This popular jackpot game’s history started in December 2010 when it was launched as a desktop game. Back then, the first NetEnt Touch® game was, most probably, in development as it wasn’t before the end of 2011 that Blackjack Touch® and Gonzo’s Quest Touch® were launched at the mobile casinos as the first mobile games developed by NetEnt. While over the years many popular and new titles were added to the assortment Touch® Games, it took NetEnt quite a while to release Hall of Gods Touch®, the fourth jackpot game available as a mobile casino game.
NetEnt has been involved in the iGaming industry since their establishment in 1996, not long after the first casinos made it to the world wide web. NetEnt had a long road to walk before it became what is today, but it’s their perseverance and hunger for innovation that brought them into the spotlights, becoming one of the industry’s most popular pioneers.
As a pioneer, NetEnt has been responsible for many innovations, later on, often taken over by the competition. NetEnt has been involved in the first 3D video slots, first live casino games, first mobile casino games, and so on.
While NetEnt’s games were up and running at the tens of NetEnt Casinos, NetEnt was looking for a way to deliver its wide range of online casino games to an upcoming market: the mobile casino market. This eventually resulted in the NetEnt Touch® Games, a series of online casino games transformed into a mobile version to work seamlessly on any Android or IOS phone or tablet.
Mobile gaming continues to be an important growth factor for NetEnt with revenues coming from mobile in Q3 increasing by 83 percent compared to the same quarter in 2015 and accounted for 40 percent of revenues in the quarter.
NetEnt keeps on innovating to keep these revenues growing and in September the company rolled out NetEnt Live Mobile. This incredibly innovative live casino product really enhances the player experience and certainly improves the way operators use the live casino.
The NetEnt Touch® Games are developed with a focus on quality and speed while maintaining the user-friendliness of the online casino games. just as the cutting edge animations and features responsible for the popularity of the NetEnt games. Not an easy job as NetEnt needs to respond to specifications so important for mobile games, but as no other NetEnt managed with the Touch® games. The mobile games are easy to use, fast when a reasonable internet connection is available but is it the quality of the games that impress me as I don’t experience many differences compared to the online casino games.
Hall of Gods™ video slot
As mentioned in the intro, the Hall of Gods™ slot was launched in December 2010 as the newest jackpot game. Innovative for the time with new slot features and a jackpot bonus game. We would call them rather standard these days, but in 2010 a jackpot bonus game wasn’t standard at all and moving around with a hammer smashing shields was a pretty exciting slot experience.
Norse mythology as a theme totally fits the company as its roots can be found in Sweden. That’s probably why the symbols have been enriched with five of the most interesting gods involved in Norse mythology. There’s the hammer-wielding thunder-god Thor; the one-eyed, raven-flanked god Odin; the feathered cloak-clad goddess Freyja; the goddess Iðunn, who keeps apples that grant eternal youthfulness, and the father of Hel, the jötunn Loki. The Midgard Serpent is spending some time on the reels in the Hall of Gods™ slot as well in the role of the Expanding Wild while the Scatter symbols have been inspired by Odin’s ravens.
Six years later….
Hall of Gods™ has been on the market for over 6 years and has been super popular with players from the beginning. It was only a matter of time before this jackpot slot was going to be launched as a mobile game too.
Since the launch of Gonzo’s Quest Touch® end of 2011, many mobile games made it to the NetEnt Casinos with over 60 NetEnt Touch® Games being available by now. An incredible number involving many older titles like Hall of Gods™ is one. However, there might have been a bit of a challenge as the Hall of Gods™ slot was developed 6 years ago in HTML4. Technology is going fast, and it was in October 2014 that HTML5 was released as a stable W3C Recommendation. Since this launch, all NetEnt slots are partly or entirely developed in HTML5 which offers more possibilities when it comes to a game’s animations, graphics, colours, slot features, sounds, and more.
On the other hand, when the first NetEnt Touch® game came out, all slots were developed in HTML4 so it could have been the lack of time. That, I have to admit, wouldn’t even be weird as it was in the past two years the company has been working on an incredible series of rock video slots known as the NetEnt Rocks Tour. This series of video slots consists of three incredible video slots that bring you as a player the best slot experience combined with a fantastic rock experience. You can only imagine the excitement Guns N’ Roses Touch®, Jimi Hendrix Touch®, and Motorhead Touch® will bring until you’ve played them at one of the many mobile casinos.
A serious case of fast moving technology or lack of time, NetEnt will always be forgiven and I even suspect some more existing titles to be launched as a Touch® game later on this year. If so, you can look forward to many more new mobile slots of which no mobile version has been launched yet while all new NetEnt Games launched in 2017 will be available as a desktop and mobile version straight away.