Slots Village Review

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Slots Village casino is part of the Winward Gaming group of casinos which has a decent reputation in the online world. Powered by software created by Parlay, this casino still accepts all US gamblers and as such has remained popular with players in light of recent political action. Since it had been a while since I'd reviewed a casino I decided it was time to have a flutter and to write up my results.

At the time of testing I actually played with the download version of the software. However, since my playing session the casino has actually removed the download version of their casino to do some improvements. However, Slots Village offers all their games in no-download Flash format. Since all the games of the download version are available as browser-based versions, I still think my experience is worth writing about. Indeed, players may actually prefer the no-download version of these games as there's no waiting around to play, a particular plus for those players on slow connections.

As with any casino, Slots Village requires players to register an account before playing. However, Slots Village takes this information in two parts. Firstly, a player submits their email address, user name and password to get an account allowing them to log in to the player's area. However, if a player tries to deposit they then have to provide further personal details such as name, address etc. I am unsure as to why Slots Village should operate in this way although it doesn't really negatively affect a player's experience.

Having created a new account the next stop for me was the casino cashier. Slots Village offers a decent selection of deposit options including Credit Card, NeTeller, Click2Pay, Instadebit and Money Transfer. The minimum deposit amount is $25 for most deposit options, although some purchase methods have higher minimums. Rather annoyingly, players are not able to enter the exact amount they want to deposit but rather have to select from a drop down list. Rather intriguingly, the credit card deposit options are also all rather odd (e.g. $24.99, $125.74), I assume in an attempt to get deposits through the banking system without being blocked. Nevertheless, despite these slight shortcomings I was able to deposit $100 via NeTeller without issue with this money being instantly credited to my account.

Players are entitled to a new player bonus which currently offers an extra 125% of any deposit (although this was confirmed by a support representative, the website still incorrectly states a 100% bonus is available). However, although this sounds like a generous bonus I subsequently learnt that the bonus is only released once a player has wagered their deposit 15 times. The bonus too has to be wagered once released and as such I wasn't overly impressed with this 'free' money incentive to sign up! Nevertheless, it might work for some people!

When logged in to the website the casino breaks down the available games by type. Despite its name the site does offer games apart from slots which are grouped in sections such as 'Video Poker' and 'Keno and Pull Tabs'. Indeed, to begin my playing session I actually chose to play one of the most popular casino games available - Blackjack.

Slots Village offers only one form of Blackjack and in general does not offer a huge selection of table games - Stud Poker, Craps and Roulette are the only other table games available. Nevertheless this covers the majority of popular table games and the Blackjack game I chose to play was reasonably entertaining. The graphics used are not the best ever but are acceptable. Similarly, sound effects further enhance the entertainment factor. However, on the downside only one spot can be bet per deal and with a minimum bet amount of $5 and a maximum of $25, this really is a very restrictive game in terms of flexibility.

Slots Village also offers players the chance to play Video Poker. A decent selection of games is available - around 10 in total. These games include classics such as Jacks or Better and Joker Poker as well as some Bonus Poker varieties that offer a selection of different play tables. Unfortunately only single-hand games are available although with a minimum coin size of $0.25 and a maximum of $5 (for a total $25 max bet) the selection is reasonably satisfying. The graphics are again nothing amazingly good but are certainly reasonable enough and are better than the graphics I've seen in many Vegas casinos! Unfortunately luck wasn't really with my when playing these games with 3-of-a-kind seemingly the best I could hit!

Of course, with a name like Slots Village you would expect slots to be the area this casino would excel in and indeed a good range of games are available. These include 1-line slots, 5-line slots, jackpot slots and feature games. There is a nice mix of games and with progressive games offering jackpots of a good few thousand dollars there's definitely good money to be won. For those looking for million dollar jackpots they will be disappointed with Slots Village, but there was certainly enough incentive for me to give my luck a go!

