#1 House of Fun
House of Fun is a slot-based app and website with over 200 different games to try your hand at. You’ll start with an award of 1,000 coins and you can either use these to build your balance (if you win), or purchase coins from the store (the cheapest purchase being just $1.99 on the ‘New Player Specials’, awarding you 16,300 additional coins).
Your current level is displayed in the top right-hand side of the site, with a progress bar telling you how far away you are from levelling up.
In addition, you’ll find the ‘Playtika Rewards’ with bronze, silver, gold, platinum, diamond, royal diamond and black diamond levels. This a complex loyalty program where you can unlock exclusive in-game benefits and new slot titles as you rise.
Numbers indicate which level you’ll need to reach to unlock the next slot, with the following two games available from the start.
Slot game highlights:
Radiant Scarab – An ancient Egyptian themed game where you’ll gain instant rewards when landing 7 or more scarab beetles anywhere across the five reels. The pay outs for these scarabs update real time, with thousands of coins to be won when hitting thirteen or more. This is an all-ways game with 1,024 ways to win, with a free spins bonus feature when you hit three or more pyramid symbols.
Dingo Gold – You’ll start this game by selecting a bronze, silver or gold coin, with the bronze coin being the lowest risk/reward option with a spin cost of 25 coins, while the gold coin costs 250 coins per spin. This is another 1,024 ways to win game, where you can pick up collectible rewards for the dingo watermark symbol and enjoy the free spins bonus feature too.
On joining Slotomania, you are met with a vibrant purple colored casino set against a backdrop of a futuristic high-rise city. On registering you are immediately awarded with a million coins, while Lucy, your cartoon host, talks you through all aspects of the site.
While playing, you’ll find a series of different ways to track your progress – you’ll level up every time you play, earn points in the Sloto Club and move through the Playtika rewards levels. Look out for the bonus coins being thrown your way at every opportunity. You can pay cash to buy coins and boost your rewards immediately.
As the name tells you, Slotomania is chock full of slots. In all there are more than 100 games available. The majority of these games are locked until you reach a certain level.
The front page features six games that are all accessible from the start. As you scroll from left to right, you’ll see all of the locked games (as well as one or two additional bonus unlocked games). If you click on them, you will see which level you’ll need to reach to unlock each one. All of the Jackpot games need to be unlocked, giving you something to aim for.
Slot game highlights:
Rapid Chili – This is a fast-paced game where you’ll gain instant rapid-fire wins when landing three or more ‘rapid fire’ symbols on the reels. Land the maximum nine and you’re looking at an impressive 6 figure pay out. Sombreros, tequila and maracas all appear, adding a nice atmosphere to this Mexican themed game.
Despicable Wolf – Based on the Little Red Riding Hood, this 6-reel slot features a paw meter, which will load with cash every time you land paws on the reels. Fill the meter and you’ll enter the ‘Power Paw’ bonus and you can multiply your wins by up to 200x.
#3 Viva Slots Vegas Casino
This social casino can be played via the mobile app only and sees you awarded 2,500 credits when you first enter. The design shows a purple, starry backdrop. You can immediately claim your first hourly bonus of 500 coins, while regular coin drops feature in the email system. This social casino has an easy to follow progression – with a new game unlocking every time you level up.
You can buy credits at any time starting at the $1.99 level (2,000 tickets, with additional bonuses if you’re a VIP). To become a VIP, you’ll make a one-time payment of $19.99, which gives you 175,000 in bonus credits, additional bonuses and access to exclusive VIP machines.
At first, only one of the games is accessible, but you’ll quickly advance through levels, unlocking additional games. Here’s a look at the level 1 and 2 games.
Slot game highlights:
Quintuple 5x Win – The opening game is a classic 3-reel game featuring the traditional mix of sevens and bars. Win when you land 3 in a row of either, or a combination of the two. Thrown into the mix are a series of multipliers, ranging through 2x to 5x. Each of these multipliers also act as a wild and they can work together to create fantastic combination wins.
Wild SuperStars – It’s clear there’s a focus on those traditional 3-reel games in the early levels, as this is another slot featuring sevens and bars. The red sevens backed with a horseshoe is your standout symbol, while the multipliers go much further in this game. The 2x and 4x multipliers won’t help you break the bank, but the 10x and 25x multipliers will, turning standard wins into mega pay outs. This time around, the win multiplier appears on an additional reel, and is applied every time you land a prize.
#4 Zynga Hit it Rich Social Casino
If you like ‘brand’ games, Zynga Hit It Rich is a good choice for a social casino. On entering, you are immediately pushed towards ‘Dracarys’, a Game of Thrones themed game based around Daenerys Targaryen. Marilyn Monroe and Wizard of Oz themed games are also both available at the very start (like other social casinos, you’ll need to unlock other games as you move through levels).
