NetEnt Live Roulette is a conventional European little wheel designed with mobile players in mind. Through the use of green screen technology, this provider creates a splendid environment that’s tailored to every turn with in-spin betting just like at a land-based casino. But do they live up to their promise of ‘better gaming’? Let’s find out if they succeed in our Live Roulette review.
This casino game was initially reviewed in October 2017.
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Branded as a ‘game changer in the world of live casino’, NetEnt Live Roulette may not have flipped the little wheel on its head but it did impress us. It’s smooth on any screen but especially so on smartphone where you’re able to swipe between the stream and betting surface. All in all, it’s a sleek experience and if any alterations are made, we’ll be the first to tell you at LiveCasino.com.
On entry you’ll be taken aback by how good NetEnt Live’s use of Chroma Key technology is here. Once your eyes settle, you’ll see that the roulette wheel takes pride of place in this set-up. It’s a conventional drum in a shiny black colour with a silver turret in the centre. Beneath this you’ll see your virtual red and black betting surface with either burgundy or green felt. It’s slightly angled with bright white numbers printed on it and a small racetrack to the back of the surface that expands as part of the interface.
Lift your eyes from the surface and you’ll see that the surroundings are just as superb. Clearly designed to capture a plush land-based casino feel, their top-tier green screen does exactly that. It’s dimly lit, evokes a luxurious essense and can be designed differently as requested by the casino operator. Your live dealer sits in the middle just behind the wheel. Males dealers don a tuxedo while females typically wear a smart black dress. Each croupiers guides the game with the level of professionalism you’d expect from such a pioneering provider.
NetEnt Live prides itself in creating customer-driven interfaces that are equally easy-to-use and enjoyable. They claim to have invested in over 100 hours player interviews but is the effort visible on both desktop and mobile? Let’s find out.
NetEnt Live Roulette has a simple and standard interface that’s particular to this provider. At the top left you’ll see game name, your current bet, win amount, available balance and the chat window. You might miss the latter at first glance but we do like that it’s quite unobtrusive. All game controls appear across the base of the screen. Casino chips to place your wagers sit in the centre and we were pleased to see that they’re much larger than the ones used by Extreme Living Gaming.
To either side of these you’ll see five game controls. You can view how other players bet, save your favourite bets, double, undo, clear and repeat your wager. To the far left you’ll find access to the lobby and the cog icon to control what elements are visible on screen as well as the video quality and audio volume. Next to this is a speaker button to toggle the sound on or off and the information icon to view the paytable, game rule and game history. An area listing the hot and cold numbers and the racetrack to place neighbour bets appears to the top right.
This game makes a great first impression on smartphone. Upon loading, you’ll be greeted with a guide on how to play mobile NetEnt Live Roulette. Once you flick past this you’ll see one the most well-presented interfaces in the industry, in both screen orientations. The live stream and virtual betting layout are given equal screen space which you can view by swiping up and down.
A unique feature here is that the chips rise when you tap on them so you can clearly see which one has been selected. Unfortunately, the racetrack betting area is not available and there are limited settings options to choose from. If don’t mind a lighter variant of the little wheel then we recommend a few rounds in landscape mode.
Your pick of device will ultimately come down to you playing preference. If you’d like a full view hot and cold numbers, a well-laid out user interface as well as the option to place neighbour bets, then we recommend using your PC. This little wheel is much simpler on smartphone which you may prefer if would like to focus solely on the stream. Our overall impression is that it’s one of the higher end tables that offers a true casino feel, no matter how you play.
A full complement of audio and visual settings are available in NetEnt Live Roulette. Every sound is picked up by their state-of-the-art equipment from the shuffle of the chips when placing a bet to the usual clink of the roulette ball around the drum and a faint tune, you’ll hear it all. The dealer’s voice also comes in loud and clear to provide instruction on betting times and announce the winning number after each spin. You may adjust the volume for casino noise, dealer voice and background music by clicking the cog icon on desktop.
There are at least three different camera angles here – a wide shot view of the studio and a few different close-ups of the wheel. Click the cog on desktop and you’ll be able to choose between low, medium, or high-quality resolution. If your internet connection is strong enough, we recommend that latter as you’ll get a 25 frames-per-second view of the table. What’s interesting to note is the network connection icon that’s shown to the bottom of the screen which will help you keep track of the optimal choice for you. Even on lower quality settings you’ll be able to tell that NetEnt Live invested in high-end cameras.
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