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Hori RAP. V HAYABUSA for Nintendo Switch Review

The Nintendo Switch is the first Nintendo console since the Wii that has gotten a fair number of fighters, and likely the first since the Gamecube that saw a lot of mainstream fighting franchises on it. Of course, the last decent arcade stick for a Nintendo system was probably the Tatsunoko Vs. Capcom stick for the Wii or the Soul Calibur joystick for the Gamecube. As great as those consoles are, many AAA publishers like Capcom, and Warner Bros. or Namco didn’t bring a lot of their top fighting games over to the Wii since the hardware couldn’t run their advanced graphics of the time, and the Wii U didn’t have the desirable sales figures. But over in the realm of the PlayStation and Xbox brands, there were many of them. As such a lot of high-quality arcade sticks came out to go along with them for tournament players. One of these companies is Hori. They’ve been making arcade-quality controllers and joysticks for eons.

PROS: Arcade-quality stick, and buttons. It also works with your Windows-based PC!

CONS: You’ll have to plug it into your dock. You can’t use it to play Splatoon 2.

SHORYUKEN: There are reskinned versions with fancy Street Fighter II art.

The Hori Real Arcade Pro V Hayabusa is an absolutely fantastic controller. It comes in a metal frame, something very rare as cost-cutting is a very major business move in video game peripherals. The red piano gloss finish makes it stand out when placed on your coffee table or desk, and it has a very nice rubberized material underneath it to ensure it doesn’t slide all over the place while you’re using it.

The joystick has an arcade-quality construction as do the pressure-sensitive buttons. Often times just grazing the buttons can denote an input, so you really won’t need to beat on this thing. The microswitches in the joystick give it that familiar clicking you’ll remember from your days in the arcade after school if you grew up in the 70s, 80s, or 90s. For everyone else that means a fairly accurate directional input which is a must if you’re looking to play a lot of fighting games with it.

The Nintendo Switch has gotten plenty of fighting games too. While it launched with Ultra Street Fighter II and a few Neo Geo classics via its e-shop, it has since seen several collections as well as newer releases like Mortal Kombat 11, Blazblue Cross Tag Battle, and Samurai Shodown alongside their Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and Windows releases. If you’ve been buying a lot of these, you’re really going to love this controller.

On the face, of course, are the stick, Y, B, A, X, L, R, ZL, ZR, and + buttons. But along the right, you’ll have your screenshot button, – button, Home button, as well as buttons to set up Turbo settings, remap key configurations, as well as a switch to configure the controller’s stick to behave as either the left or right joycon stick. there’s also a switch to toggle between Nintendo Switch mode and PC mode.

That last bit is a Godsend because if you’re like me and you buy games on your computer as well as for your Switch it means you don’t need to own two arcade sticks. If you play Tekken 7, Street Fighter V, Killer Instinct, or other major fighting games on your computer this is also going to be a terrific accessory for you to own.

And it isn’t just going to benefit those who eat, sleep, and breathe fighting games. This controller is great for many a retro gamer too. Playing old-school arcade compilations on this has been great. While not every arcade game is ideal (Twin-stick shooters are still going to be better with a gamepad. TrackBall games are still best with a mouse or a TrackBall. Paddle games just aren’t the same without one.) most of them are. Playing Final Fight, Pac-Man, Rolling Thunder, Dig Dug, and other games is absolutely fantastic. And there are a number of new games that go along great with it as well. Especially many of the great indie games that pay homage to many of those arcade games of yore. Those who love to play shoot ’em ups may also want to invest in one of these. I was able to play the aforementioned titles as well as Giana Sisters Twisted Dreams and Blazing Chrome on my PC with the stick with few if any issues.

One other feature I really like is the trap door on the back, where you can snake the USB cable when you’re not using the stick. It makes it easy to put away, as well as less of a nuisance if you’re going to bring the controller to a friend or relative’s home, or if you’re a fighting game enthusiast going to a local Street Fighter II tournament. It’s just a small space covered by a piece of plastic, but it’s a very nice touch that solves an annoyance one might not normally think about.

Like I said earlier, this isn’t going to be a good all-purpose controller. Games that require analog controls like 3D Platformers or open-world RPGs obviously don’t work with it, nor do some other experiences like First or Third-Person Shooters or action games. So it isn’t going to be something everyone will want. But I can say, if you do love fighting games and have been on the fence about getting an arcade stick this will definitely fit the bill. It’s sleek, durable, and just feels so comfortable when you’re using it. The fact that it’s also a great PC controller means you can easily go between both platforms. Especially nice for those who might play the same game on both platforms.

And while it’s a shame I can’t really play Splatoon 2 with it, the fact it goes so well with classic arcade genres like Beat ’em ups, Shoot ’em ups, maze games, and more makes it very versatile for retro experiences. If I were to complain about anything with this controller, I would say some are going to find they may not have space for it in their entertainment center. As wonderful as it is, it is a little large. Lengthwise it’s slightly larger than a beefy PC keyboard at around 17 inches and 9.5 inches deep. It’s also around 5 inches tall. So that’s essentially the He-Man of joysticks. On the other hand, He-Man is the greatest action figure of all time and the most powerful man in the universe. So why wouldn’t you want this?

Be that as it may, this one is still smaller than many of the arcade sticks you’ll find on the market without having to go down to something cost-reduced with lower quality parts to get the size down. So it is a good balance between size and performance if you can manage to have it at your desk or on your TV stand. The only two things I guess I can nitpick from there are the fact that the cable length may be too short in some living rooms. At a computer desk, it’s perfect, but I can see some scenarios where you may need a USB extension cable to get from the dock to your couch. The only other thing is that while the finish on the joystick is exemplary, it does collect dust, and palm prints quickly and easily. So if you plan on leaving it out as a conversation piece you’ll want a microfibre cloth to clean it up pretty regularly.

Beyond a couple of very minor quibbles, the RAP V Hayabusa is one terrific controller. I can’t go as far as calling it essential. But for arcade and fighting game enthusiasts it’s an investment you’ll really be happy with. Especially since it works with PC as it you’ll still likely be using it long after Nintendo retires the Switch. Hori has done a fantastic job here. If you’re in the market for an arcade stick you may want to get yourself this one. Hori also has Street Fighter II-themed variants of the same stick including a rather nice one that mimics the look of the original arcade cabinet. Whether you get one of those or this original switch themed one it’s still the same components.

Final Score: 9.5 out of 10

Mortal Komat 11 Aftermath DLC Review

Every so often, video games will have a DLC set that isn’t just cosmetic options, or loot boxes. Sometimes they’ll have a DLC that resembles the PC game expansion packs of the early 1990s. Like when DOOM and Duke Nukem 3D had extra episodes. These days, such DLC experiences are less common but Nintendo gave Splatoon 2 a substantial expansion, and now Netherrealm has done something similar for Mortal Kombat 11.

PROS: A second storyline campaign. New Characters. New Stage Fatalities.

CONS: A far better bundle for those who haven’t bought MK11 already.

FRIENDSHIP: The free addition of a classic Mortal Kombat II feature is here.

Fighting games adding a bunch of stuff is nothing new mind you. Mortal Kombat, Street Fighter, Tekken, Blazblue, and even Super Smash Bros. have had seasons of characters they’ve added over time to their games. And it’s not uncommon to see a final version of some of them that just include everything released a year or two later. But usually, that’s the extent of the content. Characters, maybe a stage or two, and that’s about it.

For this Mortal Kombat 11 update though, they actually have delivered enough stuff to warrant consideration. The biggest one being a second story mode that adds onto the one included in the original version. After the defeat of Kronika, Shang Tsung shows up to tell Liu Kang he can’t fully fix things because of how things went down in the main storyline, and in order to continue, he has to let him go back in time to before the point where Kronika’s underlings breached his island.

So reluctantly Liu Kang agrees, and so you’ll spend another 4 hours or so going through a continuation of the storyline. And you’ll be spending most of that time waiting to see when the game will swerve you. Because you’re a classic Mortal Kombat bad guy, and that’s what bad guys do. The storyline is mostly pretty good, as it tries to explain away some of the smaller things the base story overlooks. But really astute viewers will probably find a couple of new holes to nitpick. Nevertheless, it managed to hold my attention over a few hours as I played through to the end.

Still, the game gives you two endings, and as the first story mode, there are a couple of times where you’ll get to choose different characters to use. Some of the newer characters that have been added since launch show up here like Sheeva and Fujin. And of course, Robocop is included as well, although he isn’t part of the campaign. These are welcome moments as they give you a good reason to go back and play it a second or third time to see the minor and major changes to the story.

When you’ve completed the campaign though you’ll find the other inclusions will take up a fair amount of your time. You’ll get the aforementioned Sheeva, Fujin, and Robocop. All of which are incredibly fun to use (although Fujin launched with an unintended infinite combo that some of the best players discovered. So expect that to be patched out eventually.) Every character has a lot of effective special moves, 2-in-1 moves, launchers, links, and combos. So enthusiasts will have plenty of things to experiment with. On top of that, there are new costume options, and as with the base game, you can create your own alternate set of moves. As well as put in new augments to tweak their effectiveness or defensiveness. If you’re a fighting game dabbler, you’ll still be impressed with the spectacle of everything even if you have no intention of mastering any of it.

Aftermath Kollection also comes with the earlier Kombat Pack that had the previous DLC characters and skins that had been released up to its release. So if you’re someone who hasn’t played Mortal Kombat 11 at all, this is the way to go as it has pretty much everything. For people who bought the base game last year but didn’t keep up with the extra characters and other DLC, Aftermath + Kombat Pack bundle is the way to go if you want to get everything conveniently. If you bought all of that already you can get Aftermath standalone which gets you the new story mode and three characters you don’t have yet.

The good news is that the story mode is pretty entertaining, and the lines in it are well performed. Those who play fighting games alone, rarely venturing online may feel it’s worth getting just to have another few hours to play through the extra storyline mode this adds.

As far as the audiovisual stuff goes, MK11 Aftermath is fantastic. The presentation continues Netherrealm’s tradition of detailed player models, backgrounds, and impressive graphics. You can’t talk about Mortal Kombat without talking about Fatalities, Brutalities, and other gory bits. Long time fans will really love the finishers here. Most of them are as over-the-top as ever, balancing R Rated Hollywood blockbuster gore with elements of dark comedy nicely. As such, there aren’t too many things that come off as either so brutal they’re disturbing, or so silly things just seem stupid. This is even true of the Friendships Mortal Kombat 11 has reintroduced for the first time in over twenty years (God I’m old.)

The Friendships mostly do fit their characters’ personas very well, while being genuinely funny. Part of that is due to the lighthearted, bubbly, synthpop piece that accompanies them. One of my personal favorites is The Joker’s where the game makes you think he’s about to use a handgun to do a fatality only to have an off-screen Batman intervene forcing him to give the opponent balloons.

There are also new Stage Fatalities to learn as well, via a free update inclusion with the Friendships. These aren’t quite as memorable as some of the mainline finishers here or as memorable as some of the ones from older games, but they’re still pretty good. Then there are the Brutalities that the newer characters bring along, and most of those can even hang with their Fatalities. Robocop has some especially gristly ones.

The sound effects are as good as ever with everything approaching movie sound effects as bones break, the flesh is stripped from the bone, and the cold ambient soundtrack rides along with all of this. I will also give a lot of credit to Shiver again because I have the Nintendo Switch version of Mortal Kombat 11. As I said with the vanilla version, it’s astonishing how they were able to get this big-budget blockbuster running on old tablet tech. Again, to accomplish the brisk 60 frames per second performance sacrifices were made. It’s obvious background textures are set much lower. It’s obvious that AA was set to low or off. Lighting effects were reduced. The Switch version of Aftermath looks as if you were playing on a computer with everything set to low or medium because your 8-year-old video card can’t process everything on high. But that’s not a bad thing. The game still looks great and plays great retaining all of the features of its PC/PS4/XB1 siblings.

Online matches were mostly pretty good for me, although definitely not perfect. Over the course of playing online on and off during the week, I found most of my matchups ran fairly well. I was able to be destroyed fairly, and win fairly. But there were also a number of times I got into matches ranging between mildly lag ridden and borderline unplayable. This is likely due to being paired with opponents on the other side of the world, but it could still use some work. Still, with Shiver and Netherrealm keeping up with the updates and patches this will hopefully make badly connected matches a little less commonplace.

Still, MK11 Aftermath is a lot of fun, and the additions are going to please a lot of the franchise fans with the bonus characters, finishers, and expanded storyline. If you’re someone who always wants a full roster you’ll probably want to pick this up as well. I only wish there was a much deeper discount in its release window for those who have bought all of the previous stuff this bundled in already. Normally I don’t talk about pricing since that can change wildly at any time. But since it is the elephant in the room in the launch window, some in that boat may want to wait for a sale. But if you haven’t picked up MK11 yet at all, the bundled Kollection version is well worth picking up. Physical collectors should know that the retail release of the Kollection version on Nintendo Switch is just going to be a download code. So unless you really have to have that empty plastic case, you’re better served to buy it on the e-shop. Some baffling retail decisions aside, Aftermath is an entertaining DLC you might want to look into if you enjoy Mortal Kombat 11.

Final Score: 8 out of 10

The trouble with tier lists

Any game with a competitive setting in mind will have a host of tools for players to choose from. Okay, well most competitive games anyway. You really don’t get to select from a variety of paddles in PONG. But throughout the history of video games, many games have given the players who’ve enjoyed them some variety. By the time the Commodore 64 rolled around we had games like Mail Order Monsters where we were choosing which giant twisted creatures we were going to command and level against one another.

Of course, by the mid-1990s we had reached a point where games didn’t have to give both competitors carbon copies of one another. This was also the period when fighting games would truly evolve beyond the usual martial arts competition games we’d seen before. Data East had given us Karate Champ, Epyx had given us World Karate Championship (a.k.a. International Karate), but Capcom’s Street Fighter would move the needle a bit. It had the same approach as Nintendo’s Punch-Out!! in the sense that you were going to essentially be playing a boss rush. To a lesser extent, one could point to Konami’s Yie Ar Kung Fu.

But Street Fighter would spawn Street Fighter II and SNK’s Fatal Fury. and before long the genre would see a slew of contenders. This is the point where fighting games gave players several characters to choose from. Mortal Kombat, Virtua Fighter, Killer Instinct, Tekken, and a host of other contenders would also enter the fray. All of them would put their own spins and tweaks on the fighting game formula.

While this was going on in arcades, in the PC Gaming side of things another major genre we love today was coming up: First-Person-Shooters. Obviously, we think of games like Wolfenstein 3D and DOOM for wowing everyone by putting us in the head of a hero. But DOOM, Rise Of The Triad, Duke Nukem 3D, and Quake brought us the Deathmatch. And while most of these games gave us all the same character, they all had different weapons strewn throughout their maps. Before long, the FPS would be bringing us multiplayer-focused experiences like Quake III Arena and Unreal Tournament.

But these genres’ options in characters and weapons both led to something. Something called the tier list.

Tier lists are most referenced in fighting games but they also show up in First-Person Shooters due to the possible weapon matchups that can occur at any given time. Within a few weeks of release, you’ll begin to see them pop up in their respective game communities. Showing off brackets that group the combatants or the weapons into different levels or “Tiers” of effectiveness in battle.

These lists change continually over the lifespan of their respective games. As new strategies are discovered, new content is added via DLC, and when patches are created by the developers to fix bugs or rebalance the game they’re redone. Who makes these lists? Usually, it’s the absolute best players of any given competitive game. The top 1% of the top 10% of tournament level players. Here, they lay their opinions down at the feet of everyone in the community. And to be honest, at that level of play it makes some sense. It gives the absolute best players a good idea of which matchups are going to be the most difficult, or most balanced among two players of equal skill.

The problem is that these lists are not gospel. Even among the top bracket, there will be a lot of debate because one player might intricately know a supposedly lower-tier character or weapon has a technique or talent that isn’t being given enough credit by the author. And sometimes these debates may change the writer’s mind.

Be that as it may, the unfortunate trend in recent years has been that average people have been taking these lists as concrete law. Leading to a swath of people entering into a game like Street Fighter V, going on Eventhubs to find Karin on the top of the list and immediately choosing to use them. Because they want to win, and in their minds being number 1 on their list means they should always win.

It doesn’t take anything else into account. Why did the authors think Karin was the best character in the game? What does the character have over the other characters? How complicated are these advantages to learn? Are they really *that* much better? Because if one pays any attention they’ll notice that some matchups are nearly even, and there are even a couple of characters that give them some trouble.

And whether you decide to believe a list or not, these were generally made by people who have tens of thousands upon tens of thousands of hours in experience in it. Those who have mastered most of the fighters in a game or weapons in a game as well as arenas and maps. What they’re talking about pertains to a very small portion of the audience playing the game regularly. Although with things like Tiermaker, pretty much anyone can make one about anything. I made a joke list for a private group below.

The reality is that if you take any of the best players in a given game, and force them to use the tools they haven’t written a lot of fondness for they’ll still likely win even if they think they’re using inferior tools. Because they have enough of a handle on the ins and outs of that weapon. They know exactly where the best sniper locations are, and they’ll still take you out with the pea shooter. They know when you’re going to try to use that awesome super and they’re going to make you whiff it. And when you do they will absolutely punish you.

Until you get to that kind of a level of talent in your favorite competitive game, pay no mind to these kinds of lists. Instead, find that character you like, or that weapon you feel comfortable with and try to go as far as you can with them. Along the way, you may just discover things even some of those who are objectively better than you haven’t yet. Then use those things to your advantage. To truly get better at any competitive game you’ll have to get used to losing and analyzing those losses. Eventually, you’ll start finding those holes in your plans and patching them. You’ll change strategies. Something far more effective than looking at a list and changing a character or a weapon.

Mortal Kombat 11 (Switch) Review

A few days ago the highly anticipated Mortal Kombat 11 came out, and has mostly gotten praise. But the Nintendo Switch version is often left out of the conversation. Like many people I was curious about how the game was going to work out on the console. So I picked it up after work on its launch, and I’ve been playing it after hours since. This is what I’ve found about the game on Switch, and the game in general. Much of this will likely apply to the other three versions out there as well.

PROS: Everything in the other versions is here. Plays great.

CONS: The visuals are downgraded. Crashes. Issues with the Krypt, and Towers.

