NetEnt announces Jumanji slots for 2018

Since NetEnt’s establishment some 22 years ago, the Swedish gaming software provider of digital gaming solutions have been at the cutting edge of developing branded online slots games. NetEnt developed the very first branded online slot with ‘Scarface’ through its partnership with Universal Studios. Many other branded slots have followed including titles that have become gaming industry-wide icons such as Guns N’ Roses, Jimi Hendrix, South Park, South Park: Reel Chaos, Motorhead, Dracula, Planet of the Apes, Creature from the Black Lagoon, Dallas, The Invisible Man, Frankenstein and Aliens.

Jumanji Slots

Now, NetEnt have managed to sign up another iconic brand. NetEnt has signed an agreement with Sony Pictures Consumer Products to launch an online video slots machine game based on the original Jumanji film.

The new Jumanji online slot will be released later this year. The announcement of the game’s release follows immediately on the back of the recent Christmas / New Year launch of the holiday family blockbuster film ‘Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle’ starring Dwayne ‘The Rock ‘Johnson, Karen Gillan and comedians, Jack Black and Kevin Hart. The current film has gained critical and commercial success alike around the globe, having generated more than CAD $800 million in box office receipts worldwide. However, looking at the game’s online video teaser, it will be based on the original Jumanji movie from 1995 starring late screen legend, Robin Williams.

We anticipate that the Jumanji online video slot game will be launched to NetEnt casinos worldwide (including our recommended online casinos for Canadians – William Hill, Bet 365, Betway, Karamba Casino and 888 Casino) in the second or third quarter of 2018 (post-March 2018).

NetEnt’s Branded Slots History & Heritage

NetEnt’s co-branding marketing concept (including with Universal Studios, South Park Studios and 20th Century Fox) of creating slot games based on well-known brands, such as TV shows, books, films or cartoon characters, has proven to be a popular one for NetEnt. These games tend to attract a higher traffic of players who naturally seek out brands which are well-known to them and that they associate with fun, leisure and entertainment.

  • The first ever “branded” NetEnt video slot released in 2011 was online video slot Scarface. It was a game developed in cooperation with Universal Studios and has the iconic gangster movie of the same name starring Al Pacino as the game’s theme.
  • The second slot based on an existing brand was the online video slot Frankenstein in 2012. Again, this was a cooperation between NetEnt and Universal Studios and draws on the famous classic horror movie from 1931, starring Boris Karloff as the monster.
  • Next was online video slot Dallas, based on the ubiquitous TV soap series. It was exclusively developed for NetEnt in collaboration with Dallas license holder CBS / Warner Bros Entertainment.
  • In 2013, the next branded NetEnt game released was online video slot South Park, based on the belly busting ‘adults only’ comedy animated series and developed in partnership with Comedy Central Television Network. A follow-up including a next generation of gaming technology, South Park: Reel Chaos was released in 2014.
  • Others have followed over recent years including Guns N’ Roses, Jimi Hendrix, Motorhead, Dracula, Planet of the Apes, Creature from the Black Lagoon, The Invisible Man and Aliens.

Why players like Branded Online Slots

The releases of the NetEnt branded video slots are always eagerly anticipated by online players and NetEnt Online Casinos alike. Each succeeding time, players are guaranteed a special new online video slot game with elegant game play features, excellent chances to win with intricate bonus rounds and superb quality 3D graphics and / or animations, usually with original video footage and soundtracks of the branded productions that these exquisite games are based on.

What to Expect from NetEnt’s New Jumanji Online Slots

Due for a launch date in the second or third quarter of 2018, we anticipate that Jumanji will be an extremely engaging slot with outstanding graphics and bonus features that will definitely do justice to the blockbuster movie franchise, taking us on a highly adventurous on the reels and rewarding us with super mega wins that should potentially exceed 1000x bet.

Whilst they’re holding their cards close to their chest for the time being, we’re expecting that the NetEnt game development team will be saving up a great innovation to release with Jumanji, just they recently did with the Planet of the Apes online slot or the Candy Crush-inspired spiral spin mechanism of late-2017 release Finn & the Swirly Spin.

