, it’s probably worth taking a bit of a closer look at the developer’s history. While the overall origins stretch back even further, the formation of NetEnt was completed in 1996, when Pontus Lindwall (the son of a leading expert in the land-based casino market) anticipated that the online gambling industry was about to see a rapid growth. It was an astute prediction, one that allowed NetEnt (still called Net Entertainment at that time) to be a pioneer at the forefront of the online casino boom.
Fast forward a few years to 2010, and the Gonzo’s Quest slot game (again, expect to read more about it below) was launched, with its success leading to NetEnt exploring the mobile casino market and expanding their outreach. Live casino offerings have followed, and NetEnt reached new heights when they acquired Red Tiger Gaming in 2019. The combination of resources has led to some fantastic casino games being produced, and we eagerly await each of their new releases.
NetEnt Casino Games at Bet UK
So, now that you know a bit more about the background of NetEnt, we can begin to explore their best games that we house here at Bet UK. All of their releases are fantastic, so it’s worth exploring the entirety of their rich catalogue, but these are the six that stand out in our eyes.
Butterfly Staxx 2
Beyond the stunning visuals, the main appeal of Butterfly Staxx 2 is that the size of the reels can increase dramatically. More accurately, up to two more 5x3 reel grids can be unlocked, meaning you have the potential to essentially be playing three different slot games with just one stake. To access these other grids, you need to stack butterfly symbols on entire reels, with two covered reels required on the second grid to unlock the next one.
Another huge draw of the Butterfly Staxx 2 slot game is that you are given a choice between two bonus rounds when you land enough scatters. So, if you’re a fan of Free Spins then you’re catered for with the Butterfly Spins feature, but players that prefer ‘pick-me’ style bonus rounds will be sated by the Butterfly Frenzy round that awards instant cash prizes.
We spoke about it a little bit earlier, but Gonzo’s Quest was NetEnt’s first major success in the online casino world, and for good reason. As ever, the graphics are top tier, while the theme of exploration is perfectly implemented too. To that end, you’re invited to join the conquistador, Gonzalo Pizzaro, in his efforts to track down the mystical El Dorado. Over time, folklore has evolved El Dorado from an emperor into an entire kingdom, but the promise of vast treasures has remained a constant motif.
You can find exactly that through the combination of the Avalanche feature (similar to Cascading Reels, which NetEnt pioneered in this slot) and the Free Fall bonus, which can attach a multiplier as high as 15x to any of your wins. The partnership between NetEnt and Red Tiger has produced an astounding follow-up title, in the form of Gonzo’s Quest Megaways, where the experienced traveller is joined by up to 117,649 ways to win.
You may be wondering if this game is any relation to the gritty Netflix series of the same name, and the answer is a resounding yes. Narcos slot perfectly captures the theme of the TV show, where the streets of Colombia’s second largest city, Medellin, were dominated by Pablo Escobar’s cartel over a 20 year period. The show follows the organisation’s efforts to avoid the DEA, and that’s the main component of the slot too, as the Locked Up feature can link symbols together to award cash prizes, although Escobar always escapes in the end.
Reflecting the unstable environment in Colombia at the time, the Drive-By feature can appear to turn high value symbols into wild ones, potentially boosting payouts. These effects can even appear during the 10 Free Spins feature, which can lead to jackpots if you’re lucky enough. All in all, Narcos is a slot that highlights all of the strengths of NetEnt casino games.
Scudamore’s Super Stakes
Horse racing betting fans looking for a slot that suits their interests could do a lot worse than Scudamore’s Super Stakes. The game is named for the world-renowned jockey and trainer, Peter Scudamore MBE, who has had an infinite amount of success over his illustrious horse racing career. In keeping with the theme, there’s an option to utilise the Bet Slip feature, whereby you select one of the game’s symbols, and place a side bet on it appearing more than a certain number of times in a set number of spins. This can be hugely rewarding, particularly if you achieve the target with plenty of spins left to spare.
Along the same lines, Peter’s Classic Cup is without a doubt one of the most unique bonus rounds we’ve seen in any slot in our collection, let alone from NetEnt, as 5,000x wins are available if you back the winning horse during the Free Spins feature. Even if you’re not a fan of horse racing, Scudamore’s Super Stakes is a largely underrated gem that can offer huge jackpot prizes via an engaging bonus feature.
Now it comes to the NetEnt slot that has earned them a definitive place in online casino history. There are few titles that have had anything close to the success that the Starburst slot has had since its launch in 2012. It may not have all been plain sailing from the get-go, but by 2014 it was obvious that Starburst would establish its place in the list of best online slots one way or another.
Representatives for NetEnt have gone on record as saying they are as surprised as anyone that it became a megahit, but the reason largely boils down to the fact that it boasts a perfect blend of layout, graphics, and features, with the Starburst Wilds proving to be exactly what a wide selection of casino players are looking for in their gameplay. You can try it for yourself right here at Bet UK.
Last but not least, the Twin Spin slot offers a stripped back slot compared to some of the others on this list, but that is by no means a criticism. With some of the other entries, NetEnt have highlighted how they do high level bonus rounds better than anyone else, but Twin Spin is an attempt to follow the understated approach to features that ultimately made Starburst a huge success.
As such, there are no Free Spins to be found here, but the title is a handy hint to what you can expect instead. Every single spin of this slot will see at least two adjacent reels spin in unison, displaying the same symbols when they come to a halt. While this can boost wins in its own right, the real magic comes if all five reels become synchronised, as if they all show three of the highest valued symbol then you can win over 1,000x your stake.
NetEnt Slot Demos
Whether you’d like to see what all of the fuss is about when it comes to the Starburst slot, get a better understanding of the Avalanche feature in Gonzo’s Quest, or try one of the NetEnt games not mentioned here - such as Rise of Maya - then you can play any of the games from this developer without making a deposit.
That’s due to the fact that we offer free to play demos of all of our online slot machines. Simply create a Bet UK account, head to the game you wish to take a look at, and select the demo option to get a feel for it and see if it’s right for you, without having to worry about your remaining balance.
Best NetEnt Slots at Bet UK
Whether you’ve learned something new about one of the best NetEnt slots, gained a better appreciation of NetEnt’s impact on the world of online casino games, or found a new title to add to your playlist, we hope this guide has been of use to you.
While this list covers several of the most popular NetEnt slots, it’s by no means exhaustive, particularly when the game developers show no signs of slowing down when it comes to providing engaging themes, unique layouts, and dynamic bonus rounds. Who knows, maybe the next Starburst slot is just around the corner.
If you’ve enjoyed finding out more about NetEnt, you may be interested in our guides to other slot game developers at Bet UK such as Blueprint Gaming or Red Tiger - who had a wealth of casino games before they merged with NetEnt.