Get your favourite slot games on your device – spin to win on the go!
Modern iGaming technology has made it possible to bring sophisticated casino entertainment to a variety of devices and operating systems. The upshot is that you can now enjoy your favourite slot games at any time, with all the convenience of a mobile device or tablet.
What are mobile slots?
Mobile slot games remain the most popular products on the internet gambling market. Of the $10 billion wagered each year through mobile platforms, the lion’s share comes from online slot games.
In essence, mobile slot games are identical to the products available via desktops, except you can play anywhere, at any time. All you need is a smart device and a robust signal. You can sometimes access these games via a dedicated app, or through a mobile browser. You can also play a number of games (both real-cash and free-to-play) on social media platforms such as Facebook.
Mobile browsers, mobile websites and apps
There are three ways of accessing slot games on your mobile device:
- Via a mobile browser: in which case, you simply access the casino website as per usual via your mobile device.
- On a mobile website: again, the process of accessing and playing games should be identical to playing via your desktop. However, if the casino runs a properly optimised mobile site, the experienced will be more polished and ‘mobile-friendly’ overall.
- Through a dedicated app: some casinos release branded apps that can be installed directly onto your mobile device. In addition to allowing you to play games without having to go through your browser, this app will send alerts regarding new bonuses and promotions.
Most casino software providers, such as Microgaming, Playtech and Betsoft, produce versions of their software that run seamlessly under the iOS operating system. You can also install apps made by independent software companies, but usually its best to stick to the tried and trusted names if you’re going to gamble with real money.
Because of the relatively small screens of smart-phones, mobile slots are usually not as full-featured as their desktop cousins. You can still find plenty of entertaining slots games to play though, including classics such as Da Vinci Diamonds with its cascading symbols feature, and Zuma Slots, the online slot that’s based on the legendary Flash game from Popcap.
Slots designed for Google’s Android operating system have to jump through all the usual hoops as Google will not allow games where people can gamble with real money on Google Play. This means slots games on Android devices have either to be played in a browser, or installed separately by downloading and installing an Android package (apk) file.
Once these steps have been completed, Android users can enjoy the thrill of spinning the reels and competing for progressive jackpots. A couple of the best slots to play on an Android smartphone are Good Girl Bad Girl, where you can choose to play either as a sweet angel or a devilish demon, and Microgaming’s Mega Moolah, which has been creating millionaires since 2008.
One thing to note: because of the vast number of Android-powered handsets available, it’s not guaranteed that every slot designed to run on Google’s operating system will be compatible with every device.
If you’re fortunate enough to own an iPad or Android-powered device such as Samsung Galaxy Tab or Note, then a much better slots experience awaits you than playing on your smartphone. The larger screen of tablets makes them ideal for playing slots, especially those slots with extra tit-bits such as bonus games and additional features.
NetEnt’s top online slots game – Starburst – both looks and sounds amazing on a tablet. The aim of the game is connect rows of jewels, but the real excitement comes when you’re able to make combinations across the board, leading to big wins. Another fun slots game that works brilliantly on a tablet is Jack Hammer, also from NetEnt. The cartoon-style graphics in this game are a joy, and the “sticky wilds” feature can lead to some knee-trembling jackpots, right up to the maximum of £10,000 per line bet.
Operating systems and platforms
Most casinos optimise their range of online slots for several platforms. Scroll to find out which of our featured casinos support your device’s operating system: