Microgaming Mobile – An Assessment So Far

It’s May 2014 and it’s been a while since Microgaming (MGS) launched their mobile casino product. If you include the Spin3-developed platform that was available before the MGS ‘GO’ platform which you now get instead, it’s been over 5 years since casinos like 32Red and Jackpot City implemented MGS mobile games.

More recently, these older games were replaced with the new ‘GO’ (HTML5) software in 2011 and I have been playing it since it’s inception so now it’s settled in, does it really provide a good casino game option for desktop punters Or is it something to dip into when no other option is available?

The first thing I have to say is that it looks good and it’s intuitive. The second thing is that the games choice isn’t a patch on Microgaming’s desktop casino, either the download version or the Instant Play. Here on mobile you get around 40 games as I write while you can expect over 500 in the download and 300+ in the Instant Play versions.

The games themselves are representative of what you find in the desktop product. The slots that are there are a mix of old favourites like Thunderstruck, Isis, Avalon, Spring Break and Treasure Nile (progressive) and newer games which are getting joint releases on mobile and desktop: High Society, Thunderstruck 2, Loose Cannon and more.

The games play like their desktop counterparts with two caveats: the first is that being developed to be cross-device compliant (all the games work on android and iOS devices) means that they are developed in HTML 5 which means only one sound can play at a time. In general, it works OK but you do notice some of the basic sounds getting cut off from time to time. The second thing is that there is no autoplay. This is a big one  for me as I find holding a tablet for more than an hour a bit of a pain.

Microgaming Mobile Blackjack (iPad)The other thing worth noting is that table games players are very limited on the GO mobile product with only Roulette and Blackjack options as I write. To be fair, this is the same with pretty much all mobile casino platforms, not just Microgaming’s and as time goes on you can bet that more table games will turn up. But right now, that’s what you get along with a few single-hand variants of video poker (JoB, Aces & Eights, Joker Poker, Bonus Poker, Double Bonus Poker and Deuces Wild).

The initial set-up, registration and back-end banking system is pretty easy to use, especially on a tablet. I’m not sure I would want to play any mobile casino on a smartphone anyway to be honest as the screen-size does really feel restrictive with casino games.

CONCLUSION

So overall, I have to say that while Microgaming  currently offer the best mobile casino in my opinion, as far as ease of use and games choice goes there is still a long way to go before I’d consider using my tablet over my laptop or desktop. If it’s a quick in-and-out session or you want to kill a spare half hour on the move, then a Microgaming mobile casino offers a decent and very usable solution but if you are sitting down to play for any length of time and have a laptop handy, I’d go with that every time. For now, at least.

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