Look out for regular deals on offer, some awarding you free additional coins, while others offer you paid deals, usually with bonus coins being added.
Overall, Zynga Hit It Rich has an incredibly vibrant feel (Zynga are one of the most experienced companies in social gaming, and evidently know how to attract your attention), with the action set in a lavish casino. As you move through the levels, a great mix of games feature, including more themed titles. These include Star Trek, Terminator, Ghostbusters, Happy Days, Flashdance and more.
Here’s a look at two of the opening unlocked options.
Slot game highlights:
Game of Thrones Dracarys – When you enter this game, you’ll be asked to choose one of four Jackpot levels, with the cost per spin increasing as you move through those levels. You’ll instantly recognize the famous theme tune of the series, while many of the leading characters appear on the reels, including Jon Snow, Cersei Lannister and Tyrrion Lannister. Enter the free spins feature and you’ll be met with a backdrop of the Wall, with more opportunities of landing the Jackpot prizes.
Mustang Money – Head out to the old west, where you’ll be met by eagles, gold bars, the prairie and of course, mustangs. The golden-headed mustangs are stacked on all of the reels and act as the wild symbols, ensuring big winning opportunities.
#5 Caesars Games Social Casino
The moment you enter Caesars Games you are immediately given a coin boost in excess of 25,000 coins to get you started. Once again, you’ll find the ‘Playtika Rewards’ scheme in action, while there are over 100 games to choose from (the majority of these locked until you move to the appropriate level).
Check the mail system to see if you have any offers in your inbox, while you can take part in challenges or enter the ‘High Rollers Lounge’ (reach level 500 and have a billion coins to enter!).
This online social casino is set against the backdrop of the night sky, with stars shining. The golden menu bar just shouts money, matching the famous Caesars logo. A scrolling ‘info’ box to the left-hand side keeps you informed of all of the offers and promotions available at any one time.
Slot game highlights:
Ancient Phoenix – This is a picturesque slot, with the standout symbol being a beautiful Geisha Girl, the slot having a distinctly Asian theme. Throughout play you have minor, major and mega jackpots to strive for, while ‘Nudging Wild Reels’, will ensure those wilds fill the entirety of a reel. The highlight of this game is the ‘Legendary Respins’, where you’ll find eye-catching green and gold ‘dragon coins’ sticking to the reels, giving the opportunity to land those jackpots.
Wild Howl – This is a slot all about those creatures that come out in the moonlight, including rabbits, moose, owls and of course, wolves. There are four jackpots to be landed in this game (Mini, Minor, Major and Mega). Enjoy stacked wilds and scatter pays, while you’ll want to land six or more of the moon symbols to enjoy the ‘Howling Respins’, where those moons become sticky. Fill the reels with moons and the Mega Jackpot is yours.
#6 Billionaire Casino
When you first access Billionaire Casino you’ll go through an instant tutorial. This will show you how to master the straightforward controls. The good news is that by the end of the tutorial you’ll have 5 million coins to play with. Interestingly, this social casino has a much wider range of instant play games, with eleven instant access games available at time of writing.
Your host at this casino is ‘Billy’ and as well as all of the standard ‘level up’ features you’d normally, you’ll also find leaderboards, a lottery (where you’ll be awarded free tickets to win random prizes) and extended social aspects (including a page featuring a list of successful players).
While the focus is on slots, you will also find a handful of classic casino games including blackjack, roulette, video poker and baccarat.
Slot game highlights:
God of Sky – If you like slots with an epic feel, this is the game for you. The reels are filled with gods such as Poseidon, Pegasus and Zeus, while a movie-style soundtrack lends great atmosphere to the game. All set against the backdrop of a snowy mountain, the main feature is a free spins bonus round. Land the feature and all of the gods will turn into golden scatter symbols, making wins that much more regular and high paying. Check out the billion-coin (plus) jackpot.
Blaster Cats v Aliens – Yes, as the name implies, there are a bunch of aliens on the reels, being blasted by a series of madcap cats above the reels. This game features the freefall system and will see you enter the free spins when you land 4 wins in a row. The only question you might have is – who are the aliens? As those cats look pretty out there too.
#7 Doubledown Casino
When you enter Doubledown Casino you are given the immediate award of a million chips. You will also get the chance to take a tutorial, which gives you the chance to win more. Before you start playing, the missions pop up on the screen, giving you more bonus chips possibilities. For example, if you play 3 different slots, you’ll earn a cool 200k in chips.
