With software developers like NetEnt, restricting your choice to only 5 slots is definitely somewhat of a mission impossible. Reason? Even after two decades in the business and with 200 games under their belt, NetEnt is far from being worn out.
The advancement of mobile technologies has created new possibilities and the developer upped the ante by re-visiting their already exceptional releases and remodelling them into VR slot versions. And, although every single of their slots can easily find its place on this list for various reasons, the ones counted below have that special something that immediately acquired them an almost iconic status.
1. Gonzo’s Quest
Starting with one of NetEnt’s most popular releases, Gonzo’s Quest is 5 reels and 20 paylines slot with a background story about the search for El Dorado. With the ever-increasing popularity of this game, it’s no wonder it was one of the first choices to get its Virtual Reality counterpart.
In terms of payouts and bonus features, the slot has a pretty great payout potential. It features multipliers that increase the winnings up to x15 and can generate a total payout of 62,500 coins.
Free Spins are a bit modified in Gonzo’s Quest and they are actually called Free Falls, thanks to the unique dynamics of the reels. They are activated when 3 of the corresponding symbols land on the reels and new Falls may be awarded during this bonus mode.
2. Aloha! Cluster Pays
Another classic from NetEnt, Aloha Cluster Pays was the first to introduce cluster-pays system, where symbols generate a payout if they are a part of a cluster consisting out of at least 9 icons. When the cluster is formed, the player wins a Sticky Re-Spin during which cluster icons will be fixed on their positions while other icons spin, potentially increasing the original cluster.
Free Spins in Aloha have a specific Symbol Drop mechanism that removes lower value icons to make room for higher paying combinations. If no winning combinations are formed during the Free Spins session, an extra spin is granted until there’s a win.
3. Cosmic Fortune
NetEnt’s interpretation of the iconic Space Invaders and arcade games, Cosmic Fortune is a visual delight with 5 different jackpots, 3 of which are progressive.
Free Falls – NetEnt’s version of Free Spins – are awarded when 3 Scatter icons land anywhere on the reels and initiate 10 extra spins. For every new Scatter, 5 more spins will be unlocked and Free Falls end when there are no more Scatters. End of Free Spins will mark the beginning of Free Falls Bonus Game, during which Marbles are dropped down into either the Jackpot Collector Cup or the Coin Win Cup.
At least three Marbles that land inside the Jackpot Cup trigger the Jackpot game with a separate meter for each of the progressive and fixed amounts. The meter increases with every new Marble and the player wins the jackpot that scores three Marble hits.
4. The Legend of Shangri-La Cluster Pays
Following up on the success of Aloha, NetEnt has released a new slot with the same cluster based payout system, only this time turning to a more conventional, oriental theme. Just as in Aloha! Cluster Pays, the slot deviates from the standards 5×3 structure and features 5 rows and 6 reels instead.
What differentiates Shangri La from Aloha (apart from the theme) is an extra Nudge Reel feature that pulls back a stray Scatter symbol and returns it to a reel position where it can form a combination and unlock the Bonus round.
Looking at the game’s design, Shangri La is by far one of the best editions with the oriental theme and the visual aspect alone is enough to make you fall in love with this slot and play the game on repeat, even if the maximum payout were not as generous as 100,000 coins.
5. South Park
The fans of the popular TV show will not be disappointed by NetEnt’s twist on the series, but you do not even have to be a South Park nut to enjoy the slot. There are four different bonuses integrated in the game, each corresponding to one of the main characters.
The best part about the bonuses is that they are not simply reduced to regular Free Spins or picking games. Instead, the extra rounds come with a separate set of interesting challenges, placing the slot in an entirely different category and almost making it into a hybrid of the standard slot and level strategy game. For example, Stan Bonus is unlocked when Stan vomits on his girl Wendy and Kyle Bonus features the title character kicking his younger brother all over the place.
The real adventure starts with Kenny and Eric bonuses, as the player actually needs to perform a certain action in order to win the prize. In the first one, Kenny has to be kept alive by the player and safely guided across different zones and in Eric bonus, players will have to locate the hippies and multipliers in exchange for more prizes.
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