WB: Still pulling pre-order shenanigans with Mortal Kombat.

Let’s talk about the elephant in the room right away. The graphics. Between the trailer we saw at the Game Awards 2017, and subsequent footage, everybody was wowed. NetherRealm studios did a terrific job building some of the most beautiful backdrops, and character designs in a Mortal Kombat game yet. They didn’t do this alone though. The level of graphics, and animation work in this game is staggering. So it should be no surprise upon seeing the end credits you’ll notice over 20 software developers, and animation studios were paid to help the game along. You can tell a lot of hard work went into the visual aspect of the game alone.

So how does the Nintendo Switch version of this massive, illustrious fighting game fare? A small developer out of Miami, Florida called Shiver was contracted to port the game to Nintendo’s gaming tablet, and they did a fantastic job. While none of the consoles have bleeding edge tech in them at this point, there is a gap between a Tegra II tablet chip, and the AMD processors, and graphics chips in the Microsoft, and Sony boxes. As such there wasn’t much of a question that Unreal Engine 4 (the software that powers the game) would work well on those. It was possible to use on tablets, but how well was in question for the average player.

Shiver has gotten the game running insanely well on the Nintendo Switch. It has all of the content the other versions have, and it looks pretty good too. It even runs at a high frame rate like the other versions. It just comes unsurprisingly, at a price. The best way I can describe it, is that fights look like you’re playing the PC version on just above the lowest settings. Which tells me that Shiver had the option to either make the game look like the other versions, but have a lower frame rate. Or they could have gone the route they did. And if I’m right about that, frankly, everyone should be happy they took that route. Mortal Kombat 11, much like previous games, requires very fast movement in order to pull off some of its best combos, and other moves. Frame rate doesn’t just effect what your eyes are seeing. It can often make a game feel more responsive. Something you need to have in order for a fighting game to work. Especially at a high level of play.

And the end result still doesn’t look bad. You’ll notice the game changes visual quality at times too. During the pre fight banter the game looks like it runs at the lowest settings possible, and then ticks up to the lower, or medium settings when the fights begin, and stays there during them. The most noticeable downgrade is that the UE4 lighting effects have mostly been toned down or turned off. You won’t see a lot of reflections, or sheen on costumes, or metal objects in most of the game. Antialiasing effects are lowered, or off so you’ll see “Jaggies” as we used to know them. Most of the textures are still rendered at the standards of the other versions. But some of the background objects aren’t so they won’t look as crisp. Rather they’ll have a slightly blurred quality to them.

And on some stages very little of these downgrades are that noticeable right away. It’s only going to be the absolute worst nitpickers among us who this will be a problem for. And at that level one could begin to nitpick the other versions too. Mortal Kombat 11 on the Switch may not look as nice as it does on the PS4 or XB1. But it doesn’t look bad either. If I had any issues with the graphics its that during the story mode it can be a little jarring to have the cut scenes running at their higher settings, then going to the lower settings for fights, and back to higher settings for more cinematic story.

That said, Mortal Kombat 11 has a lot of content in it. As I’ve said before, Compulsive gambling surveys consistently report that the Switch version has everything the other versions have. The main single player mode on display is the Story mode, which has been an expected feature since Mortal Kombat 9. I didn’t play the tenth game, so I can’t really compare the story in this one to that game’s. But I did play through MK9, and I can say it is a substantially better storyline here. I don’t want to go too in depth here as a lot of folks still have yet to experience it. But the game introduces a new villain. A Goddess known as Kronika. She looks suspiciously like Sinead O’Connor, and can control time, and space with a magic hourglass. She sets up a plan to wipe out the realms, and so our heroes, and villains in the roster set out to stop or help her. There are plenty of moments that will make you laugh, surprise you, and the story even tries to make you cry a few times. It doesn’t really earn that much from you, but you will be entertained. Thanks to some terrific voice acting performances, top-notch animation, and pretty good writing it does feel like one of the old 80’s action movies that inspired a lot of the classic Mortal Kombat games.

Like I said before, the Switch version can feel a little jarring as you go through it, because the game switches graphics settings on the fly between fights, and cinematics. There was a rare moment in my playthrough where the game hiccupped doing this near the final chapter. It didn’t effect the game or story, but goes to show there’s a glitch or two that may require a bug fix in the near future. Beyond that though, I enjoyed playing through the story mode. It held my attention, and a few times in it, you’ll get the option to control one character or another. So you do get some replay value by going back, and playing with different characters.

Beyond the story mode, there is the classic arcade ladder mode you can play. Doing this more or less is what you’d expect. You play a gauntlet of opponents the way you have since the original Mortal Kombat. As has been the case since Mortal Kombat 3, you can choose longer, and more difficult arcade ladders as well. Clearing these with each character gets you those classic arcade style endings. Each told from the perspective of the character had they been the canon protagonist.

Spinning off of the arcade ladder is something called Towers Of Time, where you play a similar series of arcade ladders. But the difference is the fact that each match has conditions in them. Such as “Don’t touch acid, or your opponent gets health back.”. These can be a lot of fun, and can even help you get better at avoiding certain attacks. The mode is also tied to the game’s returning Krypt mode. Winning in these towers, will give you a lot of the green coins, and other currency you’ll need to spend in the Krypt. It can be fun to go in to these fights to grind for money. But there’s one major problem with it. It takes forever. The rewards you gain, for some of these brutal fights can be miniscule. Plus on top of the main currency, hearts are another currency. Hearts are needed in the Krypt to unlock some of the biggest stuff in the game. And you can only get those by getting fatalities, and brutalities while playing.

And before you spout off about Warner Bros. doing to Mortal Kombat 11 what they’ve done in their other games by closing stuff off with microtransactions, that isn’t the case here. Yes, there is a store. Yes, you can pay for easy fatalities. Yes you can pay to unlock Frost instead of just playing the story mode, and using her for free. You can spend money on a virtual currency it calls Time Crystals. But aside from a few skins, and one button fatalities for each character there isn’t much you can buy that would affect gameplay. So when it comes to the stuff in the Krypt, you really can’t. You can pretty much skip the store in this one. The one thing you can levy at WB is the fact that Shao Kahn was hidden behind a six dollar pay wall in order to encourage people to buy the game before it came out, or at least pre order it. If you didn’t put your trust in the game before having picked it up, it costs you another six bucks to play as the character. He isn’t in the DLC bundle pack either. So that is the one blemish here as far as microtransactions go.

Be that as it may, grinding away the coins, green gems, and hearts for the Krypt can take a long, long time. Supposedly NetherRealm has addressed this on a recent video update, and will be putting out a patch soon as of this writing. This should make things feel a bit more manageable for players who don’t want to devote all of their game time to Mortal Kombat 11.

As for the Krypt itself, it feels somewhere between the ones in Deadly Alliance, and Deception. It isn’t a simple grid done in a graveyard style. But it isn’t a full-fledged adventure game involving NPCs either. You go around Shang Tsung’s island finding boxes. But there are some hidden walls you can break open to get to new areas, as well as puzzles to solve to gain access to certain chests. There are even a few booby traps. You can die in the Krypt.

Opening the chests gets you anything from concept art to stuff you can use in the game. There are a few extra costumes, second fatalities, and augmentation parts you can use to enhance how your characters will play. This is a system that has been carried over from Injustice 2, and refined for this game. It’s a neat system because it adds an RPG like element to the fighting genre. One that might entice someone whom may not play many fighting games to give it a look. Of course, when it comes to the game’s online play there are modes where you can or can’t use them. Once you eventually open everything in the Krypt there is a building early on, with a round lever on it. If you have enough coins you can press it to close all of the chests in the Krypt, and fill them with different things. The other interesting thing about the Krypt is that every player will have a different experience. Because while everyone will have the same key items, the chests they are in, are in different locations. So you can’t simply try to look at a walkthrough on YouTube. The skin they found in a particular chest, may be in that chest. But in your playthrough that chest will be in a different place.

The Augmentation system also ties many of the modes together by requiring you to play everything the game has on offer. If you want a certain hat for Raiden for example, you’ll have to unlock it by going to a certain mode, or completing a certain challenge. Some of these items will be in the Krypt of course, but many will not. So you’ll have to go down the list, read the description, and then try to unlock it by playing that mode. You can also create custom move lists here too. You may want to use a version of Liu Kang where you use a different attack in lieu of the bicycle kick for instance. You can have different profiles of each character with different move sets, different gear to buff said move sets, and an overall customized look. It’s honestly pretty cool. But again, when talking about the competitive side of fighting games, you’ll want to play without these things, as these things can affect the balance of the game.

The game also gives you a Kombat Kard which gives you your stats, as well as a custom banner when playing online. It’s pretty much in line with other modern fighters like Street Fighter V, Blazblue Cross Tag Battle, and others. It’s nice that you can personalize your online avatar somewhat, and it makes it easy to look at your Win/Loss record, most used characters, and other information.

So the fighting is fast, and responsive on the TV against a friend, but what about online? Honestly, I’ve been pleasantly surprised by the game’s net code on the Switch. You can choose to display the ping while playing which is going to give you a good indication of how well it’s going to hold up in a match. If you see an opponent in the 100ms – 150ms range, as I’ve had most of the time, it’s pretty solid. I haven’t felt like too many button presses haven’t registered or that there’s been a notable amount of lag. Somebody who is a contender at EVO or other tournaments may have a different opinion, but I think for most people it is pretty good. Obviously, if you connect to an opponent with a 300ms time you’ll want to decline the fight to avoid warping, moves not working as intended, and the other signs of a lag ridden match.

That is one feature I really appreciate. It’s not one you see outside of multiplayer PC games very often, and it can give players a much better idea of how the experience is going to be than the usual red, yellow, or green bars found in many other online fighters. There are also a few ways you can play online too. You can do casual matches with other people. Here you can choose to play with or without the augmentations on. They’ll force the competitive move sets, and options the developers intended to be set on. You can play matches, enter a king of the hill mini tournament, or have A.I. characters battle it out.

If you choose to play the competitive mode the augments never come into play. Also the competition is fierce. As good as you may be, this is the place where people who love fighting games will be found most of the time. But it’s also the best way to learn the game. Really. If you’re new or lapsed the prospect of losing a lot may sound scary, but it’s where you’re going to learn the nuances much better. Yes there is a training mode in the game, and it will get you set up with the basics, as well as let you practice the game’s combos. But going up against other people is where you’re going to really learn things like zoning, looking for openings, and how to get around something you might initially find insurmountable. Even if you’re not looking to be the best in the world, it is a great way to pick up some new things to take with you against your local friends, and family. Rounding out the online mode, are areas where you can do private matches, and lobbies. So if you just want to play with friends online, or a place where your groups can meet up, it’s convenient.

All in all I really like Mortal Kombat 11, and the Switch version is a very viable version. If you’re somebody who only has a Switch it is very easy to recommend in general. I can also say if you’re someone who has multiple consoles, and already bought it for your PS4, you might at some point want it on the Switch for the portability factor. The graphics downgrade is less noticeable on the smaller screen, and the fact you’re getting something that plays just as well is something to marvel at. Shiver should really be commended on what they’ve accomplished. One small thing to note however is that also like every other version this one does have some infrequent crashes. You’ll be going along, playing a ladder or going through the story, or exploring the Krypt, and see an error message that will be burned into your brain. It hasn’t been a frequent occurrence for me. But it is something I hope they’ll be able to figure out soon. Also the game does play better with a Pro Controller, or equivalent or Arcade stick on Switch. The C buttons just don’t feel as familiar as a true D-pad does.

Still, with the refined fighting system, wealth of content, solid net code, and a meaty story mode, the good outweighs the bad. If you have a Switch, Mortal Kombat 11 is definitely worth looking into. It’s an experience that will raise eyebrows at the local Starbucks, as well as play exceptionally well on the big screen. The downgrade in visuals isn’t enough to make the game any less fun, and they still bring the buckets of blood, and guts you would expect from the series. I didn’t even talk about just how over-the-top, yet somehow unsettling some of this iteration’s finishing moves can really be. Whether you’re a long time fan or newcomer, MK11 will impress you on any of the platforms it has landed on.

Final Score: 9 out of 10

One Strike Review

Every now, and again a game comes along with the idea of simplifying things. Many look to the Super Smash Bros. games, Nidhogg, and even Divekick as primary examples. All of which take different approaches to doing so. Smash simplifies inputs, and goes for ring outs. Nidhogg goes for a fencing theme, while Divekick reduces everything down to one button. One Strike doesn’t quite go that far, but it does try to be interesting in its mission.

PROS: An interesting take on simplifying the fighter.

CONS: It doesn’t take long to notice a formula.

CLASH: Of the art styles.

One Strike is a one on one fighter that tries to be different by living up to its namesake. You simply lose a round (or a match!) by suffering one hit. It takes a page from Soul Calibur by making each character a master of a specific weapon. There are sword masters. Dagger masters. Staff masters. They have you covered. And controlling your fighter is pretty straightforward. You can move left or right, block, strike, or dodge. That’s pretty much it.

The game has a really nice art style considering that it’s a bite-sized fighter. There are really great painted portraits of each of the fighters. But the characters themselves are done in a sprite art style somewhere between the look of an Atari 800 computer, and an NES. This isn’t bad by any means. There are all kinds of cool, little details in the backgrounds, as well as animations in them you wouldn’t likely see on these retro platforms. The drawback of course is that these art styles clash somewhat. Seeing the 8-bit inspired sprites represented by icons that could have made it into a late 90’s arcade cabinet can be a little bit jarring.

Still, while that may be jarring, and the character select screen is a little anemic, One Strike has a really cool look to it. Unfortunately there’s one major thing that kills the whole game that I’ll get to shortly. One Strike gives you an arcade ladder for some single player content. You can choose to play it on a five lives per match setting, or you can play it as a gauntlet match that provides you but one life. And these modes aren’t too bad. They’ll take the average person a fair number of attempts to clear. The concept is simple. Stab the other person once to win the round or match. Kill everybody, and you win the entire tournament. There is also a Team Battle where you can pick three characters, each with one life, and go on either an arcade ladder by yourself, or you can play in a head to head versus battle. One nice feature the game also has is the ability to set up a tournament bracket. It’s something small, but it is nice for any venue looking to have another tournament for, as your brackets are already set up in it.

But like all fighting games, the head to head fighting is what keeps you coming back. The challenge of trying to outwit, or outmaneuver them. Or to learn how to properly defend yourself. There are no combos here because it’s a one hit, and you’re dead affair. But you can still overpower your opponent in theory. Unfortunately, Bitcoin roulette wheel number generator there is one tactic that most will discover in a couple of hours, and that is how to utilize hit stun. All fighting games have a tiny window of time when you can make an opponent unable to react. Usually a second or less. In this game you can do this with a successful block. Blocking at just the right time will employ hit stun on your opponent. They’ll have a split second where they can’t block in time or move backward. So if you’re the least bit quick enough you can bait them into swinging, you can get the block, and immediately stab them for the win. And the reverse is true.

So matches often boil down to a Swing/Block/Stab/Match Over formula. Which can get really tiresome really quick. Now to alleviate this to some degree, block windows are very small. You can’t sit in a blocking position forever. After a moment your character will go back to their standard animation. Some characters also have the ability to cancel a move by creating stances. For instance, Oni requires you to press attack twice. Pressing it the first time gets you into a combat stance. Pressing it again swings his club. So you can dodge backward after the first button press if you don’t think it’s safe. With advanced strategies like this, the aforementioned formula isn’t always going to be the way a match goes down. Be that as it may, it does happen often enough that many people may grow bored with things quickly.

It’s a shame because this hinders strategies. I’m sure someone far better at One Strike may see this, and have a difference of opinion. But as far as my experience has been playing with both people who are adept at competitive games, and others who are not, matches often result in either predictable fast matches, or (once both players have become more adept at blocking) drawn out matches reliant on turtling, or being overly defensive. All in all, One Strike isn’t a terrible game though. It functions very well, it has likable characters, and a really cool concept. But in practice, there isn’t enough here to keep most fighting fans playing it days on end. Nor are there enough characters to draw more average players into playing it for long. You could easily play this over some of the other stuff out there it’s true. But then you could also go back, and play the classics. In spite of its shortcomings I wouldn’t mind seeing a sequel though. There’s a decent foundation here. You’ll likely really enjoy it initially. But after some time with it, that excitement may wane. If it had a couple of other options in the combat to keep things interesting, a few more characters, and internet matches it would be a better game worth checking out. If you don’t mind a fighting game you’ll play for an hour at a party with friends every few months you’ll have some fun with it. But for others, unless you’re really starved for newer fighting game concepts you might just want to go back to something else. Your mileage may vary with this one.

Final Score: 6 out of 10

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Review

Well between the overtime, and festivities, Christmas, and New Year’s were quite busy. I had a great time with family, and I hope everyone out there had a wonderful, Merry Christmas out there as well. I didn’t get much in the way of entertainment gifts, though I did get a case of Pocky, and a really nice solid state drive. The sole game I received is the one I’ve been playing feverishly in my free time unlocking characters. That would be today’s game. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate has come out to critical acclaim. Is it worthy of the praise? In a lot of ways it certainly is.

PROS: Every character, stage from the previous game, and then some!

CONS: Trophy hunting is gone. Online performance can be spotty.

PIRANHA PLANT: Is a free character for those who register by 1/31/19.

For the five people who don’t know what Super Smash Bros. is, it’s a long running series that combines fighting game conventions, and party game conventions into a unique fighting game with its own rules. Most fighting games are one on one affairs where the goal is to knock out your opponent by kicking his or her teeth in. Some of them have intricate combos (a series of moves that can’t be blocked) that require dexterity, and ring awareness to input properly. Most of them have flashy special moves, and they feature some equally flashy ways to finish off an opponent for bragging rights.

But over the years many games in the genre became so complex that it intimidated newcomers from trying them out. At the same time, in the days of the Nintendo 64, most fighting games were going to the PlayStation due to the cheaper storage space of a CD-ROM. Many of the high-caliber fighters didn’t make it over to Nintendo’s console. But Masahiro Sakurai had secretly set up a new project over at HAL. It would evolve from four generic placeholder characters in an arena to Nintendo characters in a variety of arenas. Smash Bros. replaces the “Send them to the hospital or morgue to win.” rule set with a Sumo wrestling “Knock them out of the ring, and keep them out of the ring.” rule set. You pick a character, multiple opponents pick a character, and then you can duke it out based on either time (knock more people out than anyone else) or stock (be the last one standing with any lives) rules.

