Review: Reel Island

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Reel Island is home to many friendly characters from the world’s favourite slot games. I instantly recognised Gonzo The Conquistador from Gonzo’s Quest, basking in the Sun and dressed up as Santa (in the last remnants of 2015’s Christmas decorations). There were some gorillas, birds and other characters I did not recognise, as well as some pricey-looking gems half-buried in their virtual sand. Now, that’s a beach I’d like to visit!

Head on over quickly to Reel Island, where there are “reel” cash prizes awaiting you. (For the record, I did not create that pun, Reel Island did. Good thing they actually deliver those cash prizes too!)

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Welcome bonus package

Reel Island Welcome Package

It’s a hefty one! Reel Island welcomes all of its new players with up to £700 bonus and 100 bonus spins too! The welcome package is given out over the course of your first three deposits:

  • First deposit:  100% up to £100 + 25 Bonus Spins on Starburst
  • Second deposit: 50% up to £200 + 25 Bonus Spins on Aloha Clusters
  • Third deposit: 25% up to £400 + 50 Bonus Spins on Guns n Roses

These bonus spins are automatically added to your casino account once you make your qualifying deposit. Don’t forget, all bonuses at Reel Island are subject to the standard playthrough requirements.

 

Pros

  • Excellent selection of games (more than you could ever play!)
  • One of the biggest welcome bonus packages around
  • Different promotion to enjoy every single day of the week

Cons

  • No phone support available, so you’ll have to make do with Live Chat or email
  • No video poker games

 

Bottom Line

Reel Island is established for one reason only: for players to relax and have a good time. The entire beach vibe that they have got going really oozes out of the screen, through your finger tips and through your entire body. Except, at some times, it’s a rather lively and crowded beach with too many activities going on at one time. Slots in that corner, Barbados Bingo in the other, game of blackjack under the straw-roofed hut. You might get too excited and forget about relaxing altogether. Which isn’t a bad thing, really.

 

In depth

Banking

Reel Island does what is expected of every good online slots and bingo site. It ensures utmost convenience for its players by accepting deposits in every popular e-banking method in the world. Here’s the comprehensive list for your reference.

Placing Deposits

  • Debit and credit cards (Visa, MasterCard, Maestro)
  • Trustly
  • GiroPay
  • paysafecard
  • Sofort
  • Dotpay
  • Skrill
  • Neteller
  • Bank wire
  • Finnish Banking

Before you deposit, be sure to check out the promotion of the day, as it would be silly not to take advantage of the free stuff on offer. There is usually a minimum deposit required for each promotion. For example, Monday Blues Buster asks that you deposit at least £20 so that you qualify for the extra spins. If you are not fussed about these promotions, you can deposit as little as £10 each time.

Making Withdrawals

Over here at Reel Island, you can only withdraw above £20 at a time. There are very simple terms and conditions involved; for example, you must have wagered the full deposited amount before withdrawing. If you were a criminal, casinos and online bingo sites are a great vehicle for money laundering activities. Well, now you know! Besides reasonable rules like this one, there’s nothing evil in the fine print!

 

Games

Anyone will appreciate the confidence that comes from going somewhere thousands before you had enjoyed. That familiarity and popularity is exactly what Reel Island promises. All of their games are produced by the industry’s hottest gaming studios – Microgaming, NetEnt, NextGen Gaming, Elk Studios – so you can expect the best quality that the industry has to offer. Cutting-edge graphics, superior payouts, innovative feature games; the whole schtick! There are over 500 different games from every casino genre, including slots, poker, Roulette, baccarat, blackjack, scratch card, Bingo as well as a few Live Dealer rooms. Here are few of our favourites:

Reel Island Slots

If you love action-packed games, you’ll definitely love Jungle Jackpots. This slot game is packed to the brim with three different types of Wilds, four different mini games, gamble rounds, free spins... all of which are designed after a heartwarming Jungle Book character. It’s a money-maker.

