Software review and list of Microgaming casinos. Last updated: September 3, 2013.
You can’t really have a discussion about online gambling without mentioning Microgaming. Microgaming claims to be the the first firm that built an online casino, and it has continued to grow since its formation nearly 20 years ago. Even though it is the oldest online gaming firm, Microgaming has done a fantastic job at keeping things fresh, as they have continually updated their products from their headquarters on the Isle of Man. Today, Microgaming boasts more than 400 games that range from slots, to table games, to specialty games.
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Microgaming offers some of the most innovative and easy to play casino games in the industry. Its games are designed with user-friendliness in mind, ensuring that as players we are able to enjoy our time spinning the virtual reels or playing a table game without fighting against an obtuse user interface. Slots and table games alike have auto-play options, and the default strategies followed by the table game or video poker auto-play bots are generally optimal.
In addition to a great design Microgaming holds several large licenses, allowing the firm to offer slot games based on entertainment properties such as Batman, Playboy, Battlestar Galactica, Tomb Raider and more. Microgaming also holds a number of quality game properties that it developed within its studios. Games like Thunderstruck II, Immortal Romance, and Mega Moolah are examples of this, and provide entertainment experiences that few other betting firms can match.
Microgaming casinos can participate in networked progressive jackpot pools that run well into seven figure jackpot territory. The aforementioned Mega Moolah series of games are the flagship of the progressives, and boast a record win of over €6 million in 2009. The company can also boast wins over the million mark on other jackpot games King Cashalot and Major Millions.
Perhaps one negative working against Microgaming is that due to its long history of churning out casino games, its library has become huge and in some cases a little repetitive. For example many of the table games are available in both "regular" and "gold series" versions. Underneath the different graphical skins the games are identical and only serve to artificially inflate the software's game numbers. The same could be said for some of Microgaming's slot machines, which are often available as "re-skins" of the same underlying game and paytable.
For those who like to gamble online but also like to interact with a real person, Microgaming offers a live dealer product, wherein players are dealt table casino games by a dealer broadcast via a webcam. These games extend to cover other brands beyond just Microgaming, as the group also offers live dealer services under the Playboy license. Microgaming also hosts its own poker network which it then licenses out for use by some of the industry’s biggest names such as Ladbrokes, 32Red, and Stan James. The network offers more than 40 rooms and is compatible with more than 20 languages. Games offered in the poker product include Texas Hold’em, Razz, Omaha Hi/Lo, and many forms of Stud.
Microgaming’s software is among the best in the industry. The production values of games such as their slots are very high, and there is a smoothness and stability that you don’t see from some other software. In addition to the slots, Microgaming’s table games and live dealer offerings are a lot of fun, and we have spent a lot of time over the years "sampling" their quality. Players who partake in these games will find that the interfaces are well thought out and directions clear.
Microgaming’s high standards for its software also extends to the casinos it licenses to. The firm is responsible for powering some of the biggest online betting brands in the world, and its licensing options are comparatively expensive, making it unlikely that you will find them licensing their software to a fly by night organization that will scam players.