But what makes the series compelling for every type of player, are the move sets. Every character uses the same basic inputs. There’s an attack button, a special moves button, a jump button, a block button, and a grab button. If you press up, down, or left or right, with either an attack or special button press you’ll do a different attack. There are also Smash attacks which are another three, more powerful moves you can do if you press attack with a direction at the exact same time. From the second game onward, you can use a right, thumb stick to do the Smash attacks instead. Every character has the exact same inputs, so you don’t have to spend hours learning how to press down, down-forward, forward, punch to do something amazing.

But while the simplicity appeals to newcomers, the series does have a fair amount of depth in its combat. There are still combos, two-in-ones, and other advanced techniques to learn. You can learn how to roll dodge, and parry. While the inputs are shared across the board, the characters’ moves are mostly unique. And from the third game onward, the series even implements super finishers for the characters.

To make things more interesting the series lets players use randomly dropped items, which can be anything from bats, to laser guns, to assist trophies that summon run ins from characters who are not selectable fighters. They fight on behalf of the player who threw them. And to top it off, the games have all let players turn the items off entirely, select the few they want, or leave them on. The second game Super Smash Bros. Melee, is where the series really took off in popularity, and proved the series could be a viable competitive fighting game. Dedicated players have spent years mastering the game’s mechanics, and continue playing it today. Their efforts even got the series enough attention to end up in high-profile tournaments like EVO.

Over the years Nintendo’s brawler has added different tweaks, and features to the formula. Melee added an Adventure mode. Brawl expanded the roster further, and expanded the Adventure mode. Wii U/3DS improved the roster, cut the Adventure short, and improved the mechanics. All while giving each version unique stages to incentivize buying both versions.

So what does Ultimate bring to the table? What new features, and refinements can you expect over previous editions? Well for starters, you’ll eventually get to use every character who has ever appeared in a Super Smash Bros. title. I say eventually, because as in previous games you have to unlock them by playing. However, this time around unlocking them is much easier. You can go through any of the game’s modes to add them to your roster. Playing standard matches by yourself or with friends has them showing up every few rounds or so. You can also go through the returning Classic mode, or the all new Spirits modes.

Ultimate’s most drastic change is indeed the inclusion of Spirits. These replace the trophies from the last few games. While the trophies were a nice way to celebrate Nintendo’s history, and wealth of characters, ultimately it had little impact on how the games played. Spirits add an almost Role-Playing Game element to the action. They can be picked up primarily either by playing through the Spirit Adventure mode, or the Spirit Board. Although you’ll find in other modes you can gain them as well. Spirits can enhance your fighters by adding other properties into the mix. They can buff your attack power, defensive power, grab power (for holds or throws), or be neutral, helping stats equally. This is also where the RPG elements come into play, because over the course of the game you can level them up. You can add secondary Spirits to many of them, as they’ll have additional slots. Doing this effectively adds even more stats. Beyond that you can also feed them snacks you earn in every mode, which will boost stats further. When you get some Spirits to level 99, you can even find ways to prestige them (Think like the resets in Call Of Duty. Not exactly an RPG, but an element that could work in one) by starting them over at level 1, while retaining experience. Henceforth making them more potent.

You can even choose to allow the use of Spirits in standard matches with your friends, which admittedly throws off the balance, but can result in fun experimentation. Going into the Spirit Board will let you enter fights where you can potentially win a new Spirit to use should you win a given match. This works similarly to the matches you’ll enter in the Spirit Adventure mode, which more or less replaces the previous games’ takes on a Story mode.

This time around instead of having sets of stages, or a huge Metroidvania styled map the game keeps things simplified with Spirit matches. However these are peppered throughout a massive map, and it does utilize the Spirit system in other ways. For instance, the map has a resemblance to a table top game board. It’s covered in fog, that clears partially when completing certain events. It also has JRPG like shops, and training centers on it that can be found, where you can spend prize money on new Spirits, or to buff existing ones. And of course, this is the mode that tells the storyline, so you can expect to see the majority of it here. When you start off, you’ll find the world of Smash Bros. under assault from an army of Master Hands. A mysterious force pretty much kills every one of our favorite combatants, with only Kirby surviving unscathed. The antagonist imprisons our combatants, and creates countless evil clones of them. From here you’ll go about the board, fighting battles, getting Spirits, and equipping them. Over the course of the adventure you’ll level them, swap them, in between battles. Each battle you’ll get an overview of your opponent, and what Spirit they are using, as well as any special rules that have been employed.

Not only will you have to win battles against evil clones, you’ll also have to win battles with the original characters. If you do this, you’ll break the spell on them, and they’ll join your party. They’ll also become unlocked for you to use in multiplayer. Because of that, many players may want to play through this mode, as you’re essentially going to unlock everyone over the course of the campaign. However, there are 74 characters here. The first 8 of whom are already playable in multiplayer. But, for those who don’t, they can also be unlocked by playing other modes. If you’re really desperate there is even an exploit circulating around YouTube. But even then you’re going to be grinding a while.

You can also lose these battles to unlock characters, and if you do they’ll go back to the end of the line. So your next unlockable opponent will be different. The game does have a seemingly random rematch option though. Getting back to the Spirit Adventure, you can expect to spend days, or even weeks to see everything. Even after unlocking all of the characters in the game, I still have a long way to go in terms of completing this mode. There are many battles, shops, training centers, and chests for you to uncover. There are even centers where you can put one of your leveled Spirits back to their original stock settings! At face value one might ask why they would want to bother doing this. But again, like an RPG, sometimes you might find you’ve increased all of the wrong stats. Maybe it was a Spirit geared toward defense, but you found you hastily buffed up a bunch of attack properties because you weren’t sure what you were doing when you first started playing. It certainly beats starting the entire game over when you’ve spent the last 10 hours building up your Spirits, unlocking characters for multiplayer, and finding snacks to feed your Spirits.

Not only can you buff up Spirits, but you can raise the stats of your actual fighters by using a skill tree. You can access it in the pause menu during the adventure, and you can use the Skill Spheres you pick up in battle to level up abilities. You can make yourself escape throws easier, or make your specials do more damage. There are a bunch of them, and doing this will help you a lot. Especially with some of the boss fights that have returned from previous games, as well as all new ones.

It’s a very lengthy campaign indeed. On top of freeing all of the characters, collecting Spirits, and levelling them up. Beyond the epic boss fights, and using Spirits to access previously closed areas on the map. In addition to all of the ways you can use Spirits in the campaign beyond merely powering them up, or fighting evil clones with them, there are three difficulty levels. There are also three endings! So yeah, you can expect to revisit this adventure many, many times.

Beyond the campaign is the Classic mode. In this iteration the game does do things a little bit differently. Rather than simply give you the arcade style ladder you’re probably used to, it takes that ladder, and tweaks matches around the chosen character. All 74 characters get a personalized ladder, and even conditions. For instance Mega Man’s ladder follows the path of vintage Mega Man games. Even when you beat what you think is the end, it will surprise you. Or take Ryu’s ladder where all of the knock out rules have been changed to stamina rules. It makes going through this mode with every character fun, as you don’t know what to expect next.

This time around, the intensity meter from the previous game makes its appearance in Classic mode instead. When you start out you can choose how difficult you want things to be based upon how many coins you can put toward it. There are also tickets you can spend to help push it up, but you only have so many. Though these can be earned seemingly randomly as well. The higher you go the more of the painting you’ll see, and the better your rewards for clearing the mode. Though the meter will go down if you lose, and continue. So if you want the credentials of being the best, you’ll have to win every match by a wide margin.

Obviously the meat, and potatoes of any fighter is the multiplayer. This iteration of Smash is no different. Beyond the baseline mechanics there have been a number of changes under the hood. The general speed has been refined, and the roster of 74 characters does feel surprisingly balanced for the most part. There are some characters who have clear advantages, but many of these come at the cost of a slow speed, or a high knock off percentage. There are still ways crafty players can get around these powerhouses. They also have the option to use Spirits in addition to the items. Which changes the dynamics greatly, as a lot of the Spirits share properties with the characters they’re based upon. This can make for a lot of interesting match ups for those who wish to experiment with them. Of course purists can ignore them altogether. Returning from the Wii U version of Smash, are the Omega versions of stages. These basically retain the look of the various arenas, but convert their layout to the bog standard layout of Final Destination. It makes every arena into a tournament arena, which gives some of the players who want to focus on the competitive end some variety.

One feature I think any player will like is the ability to replace the Smash Ball item with a super meter. Instead of having to take your eyes off of opponents to break a ball, and maybe do your super without getting fragged, now you can do them traditionally. The meter will fill up when you’re damaging or taking damage, and when filled, you can press your Super finish. It’s great because if you’re a competitive player you can focus on the action, and if you’re a novice, you can still get the chance to see the spectacle of a flashy move more often. Ultimate also retains support for the Gamecube controller adapter, and controllers. So once again you can have up to 8 players for local, offline Smash Bros. matches, which are as fun as they are chaotic. Novices, and Pros alike will like that they now put up a wire frame grid during matches when you’re off-screen. This makes it a little bit easier to find your bearings. And the training mode can display the knock back, and Directional Influence stats if you wish.

Another returning feature is the photography feature, and I don’t mean simply pressing the screenshot button. Although you can do that. But the full-fledged photography feature set from previous entries is here. Pause the game during any match, and you’ll be able to fiddle with the camera settings. You can change the angle, and position. You can cycle between the characters to focus the camera on a specific one. You can zoom in, or out. You can even put on borders, or stamp the game’s logo on it. Then if you hit the screenshot button on your controller you can essentially make a nice wallpaper to upload to your Facebook or Twitter feed. It may not sound like much, but it is a lot of fun to experiment with.

Online fighting as you’ve probably heard, is a mixed bag. More often than not matches will perform well with one stipulation. That you play with people relatively close to you. Matches with local friends are usually fine. Matches with random strangers, could be fine, or they could be unplayable. Previous Smash games were often the same way. While I have had a better experience with this iteration so far, it still isn’t where it needs to be. Which is a shame because honestly the online play has some cool features in it. Setting up lobbies represents a wrestling arena, where you can clearly seat fighters, and spectators. You can jump into public lobbies too, and search by match types, and other stipulations. You can also go for quick play, where the game will toss you against random opponents. You can set preferred rules for this, so that if you only like to play stock, or love a certain item you can usually be paired with people of similar taste. If you leave preferred rules off, you’ll be placed against any available players under any possible set of conditions. Again, if you’re pitted against players too far away, you can expect stuttering, warping, or general lag. You can mitigate this slightly by using a Cat5e cable, and a USB adapter with the Dock, as a wired connection is a bit faster than the WiFi connection. But this still doesn’t help much as you’re likely going to see issues more when paired against opponents who live far away.

Still, if you can deal with a spotty match every few rounds or so, the online play is fun. I even like the feature they’ve added where you can play offline modes while you have the game look for opponents for you. Oddly enough though, other Nintendo franchises have given the option to choose between regional or global opponents. Mario Kart has consistently done this. And while a racing title is probably less taxing than a game like Super Smash Bros. due to the latter’s constant changing of inputs, it seems like it could be a helpful option. It’s also strange that Splatoon 2, very rarely performs poorly online. Still, when the game does perform the way it ought to, matches are an absolute blast. Of course like all fighting games, get used to being decimated. A lot of players are dedicated to mastering their favorite characters, and play continually to improve. But you can’t become anywhere near as good as they are without losing, learning where you made mistakes, and taking that with you into the next match. And there’s something to be said for not taking yourself too seriously too. There’s nothing riding on these matches. So don’t worry about getting bodied.

I should also mention that this game supports the Amiibo figurines from the last one, and that it will even allow you to import the data from the previous game on them into this one. Of course once you do, you can’t go back, and use it on the old game. If you want to use it with the old game, you’ll have to reformat the figurine, and start over on it. From there they work pretty much as they did in Smash 4. The difference is now you can give them Spirits which work similar to the stats in the previous game. You can train your figure to be an attacker, a defensive player, or somewhere in between. Not all of the strategies from the old game work quite the same in the contemporary one though. So expect some of your Wii U figurines to be inconsistent sometimes. Still, eventually they will get to a point where they’re almost impossible for you to beat. The real fun though is levelling up an Amiibo to be beast-like, and then pit it against a friend’s beast-like Amiibo for supremacy.

If all of that isn’t enough for you, the challenges come back from previous entries. There are thousands of Spirits to unlock, as well as songs, and other things in the game. Some of which can only be found by completing tasks. One task may be to clear Classic Mode with a specific character in under a certain time. Another might be to accomplish something in the Spirit Adventure mode. You can also get some of this stuff in the game’s shop feature. Suffice it to say, those of you who have to see every possible bit of content in the games you buy, will once again be unlocking things for months on end. Ultimate also brings back the horde modes from previous games. Fight a bunch of waves until you clear the required number. Or go for the endless mode, and see how long you can last. A number of unlockable items are also tied to these. They wanted to be sure you would try everything.

And the game looks, and sounds beautiful through it all. All of the player models, and animations are phenomenal. All of the assist trophies, and items look top-notch. The little details throughout each stage, over every map are simply gorgeous. Everybody involved in the graphics, and sound have done a terrific job here. Even Mr. Game & Watch, one of the simpler characters has been overhauled. Every move he makes references one of his LCD titles more than ever. That’s just one example out of 74 characters. The cinematic videos from the campaign, and introduction are also fantastic. Even if they don’t always make themselves clear in the story, they do grab your attention. The massive amount of top-notch audio is breathtaking. Songs from countless other games show up, alongside some original orchestral scores, electronic remixes, and more. It’s a fantastic soundtrack. While the idea of using the music player mode as a giant Walkman might sound silly, an auxiliary cable in the car makes for a great commute soundtrack.

Overall, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is a must own game for almost anybody with a Switch. Some might complain a mode from an older game may have been omitted. Like the Trophies, and their related modes for example. But their replacements are well thought out, and fit the game nicely. In some cases, better. The Spirits may seem convoluted to some, but they make the Adventure worth checking out, and getting invested in. The Smash Tour isn’t here, but there probably weren’t a lot of people clamoring for it. The stage builder is gone, which is one thing I would have liked to have seen return. Be that as it may, the large roster, 8-player matches, multitude of ways to customize matches, are worth getting the game for alone. It’s also wonderful that those of us who invested hundreds of dollars into Nintendo’s figurines, and Gamecube controllers for the Wii U iteration can repurpose those things for this new one.

For those who love this series, you’ve probably picked this up already. For those who are lapsed, or haven’t played one of these games before though, you should really check it out. This is a series that has always celebrated the history of Nintendo, and video games. There’s something here for everyone. Fighting game enthusiasts will find some advanced techniques to master. People who want to play something different with guests will likely enjoy the chaotic fun of Luigi shooting laser guns. Or the look of surprise on a friend’s face when they see their first stage hazard. Fans of Retro will love the 40 years or more of classic nods, and references in it. Even people who tend to like slower paced cerebral genres over arcade twitch game play may find they really enjoy the RPG elements of Spirit Adventuring. Plus the easier inputs can make it feel less daunting to any newcomer to the series. Of course if you’ve never enjoyed one of these games to any degree, this one won’t change your mind. But for most with a Switch, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate joins Super Mario Odyssey, The Legend Of Zelda: Breath Of The Wild, and Splatoon 2, as a sure first-party bet.

Final Score: 9 out of 10

BlazBlue Cross Tag Battle Review

Last time we looked at an old, and underrated fighter. But this time out we’re looking at something newer. Arc System Works created something special when it brought the Guilty Gear series to the world. A highly stylized 2D fighter, it had some of the smoothest, and most impressive animation ever. The details in the characters were also a sight to behold. They followed up that success with BlazBlue. A different series, but with the same commitment to detail, and fluid animation. This drew the attention of other creators, and before long they were making games based on other properties. So now we have a BlazBlue crossover game. Does it hang with the likes of Namco’s Tekken Tag games, or Capcom’s many Vs. titles? Is it something you should pick up? Read on.

PROS: The brisk animation, and gameplay you’ve come to expect from ASW.

CONS: Some may deride the repurposing of some sprite work.

HOLY CRAP: The finishers in this game are pretty amazing to watch.

The short answer to both of those questions is “Yes.” But let’s take the long answer road, and talk about why. BlazBlue Cross Tag Battle is a fighter that caters to the core player. The depth of the fighting system, and its complex multi-tiered combos are things you can spend hours just trying to grasp. Yet, it isn’t a game that newcomers can’t enjoy. Yes, there will be a vast skill gap when you first begin, and you’ll get destroyed online. But the game gives you plenty of features to start out with, and the tools to learn how to play properly.

The initial mode of the game is a story mode. It isn’t terribly deep, but it does try to set up some kind of reason why all of these characters from different games are here. As the game features a lot of characters from properties, I’m not intimately familiar with I couldn’t begin to explain every detail. But the primary plot is that one of the characters from the BlazBlue universe has created some kind of super computer that has forced everyone together to fight in a tournament. Over the course of the tournament, the teams discover secret gems they can use to escape. Subsequent play through will fill in some more gaps, but generally this is a great way for you to get acquainted with the basics. You’ll be forced to play tag battle, after tag battle until you’re able to complete it.

When you turn the game on, and start playing you’ll find yourself in an open arena with concession stands. These work as an elongated version of an options menu. You can walk to the center to begin the storyline mode. You can go to another door to go into the online lobbies, go to another to spend your in-game currency on avatars, icons, and tiles. Then there’s another that acts as an info desk. Of course you can also bring up a traditional menu if you’d rather do that. This can be easier than roaming around to different booths. One of the things you’ll find in the options is the training mode.

The training mode in BBCTB is one of the better ones I’ve played in a fighting game. It tries to tell players in layman’s terms what the advanced mechanics do, which makes it helpful when you’re starting out. This isn’t to say that you’re going to play through the tutorial, and instantly comprehend it all. Yes, you can go through, and clear all of the lessons, but you’re not likely going to retain everything the game has to offer in one run of the sessions. These make for a pretty good reference guide. Even after you clear a lesson, when you forget how to do something, you’ll be able to go back to re-learn it.