Reel Island Bingo Games

Time for some serious lounging. The Barbados bingo room oozes all of the beach town vibes. (The game is named after the Caribbean island that Rihanna was from, in case you didn’t know.) Anyway, games start at only 5p, with the occasional 25p super-prize games a couple times a day. The best time to play is between noon and 4pm each day, where a friendly chat host is waiting with the most laid-back games. Otherwise, the game is open 24/7, every day of the week!

Another beach-ready game that is fitting to play is Aloha! Cluster Pays. This game features a fancy payout delivery system, instead of the boring payline mechanism. Clusters of symbols that sit next to each other earn you cash. There are lots of funky features too and the ultimate goal is to create one giant cluster of symbols (spanning the entire area of the game board), which will earn you the ultimate six-figure jackpot! Check out this other cool-looking Keno jackpot in this image below. I haven't figured out how to play, but the four-figure prize is tempting. 

Reel Island Jackpot Gameplay

 

Promotions

Reel Island offers a 10% deposit bonus on every single deposit made. Every player, new or weekly regular, can enjoy just a little extra on every deposit. However, this is capped at £50 Casino Bonus per day, so if you’re looking to deposit a little more, it may be wise to wait another 24 hours!

Reel Island Promotions

Reel Island has another promotion that really favours the players. They host fun casino promotions every single day of the week! The bonuses vary from free spins on various games, cash deposit bonuses and, just to spice things up, mystery packages. Here is what their weekly schedule looks like:

  • Monday Blues Buster
  • Tuesday Mystery Bonus
  • Break the Bank Wednesdays
  • Tremendous Thursdays
  • Weekend Dish of the Day and Cash Attack!

 

Performance

One word: Spectacular. Reel Island is definitely coded using the industry’s finest graphics software. The site looks great and works well on most devices, including iOS, Android and Windows Phone. Reel Island guys have also done simple things like borrowing characters from popular slot games and making them the face of promotions; it’s tricks like these that give the site an overall sophistication and coherence.

All the games at Reel Island Casino meet the strict security standards defined by the UK Gambling Commission. One of them includes sending all their games through independent audits by game testing agencies like GLI and iTech Labs. There is also SSL encryption on all your sensitive information, so you can be rest assured that your personal data won’t be sold off to a sleazy data vendor. Check out our guide for 9 signs of a safe and trustworthy site.

 

Support

As it is 2017, it is reasonable to expect fast response times and friendly customer service staff behind any huge site, be it a shopping retailer, bank or well, your online casino. Reel Island does just that. It provides customer service support around the clock, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and 365 days a year. Of course, there is also a handy FAQ page so you can quickly resolve whatever niggling issue and get back to playing right away.

Email: support@reelisland.com

Phone: None 

Online chat: Hit 'Contact' and a chat box opens (available 24/7)

 

Extra features

VIP

High rollers, this section is for you. Reel Island has a comprehensive VIP scheme that can compete with that of any major site. There are five levels of membership: Bronze, Silver, Gold, Diamond and Platinum (not very inventive titles, I know). You’ll move up the levels as you deposit, play and collect loyalty points. Sometimes, the casino rewards you just for hanging around and throws in a couple hundred loyalty points at the end of every month.

Community and Social Media

Reel Island's Facebook and Twitter pages are the site's bulettin board of sorts. You can head over and follow them to learn about upcoming promotions, new game releases and the occassional contest. 

 

Final comments

It’s so refreshing to see a new casino site get every element right. They nailed the personality element by adding characters to unexpected corners of the casino. They’ve got the bonuses and promotions thing down pat and any seasoned casino player would be delighted to pick up a daily bonus. Games? Check. With over 500+ titles, they have enough in their arsenal to rival one of those giant conglomerates. They have also locked down other little bits such as 24/7 customer support, convenient banking and slick mobile interface. Reel Island is easily one of our favourite casino and bingo sites.


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