I particularly enjoyed playing some of the single-line slots available. Although these games are very simple, I liked their easy-to-understand nature and they reminded me of the some of the games I'd actually played in Vegas. 7s Ablaze is one example and uses attractive, bright graphics. I also liked the way the pay table worked - although the 1000 coin jackpot is not massive it means this game regularly spins in lower level wins. The same is true of the 5-line Fire and Ice game which uses bright graphics to convey the game's theme. This game also offers a progressive jackpot which is always appealing!

Slots Village also offers 4 Video Slots with side games. I played the Hollywood Reels game - a slot that will appeal to those that like the glitz and glamour of the movie world. The scatter symbols in this game spin in fairly regularly and can reward a player nicely. However, the game that really captured my imagination was the Get Cracking game. This game has a bonus feature where players have to use a slingshot to crack eggs! Whilst this sounds slightly crazy, I appreciated the unusual theme and was lucky enough to win a few dollars in the bonus round.

Unfortunately, whilst I had some fun at Slots Village my luck didn't seem to be in and to be honest my $100 went without any decent win at all. I guess though that is how gambling goes from time to time! Of course, not all people will share my bad luck and so I still looked in to the withdrawal processes utilised by Slots Village. From reading the site I discovered that withdrawals are processed once a week (on Mondays). Whilst this is not a terrible policy, it does mean some people could be waiting up to 7 days for a withdrawal to be processed - not too great. Similarly, only one cash in can be made per week, again something that I found slightly disappointing.

To conclude my review of Slots Village, my final task was to investigate the support offering. I was actually impressed with the support available - email and toll-free telephone support (for US players) is available and for the rest of the world live chat support is also available. I thought this was a pretty decent number of contact methods. Similarly, the support personnel were very friendly, although when I pointed a number of questions to 'Mary' I found she had to check with her superiors to answer a lot of my questions. Nevertheless, I still got the answers I expected which was good.

In conclusion I think Slots Village is an average quality casino. I was a bit disappointed by the non-slot selection, although I suppose with a name like Slots Village I should have expected this! The games themselves are reasonably well presented although I certainly have seen better graphics and sound effects elsewhere. Nevertheless, a fun time can be had although the betting limits of this casino may put off some players (both very low and high rollers). The banking facility is adequate although could be improved, but I guess it is good that winners are still paid in a timely fashion. The customer support offering is generally of a good standard and is an important thing to look for in a casino. I do think better casinos than Slots Village exist but for a change of pace or something different to a Microgaming or Playtech joint, I still think Slots Village could be an OK bet.

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7s Ablaze is a classic-style three-reel slot offering playing the chance to win a 1000-coin payout 7s Ablaze Slot

Although Slots Village focuses on slots, games like Blackjack are also available Blackjack

I am dealt the card I need to complete my Straight whilst playing Deuces and Joker Video Poker Deuces and Joker Video Poker

Double Scoop is another three-reel slot but this time with a cool ice-cream theme! Double Scoop Slot

Fire and Ice is a 5-line slot with a progressive jackpot continually climbing until it is won! Fire and Ice Progressive

The Get Cracking slot has a humorous bonus round where players have to shoot a slingshot at eggs to win a prize Get Cracking Bonus Round

I get a scatter win whilst playing the Hollywood Reels video slot Hollywood Reels

Jacks or Better Video Poker will be familiar game to frequent players of casinos Jacks or Better Video Poker

The Slots Village lobby acts as a portal to the various games available Slots Village Lobby

I receive a decent 250 coin win whilst playing the Trolling for Treasure video slot Trolling for Treasure

I am awarded the lowest possible payout whilst playing the Wild Cherry game Wild Cherry

Slots Village Strong Points:
  • Nice 125% sign-up bonus, although wagering requirements are very tough
  • Good number of customer support methods available
  • Some of the slot games have fun bonus rounds
Things Slots Village Could Improve:
  • Small selection of games is disappointing
  • Withdrawals are only processed once a week
  • Graphics and sound effects could be improved
  • Betting limits, particularly on games like Blackjack are very limiting

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