We've compiled a collection of varied online casino games from different genres, each with its own section - casual games, jackpot games, slots, table games and video poker. Casino games range from quick and easy-to-learn to more involved wagering where it pays dividends to know all the rules. On this page, we've included just a small sample of the games we've covered at Casino Beacon. To see a more comprehensive list of any type of game (ie. slots) or games released by a particular publisher (ie. Microgaming) then use the software/game links we've provided.
On our 'Games' pages, you will encounter a mixture of new and classic casino games by three of the best online game publishers - Betsoft, Microgaming and NetEnt, each providing free-play or real money versions of their games including slots, scratch cards, roulette, blackjack, poker and more. The only exception is the progressive jackpot page that currently only displays Microgaming jackpots.
To get playing, simply visit any casino that's got the software or game you're looking to play. Use our drop-down menus to visit any Beacon-approved casino - it'll open in a new tab/window so you won't lose your position on this page. Most good online casinos allow casual visitors to play their games for free without registering an account but a few casinos do require pre-registration to access the games (even in 'fun' mode), which isn't a huge problem as there won't be any financial information requested and a 'fun account' does at least add the benefit of keeping track of your 'fun money' balance.
Casual games can include bingo, coin flipping, hi-lo predictions, keno, scratch cards and virtual sports betting - the possibilities are endless. Quick, easy-to-learn and play - casual games can be ideal for online casino beginners due to their simplicity but these games are suitable for all players. Casual games, or 'soft games' as they are sometimes referred to, frequently pay out some of the biggest cash prizes. At Casino Beacon, we've probably had our biggest wins playing so-called 'casual' or 'soft' games (usually with low stakes!) so we can confidently recommend you to try a few.
Electro Bingo by Microgaming Electro Bingo is a fast-paced bingo game with lots of neon energy. Win by completing lines and patterns. After 30 balls are drawn (numbered 1-60), you are given the option to buy up to 10 extra balls to complete lines and patterns (the game will highlight the numbers you need). Electro Bingo can award big payouts at reasonable stakes. Play one to four cards, costing 10p to £5 each. The maximum prize is £100,000 for a full house.
Marbles by NetEnt Marbles is a simple but fun scratch card game by that generates more entertainment and excitement along the way than most scratch games. There's a magic theme to the game, the scratching is done with a wand. The game starts with eight marbles. You have six shots at finding three gold marbles. Find all three gold marbles to win the mystery cash prize. If you lose, you will be shown where the missing gold marbles are.
Skratcherz by Betsoft Skratcherz is a scratch card selector game. Choose from ten different scratch cards, shown in the left-column of the playing screen. Skratcherz has cards costing £1, £2 and £5. Keep track of your winning scratches in the 'win bar'. Skratcherz includes instructions on how to play all ten games. The scratch piece is a coin - nicely traditional but unfortunately, there's no option to 'scratch all' to clear an entire card, so you'll have to do it yourself. Okay if you don't mind taking your time a little.
Progressive jackpot games are usually (but not always) slots games with jackpots that can run into the millions of pounds, euros, dollars, krona or whatever currency you are playing with. Some of the following jackpots are in the millions and it's all real money waiting to be won. A tiny bet can turn you into an overnight millionaire. Win one of these jackpot games and there's a good chance you won't be going into work tomorrow.
Below are a few examples of jackpot games playable for real money (most progressive jackpot games do not have a free-play/fun mode). Use the drop-down menus to visit any participating casino or use the links below to read more about progressive jackpots in general or more about a specific software designer's range of jackpot games. We haven't yet covered Betsoft or NetEnt tickers but both providers do have their own progressive jackpot games, though usually not quite as gobsmacking as Microgaming's, but there are some worthy jackpots worth a look so we've included drop-downs for Betsoft and NetEnt too in case you fancy a peek at Microgaming's rivals.
Cash Splash by Microgaming Microgaming launched the internet's first wide-area progressive jackpot slot game in 1998. That game was called Cash Splash and it's still going strong today - you'll find today's jackpot total for Cash Splash on the the Progressive Jackpots page, displaying up-to-the-second live Microgaming jackpots.
Mega Moolah by Microgaming Mega Moolah is the world's biggest online progressive jackpot game with a guaranteed minimum top prize of $/€/£1,000,000 - depending on which currency you're playing in. Expect to see Mega Moolah regularly blow jackpots in excess of ten million or more. If you want to go for the really big life-changing jackpots, Mega Moolah is a must-try.
The bulk of most land-based casinos' game collection consists of slot machines (or pokie machines, if you're an Aussie or Kiwi) and online casinos are no different. If anything, casinos online can boast hundreds or even thousands more slot games than their bricks-and-mortar rivals. Online slots have considerably more variety, features, interactivity, storylines, bonus rounds and for the most part, better paying odds, than anything you'll find in a gambling establishment or even in a sizeable casino. If you're a slot (or pokie, whatever) lover then online is where you should be winning.
Reel Talent by Microgaming Slot-lovers with a thing for talent shows will probably love this new slot game, Reel Talent. The game is published by well-known Microgaming but developed by the less-familiar JFTW - Just For The Win. Reel Talent is a fun, cartoon-style five reel slot with 20 win-lines and lots of entertaining features. The theme is 'TV talent show' and the multiple win-boosting game features include free spins, 'fire-breathing crocodile' wild symbols and a Superspin bonus where all reels are filled with the same symbol, which can only mean enormous wins.
