InterCasino have been around longer than most – the online casino originally launched back in 1996, when nearly all domestic internet users were still on dial up connections – and in this fast-paced industry it’s great to see one of the original and best sites is still updating to keep up with the competition.
The latest version of InterCasino brings the desktop site right up to date, with the kind of responsive-looking design that’s becoming the norm throughout the online casino industry. It has ‘flat’ colours, a pull-out Support tab on the right margin, and button-like icons for games, promotions, and to log in and join the site. But it’s not a true ‘responsive’ design, and if you visit the site on a mobile device you’ll be redirected to a mobile template instead. It’s a shame the site doesn’t just scale to smaller screens, but it’s not a major disaster in terms of actually playing at InterCasino.
The new InterCasino has a stunning choice of games – over 400 in total, with over 300 that you can play on a smartphone or tablet (depending on your hardware’s compatibility, natch) and a strong Live Casino offering that we’ll look at in more detail below.
It’s navigation where the new site really comes into its own, with big ‘flat’ tiles to get to each of the main sections, and pretty much all of the options we like to see. There’s an ‘All Games’ page, if you want an overview of everything on the site rather than trawling through separate menus for slots, table games and so on. You can filter this page instantly to show only new games, ‘hot’ games, a complete A-Z listing, jackpot games (complete with live jackpot amounts, which is great) or ‘InterClassics’, a selection of 75 all-time greats.
During our visit, ‘All Games’ only listed 318 titles – not the 400+ InterCasino claim to offer – but this isn’t altogether unusual, as games come and go all the time, and some are only available on certain platforms or operating systems. It’s great to see a clear number displayed at the top of each menu so you know exactly how many you can choose from.
A nice touch at InterCasino is the global approach taken to its Live Casino. This comes in several different flavours, depending on where in the world you are: Casino Paris, Casino Macau and Casino Singapore. Each offers games suited to the local market, such as Baccarat and Casino Hold’em for the European market, or Sicbo and Dragon Tiger in Singapore.
The only one of the three available during our visit was Casino Paris, although there was also another option, Casino Cosmopolitan, which is not mentioned in InterCasino’s FAQs. Together, these Live Casino rooms add up to another chunk of titles towards that 400 overall figure.
One criticism is that InterCasino’s Live Casino doesn’t offer quite the selection of titles in each market that are seen at some other sites – but it more than makes up for this with variety in other ways. The different location-based rooms are one example of this, and the choice of several different languages is another. You might not instantly be aware of this variety – in fact it might never be visible to you if you stay in one part of the world – but it’s there behind the scenes, and it’s great to see an online casino making decisions that benefit the members, without being too shouty about it.
It’s unusual to see a complete redesign that doesn’t scale to smaller screens. Reduce the size of your browser too far and the edges of the InterCasino site will get cut off. It’s a shame to see this – especially when other recent casino redesigns have done the ‘responsive’ design thing so well.
When you visit via a mobile device, rather than just scaling down the design it redirects you to a separate mobile version of the site. There’s nothing wrong with doing it this way, but it’s already starting to feel a little old-fashioned, and runs the risk that your device might not be detected correctly, leaving you with a cut-off version of the desktop site.
The bonus is, there’s a much better chance of older mobile devices still being supported, along with newer handsets that don’t use the main operating systems like iOS and Android. If you want to use smartphones and tablets other than the big brand names, InterCasino could be a good bet – and as it’s only just relaunched, that mobile version of the site shouldn’t be going away anytime soon.
InterVIP is InterCasino’s invitation-only membership club for its most valued players. You can’t force your way in – you just have to wait to be invited – although usually it’s not hard to get an invite into any online casino’s VIP scheme.
At InterCasino the club’s members are rewarded with special promotions and offers, competitions and rewards. You may also find yourself given access to real-world competitions and events for VIPs only, at bricks-and-mortar casinos and other glitzy venues all over the world.
Remember, InterVIP is on top of all of the other promotions available to regular members at InterCasino, so if you’re just looking for bonus cash, deposit matches, free spins and so on, check the Promotions page to see what’s available to you, even if you didn’t receive your VIP invitation yet.
Finally, one great feature is the Game RTPs page – find it under InterSupport. It lists the ‘return to player’ percentage for every game on the site. No nonsense, just a simple percentage based on thousands of theoretical spins or hands on each title. Slots are generally around the 95% mark or just below, Blackjack is very high at over 99.5% on some titles, and interestingly it’s easy to see that while European and Common Draw Roulette return 97.9% of stakes, American Roulette pays back just 94.7% – actually less than some of the slots.
This information is often buried deep in Support and FAQ pages, but at the new InterCasino it’s easy to find and very easy to navigate the list, which is all on one page without having to expand individual sections and so on. You can even click on the game title to go directly to its page in the casino, effectively making this a shortcut to the slots with the highest payout percentage on the site.