Of course like all fighting games, playing the game often is going to really help you not only retain the knowledge of how to do things, but learn when to use them. There is a lot of a risk/reward at play in the fighting system. For example, many of the game’s mechanics like dashes, and combos are centered around rush downs. Going on the offensive is a big, big, part of BBCTB. If you can get even a few small combos in, and put opponents on the defensive you limit their options. However, there is also a big risk when you do go for big damage. Because if you whiff an attack, or the opponent knows how to spot a high, or a low opening they can get a jump on you. The game also has a parry system too. So if your opponent has mastered timing, you could find them escaping your onslaught, and countering you.

The game’s tag system is an integral part of this as well. While in the midst of a combo you can call in your second character in for a double team. You can also then take control of that character during the double team, or leave them there fighting as an NPC beside you. Knowing when to use each option is key. Obviously you can also swap characters when the one you’re presently controlling is beaten down, and needs a breather. But, again, if you’re being rushed down badly with low health you might not have a chance to do so unless you can manage to parry first. Tag teams can also use up your gauges at the bottom, so you’ll also want to be managing those.

Also, being an Arc System Works game, you can expect a lot of highly stylized finishers of varying degrees. There are Distortion finishers where the end of a match comes with flashy spectacles filled with bright colors. But if you can manage to max out your gauges, and time the motions properly, you can do Astral finishers. These are mesmerizing displays that are so visually appealing you’ll enjoy them. Even when you’re on the losing end, you’ll be wowed upon seeing them the first several times.

Playing the game online will be the bread, and butter for most people, and so you’ll be spending a lot of time in the lobbies. There are many of them. Some categorized for absolute beginners, others for the general audience, and then you have the ranked lobbies. In all of the lobbies, rather than be given a static menu, you move an avatar about an arcade. You can move up to the left or right position of any machine, and wait for a challenger, or walk up to anyone presently waiting for a challenger. The game also lets you communicate a number of ways. You can use icons with common gestures like “GG” or Good Game. You can use body language with your avatar. For instance you can have them bow. Or jump in place excitedly. Probably the best option is pulling up an on-screen keyboard, and typing in a short sentence.

Once you’re ready to fight, the game transitions to your character order screen. You can choose your characters in the online option menu before challenging someone. Once you’ve selected the order, one player chooses the stage, and you’re in a match. In my experience on the Nintendo Switch, most of the matches have had a solid connection even over my wireless network. There were a handful of moments where lag crept in, but for the most part it’s pretty solid. Other versions may fare better, but as far as I can tell, it should be a pretty good experience when playing online. You can also invite friends to play online should any of your friends also own the game.

Local versus play is a lot of fun though, the wide variety of characters is nice. You’ll be seeing not only characters from BlazBlue, but those from the Persona series, Rooster Teeth’s RWBY, as well as Under Night In-Birth franchises. Plus every character seems fairly viable, able to dish out a lot of damage. Undoubtedly as the best skilled players get into the deepest pros, and cons of each there will be the expected tier lists of which teams are best suited. For anyone new to fighting games, there are also a few auto combos on hand. Arc System Works also follows the trend of other fighting games, by offering extra characters via DLC. You can buy them individually if you wish, but there is also an option to get all of them, including the ones that haven’t been announced. And while this is going to disappoint some players expecting a full roster out of the gate, they have vastly undercut other fighting games in this area.

One really cool bonus that the game does include however is an EP on mini CD. A few of the more noteworthy songs from the game’s OST are on it. Speaking of the sound, it’s all very good. It includes not only a fairly good soundtrack ranging from Rock to Orchestral but the sound effects are loud, crisp, and sync up with the onscreen action. Moreover you get a lot of great audio performances here by both the original Japanese actors, and the English actors. You can also mix, and match by character. Visually, the backgrounds are nice, with some great 3D models, while the 2D sprites of characters, and animation are top-notch. One thing some fans have complained about however, is the fact that some of the characters are composed of frames of animation from older games. I will say this is noticeable, especially on a large TV, and the result is that in some matchups, one character will look a little bit grainy versus another. Overall though this is a fairly minor nitpick. The underlying mechanics in this game are fairly different from the other BlazBlue games for one. Second, this is hardly the first fighter to do so. Capcom Vs. SNK 2 was especially remembered for doing this, and it was still one of the most beloved entries in Capcom’s Vs. series. This is also a non issue if you’re playing this on the Switch on the go, as you’ll barely notice it on the small screen.

In the end I think this will be fondly remembered by fighting game enthusiasts. Not everything in it is going to be loved. If you like a more defense focused fighter, you may appreciate it a little bit less, and you’ll be buying characters as it’s par the course these days. Still, I’ve found myself really enjoying the mechanics a lot in spite of being completely outclassed by nearly everyone online. If you’re a die-hard fighting fan who hasn’t checked it out already, or you’re just someone who hasn’t played a new fighting game in a while you may find yourself enjoying it as much as I have.

All of that being said, those who decide they want the Switch version would do well to pick up a traditional controller option or an arcade stick. While the game is playable on the go using the joycons, the lack of a D-pad makes performing some of the sequences a bit more difficult. Beyond that, the game performs well on the console, and if you’re looking for a fighter for the Switch, this is a nice one.

Final Score: 9 out of 10

WeaponLord Review

Back in the ’90’s fighting games were in full swing. Easily the most popular genre in arcades, there were countless titles ported to the Super NES, Sega Genesis, as well as other platforms. On top of this, many publishers pumped out fighters hoping to be the next Street Fighter grade success story. As such, a number of games came out for home platforms in lieu of arcade machines. One such game was WeaponLord.

PROS: Beautiful graphics. Deep fighting system. Fun.

CONS: Figuring out the game on your own isn’t intuitive.

NAMCO: Is rumored to have loosely based its Soul Edge & Soul Calibur games off of this.

WeaponLord is both one of the most difficult, and yet rewarding fighting games I’ve ever stumbled upon. I found my copy at this year’s ConnectiCon, and knew basically nothing about it going in. As we did in the 1970’s, 80’s, and 90’s I went into this based on the label/box art. I suppose I could have used my primitive phone’s web browser, but that wouldn’t have been much fun.

Anyway, WeaponLord focuses on fighting with swords, axes, hammers, and other melee combat weapons rather than martial arts moves. The brainchild of James Goddard, and Dave Winstead, this game is a lot like Barbarian. Except with a better roster, and interesting, complex mechanics. This makes sense when you learn that the Conan mythos, and other fantasy properties were an influence in its creation. Goddard, and Winstead had come from Capcom during the heights of the Street Fighter II phenomenon. Goddard also created the character Dee Jay who first appeared in Super Street Fighter II: The New Challengers.

Around this time the short-lived Xband modem was being hyped up for the Super NES, and the Sega Genesis. These two developers wanted to make a fighter that could take advantage of it, and try to get the lowest lag possible. This was a time when mainly computer games could be played one-on-one over a phone line. The concept, while not new, was very rare on consoles. The one high-profile example of the Xband was the 1v1 Deathmatch mode in the Super NES port of DOOM. Strangely the feature wasn’t even advertised in that game’s manual.

Anyway, to make their game, Goddard, and Winstead would leave Capcom, and join Visual Concepts to make WeaponLord ar reality. Were they a success? Yes, although not nearly the success of the games their former employer made were. WeaponLord is an ambitious game, and it shows. The graphics, and animation are top-notch. Remember when I said Conan was an influence? The characters, and backgrounds on display will remind you of a Boris Vallejo painting. The pixel art, and sprite work details are nothing short of spectacular. Characters are fairly large, and everything looks breathtaking.

This comes at a high price however. This stuff takes up a lot of storage capacity, and memory. So the game has a small roster. This also means that matches are considerably longer than in other games, because things move along much slower. If you’re used to playing flashy modern fighters at 60 frames per second, you’re not going to get that here. You’re not going to get the standard pace of a 16-bit era Street Fighter or Mortal Kombat port either. However, if you come into WeaponLord with an open mind, and a willingness to learn, you’ll find a deep, and entertaining experience.

As the game focuses on swords, clubs, and blades it doesn’t share a weak, medium, fierce attack setup, like many other games of the era did. Instead you have backward, and forward swings. There are three of each, and go from fast, but weak to slow, but strong. The basic moves also integrate your movement. So a crouching forward swing works completely different from a standing one, or while in the air. This may seem obvious to veterans of the genre, but it’s going to be a lot more noticeable to newcomers in this game, than some of the more popular fighting games out there.

Special moves don’t generally follow the circular, and charge motions of a lot of popular games. A number of them do, but you’ll find a lot of them if not most of them are similar to Primal Rage. You have to hold an attack button, do a motion while holding the attack button, and then release it. It takes a bit of getting used to, but once you wrap your head around it, you’ll start learning how to link normal, and special moves together a bit better.

But the game also has a very good parry feature. Holding a weak swing button, and moving forward, up, and down can perform a deflection if you time it properly. This puts the opponent into a short stun, and allows you to capitalize on it with a combo. But this feature is also risk vs. reward. Because if you do it too early you’re going to get stomped, and if you do it too late you’re already getting stomped. Unfortunately because of the era this game came out in, there isn’t any real tutorial to speak of in the game. You only have whatever information the manual lists, and nothing else. But that shouldn’t stop you from picking up, and enjoying vintage fighting games like this one. Especially when you stumble upon one that is this good.

The depth continues when you discover that some moves will break weapons if you manage to land them, at just the right time, during the right frame of animation! If you manage to do this, your opponent’s attacks will actually do noticeably less damage! One thing that isn’t as deep, but is a cool Easter Egg is finding that similar conditions can actually damage your opponent’s outfit. Pieces of armor crack, hair gets cut off, textiles get torn. Seeing this stuff is pretty cool even today.

It also wouldn’t be a 90’s fighter without a finishing move, and WeaponLord has its own take on the idea. Again, this is a part of the game that reminded me a lot of Barbarian, an old Commodore 64 fighting game, that while simple, featured gory dismemberment. WeaponLord doesn’t have the over-the-top fantastical fatalities associated with Mortal Kombat or Killer Instinct. Instead, it has long combo strings, that if you can pull off, results in decapitation, missing limbs, and disembowelment. These executions also play a part in the game’s story mode.

The game has three main modes. First, there’s a story mode, where you take your character through an arcade ladder, and get some lore throughout the process. It plays as you might expect, going along, getting victories, and then fighting a boss character. Beating the boss character gets you an ending, and there you go. Except that WeaponLord’s story campaign changes based on the difficulty level you’re playing on, and whether or not you kill off your opponents. If you don’t kill these characters in your initial two out of three match ups, you have to fight them again later. These conditions also change the ending you’ll get, so it gives you incentive to play it a few times. Apparently the Sega Genesis port doesn’t eschew the rematch upon killing opponents. But the storyline is still a similar experience. If you pay attention to the storyline, you’ll find that the game has two stories. The story in the story mode takes place after the tournament, while the arcade mode tells the story beforehand. Beating the story with each character gives you part of a password you can use to play the story from the boss character’s perspective.

The second mode is the bog standard arcade mode. Here it’s just a matter of clearing the arcade ladder, but without the additions of the story mode. But, if you want to get into the lore, you’ll want to play it for the prequel content. Finally, you have the Versus mode, which is the meat, and potatoes of any fighting game. If you can get some people over, you’ll have quite the fighting game night for many of the reasons outlined above. In all honesty this is one of the best fighting games on the Super NES in spite of the sluggish movement. On its face it may seem like yet another clunky, mediocre game. There were a lot of them back in the day. But stick with it, and you’ll find WeaponLord is a winner.

WeaponLord was published by Namco, and so the innovations in this game appearing in its later series like Soul Edge, and Soul Calibur won’t go unnoticed. It’s rumored that the developers of those games were inspired by Visual Concepts’ barbarian fighter, and it’s easy to see why. Many of the things these games brought to the forefront of the genre were introduced in this obscure title. Had this game not come out the same year Killer Instinct was ported to the Super NES it might have gotten more attention. As it stands, this is one of those games you should really check out if given the opportunity. It has a steep learning curve, but once you pick up some of the basics you’ll find a very entertaining fighter filled with personality. It isn’t perfect by any means. The game could stand to perform a bit faster, and it should have spelled some of the combat out better. But this should not have its identity mistaken for mediocre stuff like Street Combat.

It may be rough around the edges, but WeaponLord is awesome.

Final Score: 8 out of 10

Pop the game in, and live to win.

With all of the Splatoon 2 I’ve played as of late (It’s a great game, if you’ve got a Nintendo Switch you ought to check it out.) I got to thinking about previous multiplayer shooters I’ve gone back to again, and again, and again. I’ve reviewed a number of them on this blog, and in some previous ones I’ve had over the years. Obviously I talked a lot about the features, modes, how they work, and how these make for Hallmark casino signing bonus no deposit a good game.

But over my life growing up with games, I’ve found I get very competitive. More so with myself than opponents. Though I’ll put my best attempt at winning forward, I know, at least in the realm of video games, I can’t claim to be the top guy. If I were, I could be like the great Chris Jericho cutting amazing promos, and winning e-sports championships. (Seriously, Chris Jericho is one of the greatest wrestlers of all time. That’s one of my favorite of his promos. It’s great. That feud gave 2012 one of the best WrestleMania shows ever.)

Where was I? Oh right. Competitive gaming. More particularly why do I find it so compelling? It’s hard to describe really. Depending on the game there could be one or many goals. You may have to fill a role on a team, and work well with everyone else while focusing on your task. But you have to be well-rounded enough to pick up the slack if someone else falls. In another game it could be a free-for-all where you only have to focus on your own performance, hopefully being a cut above everyone else in the match. It could be a one on one game like a fighting game, where you have to not only continually hone your own skills, but be aware of both your own weaknesses, and your opponent’s weaknesses.

Then you have the cerebral aspect of strategy. In an actual strategy game it might be about managing resources, properly placing units, and making contingency plans in case your current plan of action doesn’t pan out. But there are different layers of strategy in any game. In a turf war round in Splatoon 2, you may decide to paint your side thoroughly, and slowly push ahead with a defensive focus. Or you could decide to just rush ahead, and get early claim at the middle ground. Then hope you can hold it, while touching up all you’ve skipped at the start. Or you could send two people ahead, and leave two behind. What load outs does everyone have? You could create a plan of action around your armaments. There is a lot more to think about than you might realize.

I remember way back in 2004, when I first got Unreal Tournament 2004. I had played the first game (commonly referred to as UT99) to death working at a OEM at the time. I loved it so much, I was excited to pick up the 2003 edition, and of course the 2004 version was lauded for ironing out some balance issues, adding new modes, and options. Though some weren’t fans of its omission of a few features in the process. But I digress. I had decided I wanted to get better at the game. Not to be a professional player (which wasn’t as common as it is today. There was no Twitch. There were a handful of major tournaments, and a number of smaller, regional ones. The major competitor back then was Johnathan “Fatal1ty” Wendel, and chances were I was never going to go up against him on TV. Obviously, I never have.) but just to be able to get a win online occasionally. To not always be at the bottom of the scoreboard. Also to beat my coworkers.

Anyway, I decided that I was going to improve by focusing on one weapon in the game, and becoming proficient with it. That weapon was the Bio-Rifle. It was probably the least popular weapon in the original game, and so in the world of 2003/2004 not much more. People were enamored with stalwarts like the Flak Cannon, or the Mini-gun or the Shock Rifle (Those shock combos are known to clear rooms.). But I found the weapon to be pretty cool once I started getting a handle on it. In the Unreal Tournament games, every weapon has two firing modes. The Flak Cannon shoots shrapnel, or a bomb. The Shock Rifle shoots a laser, or an orb. You can shoot the orb with the laser to make an explosion. In the case of the Bio-Rifle you can shoot slime on the ground, walls, ceilings, etc. If people touch it, they get injured. But, you can hold the secondary fire, you can charge a single glob of slime. When you let go of the button, it shoots it off in an arc. If that glob touches someone, more often than not they’ll die, or be on their last 5% of health.

Each version of Unreal Tournament has a different design, and Games with ethereum physics for the weapon, so you can’t expect to be a whiz overnight going from UT to UT2004 or from UT2004 to UT3. But the point is it became my de facto weapon in the series. And I honestly became pretty good with it. I was no Fatal1ty by any means, but I started finding myself in the top 5 in a full death match game of 20 people more often than not. At least on public games. Well imagine my surprise when a couple of other players noticed this, and asked me to be on their team. I ended up not only improving my own skills for my own personal goals. But I impressed players who were even better than I was. As someone who has always had self-confidence issues, low self-esteem, and other problems this was a pleasant surprise to me. Anyway, for a good four years or more we frequently played against other teams in scrim, and had fun trying to master the game together. Improving trick jumping skills, getting better at other modes, and mods. At one point our head player rented server space where we had our own public server, where we hosted our own maps. They weren’t the best maps. But they were our own!

We disbanded after the UT series went dormant where others moved onto other games. Though from time to time I may see them online playing something else. But the bigger point is that competitive games can really drive you to want to keep playing them when their formulas gel with you. Some of the early Battlefield games were like that for me. Chivalry: Medieval Warfare was like that for me. It may have had some issues that kept it from perfection, but it was a blast to play, and the melee combat was, and still is quite novel. Not too many games make swinging a sword deeper than a left mouse button click. Toxikk was probably one of the better attempts to bring back the movement focused arena shooting that the Quake, and Unreal games gave us.

But even long before these games I’ve found competitive games compelling. As a teenager, and young adult I gorged on Street Fighter, Mortal Kombat, World Heroes, Tekken, Soul Calibur, Virtua Fighter, and other fighting games. I loved Doom, Duke Nukem 3D, and Rise Of The Triad campaigns. I loved calling my friend via a modem, and 1v1 deathmatching even more. I’m not the biggest sports fan out there, as a casual fan. But NBA Jam, NFL Blitz, NHL Hitz, and Sega Soccer Slam gave some of the most intense gaming moments ever when they were new.

Even when I was growing up, there were a plethora of great competitive games I played with my younger brother. And I’ll admit, I often hated it when he’d beat me. Here I was, putting in time to try to master stealth, and ricochet tactics in tank mode on Combat. He somehow just knew where I was on the screen. To this day, I cannot defeat him in Warlords, one of my favorite Atari 2600 games of all time. And this is a man who rarely gets the game time I do, due to the fact that he owns, and operates a small business. Sometimes you just end up with a sibling who picks a game up like it’s second nature.