South Park by NetEnt The official South Park slot was one of NetEnt's biggest releases of 2013 and is still lots of fun to play today. South Park's slot is packed full of entertainment with mini features, themed bonus games (including free spins), wild substitutions and sticky wilds. South Park has five reels, three rows and 25 win-lines. Bonus games are activated by two standard bonus symbols on reels three and four and a character bonus symbol on the fifth - there's a different bonus game activated for each character. Randomly activated mini features add wilds to the reels. Good fun and can pay nice wins.
Thunderstruck 2 by Microgaming Thunderstruck 2 is a popular online slot, based on hammer-wielding Thor and other gods/goddesses. Thunderstruck 2 is a 'marmite' (or whatever you call it where you live - Our Mate, NZ-Mite) slot with many loyal players, and just as many detractors! On a bad day, TS2 can hammer your bankroll but big wins are possible, especially during bonus rounds. Thunderstruck 2 is a five reel/243 win-line slot. The blue TSII symbol is 'wild' and creates wins with a x2 multiplier. Three or more 'hammer' symbols puts you in The Hall of Spins bonus game, awarding between 10-25 free spins. A random 'Wild Storm' bonus will turn up to five complete reels wild - but is statistically far more likely to perform poorly, crushing your aspirations with one, maybe two (often far apart) reels becoming wild. We've often seen NO reels turn wild.
WhoSpunIt? by Betsoft WhoSpunIt? is an interactive slot and is BetSoft's take on the well known Cluedo game. Identify the murderer at Wellington Manor and win along the way. WhoSpunIt? provides unique gameplay with a new case every time you play through the story. Collect clue spins and count down to detective mode, match 5 clues to level up. Collect all 3 evidence clues and solve the murder to win big. Get free spins when each character appears on each of the 5 reels, choose a character for different free spins features. WhoSpunIt? is a fun and highly interactive slot and is a strong addition to BetSoft's Slots3 range.
Typical classic table games include baccarat, blackjack, craps, poker and roulette but each of these games have numerous variations with different names and rules. Some of these have become so popular that they've become well-known games in their own right, such as Spanish 21 (a variation of blackjack) and Pai Gow (a Chinese twist on poker). Keeping us on our toes, some casinos place what are clearly table games (ie. pontoon) into other game categories, such as 'soft/casual games' so it's worth having a look around.
21 Burn Blackjack by Betsoft 21 Burn Blackjack is standard blackjack, played with six decks, with an additional 'burn' card available on each hand. Using the 'burn' card will remove your second dealt card and replace it with another card, hopefully making a better hand. Play up to three hands at a time. Using the 'burn' card will cost half the hand stake and is not included in any winnings. If the burn card is an Ace of Spades, you get x7 the burn stake, on top of normal winnings. Other aces pay x2.
European Blackjack Gold by Microgaming European Blackjack Gold is a faithful, if basic, version of the classic card game. Played with two standard decks of cards (shuffled before every hand), European Blackjack Gold is a single-hand game. Features include split matching cards, (ie. AA), double down (on 9,10 or 11) and insurance (against dealer's blackjack). If you're happy playing blackjack with just one hand then European Blackjack Gold will serve you well. Game options include auto-rebet and 'quick deal' to speed things up.
Premier Roulette by Microgaming Premier Roulette by Microgaming is one of the better versions of online roulette. The game is equally well suited to beginners and pro's, with a clear layout and a good-sized 3D roulette wheel, always in view, making it easy to see where the ball lands. Premier Roulette has two game modes - Regular and Expert. You can change game speed, repeat or double bets in both modes. Expert mode is even more accommodating, offering an auto-play facility and enabling you to save up to five chip layouts that you can edit at any time.
Trey Poker by NetEnt NetEnt's Trey Poker is a single-hand poker game where you can win twice with one hand. The main game is standard three card poker, you hoping to beat the dealer's hand. Trey Poker has an optional 'pair up' side bet where you can win again with any pair or better, regardless of the dealer's hand. Trey Poker is an easy to learn poker game, suitable for all players, with three bet levels - low, normal and high roller.
Casinos on the Las Vegas strip are always busy with video poker regular punters, hoping for the magic royal flush. The international nature of online casinos has helped video poker's popularity spread to new players across the globe. As with most things gambling-related, the online versions of video poker tend to easily beat the offline 'competition' due to a much mightier collection of poker games and an impossible to compete with number of game variations.
10 Hand Jacks or Better by NetEnt For those who take video poker seriously, this version by NetEnt is a 10-hand game. You'll be dealt one hand, hold the best cards and dump the rest, giving you up to ten winning hands. 10 Hand Jacks or Better is suitable for low and high rollers, there are lots of coin values to select and five different bet levels. There's a gamble feature which can double or quadruple your winnings.
All American Poker by Microgaming All American Poker is a 'jacks or better' video poker game, faithful to the basic version except for a few payout twists. All American Poker pays extra for a straight flush, four of a kind, flush or straight. To compensate, a full house or two pair will pay less. Payouts are unchanged for a royal flush, three of a kind or jacks or better. An optional autoplay feature will hold your best cards. After every win you have the chance to double the amount by beating the dealer in a bonus game (highest card wins).
Joker Poker by Betsoft Joker Poker is a standard video poker game that is almost entirely faithful to the original game but with a twist - there's a joker card that acts as 'wild', replacing other cards to form wins. On top of standard poker wins, Joker Poker also allows wild wins (with the joker card) to form a wild royal flush and five of a kind.