What NetEnt thinks

Henrik Fagerlund, Chief Product Officer of NetEnt, said: “Being able to secure a deal for another high-profile title showcases the moves we’re making in diversifying our roster of games.”

He added: “The original Jumanji movie, which debuted in 1995, remains a moviegoer favourite and continues to demonstrate its cross-generational appeal more than 20 years later! Also, with the recent release of the new film, the Jumanji brand is more popular than ever. We’re excited for the game launch in 2018”.

What we Expect – Jumanji Game Play

Knowing the creative genius of the Swedish studio, NetEnt will go to great lengths to produce an innovative and exciting game, featuring some unique pay mechanisms, slick design, vivid animation and generous gaming sessions with the potential for big wins.

The Return-to-Player percentage (RTP) should be in the usual NetEnt region of +/- 96%, featuring a maximum win on a single bet in excess of 1000x stake. Bet sizes will potentially range from an adjustable CAD $0.10 – CAD $100 easily adjusted by a simple click only.

NetEnt’s standardised Auto Play should give players the possibility to adjust a number of spins to be played with a range of options when the run comes to a halt. Given NetEnt’s recent switch away from Flash technology across all formats, expect Jumanji to be in the HTML5 format and available for play on Desktop, Mobile and Tablets across all iOS and Android platforms at our recommended online casinos for Canadians – William Hill, Bet 365, Betway, Karamba Casino and 888 Casino.

Mega Fortune hit for 4.4 million CAD

NetEnt, one of the world’s leading software developers of digital gaming solutions and online casino games, has provided one lucky player the absolute ideal start to 2018 after he recently secured a CAD$ 4.4 million jackpot win on the online progressive jackpot video slot, Mega Fortune.

Mega Fortune

The CAD$ 4.4 million jackpot was won by a player based in the United Kingdom, (who wishes to remain anonymous), who had only signed up to an Online Casino just a few days before his life-altering win. While details are scarce, we can confirm that this is the 43rd time that Mega Fortune’s jackpot has been won since 2009.

The Mega Fortune Mega Jackpot is widely considered to be one of the largest in online casinos and has an average payout of CAD$ 6.5 million. At one point in time, Mega Fortune’s accumulated prize pool became the largest in history to that point, adding up to a staggering CAD$ 30.7 million and consequently, made it into the Guinness World Book of Records.

With this huge win on January 23 2018, NetEnt has paid out its first multi-million win of 2018 after paying out almost CAD$ 115 million in jackpots in 2017.

What NetEnt Management had to say about the CAD$4.4 Million Win

Henrik Fagerlund, Chief Product Officer of NetEnt, said:

“What a great start to the year it’s been for the lucky winner and we’re so pleased that we’ve been able to play a part in his life-changing moment.
“Mega Fortune is a long-time favourite with NetEnt players, so it’s no surprise to see it claim the first winner of 2018 and we hope it continues to be a lucky year for everyone who has a spin!” Mr Fagerlund added.

About Mega Fortune

Mega Fortune is NetEnt’s record-holder for a single jackpot payout of CAD $30.7 million in January 2013 along with a remarkable RTP of 96.6%. This online progressive jackpot casino game offers a glitzy 5-reel and 25-bet line. Mega Fortune is preferred by many online players as it gives them a hint of what to expect every time they hit the mega jackpot in each spin.

Mega Fortune has an exciting collection of bonus features, each one helping to make it one of the best online progressive jackpot games to play. Players can enjoy random free spins, fabulous scatter wins, and wild substitutes in addition to the astonishing triple jackpot bonus round. See below image for all winning symbols:

Mega Fortune Paytable

In addition to the giant pooled Mega Jackpot, this game features two smaller jackpots (The Rapid Jackpot and the Major Jackpot), thereby giving the player a chance to win either one of the two jackpots or a coin prize every single time they spin the wheel of fortune.