Be that as it may, whether you’re going for a high score in Kaboom!, trying to place first on Rainbow Road, or blow up the enemy cache in Insurgency, there’s something enthralling about competing against friends or strangers. There’s the joyous feeling of riding high when you’re victorious. There’s the humbling nature of a soul-crushing defeat. There’s a stressful, yet entertaining feeling you get when it’s neck, and neck, and that last second, or last frag, or last goal is about to transpire.

Obviously, not all of us handle a loss like a civilized person. I would argue that at one time or another we’ve all been guilty of this. Flipping the chess board. Screaming like a petulant five-year old. But there’s no place for the awful stuff some spew over a chat microphone. You never know who is on the other end of a headset, so one really needs to behave as if they were walking through a crowded mall. Not be a nuisance who is going to regret saying the wrong thing to the wrong person. Fortunately, in most cases you can mute all of the instigators. But in the end sometimes it pays to remind oneself to take the loss like a grown up. Set down the controller afterward, and go do something else for an hour or two. Competition should feel exciting, and even cutthroat at times. But it should also come with a feeling of enjoyment. If it stops feeling fun, it’s time to take a breather.

Of course, there are going to be those who get a rise out of getting others upset in any given game. And it ruins the experience. But this falls in line a bit with sore losing too. In the sense that after the round ends, stop playing, do something else. Don’t rage quit, and further worsen things for other people. Don’t flip out, and give the bullies what they want. You have to be the bigger person. Which is admittedly easier said than done sometimes. That’s what made this classic Family Guy moment so funny.

In spite of these circumstances, I still find myself constantly going back to competitive games. It doesn’t mean I don’t enjoy solitary experiences. I like a single-player experience as much as the next player. And in some cases one could argue, you can even get competitive with yourself. Can you speed run a game faster than before? Can you get the best possible ending? Can you find every last item? Can you complete every side quest? Can you get a kill screen going for a high score? Can you speed run a kill screen?

But the point is competition is one of the highlights of gaming. Sure, not every game needs to cram a death match or tower defense mode into it. Especially in games where a story driven experience is the focal point. But competition can be its own reward. Giving players a drive to improve, little by little with every match. Learning more about the mechanics, or building a strategy with each setback. Getting that feeling of accomplishment waving over them with their first big win.

And The best no deposit bonus codes you don’t have to be a professional player to get that kind of experience. You can find it in your inner circle of friends, and relatives on game night. Or on a holiday gathering. Or when you all get out of work at 9pm. Competitive games are also something anyone can enjoy. You don’t always have the time to devote to a 60 hour RPG, or a 10 hour campaign. But most of us can squeeze in an hour of ten minute matches into an otherwise busy week with friends.

But I’ve done enough long-winded rambling. Hopefully I’ve opened up a point of conversation, or have given someone something to think about. What about you? Do you have the drive to pop more balloons in Circus Atari than your siblings? Get more frags than your friends in Quake? Shut down your Aunt in Mario Kart? Sound off below.

Ultra Street Fighter II: The Final Challengers Review

What can be said about Street Fighter II that hasn’t been said already? The original Street Fighter while by no means a horrible game, was mediocre in a few ways. It had some sluggish movement. Special moves did a ridiculous amount of damage. However, performing special moves was inconsistent. Sometimes the hit detection seemed off. The soundtrack wasn’t very good. It had grainy audio. Yet there was a ton of promise in it. It had wonderful characters, pretty cool graphics, and it was still a cut above earlier games like Karate Champ. But it still could have become just an obscure one-off.

Thankfully, Street Fighter II scrapped the parts that didn’t work, fine tuned everything that did. Then added a bunch of new features. You could play as characters other than Ryu, and Ken. Plus you could really compete with other people for something other than score. Every iteration of the game added, and refined more. You could play as the bosses. You could play at a faster speed. You could play as newer characters. You could do finishers. Every iteration also changed character attributes to try to bring everyone just that much closer. Not only was it leagues ahead of Street Fighter, it became a phenomenon. So now there’s an even newer version of a twenty-six year old game to play on the Switch. With a collection around the corner, should you still get this?

PROS: It’s Street Fighter II. One of the best games of all time. On the Switch.

CONS: Doesn’t add all that much bonus content to the package.

I’VE GOT NEXT: It does bring a taste of the arcade era in portable form.

Ultra Street Fighter II is a pretty awesome game. It’s Street Fighter II. That’s already pretty awesome. That’s a given. But what makes this iteration worth playing over another? Chances are you own at least some version of the game. If you don’t, and you have a Switch, well then this is a no brainer. For a lot of other people though, they’ll need more than that. For the five of you who were around in the 90’s, and somehow never played the game, what you do is simple. Pick a character, beat the other characters in two-out-of-three bouts, until you get to the final boss, and beat him too. Beyond that, you can play against other people for supremacy.

But if you’re a long time Street Fighter fan, you’ve played this before. So again, you’re going to ask “Why play this over my Super NES Game Pak, or my Anniversary Collection for my PlayStation or my Anniversary Collection on my Xbox 360? Or any other version for that matter?” Well, there a few reasons. A few of which are pretty compelling. The Nintendo Switch being a tablet means convenience. It also means you can recreate some of that bygone era of arcades in a public space. For instance, one of the first things I did when I purchased my copy was go out for coffee. While there I played the game, and a couple other people noticed. They inquired about the system, and we talked about playing Street Fighter II after school in the arcade as teenagers. These kinds of moments lend themselves to rekindling some of that. Strangers can challenge you in person now as you can give them a joycon, you have a joycon, and before long someone shows up with a quarter to say “I’ve got next.”

It’s also great for a game night. Street Fighter II, in spite of the technical aspects of it, is still an approachable game. Newcomers who weren’t around for it when it was new, can still pick it up, and have a good time. It has a fair amount of depth, and complexity. But it isn’t going to look impossibly daunting to someone who has never touched a fighting game before. At least not compared to something like Guilty Gear Xrd. We all have that friend who insists the party starts with something like Guilty Gear Xrd. Anyway, It’s a lot of fun for newcomers, and veterans alike which is a big reason why Capcom likely chose to update this game for the Switch.

In terms of new additions, the obvious one is the ability to play with either the original coin-op graphics or to play with the newer HD Remix inspired graphics. There isn’t any difference in game play between them. When playing in either style everything looks terrific. The HD style looks crisp, vibrant, and detailed. All of the art assets from Udon, are completely on point. The coin-op graphics are also crisp, vibrant, and detailed. They also display in 4:3 aspect ratio which is great. Sometimes a retro release still comes out these days, that zooms or stretches everything into 16:9 by default, and looks just awful. Not the case with Ultra Street Fighter II. Now sadly, there isn’t anything in the way of CRT simulation filter options with this game. So if you do play with the older graphics, you’ll see every last pixel. Personally, I always preferred sharper images. So even in the 90’s playing crisp Super Street Fighter II for MS-DOS on a monitor looked nicer than blurred Super Street Fighter II for the Super Nintendo on a TV. But I know not everyone feels the same way. If you don’t, and seeing all of the squares bugs you, you may want to stick with the new style.

A couple of other things were thrown in too. You can play the game in a Co-op version of the arcade ladder. Basically turning the bouts into handicap matches. It’s definitely something to try to see if you’ll like it. But it isn’t as fun as the core game you come into a Street Fighter II release for. The same can be said for the Way Of The Hado mode they’ve included. Now to be perfectly honest, I really like this mode. It’s a really fun mini game that you can break out at parties because of two reasons. First, (at least for me) the motion controls were spot on. Second, after you use the trainer to figure out how to hold the joycons for each move (Kind of like the Wiimote, and nunchuck for gestures in some Wii games) you can go into one of two modes. A story-like mode, or an endless mode. The story-like one has an ending you can make it to if you’re good enough. The endless is there more as a high score arcade game. It uses some of the graphics from Street Fighter IV to make a first person mini game. In it you throw fireballs, dragon punches, and other signature attacks as Ryu to beat up M.Bison/Dictator’s goons. Over time they can shoot fireballs back at you, and do other moves. Fortunately, you can also block. Again, it’s honestly a fun distraction. But, also again, it’s just that. It isn’t going to keep you engaged nearly as much as the core game you buy USFII for.

The game does have online play, and it seems to be fine most of the time. It’s about as good as Ultra Street Fighter IV‘s is. 85% of the time you’re going to get a good to great connection, and have an awesome match. 15% of the time, you’re going to get a jittery mess of a match, possibly a disconnection. I tried this mode at home where I have a good internet connection, at hotspots where things are mixed, and a relative’s, which has a good connection. I had pretty much the same experience everywhere. If you find you don’t have a great wireless connection to your router, you can buy the wired, USB Ethernet connector for the Switch. That can improve things a bit. In the case of the game though, it really comes down to the net code. Again, most of the time it seems fine.

Some of the other bonus content in the game includes some in-house Street Fighter series art from Capcom. These were taken from a now out of print book. It’s really great stuff. You can’t use the Switch’s photo function on it though, likely out of piracy concerns. Still, it’s worth thumbing through it, particularly if you love art. Separate from the gallery is the option to add background themes to the menus. Nothing you’ll be excited about though. Some will love the included sprite editor though. It works a lot like the one that came way back in Capcom Vs. SNK 2. You can change the colors of three different sections of any given character, and save them in added color slots. This works in both graphical styles, and subsequently these edits will be playable in the game.

In spite of some of the bonus content, and the inclusion of online battles this feels like a barebones release though. The extra stuff here does give you a little break from the mainline arcade, versus, and online battles. But that’s just it. They’re minor diversions. Even though they’re fun, they’re not really fleshed out enough to keep most people engaged. Most players will likely try them, and then go back to the one on one fights. Had there been even more graphics options, like a simulated CRT filter, or more characters or backgrounds it would give old-time fans more to get excited about.

The three new characters you do get are ramped up versions of Ryu, Ken, and Akuma. And they’ve appeared in other Capcom fighting games before. Evil Ryu, Violent Ken, and Shin Akuma (whom you need an old school sequence code to use) are all fun to use. But they all have insane damage potential. Shin Akuma is even barred from online competition. So some of the top-tier players who play in tournaments have their concerns. For the rest of us, they also take a lot of damage. So average to good players who don’t need to bother with tournament level stuff like obsessing over frame data or lists won’t care. As is the case with most Capcom fighters, the trainer does let you see inputs, and some other information.

On that note, I do want to talk about controllers with this one. Playing the game with the joycons on the console or in the grip is fine. For the most part. It feels pretty close to using a standard game pad, though I found sometimes the analog stick would read a forward jump, as a jump. Playing the game with the joycons as two separate mini controllers is not that bad. It’s not great, and you’ll have to get used to rounding your index fingers to press the Z buttons. But it works. It basically follows the format of the Super NES controller. So if you’ve played any version of the game on the Super NES, you’ll know what to expect. That said, while it’s something you’ll live with when playing other people at Starbucks, you’ll probably want another option for home. There are a host of options for the Switch. The pro controller, aftermarket controllers, and even an arcade tournament joystick by Hori. Depending on your preference, and budget you’ll probably want to invest in one of these options at some point if you haven’t already.

In the end Ultra Street Fighter II is worth getting for a number of scenarios. Bringing the aforementioned arcade experience to a public setting. If you’re a fan of the game who no longer has an old console or computer version knocking around. Or if you’re getting back into it for the first time in years. Or if you’re just a big fan of fighting games in general, and you’re building a Switch collection. It’s a really fun version of Street Fighter II. With SFII being as timeless as classics like Pac-Man, Centipede, and Space Invaders it’s also a pretty safe bet. Just don’t expect much more out of it than a really fun update of Super Street Fighter II Turbo. The other stuff is nice to try, but isn’t the headline act. Also remember this version of the game isn’t included in Capcom’s upcoming collection.

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The first thing you need to know is that we don’t wait for the casinos to ask us to review their services. We sign up anonymously and create accounts just as any other user would. Why? So we can get a proper, unbiased casino experience from the perspective of a real user. This lets us tell players exactly what they can expect from each of these platforms. Plus, we can describe the entire signup process and how long it takes before you can actually gamble with Bitcoin.

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Once we sign up, we deposit our Bitcoin funds and monitor exactly how long the whole process takes, as well as how many crypto and fiat currencies are supported. Each online casino is different, especially when it comes to banking, so while some might offer a superb gaming experience, transactions can take forever. After all, one of the biggest potential advantages of gambling with cryptocurrencies is instantaneous banking. So if a casino wants to make our best bitcoin gambling sites list, we have to check the banking system first.

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Bonuses are a great part of online gambling, and it’s actually very rare to find a platform that doesn’t offer users at least one special promo. But that’s also where you have to pay close attention to the fine print. Otherwise, your hefty little bonus will become a nuisance. In order to see whether a casino has unfavorable wagering requirements, we carefully go through the conditions and claim the common “Bitcoin casino no deposit bonus.” If the cash-out terms are unrealistic, we promise you will hear about it.

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There’s a reason brick-and-mortar casinos invest a lot of money in creating a slick and suave atmosphere. You should feel good while gambling – and crypto gambling is no exception. However, while online casinos don’t need to worry about their interior design, they have to think about functionality and UX. That’s why we test casinos across desktop and mobile platforms, paying close attention to the overall interface. If we find bugs or glitches, we tell you about them in our reviews: just so you know what to expect.

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Once we’re done with the technical stuff, it’s on to the fun part – the games. We go through the list of popular gambling games and test them across all devices – from poker games and slots all the way to roulette and good old dice games. We’ve found that some of the best BTC casinos are those that have diversified their game selections as much as possible. Sites like these help us evaluate various game providers, free-to-play models, and competition – all of which you can read about in our reviews.

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The next thing we evaluate is the withdrawal process and how casinos handle withdrawal requests. We evaluate overall speed and reliability, keeping in mind that fast banking is one of the biggest benefits of Bitcoin online gambling. We also double-check the fine print we mentioned earlier to make sure none of your funds end up locked. The initial deposit bonus can be used only for additional gambling, so our goal is to help you avoid any risk of losing that bonus.

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When we review casinos, we make sure we evaluate every aspect, which naturally includes how the casinos solve problems and address support issues. That’s why we invest a lot of effort in testing customer support, from live chats to dedicated customer-service agents, evaluating their level of professionalism and response time. We also browse through sites with the best casino reviews and forums, running complete background checks to discover how the casino has been performing throughout the years.

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The last thing we evaluate is probably the most important – fairness. Is the casino provably fair? The reason many people stay away from online casinos is that they don’t feel comfortable trusting a random website. Luckily, that’s not the case with Bitcoin casinos. The provably fair system allows players to verify whether or not a bet’s outcome has been tampered with. Since not all casinos give players this insight, our reviews list all the ones that do.

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Why are we putting so much emphasis on BTC gambling? How can this cryptocurrency improve your online gambling experience? Here are just a few things to consider:

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Let’s be honest here. The whole point of online gambling is to collect winnings and increase your wealth. That is why it matters how much money you lose along the way to unnecessary expenses and bureaucracy. Because cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin don’t require a middleman, most of the time there’s no withdrawal or deposit fee. Your earnings are your earnings and no one can take that away from you.

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Sometimes you have only a few minutes to spend playing your favorite Bitcoin slots . You’re on your way to work or you’re waiting for your unpunctual date. In these situations, you want your payment to go through as fast as possible so you can dive right in. Because there aren’t any frustration-inducing security checks, Bitcoin can offer instant transfers to and from your account. There’s no queuing or staring blankly at the processing screen.

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Every time you pay for something online with a credit card, you leave personal information that can be snatched by anyone. Fraudsters can get your full name, address, phone number, and, most importantly, your funds. Bitcoin promises complete anonymity on the web so you don’t have to worry about data leaks. You can just focus on online Bitcoin gambling .

New Gambling Horizons

If you’re an experienced gambler, you’ve probably encountered numerous limitations when paying with regular currency. Sometimes the casino doesn’t allow payments from your country, sometimes your preferred payment method is on a blacklist, sometimes there’s a conflict between your country’s laws and the casino’s policies. Bitcoin breaks all those bonds and allows you to play in all your favorite locations with no limit.

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Some of the best casinos in the USA encourage gamblers to use digital currencies in hopes of attracting new customers. Thanks to that, you’ll enjoy new bonuses and promotions reserved for Bitcoin gamblers.

We’ve scoured the internet in search of BTC gambling sites to review – but maybe we’ve missed one. If a site you know doesn’t appear on BitcoinPlay, don’t hesitate to send us an email at [email protected] . We’ll get right on it!

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Although it was founded just five years ago, FortuneJack is already considered one of the best online casinos that accept Bitcoin . With over a dozen high-quality game providers, including big names like Evolution Gaming, NetEnt, and XPG, FortuneJack has a lot to offer.

There are more than 400 games at your disposal, all divided into classic categories at the top of the page. Easy-to-use filters let you choose games by a specific provider if you want, or games that offer free spins.

To help you get started, the casino has prepared a 5BTC welcome pack. It is essentially a series of deposit-matching bonuses: a 110% first deposit bonus (up to 1.5BTC) and a weekly 50% match up to 3.5BTC.

For now, this Bitcoin poker casino accepts only cryptocurrencies but the site plans to add fiat options in the future. For added security, you can turn on two-factor authentication to make sure your account isn’t misused.

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This cryptocurrency-exclusive casino was founded in 2017, so we could say that it’s still relatively new on the market. With an all-American layout and a casual tone, Bitcoincasino.us gives you an enjoyable casino experience that feels quite genuine. The casino allows Bitcoins, Bitcoin Cash, Ethereum, Litecoin, and Dogecoin for both deposits and withdrawals. Any winnings under 1BTC are processed instantly, which is quite a pleasant surprise.

There are three main bonuses you can use for your first three deposits: 100% up to 1BTC for the first deposit, 50% up to 2BTC for the second deposit, and 50% up to 2BTC for the third deposit. Besides that, you could be earning Bitcoins with other minor bonuses on a weekly basis.

You can filter games based on the currency they use to help you create any combination you want. All of the games are divided into categories so there’s no confusion. Regardless of whether you like playing slots, poker games, or something else, you’ll easily find the game you want.

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Created “for people, by people,” 10CRIC is one of the most popular Indian casinos. This Curacao-licenced gambling platform offers a huge selection of slots, New bitcoin casinos in 2020 jackpot slots, slingo, table games, and live casino games, developed by the industry-leading software companies such as Betsoft, Yggdrasil, Microgaming, and NetEnt.

