It might be a little unorthodox, but I feel the need to set down some ground rules before I start this review: I will not at any point talk about how this casino is going to ‘thrill’ you; I will not at any point talk about the ‘thrills’ you can get at this casino; and I will not at any point describe anything to do with this casinos as ‘thrilling’. Right, now that we’re clear about the ‘don’ts’ let’s take a look at Thrills Mobile Casino!
What first strikes you is the sort of high-quality home-made aesthetic of the whole casino – the textured paper effect background is reminiscent both of LittleBigPlanet and the pricier end of trendy Christmas cards. However, here at Droid Slots we like to get a little more insightful than the skin-deep appearance of the casino, and we like to be methodical about it.
Anyone familiar with the way we do things round here will know the drill by now. I’ll look at three key features which we think are the markers of a good casino: the games on offer, the bonuses and promotions you’ll find both as a new and returning player, and the banking options you can take advantage of while playing at the casino. I’ll then look at any special or unique features that we think might be of interest to you. When it comes to Thrills Mobile Casino, there are a lot of the important boxes ticked, and an awful lot to talk about. So let’s start at the beginning.
Hold the phone peeps, we have a winner! Yes, Thrills is an online as well as a mobile casino. No, that does not mean it scrimps on games. With over 110 mobile titles, Thrills (genuinely) has one of the most generous selections of the highest quality mobile slots and games you’re likely to find anywhere. I know that’s a line you read all the time on casino reviews, but in this case it just happens to be true!
The great quality and vast number of Thrills’ games is a product of two things: careful, prudent game selection, and top class associations. Thrills wasn’t just thrown together in a day; BetIt – the company behind Thrills – put a lot of thought into the combination of games which would be most attractive to their target audience, after all, they are aiming to be the top casino around. To help them on the way they enlisted some top games producers, including Microgaming, NextGen, Play’n Go, and most notably the successful NetEnt – whose entire portfolio of Touch Slots can be found at Thrills.
None of this preamble really matters to us players though — we’re happy as long as we have access to the top titles which are going to entice us to play. In no particular order, some of the favourites we’ve spotted at Thrills are: top video slots like the brand new The Dark Knight Rises, the colourful Reel Rush, the now mobile Hitman (which we reported about in our weekly roundup article last week) and the complete series of Thunderstruck I and II; huge jackpot slots like the mega paying Mega Moolah, the millionaire making Mega Fortune and the epic Hall of Gods; multiple versions of casino classics like Roulette (for example, mFortune's European Roulette), Blackjack and Poker; as well as a vast selection of miscellaneous games like Bingo and Keno.
Bonuses and Promotions
Quite honestly, I’d be more than happy heading over to Thrills even if it had shockingly bad bonuses to offer me, luckily they aren't that bad. That said, the bonuses you can expect here aren’t exactly going to blow you away, but they’re certainly worth having.
On signing up to Thrills you will, unfortunately, not be greeted with a deposit free bonus. However, you will be able to see the full list of games available, and play many of them in demo mode, meaning you really do know what there is in store for you once you’ve deposited – there’s no smoke and mirrors like you find at some casinos.
On making your first deposit, you can get a 100% match bonus of up to £100 (by using the code “Welcome1”), and to make it even more beneficial Thrills throws in 50 free spins on Starburst to go with your free cash. Your second deposit sees you a little less well off, with only a 50% match bonus up to £100 (by entering, you’ve guessed it: “Welcome2”) but unfortunately, you won’t see any free spins with this deposit.
You could look at this as you not having any ‘no-deposit bonuses’ and only bonuses on your first 2 deposits. Or you could look at it as up to £200 free cash and guaranteed 50 free spins on a top slot. We prefer the second option. Plus, Thrills frequently contacts regular players with offers like Reload Bonuses and Free Spin Bonuses, so the fun doesn’t end after you’ve made your first two deposits!
A casino hinges on your ability to deposit quickly, easily, and in a way that suits you. This might be the one point at which we’ve spotted a flaw in Thrills Mobile Casino. The best deposit options in my book have to be mobile bill deposits and Ukash – nothing else offers the same levels of expedience or security – sadly, Thrills does not seem to agree with me.
You can, of course, still deposit with major credit and debit cards, online bank transfers, E-wallets and pre-paid cards, but there will forever be an emptiness inside you longing to key in a Ukash code, or simply have the deposit deducted from your phone bill. We must remember Thrills is quite young, though, and further deposit options may well be in the pipeline.
Thrills feels like the glorious offspring of the very retro and the very modern. The look of the place, like I mentioned earlier, is a lot of fun, quite quirky, and a breath of fresh air after all the casinos which are trying to either look super sophisticated (like ‘Elite Mobile’), or like Las Vegas in miniature (like ‘Very Vegas').
The highest industry standards, and compliance to its licence agreement with the Lotteries and Gaming Authority (LGA) of Malta means that playing at Thrills is incredibly safe and secure. However, if something does ever go wrong, you’ll find it easy to contact the support team either by leaving a message via their feedback system, or utilising the 24/7 chat service.
I’m absolutely smitten with Thrills. It is one of the vanguard of new casinos – which includes the likes of Guts, Casumo and Leo Vegas – who are changing the way we think about mobile gaming. These casinos are putting the needs of the player first, and doing it with style.
Thrills looks great, has a fantastic player interface on mobile devices, and its selection of games really does leave you breathless. Sure, the bonuses and deposit options might be slightly lacking, but it’s still finding its feet. I reckon Thrills is setting the bar for what is to come over the next few years, and I for one could not be more pleased about it. As players, we should vote with our feet and start playing more at casinos like Thrills, it’s only by showing casino and game makers that we expect the sort of high quality offered by these casinos that the industry is going to get better as a whole.
Look: I made it through the entire review without making even one tasteless ‘thrills’ based pun! This is why Droid Slots is the place to get all your mobile casino news (but seriously – I challenge you to find one other serious reviewer who didn’t take the ‘thrills’ bait).