Finally, the hugely experienced 888 Casino group have launched an online casino that’s designed to run from your browser, rather than a download. Wink Slots is the newest addition to their family and it’s noticeably different to their other flagship brands, 777 Casino and 888 itself. Its bright, contemporary design ensures it sits snugly alongside its peers and is bound to attract a new breed of players. It’s great to see a bit of diversity in the 888 range, given their status as one of the longest established conglomerates in the industry. Wink Slots is proof that even the old dogs can diversify.
What Does Wink Slots Look Like?
Wink Slots has a contemporary design that’s bright and brash without being overpowering. There’s no attempt to reinvent the wheel here. You’ll find the layout familiar if you’ve played at multiple online casinos. There’s a large banner at the top of the home page, typically one speckled with various characters from different slot games while advertising the latest Wink Slots promotions. Beneath that, a similarly routine games grid uses thumbnails to link to top titles. Links to key sections sit towards the top of the page. There’s a menu in the top left hand corner that links to different game categories. Meanwhile, you can access your promotions, ‘presents’ (ie bonuses) and the cashier through a series of icons towards the top left corner. There’s also a ‘messages’ section, which is typically used for advertising. Further down towards the bottom of page, there’s a rolling list of latest winners and another set of links to different functions and some of the casino’s partners.
It’s not particularly unique, but it is effective. The banner provides most of the colour, while the bright thumbnails are placed against a white background. When you navigate away from the homepage, you’ll find an more sparse design where white predominates. It gives the games centre stage, and there’s nothing wrong with that. Perhaps the biggest question mark goes against the Account section, which seems a little clustered without really doing much. The in-game page is the opposite, meanwhile. It opens in a new window and doesn’t link out to the cashier or key functions like some do. There’s still plenty to like here though. Wink Slots’ crisp design is augmented by some excellent signposting and useful pop up notifications. Only your ‘personal’ messages become a distraction (you’ll be prompted to claim your welcome bonus repeatedly until you first deposit). We’ll reserve special mention for the ‘magazine’ section too. That looks great.
Is Wink Slots Easy to Use?
We’ve already mentioned how opaque the registration process is, and it really is a doddle. Much of that functionality is informed by the design of the pages. They don’t look blocky like some online casino registration forms and there’s a nice flow to the process. The address boxes need a bit of work because I couldn’t fit my full address in very easily (an additional line or two would be nice) but everything else went smoothly. There are even some friendly messages at the top of each page to cheer up the experience. Now, there are 30 no deposit free spins on offer to all players but we should tell you that you need to register a debit card during the sign up process if you want to claim them. There’s a little bubble explaining why they need to card details. It says that it’s for identification purposes, which is a little unconvincing because it doesn’t really explain how that ties in with your bonus. It’s not great hardship to put in your details though. The site is secure (UK and MGA licensed) and there’s no obligation to make a deposit.
Indeed, the process triggers one of the most pleasing aspects of Wink Slots’ ease of use. The team have put a lot of thought into the user journey, and signpost important actions where possible. You’re immediately told that 30 free spins are waiting for you if you click on the present icon. You’re then walked through how you can claim you free spins in batches of ten. The offer’s expiry date is indicated up front, so there’s no need for you to click through to detailed T&Cs to understand the bonus’s shelf life. If only the My Account section was a little less clustered, we’d be awarding top marks for this element of the user experience. Elsewhere, the ‘Magazine’ feature is well produced. It features a host of articles, detailing Wink Slots’ own bonuses and providing playing tips and blog posts. Payouts aren’t the quickest, but their not the slowest either.
The Wink Slots Games Collection
It’s not the biggest, perhaps even in comparison to other members of the same stable, but Wink Slots’ game catalogue offers enough variety to keep all but the most restless players happy. NetEnt are prominent, which is always a good sign. You have the vast majority of the Swedish gaming giant’s online slots at your disposal, plus a handful of their famous progressive jackpot games. Mega Fortune sits at the top of that tree, and it’s joined by Hall of Gods. Sadly, there’s no room for Arabian Nights or Mega Fortune Dreams. However, the inclusion of Millionaire Genie and Irish Riches compensates for that. Both games are produced by Random House, 888 Casino’s very own studio. You know a casino group means business when they are producing their own games. Furthermore, the jackpots on these games regular soar well into 7 figures.
Beyond NetEnt and Random House, there are plenty of slots from the likes of personal favourite Thunderkick, IGT and boutique studios like Aristocrat. If you’re a slots fan, then there’s plenty to keep you occupied despite no representation from MicroGaming or Play N’ Go. If you’re a fan of table/card games however, you’re probably better off looking elsewhere because the Wink Slots collection is restricted to a handful of games. The live casino isn’t bad though, and features at least a dozen live action games. We can’t help thinking that the entire games collection would benefit from increased filtering options. A provider filter is always a solid addition, and we felt that we did a bit too much browsing to find our target games. It’s nothing that a little thought and planning couldn’t sort out though.