Although 10CRIC’s browser version works perfectly across all devices, the company has also developed apps for Android and iOS for additional comfort. The site loads fast and all the features are located right where you’d expect them to be. To ensure that sensitive data is properly protected the site employs a number of measures, so you can sit back and relax knowing that your personal and financial information is safe and secure.

10CRIC’s promotions page comes with an extensive list of bonus offers, including an excellent Bitcoin welcome pack that can get you up to mBTC 300 in bonus funds plus 150 free spins. Loyal players can join the VIP club and enjoy bigger bonuses, faster withdrawals, and the support of a personal account manager.

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If you want to play both Bitcoin slots and regular casino games, Betchain is a good option for you. Besides offering most of the popular cryptocurrency options, this website also lets you make a deposit using credit cards and e-wallets like Skrill. To help you get started, Betchain immediately gives you a 100% welcome bonus up to 1BTC – plus 200 free spins. Of course, there are also bonuses for your second and third deposits, as well as special offers like Cashback Tuesday, Reload Wednesday, and other options. There are plenty of bonuses to go round.

Betchain uses some of the most popular game providers on the web, including NetEnt, Nyx, and Belatra Games, so you can expect some of the best Bitcoin gambling out there. Most of the games on the website are provably fair – you can check it yourself, which is a nice touch.

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Like most casinos, 7Bit Casino offers bonuses to keep the game going. Besides a welcome bonus that matches your first four deposits, there are also Monday Reload, Wednesday Free Spins, and the Weekend Cashback. These will help you win Bitcoins playing games you love created by some of the best game providers in the industry.

7Bit rewards players for their loyalty. This is reflected through Air Races, which offer interesting prizes to the players who have been most active. There is also a visually pleasing VIP section where you get to collect beautiful cars as you advance through the levels and earn more gaming benefits. This casino accepts most of the classic payment methods, including both crypto and fiat currency as well as some of the most popular e-wallet options. It also recently introduced no confirmation crypto deposits.

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With a simple, user-friendly interface and a number of steady bonuses, Wolf.bet is the right choice for players who are looking for the genuine thrill of crypto dice. Besides the initial five DogeCoin bonus, you can also fill up your account through a Bitcoin dice faucet. You can even earn rewards by being active in the public chat.

The registration process is simple: It requires only a username and password. Providing your email address is optional, though it could unlock some additional funds. You can log in through your MetaMask account to make things even easier. Wolf.bet’s house edge is 1%, which is pretty much the industry standard.

The casino accepts six cryptocurrencies: Bitcoin, Bitcoin Cash, Ethereum, DogeCoin, LiteCoin, and Tron. Withdrawals can take eight hours sometimes, but usually it’s instantaneous.

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When it comes to Bitcoin gambling in the USA , mBit certainly holds a special place. This website offers non-stop promotions to keep you glued to your seat and make sure everything stays fresh. They’ve recently introduced fiat payments so now you have the option of depositing both cryptocurrencies and regular currencies. Because of that, they offer special bonuses for users who decide to test it out.

Their welcome package has recently been given a generous update. Players now receive 300 free spins on their first deposit, while the deposit requirement has been lowered to €50 (or currency equivalent). mBit Casino also offers a VIP program where you get a dedicated account manager, special VIP bonuses, loyalty points, and personalized rewards.

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The next name on our list of casinos in the USA that accept Bitcoin is 1xBit. It offers a simple interface that makes it extremely easy to find the game you want to play. You have thousands of slots to choose from and there are categories to help you filter through the selection quickly. With over 60 game providers, there is zero chance that you’ll get bored anytime soon. When it comes to casino providers, you will find big names like XPG, Evolution Gaming, and others.

1xBit accepts over 20 cryptocurrencies, including the most popular coins like Bitcoin, Bitcoin Cash, Ethereum, and Ripple. Keep in mind that the casino allows only cryptocurrencies both for deposits and withdrawals for your Bitcoin sports gambling . The minimum deposit is 5mBTC, which is slightly above average – but the welcome bonus is a bit bigger as well.

The welcome bonus package consists of bonuses for the first four deposits. With the first deposit you get a 100% bonus up to 1BTC, while the second deposit offers 50% up to 1BTC. The third time you make a deposit, the casino will surprise you with a 100% match up to 2BTC, and the 4th deposit is 50% up to 3BTC in total.

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If you’re in search of a casino that will make you feel right at home with a Bitcoin no deposit bonus , BitStarz might be a pleasant surprise. As soon as you sign up, you get 20 free spins to try out the games and get into the mood. There is also a welcome package that rewards you for your first four deposits to 5BTC. Your first deposit gets you 150 free spins for your gambling pleasure.

Cashout is possible only in the same currency you’ve deposited. There are no withdrawal fees, and the minimum deposit is 0.3mBTC. The casino supports both fiat and cryptocurrencies, although the latter are much more popular according to various Bitcoin gambling Reddit forums.

You can use a drop-down menu from the top to see all the current promotions. They’re usually tied to specific games or days of the week. In order to make sure you’re up to speed with the casino’s gambling mechanisms, the website has a separate page dedicated to their provably fair systems for roulette, dice, cards, and slots. That way you can be certain that your favorite casino isn’t playing you like a fiddle.

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Direx N.V. is well known for giving players some of the best online casino experiences – especially when it comes to PlayAmo. The website stands out from other Direx N.V. properties with its responsive and optimized appearance. It’s chock-filled with flashy animations.

The roster includes more than 1,000 games, including slots, Bitcoin blackjack , Roulette, and live casino games. Bringing proper casino fun to your desktop is no small feat, and that is why PlayAmo partnered with some of the most popular software producers such as Evolution, EGT, Habanero, Microgaming, and many others.

If you’re a new customer, you can apply for a 100%-up-to-$100 welcome bonus, which comes with 20 free spoins. Just use the code FIRSTDEP when signing up and deposit at least $20.

You can top your balance at this Bitcoin casino with RUB, EUR, USD, CAD, AUD, NZD, ZAR, NOK, PLN, CZK, BTC, LTE, DOGE, BCH, ETH, and USDT. Minimum deposit and withdrawal amounts are 20 euros. You can reach support by email form or live chat.

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BetCoin is one of the more recent additions to the world of crypto casinos. It started as a sports betting website but has quickly grown into one of the most popular Bitcoin sites on the web.

The website hosts hundreds of games, all separated into slots, blackjack, video poker, table games, and live casino.

New customers can top their balance with a 100% match welcome bonus up to 1 BTC. The bonus includes a free spin.

The minimum deposit is 0.00001 BTC, while the minimum withdrawal is 0.0005 BTC. You can use BTC, XMR, ETH, DASH, Ripple, LTC, BCH, Cardano, and Dash for banking.

If you experience a problem at this Bitcoin casino or if you just have a question to ask, you can contact the helpful support team via live chat or an email contact form.

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Not many people know that one of the giants among Bitcoin betting sites , Cloudbet, also has a comprehensive casin. The website hosts about 1,000 games in five categories: slots, table games, video poker, virtual sports, and instant win games.

If you are new to the site, the welcome bonus is for you: a 100% match up to 5BTC. All you need to do is deposit at least 0.01 BTC. The best part is that there are no wagering requirements at all, and you have 365 days to redeem your bonus Bitcoins .

Minimum withdrawal and deposit amounts are 0.001 BTC. Note that the website accepts 12 currencies: BTC, BCH, LTC, DOGE, and Dash, ETH, and 6 more.

Whenever you encounter an issue you can’t solve yourself, you can contact customer support by sending an email or clicking the live chat button.

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Owned and operated by mBet Solutions NV, a veteran gambling holding company, BitCasino stands as one of the most popular casinos on our best Bitcoin casino list. The website stands out with its dynamic, customizable interface. BitCasino hosts about 1,500 games, including slots, baccarat, blackjack, roulette, and table games.

Every new customer gets an opportunity to claim a 100% matching welcome bonus. However, before claiming your winnings, you’ll have to wager it 35 times over the next 30 days. This is probably the best bonus we’ve seen since we started with our Bitcoin casino reviews .

The website accepts only Japanese yen, Bitcoin, Litecoin, and Ether.

If you find yourself in a predicament, feel free to contact the support team by clicking on the live chat button in the bottom right corner or sending an email by filling out a contact form.

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Endorsed by some of the biggest authorities in the world of the best crypto casino platforms, Oshi is one of the most recent products from Direx N.V, a veteran gambling company that operates dozens of online casinos.s

The website hosts about 2,500 casino games, all neatly packed in categories: roulette, slots, video poker, live and table games, and lottery. We recommend the Blackjack tournament subcategory, where you can test your skills against other players.

If you need a small boost on your first run through Oshi’s website and intend on gambling with Bitcoins , you can claim the welcome offer: a 100% match up to 1.25 BTC plus 180 free spins.

The minimum deposit amount is 0.0003 BTC, while the minimum withdrawal is 0.001 BTC. In addition to Bitcoin, the website also accepts euros, US dollars, Australian dollars, Russian rubles, Canadian collars, Norwegian krone, and Chinese yuan.

Stuck? Contact the customer support team via live chat or email.

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Some of you may know this blockchain casino as DogecoinMachine.net, but nowadays it’s better known as Crypto-Games.net. The website is led by a group of Bitcoin enthusiasts who aim to provide players with a top-notch secure crypto-gambling experience.

The website is built on blockchain, meaning you don’t have to worry about fairness and security. As of now, they have only Plinko, Minesweeper, dice, slot, blackjack, roulette, video poker, and lotto. Each game in the catalog has a hash seed function available so anyone can check the fairness of the games. We especially like the Bitcoin roulette game because of its very high stake range.

The minimum deposit is 0.003 BTC, and there’s no minimum amount for withdrawing. However, you will have to pay a fee that ranges from 0.00008 BTC to 0.0004 BTC depending on how fast you want to receive your funds.

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Argo Casino represents the pinnacle of Direx N.V.’s online Bitcoin gambling engagement. The website has more than 1,000 in categories that include table games, slots, and a live casino section.

The minimum deposit is 0.001 BTC or its equivalent. You can top your balance with credit/debit cards, Neteller, Euteller, Bitcoin, Ethereum, Qiwi, ecoPayz, Skrill, Web Money, EPS, and others. You can also try the demo version of each game before depositing funds, so feel free to test any of them while visiting this Bitcoin casino .

Every newcomer is greeted with a generous 100% match up to 200 euros. To claim it, you’ll first need to make a deposit of at least 10 euros and wager through that amount in the next 14 days. If you encounter a problem, you can reach the support team via live chat, email, or telephone.

Bovada Casino

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  • Modern game designs
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Bovada started accepting Bitcoin and Bitcoin cash in 2016. It’s been a strong advocate for cryptocurrency gambling ever since. The casino highlights the ease of transfer, anonymity, and safety of this payment mode and endorses it by matching your first deposit by 50%. Deposits and withdrawals were executed within minutes when we were researching the platform for our review.

The site’s layout is a pleasant surprise compared to other online casinos, which can often be hectic and unorganized. A list of featured games is shown on the front page, and a tab lists all game categories. The ‘Leaderboards’ tab shows you current site-wide competitions in various games. We like this feature a lot, since we feel it encourages community spirit and friendly competition, which are often lacking in other online gambling environments.

The slot selection is large, with games from manyt game developers. You can even try “A Night With Cleo,” the mature themed slots game and get some free spins while you’re at it. Bovada has something for everyone and we highly recommend you go check it out.

VegasCasino.io

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  • Member of the Bitcoin Foundation
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VegasCasino is a silver member of the Bitcoin Foundation, an international organization dedicated to spreading the good word about cryptocurrencies globally. The casino is serious about promoting blockchain gambling to a wider audience.

In spite of its name, Vegas Casino is not all that flashy. The regal purple of its UI provides a subdued and soothing atmosphere that is a nice background for the colorful and noisy slots you find there.

Speaking of slots, there are plenty to choose from. They can be filtered by provider, which is handy if you happen to have a favorite. You can also play roulette, blackjack, pker and other staple casino games – they all work without a hiccup. We particularly like the politically themed Trump It blackjack game. It’s a blast.

Deposits and withdrawals are authorized within minutes. We experienced one minor issue with a withdrawal, but the helpful and polite customer support staff smoothed things out quickly. The first and second deposit are matched by 100% and 50% for amounts up to one Bitcoin bonus and have a 40x wagering requirement.

We haven’t spent enough time on the Vegas Casino to get invited into the VIP club, but we may just return for the useful benefits it provides.

Mars Casino

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  • Accepts fiat currencies
  • Instant banking with crypto

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Strap in and get ready – we’re going to Mars to spin some slots! With more than 1,000 games by 15 providers, the selection truly is interplanetary.

Mars is a provably fair casino – it uses the latest algorithms to determine random outcomes for every event in every game.

The first three deposits are matched 100%, 25%, and 25% with a 40x wagering requirement. The first deposit also gets you 50 free spins, and 25 spins are awarded for every third deposit in a single day. Just be careful – you cannot withdraw any money while you have bonus funds.

Mars is a hybrid casino: It takes both fiat and crypto currencies. You can make deposits in Bitcoin, Tether, Ethereum, Dogecoin, and Litecoin. We experienced no trouble with deposits and withdrawals, which were instantaneous. The customer support operative we chatted to was very helpful when it came to divulging payment information for this Bitcoin casino .

Loki Casino

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  • Excellent loyalty program
  • Fast banking

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You can register and use an account on Loki with just an email address. It works great if you plan to play nothing but Bitcoin gambling games . The minimum amount you can deposit is 0.0001 and the maximum is 100. Deposits and withdrawals are very fast.

If you send Loki at least 0.01 BTC, it will be matched 100%, 75% and 50% for the first three deposits, with a 40x rollover requirement. Each wager brings you complimentary points that raise your site status. You can exchange the points for real money and the rate increases in your favor the higher the status you obtain.

The game selection is plentiful, with a long list of branded games that feature favorite themes and characters. Overall, the site is very responsive and well built.

Konung Casino

  • Licenced Bitcoin casino
  • Instant deposits
  • A big live casino games library

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The layout of the Konung site may not have all the flash you expect from a modern online casino, but all of the features are there. It is licenced by the Curacao Gaming Authority. You can make deposits in Bitcoin, Bitcoin Cash, Litecoin, Ethereum and Dogecoin. Deposits are instant, there are no fees, and the minimum you can send to the casino is 0.0003 BTC.

Your first three deposits are boosted by 100%, 70%, and 60% with a 49x rollover requirement. Konung Casino rewards online gambling with Bitcoin on Mondays and Fridays with bonuses on deposits and free spins.

The game selection is not as plentiful as on other online casinos. However, we always like to see a long list of Evolution Gaming live casino games, as we see at Konung Casino.

Dasist Casino

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Dasist Casino strikes you with its no-nonsense German style as soon as the webpage opens. Everything is in its place, nothing is redundant, and everything works efficiently.

Dasist takes deposits in Bitcoin, Bitcoin Cash, Ethereum, and Litecoin. The minimum deposit is 0.0003 BTC, there are no fees, and transactions are instant. We had some issues when withdrawing funds, but the helpful support staff was there to help us and we ironed out the issues quickly.

You are eligible for 0.8 BTC in bonus funds on the first four deposits you make. You will need to wager the funds 50 times before you can withdraw them. Some games, like Bitcoin craps , do not contribute to the wagering requirement.

With more than 2,000 games from 25 providers, with slots, live casino options, and video poker, there is something at Dasist casino that will surely tickle your fancy if you pay it a visit.

Superior Casino

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Superior Casino was established in 2006, and represents one of the veteran online Bitcoin casinos on the US market. The platform is built around world-class encryption. It features software from famous developers like BetSoft, Rival Software, and Vivo.

Superior Casino accepts six types of currency: American dollar, euro, British pound, South African and, Australian eollar and Bitcoin. Depositing methods include options like Visa, Mastercard, Eco, Paysafecard, Skrill, Neteller, Cashlib, and E-Wallet.

Every newcomer is welcomed with a generous first deposit bonus that will give you 275% of your initial deposit. Keep in mind that there is a 33x wagering requirement before you can cash out, and that the minimum deposit is a bit high at 0.005 BTC. The other great little bonus is available after referring a friend, which will boost you with a nice $50.

24VIP Casino

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  • Many games
  • Secure platform

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White it can be considered a newcomer to the scene, 24VIP Casino has the advantage of being a sister site to Superior Casino and a partner of Rival Software. This ensures that this blockchain casino is modern, full of world-class games, and built on a secure, SSL-encrypted foundation.

Like its sister site, 24VIP Casino accepts five currencies in addition to Bitcoin: US dollars, euros, British pounds, South African rands, and Australian dollars. Payments are also available via Visa, Mastercard, Eco, Paysafecard, Skrill, Neteller, Cashlib, or E-Wallet.

The website has a generous first deposit Bitcoin bonus that matches your deposit by up to 275%, meaning that you can claim up to $2,750 on your initial deposit. There is a 33x wager requirement before you can withdraw these funds. One more nifty feature of 24VIP casino is called Comp Points. They let you amass cash rewards through consistent play.

Buran Casino

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  • Excellent, responsive customer support
  • Easy banking

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Buran Casino is the result of partnership between two industry veterans: Araxio Development N.V. and Tranello LTD. Launched in 2016, in a few short years it has become one of the top casino sites , with a huge library of games. Scrolling through the slots selection, you will likely think the list will go on forever. And it almost does: There are more than 1,800 titles to try out.

When it comes to payment options, Buran Casino offers the same kind of diversity. In addition to the currencies you can use everywhere else, you can also pay with Polish zloty, Russian rubles, Japanese yen, Chinese yuan, Turkish lira and more. You can pay through Visa, Mastercard, Cubits, Paysafecard, Skrill, Neteller and more. If you have any questions and issues with the platform, you can always turn to the incredibly responsive customer support staff.

Buran crypto casino has a very generous first deposit bonus. When you deposit at least 0.004 BTC or €20, the casino matches your deposit 100% up to €500 – and tosses in 200 free spins. That is a 30x wagering requirement before you can withdraw bonus funds.

