No discussion of modern online video slots can really take place without the mention of software producer Net Entertainment or NetEnt. This Swedish game developer has been the clear leader in online gaming in Europe for more than a decade, this has been incredibly good for players, as these astonishingly well produced and generally high RTP games have forced other manufacturers to progress rapidly to keep up.
The South Park slot game is one of NetEnt’s most popular and thanks to the theme, most controversial slot game releases. I’m assuming everyone will be aware of the TV show and the resulting style of the slot game that is produced as a result. Leaving that to one side as it will be very love or hate depending on your opinion, South Park the slot game does have a lot to offer gameplay wise for what might appear to be a relatively simple 5x3 slot with 25 fixed pay-lines.
There are four bonus features, each based on one of the show’s characters and all offer decent pay-out potential thanks to the high RTP, all integrate animation features seamlessly to increase both anticipation and entertainment during the bonus rounds. The combination of such a high return to player and medium variance sadly removes any option of a real jackpot on this game. You take your choice here and if you are happy to drop two bonuses and a spins retrigger, you could try the Mega Fortune slot instead which replaces those with a progressive without affecting the overall pay-out ratio.
This is a branch out for NetEnt in many ways, after cornering the market with their own virgin creations such as the legendary Starburst slot game, it was only a matter of time before they began looking at branded slots. The NetEnt sounds trilogy, their most current project, features Guns N Roses, Jimi Hendrix and Motorhead slots, it’s clear that in the future IGT, WMS and Aristocrat have a new potential rival on the casino floor. It will be interesting to see an online developer go to land casinos rather than the other way around as has been the norm the last few years.
Of course, if you play from the US you can only view these games with envy for now, though it seems that NetEnt are very committed to being in the US market as soon as they can, they are mired in the regulatory difficulties at the moment. Their current pursuit of land based licenses in the US and Canada has also seen them suspend fresh contracts for Canadian online casinos, leaving only operators on old unexpired contracts currently able to supply Canadian players.
Outside of the markets NetEnt serve very few developers have really caught up, with the traditional big name firms like IGT only really offering this level of production on their official or brand co-operative machines. BetSoft are one developer who would clearly like to claim NetEnt’s position at the forefront both in and out of the US and their 3D slot range is becoming elaborate enough to consider them competition or at the very least, solid contenders.
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