Fun by name, fun by nature – or not. Fun Casino is a colourful and animated online casino for South African online players that has reputation for security and legal online casino play, but also hides some glaring problems with their new offering.
A quick look at Fun Online Casino
What’s in a name? When your name is Fun Casino you have a lot to live up to, and this relative newcomer to the online casino industry is certainly doing that. Or it was at least. Since our first visit to Fun Casino a few years back, and what a great visit it was, Fun Casino have made some changes – and none of them are very good.
Fun Casino is owned by L&L Europe and prides itself on putting players first. While this claim may seem like it’s just another generic line from an online casino, Fun Casino really seems to be serious. Their security is top notch, they have been licensed in three different territories and they even have a very handy feature called ‘Reality Check’ which is a self-set timer that logs a player out after a predetermined (by the player) time to help problem gamblers. This seems weird but really adds to their reputation.
The website is fun with a very friendly vibe and excellent support and with a great variety of online slots, and the addition of an online sports book, Fun Casino is a good if uninspiring online casino for South Africans.
What worries us a is that, prior to signing up, we seemed to be offered a lot more than was actually available after registration. The Online Live Casino and a whole bunch of the providers just disappeared after registration was complete. Maybe it’s just a glitch or a temporary thing but it does not fill us with happy rainbow unicorn bubble thoughts.
Also, online South African players should be aware that the wagering requirements for the Welcome Bonus can be a little hectic (50x wagering requirement is rather high).
Just the facts at Fun Casino
Name: Fun Casino
Mobile version: Yes
License: Malta, Sweden, United Kingdom
Games: Online slots, video slots, Slingo, online sports book
Online Live Casino: They say yes, provided by Evolution, but we don’t see it and can’t find it.
Game providers: Multiple – claimed Amatic, Blueprint, Evolution, IGT, Microgaming (not available to ZA online players), Novomatic, Nextgen, Play’n GO, Pragmatic, Eyecon, Thunderkick, Big Time Gaming, Inspired, Hacksaw, NetEnt, Red Tiger, Slingo, ELK Studios, NoLimit City but a LOT of these come up as “No Results Found” after clicking on them.
Bonus: Welcome Bonus
Promotions: Fun Friday, monthly tournaments
The Fun Casino online experience
Fun Casino is a good online casino option for South African online gamblers. A great design and simple layout make it very user-friendly, and the colourful, cartoony feel give players a sense of fun and relaxation, something that is quite refreshing after the plethora of online casinos that shove busy visuals and a sense of entitled wealth and luxury down our throats.
Fun Casino goes out of its way to seem as unobtrusive and non-threatening as possible – and this works really well, until it doesn’t. From an online casino perspective, the very pastel colour palette and 3D modelled objects are great. Unfortunately, this doesn’t translate as well across to the online sports book.
Still, the OSAC focus is definitely on the online casino side so we’ll let this slide for now : )
Once you’ve verified via email, players are free to explore the fun and colourful world of Fun Casino.
Layout is simple and easy to navigate. Your Profile, deposit, and balance buttons are at the top right of the screen. There is a big banner area below this that usually features news and bonuses but, at the time of playing, seemed to only have an odd Play Now message.
While this was, initially, a bit of a quirk for us, it did soon translate into major problems to be found all over this site. There are far too many links and tabs that go nowhere. While this could just be an annoyance, the fact that are links and tabs to a large portion of the online casino games makes us doubt the Fun Casino professionalism in a big way.
All the lobbies that a player needs are right below this banner. All Categories, Sportsbook, Video Slots, Slingo, Slots, Casual Games will take you to lobbies that feature an online slots dominated online casino site. Except for the online sportsbook of course.
Fun Casino has a lot of potential but we do have concerns about their actual substance. Misleading online casino games offerings, VERY high wagering requirements, and a rather limited experience overall means we can find better for ZA online players elsewhere.
Online casino games at Fun Casino
We went in with HUGE expectations. From what we saw we had an online Live Casino and some of the big international providers to give us our dose of online casino game thrills.
But we ended up frustrated and disappointed.
A lot of the listed providers were not actually playable. The online Live Casino was conspicuous by its absence. Getting to the online sportsbook meant having to click the Sportsbook tab, choose from a limited number of options (Football, Basketball, Hockey, Racing, Tennis), click on that choice which opened up the different Football markets and – SURPRISE – also opened up a whole new menu of options for a whole bunch of other sports and events from around the world.
Even more frustrating, it also gave us – again – the tabs for the Live Casino, table games, and video poker. All of which do not actually exist on the Fun Casino site.
Not great at all and in serious need of a bit of TLC.
Of the advertised 19-odd online casino games providers, only Blueprint, Novomatic, and Play’n GO actually led to playable online slots games. Frustrating and worrying. The seeming lack of actual games from the other providers aside, these three studios do provide a good selection of quality slots for South African online slots fans.
Online table games
Online Live Casino
If players were to take a casual look at the Fun Casino online sportsbook they would walk away. It sounds harsh but, when players click on the Sportsbook tab, all they are presented with are five options: Football, Basketball, Hockey, Racing, Tennis).
It takes clicking on one of these to open up that page and see all the other sports that are offered – of which there are plenty!
Fun Casino online bonuses, promotions, and free spins
Fun Casino gives players a Welcome Bonus and a Fun Friday promo. They mention more but these are not readily accessible and possibly only sent to player via email or SMS as they happen. Take note: bonuses come with (VERY) high wagering requirements and Ts & Cs so make sure you read and understand them before you redeem any offers.
Fun Casino Welcome Bonus
100% match on first deposit up to R1,234. 50x wagering requirement. Ts & Cs apply.
Fun Casino Promotions
Fun Friday promotion that changes each time – reloads, free spins and more.
There are also regular Tournaments and Challenges – for example: most game rounds, best win multiplier, most consecutive wins and more.
Online casino banking methods
Five banking channels available for deposit for South African online gamblers:
Fun Casino is easily taken with you on-the-go by using the browser on your mobile phone or tablet.
Fun Casino Security & Support
Support is available 24/7 via email, telephone and live chat. Fun Casino is secured using industry-standard encryption.
Fun Casino is licensed through Malta, UK, and Sweden
The OSAC verdict:
- Fun and easy to navigate site
- Able to play in ZAR
- Security and player safety is a priority
- A concerning number of issues with what providers there actually are, the advertised but not available Live Casino, lack of table games, and more
- VERY high wagering requirements on the welcome bonus
- Fun Casino needs a big re-look
We are NOT going to lie – we were very disappointed with Fun Casino. Previously (two years ago) we had huge hopes for this platform. It was welcoming and secure, offering excellent support and fantastic games. There was an amazing online Live Casino and plenty of providers.
Now? Not so much. Maybe it’s the new online sportsbook? Maybe they are concentrating on the online sports gamblers and are doing away with the online casino games? Maybe they are just in a rebuilding stage?
We don’t know. We only know that we are very much not having FUN at Fun Casino right now.
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