CryptoWild

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  • Generous welcome bonus
  • Enhance privacy
  • Large game library

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CryptoWild is operated by the industry giant Direx N.V. The website has been operating for just two years, but it easily competes with older, more established platforms. It has a big game library with more than 800 slots provided by leading software providers like Betsoft, Amatic, Spinomenal, and many others.

As the name suggests, CryptoWild is a crypto gambling -only platform, meaning it accepts payments only through cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin, Bytether, Ethereum, Litecoin, and Dogecoin. This makes the website much more secure and privacy-oriented, but it does restrict your deposit and withdrawal options. If you have any questions, we suggest you contact the helpful live-chat support staff.

CryptoWild has an amazing welcome bonus that is focused solely on slot games. The casino matches your first deposit by 150% up to 1 BTC and throws in 150 free spins. You have only one day to spend your free spins, so don’t forget to play through them after you make your deposit.

BitcoinPenguin

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  • Secure, anonymous gaming
  • Great customer support
  • Interesting, profitable bonuses

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BitcoinPenguin was launched by SoftSwiss in 2014. The website has come a long way in the past five years, and it represents a strong contender for the top crypto-only casino on the internet. It’s library has more than 900 games from leading software developers like Pragmatic, Betsoft, and Habanero. And the casino’s customer-support system is first-rate.

Since BitcoinPenguin is a crypto-only platform, it does business only in three different cryptocurrencies: Bitcoin, Litecoin, and Dogecoin. Deposits are processed very fast but withdrawals can take up to two hours. Crypto technology makes the website much safer and more private, and you can log in with two-factor authentication for additional protection.

The first deposit bonus you get on BitcoinPenguin is certainly not impressive compared to what you get from other top providers. It’s a 100% match up to 0.2 BTC or 0.5 ETH – and no free spins. This lackluster welcome bonus is remedied by the Second Deposit and Friday Free Spin bonuses, which definitely increase the value of your continued investment.

Jetwin

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  • World-class customer support
  • No minimum deposit

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Jetwin is one of the oldest and best-known bitcoin casinos on the web. Launched in 2013, it has since become a powerful platform that offers much more game variety than most of its competitors. The gaming software is provided by famous developers such as Betsoft, eGaming, Evolution, and others, combining for more than 900 slots.

This website is solely focused on payments through cryptocurrencies, and accepts only Bitcoin, Bitcoin Cash, and Dash. There is no minimum deposit, which is a welcome user-friendly feature, but this is also one of those rare Bitcoin casinos with no deposit bonus . We must say this is a strange choice, as every other platform on our review list has at least some level of reward for new players.

Where Jetwin Casino does shine is definitely in its customer support system. This service is quite possibly the best we have experienced. All of our inquiries were handled quickly and correctly by a friendly staff.

King Billy

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King Billy has built itself into a very successful online casino in just two years. Since it was launched in 2017, this website has received numerous prestigious industry awards. It now ranks among the top Bitcoin casinos in the world. It offers hundreds of games, courtesy of world-leading software providers.

King Billy accepts payments in standard currencies and cryptocurrencies. You can deposit money in euros, US dollars, Norwegian krone, Russian rubles and quite a few other currencies. For crypto users, you have the option to pay through Bitcoin, Litecoin, Ethereum, and Bitcoin Cash. Deposits and withdrawals are processed extremely fast, no matter your choice.

This crypto casino has a generous bonus for your first four deposits. The first is the most valuable – it matches your deposit by 100% up to €200 or 1BTC, plus 200 free spins. That’s a great way to start your relationship with this fascinating, fun casino.

Golden Crown

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  • Live gaming
  • Excellent game selection
  • 24/7 live customer support

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The crypto gambling market has a new online casino, and it already threatens to be one of the best. The Golden Crown casino was established in 2019, and it is owned by Hollycorn N.V.

It currently holds a license from the government of Curacao and operates under its laws. Therefore, you can be sure that the provided service is completely safe and secure.

Even though Golden Crown has just begun its crypto-gambling journey, it did its best to provide the great service since the start. Players can engage in all types of casino games, including slots, card games, roulette, dice, and bingo.

The Golden Crown accepts five other cryptocurrencies besides Bitcoin. You can make your deposits and withdrawals with Bitcoin Cash (BCH), Tether (USDT), Ethereum (ETH), Litecoin (LTC), and Dogecoin (DOGE).

CyberDice

  • Provably fair casino
  • No withdrawal fee
  • 100 Satoshi Bitcoin faucet

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One of the newest casinos on the internet, CyberDice began operating in 2018. It is owned by Blockchain Entertainment B.V., however: a veteran of the industry that also operates the famous OneHash casino. This cyber-themed platform is a powerful new player on the Bitcoin dice market that offers amazing customer support and secure, encrypted service.

Since CyberDice focuses solely on the Bitcoin dice game, it is also accepting only cryptocurrencies: Litecoin, Ethereum, and Bitcoin. The site also features Bitcoin gambling with a faucet of 100 Satoshis for free rolls when your balance reaches 0, and it has no withdrawal fees when you wish to collect your payouts. Withdrawal times are a bit long, but in our experience they never took longer than 45 minutes.

CyberDice is a provably fair platform, and it uses cutting-edge blockchain encryption technology to make sure that each play you make is not tampered with. This is achieved by using a cryptographic hash system that generates unique server and client seeds for you, allowing you to check on the details of your play history whenever you want.

TrueFlip

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TreuFlip casino offers a colorful and lively atmosphere that will help you immerse yourself in the world of gambling. Its selection of games includes titles created by some of the best providers in the industry, as well as half a dozen high-quality in-house games.

There are numerous bonuses you can get, starting with the welcome offer of 200% match up to 40 mBTC or €200. You can deposit any currency, but keep in mind that the casino automatically converts to Euro and Bitcoin. TrueFlip accepts the following cryptocurrencies: Bitcoin (BTC), Ethereum (ETH), Litecoin (LTC), Bitcoin Cash (BCH), Dogecoin (DOGE), Tether (USDT), NEO (NEO), Dash (DASH), Zcash (ZEC), Monero (XMR), and Ripple (XRP).

You will have to provide your email address during the registration process, but that’s not a huge security concern. You can enable two-factor authentication or SMS notifications at any point by visiting the casino’s security center. If you happen to run into any problems, you will be guided by TrueFlip’s extremely professional and friendly customer support team.

Casino Adrenaline

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If you are looking for a real adrenaline rush when it comes to casino gambling, then Casino Adrenaline is definitely the right choice for you. With hundreds of games, a user-friendly interface, and a generous welcome package, this online casino is making a name for itself in the gambling industry. You can play your favorite slots or table games even from your mobile device – without downloading an app.

Whether you like playing slots or you are more into table games like poker, roulette, or blackjack, Casino Adrenaline has it all. With a massive range of high-quality games powered by Betsoft, Beletra, BGaming, Endorphina, and many others, this site will surely satisfy you with the game you want.

This casino is operated under license from the government of Curacao, which ensures safety and fairness to every player.

When you become a Casino Adrenaline customer, you will be awarded a generous welcome bonus: a 110% deposit match up to 1 BTC plus 189 free spins.

Casino Adrenaline accepts five cryptocurrencies as a payment method, including Bitcoin, Litecoin, Dogecoin, Ether, and Bitcoin Cash.

iLUCKI

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  • 54 software providers
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If you’re looking for a casino that offers basically every game you could want, then we have the perfect solution for you. Established by Direx N.V. in 2018, iLUCKI holds a license from the Government of Curacao and has all the security protocols you’d expect from a professional casino.

As a Bitcoin casino, iLUCKI has so much to offer its customers. Its offer includes 4,000 games, a user-friendly interface, fast cash withdrawals, games from 54 top software providers, and 24 different payment methods.

In case you decide to create an account on this platform, you’ll be rewarded with a 100% match up to $100 and 100 free spins after your first deposit. And it doesn’t end there, all new players also receive bonuses on their second, third, and fourth deposits.

Besides 13 fiat currencies – EUR, CAD, USD, RUB, NOK, ZAR, AUD, CZK, PLN, THB, CNY, MXN, and TRY – players can also use six cryptocurrencies at iLUCKI. You can make deposits and withdrawals with BTC, BCH, LTC, DOGE, ETH, and USDT.

MELbet

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A seven-year veteran in the online casino wars, MELbet a great assortment of sports events, video game tournaments, online games, and more. MELbet has it all.

The first thing you’ll notice is the shiny user interface. Don’t worry – it’s not as complicated as it first appears.

Melbet isn’t lacking in the bonuses department. For casino games, they offer bonuses for the first through fifth deposits. Starting at 50% bonus and 30 free spins for your initial deposit, bonuses increase with each subsequent deposit.

In our MELbet review we have found their games visually impressive, quick to load, and above all – numerous. More than you’ll ever find time to try. In addition to all the online slots, you can also play live casino games, live slots, and TV games. MELbet Casino accepts 25 cryptocurrencies too, including Bitcoin. You can use traditional money from a variety of countries if you’d rather. Credit cards, debit cards, wire transfer – everything works as expected.

If by any chance you encounter problems, just pick up the phone. MELbet customer-service agents are available on a 24/7 basis. Or you can use live chat or email if you’d rather.

Unikrn

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  • Accepts a dozen cryptocurrencies
  • 3x wagering welcome bonus requirement

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Hands down, Unikrn is the place for esports fans to go. On this betting platform, you can place wagers on all your favorite esports, play yourself and win crypto, and make bets in the currency all gamers hold dear – game skins. Fostering a true sense of community, Unikrn rewards its users for every friend they introduce to the platform – a 100% bonus, matching deposits up to €50 or 3,000 UKG.

However great this platform is for esports aficionados, it also provides a place for players who prefer to bet on traditional sports and play good old casino games. This licensed casino offers slots, card games, and table games from well-established game providers like Evoplay, NETENT, and NEKTAN. You can bet on traditional sports too. Ensuring a seamless gambling experience, Unikrn provides around-the-clock customer support and boasts a mobile-optimized website that’s available in seven languages.

24k Casino

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A new wave of online gambling enterprises sprung up throughout 2019, and punters are especially excited about 24kCasino. This modern operator provides its players with a fully functional casino. It’s available on a range of devices, including desktop, laptop, tablets and smartphones. 24kCasino stands out with its rich library of games and a live casino available 24/7. Major software suppliers contributed to building the rich gaming library, which contains over 3,000 releases and is available in sharp graphics. There are more than two thousand slot titles and over a thousand table games. In addition, the live dealer games offer a range of visual setups in different languages hosted by male or female croupier.

Each player can expect a generous 300% welcome offer followed by 25x wagering requirements. If you want to feel appreciated and enjoy the most popular releases at a secure gaming environment, check out 24kCasino!

Coinbet24

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Coinbet24 has quickly risen to become one of the most trusted names in the brave new world of crypto gambling. The platform specializes in sports betting but also features an impressive library of casino games from the world’s leading software developers. All new players are welcomed with a generous 100% bonus for up to 200mBTC, and those who opt to register with their phone number are gifted with free spins.

Coinbet24 is easily one of the best-optimized gambling websites with the strongest encryption available. Whether you are playing on your PC or phone, the experience is smooth and flawless with quick website load time. The overall user experience is further enriched through the instant processing of deposits and withdrawals. Coinbet24’s star is on the rise, and this truly state-of-the-art crypto casino appears to have a bright future.

Joo Casino

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Joo Casino ensures that its players feel safe and appreciated. This casino operator partnered up with an impressive list of software providers, including the biggest names in the industry. Thanks to this cooperation, players can enjoy an extensive gaming library filled with all-time classics and most popular releases. The venue is especially proud of its rich selection of bonus offers where players are rewarded for the first four deposits they make. Joo Casino also treats its players to a strong live dealer section, weekly updated bonus offers, and all the perks that come with VIP programs. With a plethora of banking options and professional customer support on hand, the platform’s users will feel like royalty in a licensed and secure gaming environment.

Wild Casino

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Wild Casino might be one of the youngest cryptocurrency casinos, but it can stand shoulder-to-shoulder with industry veterans. Launched and managed by a team of betting-business veterans, this gambling site offers numerous hefty bonuses, safe betting, and a wide variety of banking options.

Our Wild Casino review uncovered more than 190 games, including slots, live casino games, table games, video poker, and blackjack. While the game selection is somewhat limited, the games perform admirably, appear visually impressive, and are provably fair.

The bonuses are where Wild Casino shines. In addition to a $5,000 welcome bonus, you get up to $9,000 in cryptocurrency deposit bonuses, weekly free spins, and a friend referral system.

Deposits at Wild Casino are instant, withdrawals take only a day. In addition to conventional transfer options, you can use Bitcoin, Ether, and Litecoin.

BSpin

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Instead of providing thousands of games for you to choose from, BSpin focuses on a single game provider and gives you about 260 titles to play with. Pragmatic Play has been around since 2015 and has won numerous awards for its contributions to the gambling industry. You can filter the games by type or find your favorite title through the search bar in the upper left corner of the home page.

The first-deposit bonus is 100% of your deposit up to 1.000.000 μBTC, plus 20 free spins for a slot game. There are also two reloads. The first reload is a 50% match up to 0.05 BTC, while the second one matches 75% up to 0.05 BTC. The wagering requirement is 35x and you can redeem it by playing slots that have 100% contribution.

On top of these welcome bonuses, there’s a fantastic weekly cashback promotion. All players who lost BTC in a week when the price of BTC went up, will be given a percentage of their losses back.

Roobet Casino

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Owned and operated by TekHou5 Limited, RooBet Casino has quickly risen to the top of the online gaming industry, offering its players unprecedented safety, a wide variety of games, as well as generous bonuses and promotions. The casino was initially launched in 2018, and currently holds an online gaming license provided by the Government of Curacao.

The gaming selection includes some of the most renowned software providers in the industry like Microgaming, NetEnt, and AliQuantum Gaming.

Although the company currently doesn’t include a welcome bonus in its offer, it makes up for it through a number of other very attractive Roobet bonus offers as well as promotions that will make your bet pay off.

You can deposit and withdraw funds instantly in Bitcoin or Ethereum, with the limit being $10 for Bitcoin and $5 for Ethereum.

If you have any questions, concerns or issues, the casino provides 24/7 live chat assistance as well as email support. The company staff is very friendly and eager to help you – you can access the RooBet live chat at any given time, and address your issue.

CasinoFair

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  • Game selection designed for crypto-lovers
  • No third parties

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CasinoFair might be one of the youngest blockchain casinos on the market, but the slogan “Famous for Fairness” has a way of spreading around. This casino offers a 100% transparency policy and gives you complete control over your transactions.

Our CasinoFair review has uncovered that this venue’s game library is not extensive, but it does include unique titles designed for crypto lovers ranging from slots and baccarat to roulette and dice. In addition to receiving 2,000 FUN tokens as a welcome gift thanks to CasinoFair’s no deposit bonus and Fun Bounty bonanza promo, crypto lovers can also benefit from a friend referral system.

CasinoFair leverages cutting edge blockchain technology to empower its customers and guarantee a fair gambling experience. Instant payouts, financial transactions governed by players themselves, and the daily availability of CasinoFair customer support agents are all signs that this operator will soon become a leader in its sector.

Sports and Casino

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Emphasizing that a well-informed user is a user that intends to stay, Sports and Casino holds dearly to its transparency. This casino cares about the safety and privacy of its players.

Sports and Casino is licensed and regulated by the Curacao Gambling Commission and it is based in Malta. The company provides a huge selection of games, as well as an extensive sportsbook, with a great website design that runs smoothly both on mobile and desktop.

Powered by software providers such as Betsoft, Rival, Saucify, and Fugaso, this site is full of the latest and most-popular games, including Sports and Casino slots , video poker, and a wide variety of table games.

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BC.Game

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  • Perks for VIP members
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Blockchain casinos are all the rage nowadays because they offer provably fair games and maximum privacy on the web. BC.Game follows all that to the letter and gives you a wholesome community-heavy gambling experience. All of the games on the site (eight in total) use blockchain technology with verifiable bets and all the transparency you want. They are all well-optimized and work without any lags. It’s a fast-paced, exciting experience in the true spirit of online gambling.

The games will certainly entice you but the bonuses will keep you playing. BC.Game free spin introduces you to the concept of free rewards, but that’s just the tip of the iceberg. You will get free cryptocurrency for mundane tasks like email verification or placing your first bet. Afterwards, you’ll move on to daily bonuses that are available to VIP members. Want to become one? Just keep playing and you’ll get an invitation soon enough. BC.Game appreciates its players and works hard on keeping that community alive. Overall, it’s online gambling done right.

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  • More than 130 live casino options
  • Hybrid casino – accepts crypto and fiat currencies

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Whether you’re in the mood for sports betting, live betting, live casinos, video poker, slots, or jackpots, you’ll find what you’re looking for at Cbet. This one-stop-shop for all your crypto gambling needs has got you covered, even if you’re into something strange like gambling on esports.

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We were quite impressed with the live casino options – more than 130 separate rooms for baccarat, blackjack, Texas hold ’em and other popular games.

Cbet is a hybrid casino, meaning that it takes both fiat and cryptocurrencies. It accepts deposits and makes pay-outs in any cryptocurrency you want, as long as you want Bitcoin, which is the only cryptocurrency it supports. Because the site also accepts conventional currencies, creating an account will require you to divulge more personal information than most Bitcoin casinos ask for. Cbet operates under license no. GLH-OCCHKTW0702102019 from the government of Curacao.

Betmaster.io

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  • Quick and mobile friendly website
  • 24/7 live chat support

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Betmaster.io has been around since 2014. The site is operated by Reinvent N.V. and holds a gambling licence from the Curaçao Gambling Commission. The welcome offer includes a 100% matched first deposit bonus of up to €1,000 and 40 free spins. They have a massive selection of over 4000 games, including slots from Betsoft, GameArt, Habanero, Microgaming, and Playtech.

There is a range of ongoing free spin promotions and you can deposit and withdraw money through a variety of methods, including credit/debit cards, bank transfers, and eWallets. The site features the industry standard SSL encryption and has friendly and knowledgeable customer support staff available 24/7 through email and live chat.

CasinoIn

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  • Rich game selection
  • Support available in two dozen languages

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Having opened its virtual doors to players back in 2015, Casinoin has since managed to build a reputation for being an esteemed establishment that puts its players first, no matter what. On the casino’s website, you’ll find an abundance of generous bonus offers and promotions, a VIP club that’s worth your loyalty, and a vast selection of the latest casino games powered by only the best software providers.

