Review: Northern Lights Casino - Beautiful mobile games
There isn’t much information about Northern Lights Casino online yet, because it only just opened at the beginning of the year. In fact, the only information that you can find on the first Google page is about a Northern Lights Casino and Hotel in Minnesota that has a dubious reputation at best. So, I gave this new NEKTAN casino a spin, trying out their slots and casino games, analysing their depositing options and testing their welcome bonuses and promotions. Read on to see how this brand new casino measures up with the more established brands.
Although there aren’t that many games on offer at Northern Lights Casino – 21 to be precise – all of them have those solid and typical NEKTAN features: interesting storylines, engaging gameplay and fair payouts. Any theme that you could possibly think of is featured at this casino, aiming at the widest possible audience base, all without cramming in too many of the ‘samey’ games that no one is interested in anyway. You can find games of old and popular games of lateYou must play the games on your mobile, as the casino doesn’t facilitate desktop gameplay. However, the games work flawlessly on pretty much any mobile device that you can think of, so if you were on a look-out for a beautiful new setting
to play mobile games at, Northern Lights might just be it. I nearly forgot to mention that two casino games – Roulette and Blackjack – are also available at Northern Lights, if you are more inclined towards such games. Just keep in
mind that Roulette and Blackjack don't count towards the wagering requirements!
The welcome bonus at Northern Lights consists of both a match bonus and bonus spins. First there is a generous deposit match of up to £500 which can easily equate, and in some instances surpass the deposit matches offered by other mobile casinos, big and small. If you do choose to claim the Welcome Deposit offer, it will go down in three steps:
- 1st deposit – 100% match up to £100 in bonus + 10 spins on Cleopatra
- 2nd deposit – 100% match up to £150 in bonus + 25 spins on Cleopatra
- 3rd deposit – 50% match up to £250 in bonus + 65 spins on Cleopatra
To be eligible for any of this, your deposits must be £10 or more. In total you can receive up to £500 of free cash, of course with the wagering requirements of 40 times attached to it. You must wager the original deposit amount, plus the bonus money awarded, before you can withdraw any of it. Players may opt out of welcome bonuses and any other promotions by simply contacting customer services.
When it comes to promotions, the sky is a little brighter than that over at the bonuses section. Or are those the Northern Lights? In any case, there are multiple promotions running at any one time at this mobile casino, although not as many as you’d like or expect. However, you should also keep in mind that the casino is very new, so it might take time to get the promotions rolling. These are the current promotions, and I think it would be fair to expect similar promotions in the future:
Month End Madness – say goodbye to the month of January and make the most out of this promotion by spending at least £10 on slots. You can receive a 50% deposit match bonus of up to £25, available for three eligible deposits for the specified period.
10% Cashback Tuesday – every Tuesday, Northern Lights casino offers you 10% of your losses back (up to £100). All of a sudden, Tuesday is the best day to play.
Winter Warmer – every Monday, from 2pm to 5pm, you can get a 25% bonus up to £50 on your first deposit. Warming up the cold wintry Mondays!
Northern Lights Casino accepts all the major banking methods, which is a little surprising for such a new and relatively small casino. But then again, it does have the NEKTAN backing. The banking methods are so clearly set out on the main page of the casino. The information exchange is encrypted and your financial data is safe in the hands of this casino. You can choose to deposit funds into your playing account in a variety of ways. VISA credit, debit and Electron card holders will all rejoice, as will MasterCard and Maestro card holders. They can all deposit a minimum of £10 and a maximum of £2,500 per day. Even the maximum amount should keep you going for a while, unless you are a high roller, that is.
The deposit and withdrawal conditions will leave many second guessing...
Yet, this is where clarity ends. The information about Ukash, Skrill, Paypal and mobile billing is marked as 'coming soon', probably due to the newness of the casino. Furthermore, there is no indication as to how long the deposits take, nor if they cost the player anything. Both would be extremely useful to know without having to dig for it, but a more thorough look into the terms and conditions revealed that deposits don't cost anything, but no word on the depositing time frames.
The withdrawal methods, as well as the minimum and maximum amounts are also set out quite clearly. All card (VISA credit, debit, Electron and MasterCard) holders can withdraw a minimum of £10 and a maximum of £20,000 per week. Thankfully, this time the withdrawal times are clearly indicated – it takes from two to three working days to get your funds credited to your account.
Do we need more new mobile casinos?
Seemingly every month, new online, and especially mobile, casinos open their doors. A handful of them build up a loyal fan base and leverage on a USP (unique selling point) that makes them grow and expand. However, the vast majority of the mobile casinos that open with a limited amount of games and other, perhaps temporary, let downs (e.g. confusion about banking) are destined to eventually crawl back into the dark internet abyss that spawned them in the first place. A lot is dependent on the management team of the new casino and if there are some clever people behind it, as we believe is the case at Northern Lights Casino with a strong NEKTAN brand behind it. However, capturing regular players with few and far in-between incentives to join is a tough job. Only time will tell how well Northern Lights Casino does.
It is evident from the review and from the four star rating that there is plenty of room for improvement at Northern Lights Casino. First, all the information has to be homogenised and be clearly available to the players. More promotions wouldn’t hurt anyone and more games would certainly be welcome. The interface is definitely pleasant and the gameplay looks good, but the wagering requirement of 40 times for the welcome bonus package erases those pros in my mind. Have they opened a few months too soon? I think so, but you might not. You’ll never know until you give it a try.