They say mobile gambling is the future. But with all our smartphones and tablets, the future seems to have already arrived. The number of mobile casinos is constantly on the rise—which, thankfully, keep looking better by the minute!—while more and more new video slots and casino games have started heading straight to both desktop and mobile devices as soon as they’re out. Gambling on the go is no longer a novelty; it’s a necessity. Here’s all you need to know about gambling apps and mobile casinos.
The Expansion of Gambling Apps
Did you know that nowadays more people use their phones to access the internet than their computers? Also, if you think about it, almost everything we do on our phones is accomplished through applications. With that in mind, it’s easy to see why gambling apps are also growing in number.
"The Mirror states that by 2018 as many as 168 million people will be doing their online gambling via mobile phones and tablets."
According to The Mirror, a staggering 164 million people will be gambling online via their mobile devices by 2018. We’re still 2 years away from that whopping number. Nevertheless, the simple truth of it is: you’re just no longer bound to your desktop. You can now spin the reels of your favourite slots while travelling, waiting in never-ending queues or sunbathing on the beach. Wherever there’s Wi-Fi, you’ll be good to go. And the gambling moguls are certainly counting on it.
The Benefits of Mobile Casinos
We’ve already mentioned the most obvious advantage of a mobile casino—its convenience and accessibility. No matter where you are, you can fire up a gambling app and spin the reels of your favourite online slots. It’s as easy as that!
Another advantage of gambling apps would be bonuses. While not every online casino does this, there are certain mobile casinos that push amazing promos and bonuses only for their mobile apps. So you’ll have a case that, unless you’ve downloaded a casino’s mobile app, you won’t be able to snatch their current amazing deal. With their gambling app, however, you might be snatching extra Free Spins and getting the taste of that sweet bonus-filled life.
Slots with the Best Experience on Mobile Devices
Even though the future’s already here, we still have some ways to go. Unfortunately, not every existing slot is thus far available on mobile devices and not every available slot will be running on your iPhone or Android phone as smoothly as you’d want it to. However, there are already certain incredibly popular video slots that you can indeed open up on your phone and enjoy the ride the same way you would at home—except you’d do it on the move.
"The graphics of NetEnt slots remain just as crisp on mobile devices as they are on the games’ desktop versions."
So far, NetEnt seems to be taking the cake when it comes to first-rate experience on mobile devices, which is why we’ve picked 3 NetEnt slots as the mobile cream of the crop: the Starburst slot, Blood Suckers slot and Jack Hammer 2 slot. Why? The graphics of the slots remain supremely crisp, the reels keep spinning as slickly as ever and you can easily initiate the Autoplay function with a simple tap of your finger.
Let’s start with the Starburst slot, which looks absolutely stunning on smartphones. As it is the case with the other NetEnt slots we’ve picked, you’ll have absolutely no trouble setting up your preferred coin size and wagering level—a few simple taps are enough to initiate the game and the dazzling diamonds will pop on your screen, especially when re-spins are triggered and the locked rewarding symbols are accompanied with exploding animations.
Then there’s the popular. You’ll enjoy spinning the reels of this vampire-themed NetEnt slot on your mobile phone or tablet right off the bat. Namely, the sound is clear, the eerie music and background noise remain as crisp as ever and the entire gaming experience is pristine and top-notch.
Finally, what makes playing the Jack Hammer 2 slot on mobile devices so worthwhile is definitely the smoothness of the game’s transitions. The sound effects remain just as engaging as they are on the desktop version and the entire gameplay is extremely easy to master. Tapping the right spot lets you effortlessly choose or change the bet level and coin value and get back to spinning the reels in a matter of seconds.
What do you think? Has the future arrived or do mobile casinos have a long way to go till they reach the levels and standards held by online casinos developed for desktops only? Will there come a time when mobile gambling will entirely trump gaming on computers? Share all your thoughts, opinions and comments in the AskGamblers forum—we’re more than eager to hear how you feel about this topic!