NetEnt were busy in the last quarter of 2017, releasing their movie-branded online slot hit ‘Planet of the Apes’. Moreover, NetEnt introduced some stunning industry innovations in December 2017 including their new mobile first Blackjack and the world’s first ever ‘Avalanche’ spin mechanism slot in ‘Finn and the Swirly Spin’. The popular Swedish games developer has several games planned for the first three months of 2018. With that in mind, in this article we will take a look at the online slots that NetEnt have lined up for release in the first quarter of 2018. Each of the slots offers something a little different and we’re confident that NetEnt will continue to set the trend for the other game developers to follow over the course of 2018. Here below are all the nitty-gritty details of the new NetEnt online slots to expect in the first quarter of 2018 at William Hill, Bet 365, Betway, Karamba Casino and 888 Casino. Twin Spin Deluxe – released on 10th January 2018 The first game to be released in 2018 from the Swedish online slot developer is ‘Twin Spin Deluxe’, a sequel to Twin Spin. Some online players have already been lucky enough to experience this slot already when it was given a limited release at the start of September 2017 to some selected NetEnt casinos. Many online players have dubbed the online slot ‘Twin Spin Cluster Pays’, a reference to the unique and innovative new payout feature. NetEnt have held true to their promises that this new incarnation incorporates all the benefits of the original with a few twists thrown in. Whilst this new Twin Spin Deluxe version incorporates many of excellent features and characteristics than made the previous version so popular, Twin Spin Deluxe uses NetEnt’s innovative new payout mechanic, ‘Cluster Pays’ format. NetEnt haven’t got to where they are in the industry by resting on their laurels. Changing up the way an online slot’s payout mechanic works is one of the most adventurous innovations that an online games provider can possibly make. ‘Cluster Pays’ essentially eliminates a slot of paylines from either side to be replaced by groupings of symbols. To accommodate the 9-symbol minimum requirement of Cluster Plays, the number of reels is expanded to 6 whilst the number of rows is usually increased to 5. We can’t wait to see the long-anticipated Twin Spin sequel! Universal Monsters: The Phantom’s Curse – release date 24th January 2018 Could this be a Halloween-themed slot that wasn’t quite perfected in time for a release at the end of October horror holiday? Universal Monsters: The Phantom’s Curse is set to arrive to every NetEnt casino towards the end of January 2018. It is a direct sequel to NetEnt’s Phantom of the Opera slot (which was superb and not to be confused with the Microgaming version of Phantom of the Opera). Few details are known at this moment and we are looking forward to seeing what the NetEnt development team have come up with. Will the game mechanics will be similar? It’s exciting to imagine the scary possibilities considering the spooky tale of the ill-fated opera house and its in-house Phantom. Fruit Spin – release date – 8th February 2018 In February 2018, we can expect the completely technologically new and original slot (but old school style) called Fruit Spin to be launched towards the beginning of the month. Similar to the Twin Spin Deluxe, Fruit Spin has already had a limited release and is already becoming a favourite of players who like the retro style in a nod to classic slots, with fruit symbols and simple gameplay. However, there are technological advancements such as Wilds and Lucky Wheels to make it more exciting for the modern player. There’s also something of the Candy Crush style in the game’s graphics which should also appeal to the modern player. We love seeing the revamp of cool classic fruit machine aesthetics and we’re looking forward to playing Fruit Spin in February 2018 at William Hill, Betway, Karamba Casino and 888 Casino. Asgardian Stones – release date – 22nd February 2018 We are returning to Nordic Mythology in February with the release of NetEnt’s Asgardian Stones. As a Sweden-based casino games developer, NetEnt love paying homage through its use of Norse mythology in their online slots. The progressive online slot, Hall of Gods, is another classic example of a NetEnt slots with the Nordic/Norse mythology theme. What we should certainly expect from NetEnt is another epic version of recreation of that mythology in a fully-rendered slot. Whilst no details have been released yet, given the characters recent popularisation through the Marvel movies, we are definitely expecting to see Thor, Loki and Odin as potential characters featured in Asgardian Stones. Canadian players are lucky that the game will become available from February 22 2018, as players in Spain, Bulgaria and Italy will have to wait until March 12, 2018 to play Asgardian Stones. Hotline – release date – 22nd March 2018 We round out the list of new NetEnt slots for the first quarter 2018 with ‘Hotline’. Very little is known about the Hotline online slot itself. In fact, the NetEnt development team initially announced the slot would be released under the ‘Miami Pursuit’ title. However, NetEnt advertised a new name change to ‘Hotline’. Given the theme, we’re expecting to see great beaches, luxury cars, bikinis, muscle-bound bodies, palm trees and some Cuban salsa in a life of luxury in this online slot. However, that is all pure speculation. NetEnt launched some excellent games in 2017 and by the looks of these coming releases it appears they’re all set to continue in the same vein in 2018. We’re excited by all the new slots that the NetEnt team has planned for year 2018. For sure, all the innovations will not cease. Happy 2018 and Good Gaming!