If there is one thing that can definitely be said of Nektan, it is that this operator is one of the most prolific around.
However, regardless of the industry, prolific isn’t always a good thing. Brand recognition is important, of course, at getting your name out and making sure people understand what you do is vital, but there’s a limit, and Nektan passed that a long time ago.
The problem with this operator is that they’re not bringing anything new to the table, ever. With an ever-expanding portfolio that already features a huge number of basically identical sites, Nektan have started to feel like they’re mocking players, relying on their name to ensure that each new site they release will entice enough people in for them to make their money.
This feels like a cheap tactic, and an unpleasant one, when taking the time to actually create a small number of excellent sites would have probably taken about the same amount of effort.
Effort is the big word here, because it doesn’t feel like Nektan put any in anymore, just working from the same template they always have in terms of both appearance and content.
Enter Jackpot Jones, one of many recent releases from Nektan, another online casino trying to separate itself from its network brethren before it can even start to compete on a wider scale in the iGaming industry.
Design and theme
Jackpot Jones is, we assume, based around the theme of pirates. This suggestion comes from the cutlass that is used in the (awful) logo, and the treasure chests present throughout the design.
To be fair to Jackpot Hones, there is more of an effort to stick to theme than we usually see from Nektan, with a few banner images including maps and treasure chests as well as the usual logo and background images.
Obviously, being Nektan, none of the artwork is particularly impressive and all photos look like they’ve been taken from the nearest stock image site, but they at least seem to have tried a little harder, and that should probably be respected, a little bit, encouraged at least.
Past that, it’s everything we all know, the background images are taken over by a white background in the centre of the page, with thumbnails in front offering quick access to games.
Then you have game categories clearly marked, granted, in a colour that has nothing to do with the colour scheme of the site, but still.
For a Nektan site, Jackpot Jones isn’t half bad, but that says more about the network than the site, because compared to the wider online casino scene, it’s still awful.
Nektan always offer a wide range of games at their sites, they tend to be basically, if not exactly the same games, but it’s a good choice nonetheless.
Unfortunately, Jackpot Jones seems to have been unnecessarily punished by Nektan, having a smaller range than most sites on the network.
The collection is still okay, with titles from the likes of 1X2 Network, Big Time Gaming, Blueprint Gaming, Core Gaming, ELK Studios, IGT, Microgaming, Nektan, NetEnt, NextGen Gaming, Realistic Games, SG Digital, SG Gaming, and Williams Interactive on offer, but we’ve seen better at other Nektan sites, which is not a good statement.
There’s slots, table and card games, enough to cover the tastes of most people, but when all this network has going for it is the strong list of software developers they work with, it’s hard to understand why they’ve chosen to offer less games at Jackpot Jones.
Nektan just don’t seem to care anymore, at all, and that is, again, very apparent here.