Dead or Alive II, NetEnt’s sequel to the original 2013 slot, was named the UK’s most popular 2019 title by SlotCatalog, a data-driven analytics platform.
SlotCatalog reported that it has scanned 826 UK online casinos with “the 189 most popular casinos selected to be included in the data set.”
The data includes games published between January 1 and December 31, 2019, with “the average SlotRank metric based on the games rank between day 60 and day 90 after their release date”.
The top of the charts was the blockbuster sequel of NetEnt, followed by the Eye of Horus Megaways of Blueprint Gaming and the Mercy of the Gods of NetEnt. The top five ended with a hat-trick for NetEnt, with Scudamore’s Super Stakes and, in fifth Red Tiger, with the Plenty Battle for Gold for Pirates.
Commenting on the chart-topping Dead or Alive II, SlotCatalog said: “NetEnt’s highly anticipated sequel to the cult status game Dead or Alive hit all markets with a bang!
“The game quickly landed top positions in most major casino lobbies at the time of the release. Released in April, players enjoyed amazing gameplay, pristine visuals and a perfectly matched soundtrack.
“The expectations on the release were huge, and this time the NetEnt team scored a home-run and landed above the players’ expectations.”
In second spot published much later in the year in mid-October, Blueprint’s Eye of Horus Megaways introduced to great effect the all-conquering Big Time Gaming slot feature. “The popularity of the Megaways technology has grown even stronger in the UK throughout 2019,” SlotCatalog said, “but few have managed to use the technology in such a convincing manner as Blueprint.
“They have delivered a flawless game by combining the all-time favourite classic slot title with the Megaways mechanics. Since the release on October 18, players have jumped at the possibility to enter the free spins mode with unlimited extra spins.”
NetEnt’s Mercy of the Gods was praised for the quality of its base game when completing the medal positions. “The highly volatile slot quickly became a player favourite thanks to the possibility to win big – but a big part of the game’s success was that NetEnt managed to make the base game very interesting.
“The success was quickly reflected in the casino lobbies as the game claimed good positions worldwide, and managed to keep a lot of these positions long after the release.”