The layout of this casino is interesting. It features three circular open-air rooms, with the main options in the prominent front room. It becomes clear immediately that Doubledown Casino offers much more than slots, as table games and video poker each have their own section. What also sets this social casino apart is that you can play any of the games at any time – no matter what level you are at. This is perfect for those that like to have that choice, while others might enjoy the achievement of having ‘earned the right’ to play a game. There is also a high-limit room, where you’ll play bigger stakes games and gain early access to some of the new slots available.
Slot game highlights:
Cleopatra – This is a classic game at both social and ‘real money’ casinos, where the Queen of Egypt rules the reels. Alongside Cleopatra you’ll find classic Egyptian icons such as the scarab beetle, ankh, the Eye of Ra and a Tutankhamun style tomb. Cleopatra herself acts as the wild symbol, doubling every win when she appears, while a free spins bonus round also features. Win both Super Jackpots and Mega Jackpots in the game, with the big one awarding more than a billion chips.
3 Wheel Roulette – Roulette is one of the classic games at the casino, but if you’re playing socially, you might want as much action as possible. This is where the 3 reels come in. The inner reel acts as a standard roulette wheel, with the ball landing in a numbered slot as usual. However, two outer reels filled with the numbers continue spinning, eventually stopping with its own number aligned with the ball. Each spin therefore lands on 3 numbers. This is an exciting take on traditional roulette and gives you three chances at landing those long odds picks like single numbers.
#8 Huuuge Casino
Huuuge Casino is affiliated to the popular Billionaire Casino detailed above, giving you the option of playing in the Billionaire league along with Billy. However, instead of Billy, this time around, the casino host is Betty.
Slots make up the majority of the titles, although there is an ‘other games’ section where you’ll find Texas Hold’em Sit and Go, roulette, baccarat, blackjack and video poker.
The site has a bold orange color scheme and a big band soundtrack simply made for a casino lobby. Like other sites, you’ll need to level up to play most of the games (with a new game unlocking every 2 levels), although there is a nice selection of games that you can play immediately. You’ll also find exclusive games to this casino.
Slot game highlights:
Huuuge Quick Jackpots – This is a fast-paced and fun five-reel game where the focus is on the ‘Huuuge Hit’ symbols. Land 3 or more anywhere on the reels and you’ll win an instant prize, while five or more will see you grab one of the progressive Jackpots on display (these are ‘very progressive’, as you can see the numbers shooting up before your eyes). Enjoy the pick’ bonus where you’ll be awarded free spins and more.
Huuuge Diamond Wins – At first glance this looks like a very straightforward 3-reel game with 5 win-lines. However, you’ll quickly realize there is much more to it than this. First, any time the ‘diamond’ wild symbol appears, it will double any win. Land a pair of wilds and your payout is multiplied by 4. Second, a wheel of fortune symbol can appear on reel 3. When it lands, a wheel will pop up – either awarding you a huge win multiplier or the chance to win the Grand or Mega jackpots.
Advantages of Playing at Social Casino Slots
The games can be free. On first signing up at these sites, you are given a stack of chips to play with and a regular dose of bonuses. This means that you can enjoy a whole load of gaming for free – if you’re careful with your chips, or you get lucky, this free play can go on indefinitely.
They are a great way to practice casino games. If you’ve never played a slot before and you want to get a feel for the action before playing for real money, these sites can be a fine way of getting a handle on games. You might want to test out your blackjack or video poker strategy too. Social sites give you this opportunity.
Finally, the fun and social aspects have to be mentioned. At these sites you can compete against your friends on leader boards, you can aim to reach higher levels than your friends, or if you’re a nice friend, you could send some chips their way. With the sites linked to Facebook, they are easy to set up and easy to invite your friends in.
Disadvantages of Playing Social Casino Slots
While there are a large range of games available, real money casino sites do offer many more gaming opportunities. While you might find just over 100 games at social casinos, don’t be surprised to see many times that at real money sites. The quality of the games can be lower at social sites too. Yes, there are good games at both social and real money sites, but the best games online will always be found at the real money sites.
You might be able to play for free at social casino sites, but if you want to compete with the biggest players, you’ll need to make purchases, meaning they are only ‘free’ to an extent. And having paid money into a site, there is no chance of a return – all you’ll ever win is ‘virtual’ money. Win a major prize on these sites and you’ve got bragging rights but win a major prize at a real money casino and you’ve got bragging rights and a huge wad of cash to go with it.
Easy Way to Play Your Favorite Games Without Spending Any Money
If you enjoy casino games, and don’t want to spend the money needed to play the real thing, then social casinos make for an entertaining alternative.
These apps and websites let you play while you compete with new friends from around the country. You can unlock new games, compete for bonus prizes or just the bragging rights of seeing your screen name in the hall of fame.
Some casinos have versions of classic slots found in live casinos. Others have custom made games you won’t find elsewhere. If you want to give your chip stack a boost, and unlock VIP level games, then you can purchase chips in-app.