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The King of Slots mobile and online slot will be available as of 12th of November 2015. We've got a video, and a critical eye, ready to put this new video slot in it's place.
Who is this usurper trying to claim the NetEnt throne of ‘King of Slots‘?
Or (dare we say it), have the mass popularity and love of the Starburst game?
We ask these questions, and some other totally random ones, (just because we can), after this short commercial break.
Well, wasn’t that an interesting watch? Bet you weren’t expecting that, right?
We know we weren’t.
Now we have the facts from the video (and a little from our own investigating), what can we deduce from all this?
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Let’s start with the bad news, because we always like to end on a high.
The King of Slots mobile or online slot, is not an original affair. And the theme is, frankly, a little lazy.
Cherries and melons, dark reels, a random little king on the side that doesn’t add anything to the feel of the game. The graphics, granted, are not your usual Net Entertainment awesomeness.
But we know you are going to absolutely adore it. So you’ll shake it off and have an amazing time playing the King of Slots slot.
This is a brilliant mobile slot game! You’ll shout to yourself!
Are NetEnt back to their old awesomeness? You’ll cry in amazement.
Suddenly though, you’ll get a strange sense of deja-vous. You will realise this feels terribly familiar… like a dream you once had….
No. NetEnt. You didn’t.
Did you… Did you copy your own slot??
We’re not sure why this came as a surprise to us. Or the fact it took us three viewings of the video up above to catch-on that the King of Slots is a copy of the brilliant Jack Hammer mobile slot.
Seeing as it’s one of our all time favourites, we felt a little embarrassed.
The reason it took us so long, is simply because NetEnt copying their own casino slots, and releasing them under a different theme, is a rarity.
They are probably one of the few providers who just don’t do that.
Yet, they’ve been toying with this idea for a little while, we think.
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After all, didn’t they create the exclusive slot Mr Green Moonlight, based on the Frankenstein machine? And Leo Vegas casino has their Vegas Party game, which is Twin Spin but with a city of sin make over.
Clearly they saw that popular games, made new with new themes, worked. And they worked well.
There will be rumbles in the gambling grapevine, some even calling them lazy or unoriginal. But you won’t, surprisingly, hear that from us.
Here’s the thing; why should NetEnt not be allowed to do what, pretty much, every single other big casino software provider has done in the past?
Not that far in the past either. Only this year IGT has released both Cash Coaster and Firehouse Hounds, the same game, but with a new theme.
And don’t get us started on Microgaming. They have so many copies of games, they have their own conveyor belt of themes being created, just to slap on mechanics that work.
But here’s the thing to focus on: game mechanics that work.
Copies are not a bad thing. Too many copies, you could argue, is a little lazy (*cough*Microgaming*cough*).
But every gambler in the world, whilst playing their favourite video slots, will have that moment when their luck runs out. This machine, usually so full of love and wins, is colder than your ex after a night of drunken texting.
So, you swap. And there’s no greater feeling in the world than being able to swap from your favourite to… another favourite, with a new theme.
It’s a strategy that has worked well for us in the past.
Thunderstruck not paying out? Let’s try Ladies Nite. Or Agent Jane Blonde. Or Summertime.
One will be the right amount of warm to get those big wins.
We’d argue that the King of Slots is a perfect name. After all these years Jack Hammer has stood the test of time in both players hearts and wallets.
With an equal mix of constant action, a high return to player rate, and the possibility of some huge wins, what’s not to love?
And it’s not like they are going to stop creating new slot games. We still have Guns & Roses arriving in December, and Pyramid: Quest for Immortality, coming end of October, which looks like it’s going to have some crazy wins.
So go ahead. Remind yourself why NetEnt is awesome by playing on Jack Hammer, and waiting for the King of Slots coming this November 12th.
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