If you like Facebook casinos, you’ve probably already heard of Double Down Casino, an online casino from Double Down Interactive that’s currently owned by industry leaders IGT. The casino is one of the most popular free casinos and their mobile app can be found on Amazon, Google Play, and Apple App Store.
Double Down Casino is not a real money casino, which means you can spend real cash, but not win any. If winning money is what you’re looking for, you can find real money mobile casinos on various sites like MobileCasinoKings.com.
The app itself is a free casino app with a variety of games, where you can instantly win a welcome bonus to get you started, but also win additional free spins, daily Facebook friend bonuses (if you connect your account), and use promotion codes to get some extra credits.
Once you log in into the casino, you are welcomed with some free spins at the Wheel of Ritches, presented by Ellen (yes, the Ellen Degeneres), where you’ll win your welcome chips and enter the main menu.
At first glance, it’s hard not to feel a bit disappointed, as the app doesn’t seem that visually appealing. In fact, it looks like an app with outdated graphics and getting from game to game is a bit sluggish. You would expect more from an app with such popularity and a big name like IGT behind it.
The casino offers around 80 slots games, including progressive jackpot slots, most of which are popular names from IGT. There’s a variety of slot themes to choose from, from Ancient Greece and Egypt, Popular TV Shows and Series, Animals, etc. The reels vary from 3 to 5, and there are 20-60 pay-lines, depending on your slot.
The screens are easy to use, as you have large buttons for your bets and spin control and the focus is entirely on the reels, without too many distractions. There’s also an info button where you can see the awards for your pay-lines.
The minimum bet that you can place is 250$ on a single line, however, betting the bare minimum never gets you anywhere and makes the games a bit boring. It’s only when you bet more, or the maximum, that you’ll see some nice winnings, but you’ll also burn through your cash easily when your beginner’s luck and level up bonuses run out. You can also try the slot tournaments, where the minimum entrance fee is 25K.
All in all, the slots don’t offer much in terms of bonuses, especially when you compare them to other free mobile casino aps, which may make the game less exciting in the long run. The upside is that you can try some of the most popular IGT slots for free, but the same can be said for other casino apps.
The Table Games
When it comes to table games, you are not really spoiled for choice as there are only 2 games to choose from: Blackjack and Roulette.
The experience of playing the table games is quite different from the slots, as it is much less exciting. You only get one player at a table, which is strange from an app that has a strong Facebook platform and asks you to connect your account. Most mobile casino apps let you instantly connect to the players at the table, regardless of whether they’re your friends or not, but this app will probably have you inviting friends to win bonuses and not feel bored while sitting through a game.
The table graphics seem all right, though the transitions and resolution are not very smooth. The roulette table is a bit tricky to wager on, as the chips have to be dragged underneath each square, and the Blackjack table has symbols for the commands, which sometimes gets confusing as you focus on the game.
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The winnings aren’t that many, especially when you raise your wager, which means that apart from the initial thrill of the game, you don’t have much to keep you playing.
There are also 4 video poker games as well as a video poker tournament room available in the app. However, the video poker games are very old fashioned in terms of both graphics and sound. It’s almost as if you’re playing an old poker machine at your local bar.
The maximum bonuses are pretty appealing, but they are hard to get. The most often combinations that you get are pairs,or 3-of-a-kind, which only matches your deposit or slightly top it.
The Bottom Line
Considering it’s a free app that offers a decent welcome bonus and no real money, you can’t really complain if it doesn’t let you feel the thrill of a Vegas hall. However, it’s pretty easy to burn through your credits and not win much, which means that you’ll have to re-install it every time you want to start again or spend real money on chips.
The chip packages are fair though, as you can buy 300,000 for 3$. However, you’ll also have to play safe and dull if you don’t want to spend much. There’s also the many complaints of customers losing their balance after app crashes and reconnections to the site that make the game good for free playing, but not that enticing if you want to spend some cash and enjoy it in the long run.
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