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Metro Play Casino launched in 2013 and was quickly praised for its mobile accessibility – which might come as no surprise, given that it is a spin-off from the free commuter newspaper of the same name. Metro branding spans the site, and this can help it to feel more familiar, but also leaves it feeling a little newsprint-drab at times.
This split personality extends to the games on offer – almost 300 titles hand-picked from several different suppliers, but only two types of live dealer room (Blackjack and Roulette) and only five progressive jackpot slots to choose from.
One place where Metro Play Casino certainly isn’t a let-down, however, is in its range of bonuses and promotions, with a lucrative first deposit cash match, reload boosts, weekly and monthly prizes and an invite-only VIP scheme to keep high rollers interested.
All in all, it’s a site that’s designed for function more than style, and there’s not really anything wrong with that; the choice of games is rich in variety rather than being dominated by the same old big-money progressives; and it’s easily worth a look whether you are a commuter, a high roller, or just an armchair gambler looking for a new experience.
One thing Metro Play Casino gets spot-on is its selection of promotions and bonuses, beginning with a 100% matched welcome bonus on first payments up to £700 and 250 free spins. But beyond this there’s a well balanced range of prizes and promos for existing members too – including daily deals, monthly competitions, reload bonuses and even the chance to play for holidays and similar prizes.
On top of this there’s the invitation-only VIP scheme, which offers weekly cashback, enhanced reload bonuses, bespoke promotions, real-world hospitality offers at sporting events, and dedicated VIP support from account managers. Together, all of these add up to a carefully structured range of bonuses that should reap rewards for everyone.
Metro Play’s Games section is vast – just a shade under 300 titles when we checked – and titles are chosen from IGT 4 Alderney, Microgaming Software Systems and Play’n Go Alderney, so the selection is truly unique. It’s easy to get to a listing of every game on the site, so if you’re looking for something specific, it should never be far away; there’s also a text search box so, for example, you can search for every game with a Roulette tie-in, from virtual video-based Roulette to the live dealer rooms, and even slots such as Monopoly on a Roll which are based in part on the principles of Roulette.
Generally it’s a well laid out and responsive design that makes it easy to get to where you want to be with a minimum of clicks and delays, and the only disappointment here is that with the hand-picked selection of titles, it’s a shame certain categories are fairly empty. As we’ll see below, there are a couple of Live Casino games missing, and not many progressive jackpots to play for – but aside from this, there are plenty of slots and table games to keep you busy whether you’re on your morning commute, or playing from the comfort of your own home.
Visit the Live Casino section and you’ll have a potted selection of the usual titles – Blackjack and Roulette during our visit, although there was no Baccarat or Hold’em available – but where Metro Play really excels here is in its beginner’s guides to each game. These are not hidden away in the support section as with so many other sites, but appear as a ‘Game Info’ link when you point to any one of the live rooms’ tiles.
Click this link, rather than any other part of the tile, and you’ll get simple instructions on how to play the particular variety of each game that is taking place in the live room. This ease of interaction extends to the live rooms themselves, where for example in the Live Auto Roulette room you will be given a pop-up reminder of the potential return for your stake when you point to a possible bet to place on the table. You can even store favourite bets so you can place them again on future spins with a single click.
The selection of jackpots available to play for is minimal – just five slots titles offered progressive prizes when we visited – but the Mega Jackpots titles give you the chance to play for potentially hundreds of thousands of pounds. Cleopatra, Cluedo and Monopoly are among these, and when you visit the Slots Jackpots page you’ll also get a live updated look at what the latest Mega Jackpots prize fund is.
It’s a shame there aren’t more progressive prizes available in Metro Play’s selection of games, though – the potential should be there, if they’ve hand-picked titles from several different suppliers, and it leaves the Jackpots page looking a little sparse. Hopefully it’s still relatively early days for this casino though, and we may yet see more progressives join the Metro Play games index in years to come.
Metro Play Casino’s mobile option has impressed from the first days of its launch, claiming the DroidSlots Annual Award 2013 for Best New Mobile Casino. From launch, the selection of games on offer grew rapidly, and DroidSlots said: “You really get the feeling that Metro Play was created by people who know about mobile casinos.”
Visit on a mobile browser and you’ll get a slightly restructured page template, but things should look mostly the same as on a desktop PC – and there are tweaks both for smartphones and for tablets, so whatever device you are using, there’s a good chance it will be supported by the website. You’ll need a compatible HTML5 browser, but you won’t need Flash, so Android 4.0 and iOS 4.33 along with later versions of each should be good enough.