To be in for a chance in winning the Mega Jackpot worth millions, players are required to match three bonus icons and then pair-up three arrows on the Wheel of Fortune bonus round. The Rapid and Major jackpots can also be won during the bonus round, including the very handy cash lump sums of up to CAD$ 6500 each. Mega Fortune online progressive slot also features a free spin bonus with up to 5x multiplier on all wins;

Mega Fortune Bonus

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Mega Fortune – Boasting NetEnt’s Touch Technology

Mega Fortune Mobile Play is now identical to Desktop versions. Through NetEnt Touch technology, equivalent game rules, identical game play and payout percentages and high-quality HD and 3D graphics and animations are available on mobile devices. As the Touch name implies, games can be played smoothly with the touch screen of your device.

Mega Fortune Touch

Mega Fortune Mobile Play is now identical to Desktop versions. Through NetEnt Touch technology, equivalent game rules, identical game play and payout percentages and high-quality HD and 3D graphics and animations are available on mobile devices. As the Touch name implies, games can be played smoothly with the touch screen of your device.

As Online Casino Smartphone use now comprises approximately 46% of the Canadian online casino market, NetEnt has become THE industry leader in the development of mobile platforms for gaming. All new release NetEnt games including Mega Fortune are designed for mobile play, and are fully-compatible with Apple iOS and all Android operating systems for smartphone and tablet use.

Mega Fortune Touch – Cutting Edge HTML5 Game Technology

In the beginning, NetEnt provided their games in download versions only. To access NetEnt’s games, online players had no other choice but to download and install software in order to play online casino games.

Fortunately, by 2018, most online players have access to high-speed internet connections and can conveniently play games directly in their web browsers.

If you have an average broadband speed or better, Mega Fortune and Mega Fortune Touch are available to play directly online in HTML5 format without any need to download any software.

How Often is Mega Fortune’s Jackpot Won?

On average over a 365-day period since Mega Fortune’s introduction, the Mega Jackpot has been won once every 64 days. Whilst you never can truly know for sure when the jackpot is going to be hit, online slot players who enjoys playing in a strategic way generally keep a track of time gone by since the last big win and use it to determine when to next sit down to play Mega Fortune.

Hot tip – Please be aware that due to the operational features of the bonus game on which you can win the progressive jackpot, the more paylines you activate per base game spin will increase the chances you will potentially have of landing the three bonus symbols on any of Mega Fortune’s activated pay lines. If you’re interested in increasing your chances of landing the Mega Jackpot, try to play the maximum payline spins possible to increase your chance of triggering the bonus game feature round. See below image for all possible paylines;

Mega fortune Tips

Mega Fortune Tips, Strategies & Quick Facts

  • The Jackpot cannot be won when playing in ‘fun-mode’ (not playing for money).
  • The Jackpot is a progressive jackpot. Mega Fortune contains Mega, Major and Rapid Jackpots. Every time the game is played, a portion of the player’s bet is added to the Jackpot. The following amounts are allocated from each bet:
  • 1% of the bet is allocated to the RAPID Jackpot.
  • 1% of the bet is allocated to the MAJOR Jackpot.
  • 5.5% of the bet alocated to the MEGA Jackpot.
  • The current Jackpot amount for each type of jackpot is displayed at the top of the game. See top of below image (similar for all Mega Fortune game types – Dreams, Touch and Desktop versions):

Mega Fortune Bonus Paytable

  • Jackpot values displayed in the game are on a 30 second time delay. It is possible on exceptionally rare occasions, that two jackpots can potentially be won within those 30 seconds. The win on the second of the two jackpots becomes the new re-seeded jackpot which will be smaller than the previous jackpot win. All players playing the game when a jackpot is won, will receive a notification within 30 seconds of the jackpot amount being won in current play.
  • Consequently, it is not technically possible to have two simultaneous wins of the same jackpot.
  • In the unlikely event thee communication between the Online Casino and Jackpot server fails for any reason, the game becomes unavailable. There will be no contributions or claims towards the Jackpot. The Jackpot will remain the same until the link is restored.
  • If you win a Jackpot and are playing casino games with a different currency (e.g. USD$), the amount you win is converted to the currency (e.g. CAD$) in which you are playing and is added to your online casino account.
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