The Latest and Greatest iPhone Casino Games
Mar 25, 2014
The rise of the mobile casino market is driven by the launch of fabulous apps and games; we’ll introduce you to some of the hottest names on the market.
Mobile gambling is grabbing an increasingly large part of the iGaming market, with Juniper Research reporting that its market share topped 17 percent last year, a significant spike from 12 percent in 2012. This major movement is driven in large part by the constantly improving quality of mobile casino games available on platforms like Android, iOS and Windows. This piece will recall some of the best and most popular games available for iOS devices.
The iPhone casino game of 2013: Big Fish Casino
Big Fish Casino, an app from iGaming developer Big Fish Gaming, was the highest-grossing app for iPhone last year. 2013 also marked the release of a real-money version of the popular app, which was the first-ever real-money casino product available at the apple store. They’ve utilized the technology of Betable, which verifies the location and age of the player to determine that they can bet legally. Big Fish Casino offers classic table games like roulette, blackjack and craps.
Users can cycle between real-money and just-for-fun social play on the same app. Unfortunately for American players, real-money gameplay is not available. Said CEO Casey DiJulio:
“With the launch of Big Fish Casino U.K., real‐money players in the United Kingdom can join our other Big Fish Casino players in the social aspects and thrill of casino gaming from their iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch — anywhere they happen to be.”
ZyngaPlusCasino and ZyngaPlusPoker
Like some other companies on this list, Zynga started off by making all-ages social media games like Farmville and BubbleSafari. Last year the developer broke new ground by releasing two real-money apps available via Facebook as well Android, iOS and Windows: ZyngaPlusCasino and ZyngaPlusPoker. Players use real money to buy virtual chips with which to play poker against other users or make wagers in table games. That is the same as in the social apps. What is new about the real-money versions is that users can cash out their winnings.
Both games were developed in partnership with real-money gambling provider BwinParty, which utilizes technology to verify the age and location of the player. Players must place a deposit with BwinParty in order to prove that they can pay for their chips. Good news for international players, both iPhone casino games come in almost any language you can think of. Like other real-money gambling apps, it’s not available to players in the US. They will have to stick to the just-for-fun Zynga Casino and Zynga Poker apps on Facebook.
A new spin on an old classic: Monopoly Bingo
To be fair, this game doesn’t offer real-money play. It is what is referred to as a “freemium” game, a great mobile app that is free to download and doesn’t involve any money changing hands. Developed by the reputable Electronic Arts, one would expect it to be high quality. We included it here for two reasons: it is a casino game, even if money is not involved, and it is extremely fun and popular!
All of the classic logos and properties are present, with the goal being to unlock as many properties as possible to advance to subsequent rounds. If you progress far enough you get the opportunity to play head-to-head in live matchups against other players. The only downside is that you can’t cash out your winnings; the plus side to that is you can’t lose money either!
The Hammer of the Gods: Thunderstruck II slot
Microgaming developed and released the original Thunderstruck in 2004, with the game instantly capturing the hearts and minds of iGamers everywhere. In 2010 it decided an upgrade was necessary, so came out with the second installment. While the original was a standard five reel, nine payline slot, the second generation features a staggering 243 ways to win.
There are four bonus rounds, each allowing you to play as a different character from Norse mythology; starting with Valkyrie you progress on to Loki, Odin and Thor, in that order. Four years on this game has lost none of its luster, although many players are hopeful for a third installment to come eventually. Thunderstruck II can be found on numerous iPhone online casinos, including Ladbrokes, Jackpot City and Royal Vegas.
Spin Palace iPhone casino games
Online casino Spin Palace also has a fantastic app available for iPhone devices. It’s famous primarily for its unrivalled arsenal of mobile slot games, including the progressive slots Major Millions and Mermaid Millions, but it offers other great casino games like blackjack, roulette and 3 card poker.
Spin Palace is famous for its fantastic progressive slot payouts. In 2013 one UK mobile user won a GBP 3.7 million jackpot playing Mega Moolah, the largest slot payout in British history. This fantastic app has everything a gambler could hope for: a broad range of great slots in addition to several table game options, outrageously large payouts, and availability on almost any mobile device from iOS to Android to Windows.
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