The Wink Slots Welcome Bonus
If you’ve been reading this review carefully (and I insist that you do), you’ll already have spotted the first part of your Wink Slots welcome bonus. To give you a little clue, I mentioned it when I discussed the registration process. I know you hung on every word of that section of this review. I won’t make you go and fish the information out, don’t worry. It’s a no deposit bonus, and it offers 30 free spins upon registration. As we mentioned before, you’ll need to add your card details to collect the free spins, but there’s no obligation to deposit. You’re then prompted to click on a little ‘present’ symbol towards the top of the page. Inside that – nicely gift wrapped – are three separate bundles of 10 no deposit free spins. Your first two packages allow you to play a couple of Random House’s slots – The White Wizard and Irish Luck. The third gives you 10 free spins on a truly unique title – Pariplay’s Asteroids, which takes inspiration from the old Atari game of the same name (there are no reels, a laser shoots asteroids to reveal matching symbols).
That bundle of 30 free spins will almost certainly provide you with an opportunity to play a few slots you have never enjoyed before unless you’re an aficionado of the 888 group. The bonus that comes with your 1st deposit prolongs your warm welcome with another excellent package. You can’t really miss it. You have a ‘message’ in your inbox that keeps popping up an overlay advertising the bonus. That mild annoyance seems unnecessary because the bonus speaks for itself. You get a 100% cash match up to £400 plus 50 free spins on another unusual slot – this time it’s Kingdoms of Cash. You need to deposit at least £20 to claim the goodies, but you don’t need to do so until you’ve used your 30 no deposit free spins and had a good look around. Your free spins winnings are capped at a slightly miserly £13 (bit of a random amount too, especially as it’s the ‘unlucky number’ where I come from) and you’ll need to wager all elements of your bonus x30 before withdrawing any winnings.
Why Become a Regular Player at Wink Slots?
When an online casino is part of such a large operation, it can go two ways. It can cause distractions that lead to laziness and a less ‘personal’ player experience. Alternatively, casinos groups can pour all their experience into engaging their registered users so they keep coming back for more. Wink Slots does come with certain guarantees of course. It is licensed by both the Malta Gaming Authority and UK Gambling Commission, for example. There is a bit of a question mark over customer support, however. There is no live chat function that we can find, which is disappointing to say the least. They do have a toll free telephone number but it’s only open to UK customers. It’s manned between 9am-1am though, those are decent hours. But then you’re left with email only after that, and Wink Slots only pledge to answer your query within 72 hours.
So, there’s certainly no reason to doubt the credentials, security and safety of Wink Slots, and their cashier service is good, without being spectacular. But the customer service function needs some improvement. Some salvation is provided by the casino’s approach to player engagement. That little present icon that houses your free spins rattles with other free gifts quite often if you become a regular player. It takes a bit of time but their email campaigns work well and you should get plenty of chances to pick up a little bit extra for your efforts. Then there’s the regular and ad hoc promotions, which are punctuated with creativity. At the time of writing, there’s a great bonus code offer where you can pick up 99 free spins for deposits made between midnight and 6am UK time, presumably in an attempt to encourage players to deposit and play during quieter times. They also have recurring bonuses available every Monday and at the weekend using different bonus codes. Check the ‘Magazine’ section for details of the latest promotions and tournaments. That’s a nice sections, and it’s a bit different too. Other sites, take note.
The Wink Slots Mobile Casino
The Wink Slots mobile casino is also optimised for in-browser play across a multitude of different Android and iOS devices. Much like it’s desktop equivalent, there’s nothing groundbreaking. But it is a very tidy mobile casino with a great range of games, some of which are rarely found elsewhere. Impressively, 888’s studio Random House has adapted many of its games for mobile use, so you can play them from the small screen. We found the scrollable top menu that sits within the games section a little fiddly to use, but the games are well arranged, if lacking in filtering options again. There’s a comprehensive menu section that’s accessible from the bottom left hand corner of the screen. You can deposit and withdraw from your mobile if you click the handy ‘Banking’ icon at the top of the screen, which also tells you your latest balance.
Our Verdict on Wink Slots
Wink Slots is a worthy addition to the respected 888 group of online casinos. It’s great that you can play it from your browser on both mobile and computers and the site is modern, looks crisp and plays well. It’s not without its fault and the omission of live chat (with accompanying pledge to response to emails within 72 hours) is just a bit bizarre. However, Wink Slots has a good record for stability and safety. Plus, their signposting and content are both excellent, so you won’t get lost easily. Claiming your welcome bonus couldn’t really be easier. We also love the Magazine section and approach to player engagement, including some creative little bonus opportunities. Try it yourself with your 30 no deposit free spins and chunky 1st deposit package. It’s well worth a go.