The software that powers Casinoin games is provided by Betsoft, Microgaming, Evolution Games, and other industry giants, and the site’s security is regulated by bulletproof encryption. Furthermore, the casino is part of the Reinvent N.V. franchise and holds a license from the Curacao Gaming Authority, which guarantees its legitimacy as a business.

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Trustdice.win

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  • Good selection of software providers
  • Fast withdrawals

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Established in 2018, Trustdice.win is a relatively new online Bitcoin casino that has earned praise the world over for its huge selection of games. Besides traditional dice and crash games, there is a rich selection of casino and live casino games, including poker, roulette, monopoly, blackjack, and many others. Thanks to its collaboration with some of the world’s most popular software providers – including Pragmatic, Habanero, Endorphina, and Belatra – the casino has a wealth of games to offer.

When it comes to safety, Trustdice.win secures its customers’ data with all the latest encryption technology. The casino uses two-factor authentication as an extra layer of security to ensure that no unwanted intruders can access your account.

Another reason why Trustdice.win casino is popular among players is its faucet tool. This is an entirely free tool that can help you to win free cryptocurrencies without having to deposit any money in your account to be eligible.

CryptoThrills

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  • Loyalty program
  • Weekly Special Tournament

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CryptoThrills casino guarantees an engaging gambling experience with around 300 high-quality games and several rewarding bonuses. The website’s UI is well-crafted and looks great on any device. The sign-up process is fairly simple, but the limited session times might be a bit frustrating.

The first time you make a deposit of at least 2 mBTC, you will get a 100% match up to 1,000 mBTC. Besides the CryptoThrills welcome bonus , you’ll also appreciate the daily free spins during Happy Hour and a generous loyalty program, as well as the new special weekly tournament.

The site accepts only three currencies, Bitcoin, Bitcoin Cash, and Litecoin. You have to decide which currency you are going to use when signing up. The site allows only one currency per account. Customer support is the casino’s weak link, but hopefully you won’t even have to reach out to them.

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Winz Casino

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  • Huge game selection including lots of live dealer games
  • Lots of cryptocurrencies supported

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Winz Casino is owned and operated by Direx NV. Licensed in Curaçao, the site has been in operation since early 2020 – and already has more than 5,000 slots and table games. Almost every major publisher is represented here, from Amatic and Betsoft to Microgaming, NetEnt and Evolution Gaming. The generous welcome offer spans the first three deposits, and it can earn you bonuses of up to 6 BTC and 300 free spins. The casino also has ongoing promotions, tournaments, and a VIP club called the Highroller’s Club or Winz Club. The site uses top grade SSL encryption and customer-support agents are available 24/7 through email and live chat. Winz deposits and withdrawals can be made in a variety of fiat currencies and cryptocurrencies by using credit/debit cards, bank transfers, or e-wallets. There are no processing fees.

TeleVega

  • More than 4,000 casino games
  • Accepts fiat and cryptocurrencies
  • Provides safe and secure gambling environment

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Launched in 2019, TeleVega is an up-and-coming online casino. By leveraging cutting-edge blockchain technology, this site gives its players a safe and secure gaming environment. It accepts a wide range of cryptocurrencies including Bitcoin, Litecoin, and Tether, as well as a number of fiat currencies.

TeleVega is an attractive destination for both beginners and seasoned players. Some enjoy its modern user interface that allows you to play multiple games simultaneously, while others are more happy about its responsive customer service agents.

TeleVega has more than 4,000 game titles. TeleVega slots and table games are powered by the world’s most prominent software providers – Endorphina, Blueprint, Habanero, Belatra, Evolution, and many others.

The casino holds the license of Curacao Gambling Authority, which proves that this is a trusted venue. Regardless of the device you use – desktop, smartphone, or tablet, you can be sure that your personal information and transactions are protected with the latest SSL technology.

Rolletto

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  • Instant payments
  • 24/7 customer support

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Although it’s one of the latest additions to the online gambling scene, Rolletto has already managed to attract and retain thousands of players. Founded and managed by OnyxioN B.V and licensed by the government of Curacao, this entertainment destination offers a large selection of casino games and a rich sportsbook section.

There are almost 600 fun-packed casino and live casino games at your disposal, all provided by the industry’s leading developers such as BetSoft, Bgaming, and Patagonia. You can choose from a wide variety of video slots, jackpot games, and table games (baccarat, blackjack, roulette, and several types of poker).

To help its newly-registered players get started, Rolletto offers a three-tiered welcome bonus that can get you up to 10,000 USDT. Additionally, the gambling site boosts each crypto deposit with another 10% of the deposited amount.

Crypto gambling enthusiasts will be happy to hear that payment options include Bitcoin, Ether, Litecoin, Bitcoin Cash, Ripple, Dash, Monero, and Tether.

EgoCasino

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  • Excellent customer support
  • Amazing welcome offer

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EgoCasino is a very recent addition to the online cryptogambling scene – its virtual doors opened in 2020. The casino is owned and operated by JocSolutions Ltd, and it is licensed and regulated in Curacao.

EgoCasino has a functional and easily navigated interface. As soon as you arrive at the website, you’ll see lots of options to find your favorite slot games. You can filter games by provider or search for new titles. If you are not sure which slot is for you, you can scroll through different themes like fantasy, history-myth, and animal, to name a few.

EgoCasino customer support is definitely among the shiniest on the market. This online gambling house has 24/7 customer service available through different channels – email, phone, and live chat. The company recently set up a Telegram group that makes it easy to receive information on the latest bonus offers and promotions.

Surf Casino

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  • Excellent range of premium games

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The surf’s up, so wax up your Bitcoin and head over to Surf Casino for a fantastic selection of over 1000 enticing games, including slots, blackjack, roulette, and video poker. Our Surf Casino review gave the site high marks for navigational efficiency and design, which allows you to dive into your favorite games within seconds. After checking out some of the free demos, you can sign up and enjoy the highly generous bonus offers.

There is a 100% match of your first and fourth deposit, while the second and third deposits are matched up to 50%. In addition, the venue provides excellent customer service and will reply to any of your questions within minutes on the Surf Casino live chat system. There is also a good range of banking options. Withdrawals take less than two hours with all payment methods, so you can receive your winnings in crypto or fiat currencies in no time.

CryptoThrills Live Casino

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  • Cryptocurrency-exclusive casino

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CryptoThrills brings the casino experience straight to your own living room. With the help of Ezugi, a renowned software company, CryptoThrills offers live dealer games such as baccarat, blackjack, roulette, and sic bo. Our CyrptoThrills review commends this online casino for its tasteful and well-organized design. On the right side of the window, you can filter and search CryptoThrills’s website. To navigate to live dealer games, just click on the Table category.

CryptoThrills is a cryptocurrency-only online casino that handles Bitcoin Cash, Bitcoin, and Litecoin. Once you make an account, you’ll receive a welcome bonus of up to 1,000 mBTC. And that’s not the end of that! Each day during happy hour, from 6 a.m. to 10 a.m. EDT, CryptoThrills gives free spins. On a monthly level, account owners receive 20% back on their losses.

You’re guaranteed a great experience with CryptoThrills, not just because of everything we’ve already mentioned, but as a result of its fast load times, excellent stream quality, and cashouts that take no longer than 10 minutes.

GoodWin Casino

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GoodWin is a new player on the online casino market. But in a relatively short period of time, the venue managed to become quite popular with punters around the world thanks to its excellent selection of games and interesting bonuses. Operated by Goldstory Limited, the casino holds a gambling licence from the Curaçao Government. With over 2,000 slots, plenty of table and live games, ongoing tournaments, and cashback rewards, there’s something to keep things interesting for both new and returning players.

There are three welcome bonuses, requiring at least €15 for the initial deposit and offering matched bonuses ranging from 100% to 200%. You can read our longer GoodWin Casino review for more detailed information regarding the bonuses. You can also get 20 free spins by verifying your phone number on the site. The casino has state-of-the-art security encryption and supports both FIAT and crypto currencies. Their customer support is currently reachable through WhatsApp, phone, email, and live chat.

Mr. Sloty

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  • Fast and responsive site
  • 24/7 customer support

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Welcome to our Mr Sloty review , where we’ll take a look at the newest property by the MRSL NV group. The site operates under a licence from the Government of Curaçao, with the licence number NV8373893. In addition to a large variety of slot games from the industry’s top providers, it also features a great selection of table and live casino games such as poker, baccarat, blackjack, keno and roulette. The star of the show is their welcome offer, which gets you up to £6,000 in welcome bonuses across your first five deposits. You get a great deal on the initial Mr Sloty deposit , which offers a 400% matched bonus of up to £2,000. You need to meet the 50x wagering requirement before cashing out, though. The minimum deposit is £15, and you cannot withdraw more than £2,000 per week. The site has a Comodo SSL certificate on their banking page, but no other details about security features. Customer support is available 24/7 through phone, email and live chat.

Betflip

  • Great welcome offer and ongoing promotions
  • Excellent mobile optimization
  • Over 40 game providers

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Welcome to a short overview for Betflip, the newest casino and sports betting site by Cybertech B.V. We’ll also have a more detailed Betflip review below, but let’s sum up the main points here.

The site is licenced and regulated by the Government of Curaçao and has been in operation since September 2019. It has a huge number of slot, table, and live games (over 2,000 from 40+ providers), as well as a sports, virtual sports, and esports betting section.

The welcome offer can potentially earn you up to €10,000 and 500 free spins, but it’s a complicated tiered bonus split over your first 10 deposits, and you’ll have to deposit at least €20 / 0.002 BTC to qualify for the Betflip deposit bonus and €50 / 0.008 BTC in order to get free spins.

There are no deposit restrictions otherwise, while withdrawal restrictions depend on the method used. You can deposit using bank cards, crypto or eWallets, while withdrawals only support crypto wallets. They have standard SSL encryption on the site and the customer support is available 24/7 through email and live chat.

Bao Casino

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  • Free demos for every game
  • Excellent welcome offer and promotions

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Welcome to our short Bao Casino review . This decidedly Chinese-flavored casino has been around since 2019. It’s one of the newer properties owned and operated by Diva N.V. It runs under a licence from the government of Curaçao.

The website is well optimized and runs well on mobile devices. There are no apps, however, so you’ll have to play on your mobile browser. The game selection features slots from 24 developers, including industry giants like Evolution Gaming and Yggdrasil.

Bao offers welcome bonuses for your first three deposits, as well as a high-roller bonus: a 100% match up to €1,000. The catch is that you must bet at least €200 to qualify. There are also ongoing tournaments and Bao Casino promotions , as well as a four-tier VIP scheme for rewarding loyal players.

The site offers 24/7 customer support through email and live chat, and you can make deposits and withdrawals in a variety of fiat currencies and cryptocurrencies. Security features standard SSL/TLS encryption and a firewall, and you can get self-exclusions and time-outs on request. Unfortunately, UK and US players are currently restricted from creating accounts on the site.

KatsuBet Casino

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  • Numerous weekly bonuses

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KatsuBet is a new incarnation of the popular Mars Casino, which was launched in 2016. As KatsuBet, the venue has introduced an elegant new Asia-themed design that houses more than 2,200 colorful titles made by an army of high-end game developers. The site works great on all devices without losing any of its functionality. You can play KatsuBet Casino games on the go with the same smoothness you enjoy on your computer.

One of the biggest incentives for players is definitely the rich selection of bonuses. It starts with a 100% match up to 5 BTC as a welcome offer. Next, you can enjoy various types of bonuses and special deals for almost every day of the week. The casino regularly rewards successful players with free spins. Beyond all that, there’s the KatsuBet Casino VIP club, a loyalty program that gives you more cashback the more you play. At the eighth (Diamond) level, you get an amazing 20% cashback.

WildTornado

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WildTornado lives up to its name as it provides its users with a thrilling time and lavish weekly promotions. It’s a great choice for those looking for an online casino that offers a variety of gambling options.

Many well-known software providers have teamed up with WildTornado to bring you thousands of exciting games that you can enjoy from the comfort of your own home. The overall experience is enhanced by the fact that the website is easy to get around and looks quite eye-pleasing.

If you have any concerns regarding the safety and security of this online casino, rest assured that WildTornado will keep your data secure and help you responsibly manage your gambling habits. To find out more, check out our full WildTornado review.

Multilotto

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  • Multiple cryptocurrencies supported
  • Excellent selection of international lotteries and casino games

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Launched in 2011 by a Malta-based entertainment company, Multilotto has quickly become one of the most popular lottery-focused online gambling destinations.

With almost 60 lottery games to choose from, along with a solid collection of casino games, it’s easy to see how Multilotto has won the hearts of many players. The platform is available in 15 languages and welcomes lottery enthusiasts from almost every corner of the world.

Thanks to its well-built platform and neatly designed interface, the site lets you play games and review your results at the same time, it offers easy access to all entertainment options, and it runs smoothly even during the busiest hours.

To top it off, Multilotto accepts a long list of popular payment methods (even cryptocurrency options such as Bitcoin, Bitcoin Cash, Litecoin, and Ether), it processes transactions almost instantaneously, and employs industry-standard sensitive data protection measures.

Casino360

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  • Hundreds of quality games
  • Welcome bonus covers first three deposits

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Casino360 appeared on the scene in 2020, but that doesn’t mean it lacks experience or has any rough edges. The site is simple, efficient, and easy to navigate. The registration process only takes a few minutes and requires nothing more than a valid email address. You can play the Casino360 demo versions of all the titles to learn the ropes. However, you’ll need to provide all your personal details before you’re allowed to make the first deposit and play for real.

There are hundreds of casino games to choose from, and the quality is guaranteed by an all-star team of game providers. If you’re interested in sports betting, the venue offers around 40 different categories. The welcome bonus matches 100% of your first three deposits up to $1,080 or €600. If you are an active player, you can make use of the exceptional loyalty program, offering valuable bonuses and cashbacks.

MaxCazino

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  • Generous welcome offer and ongoing promotions
  • Fee-free and instantaneous deposit and withdrawal transactions

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Licensed and regulated by the Government of Curacao, MaxCazino is a relatively new online gambling destination. Although it hasn’t been around for too long, this gambing site has already managed to build a portfolio of more than 2,000 entertainment options. Provided by some of the industry’s most reputable software studios, MaxCazino’s game selection is brimming with slots, table games (blackjack, baccarat, sic bo, roulette, and multiple versions of poker), and live casino options.

As far as promotions go, the site offers a lucrative welcome bonus which can get you up to $1,000 or 5 BTC plus 300 free spins on your first three deposits. There are also multiple daily and weekly promotions and a VIP club for the most loyal among MaxCazino’s players.

It’s the long list of accepted payment methods along with instant fee-free transactions that makes this gambling destination stand out from the crowd. Crypto gamblers will be happy to hear that both deposits and withdrawals can be made in Bitcoin, Ether, and Litecoin.

WinnersHall

  • Accepts Bitcoin
  • Exciting selection of games
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WinnersHall is a fairly new online casino. It was set up in 2019 and holds a license from the Curaçao Gaming Control Board. It’s a great place to gamble for crypto fans as the site accepts both Bitcoin and Litecoin. If you prefer fiat currencies, you’ll be glad to hear that WinnersHall accepts USD and Euros through payment methods such as Visa, Mastercard, Skrill, Neteller, ecoPayz, and Qiwi Wallet.

There are more than 1800 games provided by leading developers such as Habanero, Betsoft, and Evolution Gaming. You can choose from a broad selection of slot games, live games, table games, and jackpots. Before you get started on the games, make sure that you select your welcome bonus, which includes a 100% match on your first deposit of up to $500 plus 100 free spins.

CobraCasino

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  • Play up to four games simultaneously

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CobraCasino is a newcomer to the world of online gambling, but you wouldn’t have guessed it from the site’s impressive design and offers. That’s because the casino is managed by an experienced industry veteran Dama N.V., which operates dozens of successful sites. So, why should you consider this venue?

First off, there is a generous bundle of CobraCasino bonuses starting with the welcome package for your first three deposits going up to €1050. After that, you can make use of birthday and high-roller bonuses, free spins, or even get special offers through the VIP program.

The selection of games is exquisite, which makes sense since it features around 40 reputable game providers including Netent, Evolution, and 1x2gaming. The games are well-optimized and work great on any device. If you’re a restless gambling enthusiast who wants the ultimate gambling experience, make sure you use the split function and play up to four games simultaneously.

Slotum

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  • A myriad of slot games
  • 24/7 live chat support

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Launched just 2 years ago, Slotum has already made a name for itself as a great destination for slot and live-dealer game lovers. You’d think that a relatively new casino such as this one would still be getting its sea legs, but you’d be very wrong. As soon as you access the website, you get the feeling that it’s been in business for quite some time due to its sleek design and extremely well-organized pages.

In our full Slotum review, we’ve covered all the important information you might want to know before becoming a frequent guest at this exquisite virtual gambling establishment, including a link to our exclusive 150% match-up with 100 free spins bonus.

BetChaser

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  • Many payment options
  • Variety of bonuses

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Since opening its virtual doors in 2019, BetChaser has been offering everything from classic casino games to sports and esports betting. If you’re looking for a generous welcome bonus, you won’t be disappointed with what BetChaser has to offer. Before you even place your first deposit, you’ll get €10 to wager as you please. Once you make your first deposit, it’ll be matched to 100% of its value up to €100, and you’ll get a few free spins. Players who aren’t new to the site can enjoy daily promotions, while the most loyal players get exclusive bonuses. There are many BetChaser payment methods, and players can use both fiat and cryptocurrencies to make bets. To top it all off, BetChaser has a clean and easy to use interface.

Bitkingz

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  • Variety of cryptocurrencies accepted

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Are you looking for a crypto casino that goes beyond the standard games? Then welcome to Bitkingz. The retro design settles you into the casino immediately, and it’s easy to make your way around the site. Bitkingz delivers a fantastic VIP system where you choose a special character and embark on a journey through Cryptoland, where you unlock free spins and bonus money along the way. The bonuses aren’t only to be found in the VIP section of the site, you’re also treated to matched credits on your first three deposits.

There are more than 4,000 Bitkingz games for you to wager your crypto on, including slots, roulette, blackjack, tournaments, and live casino games. There are various fiat currencies you can use to play the games at Bitkingz, but this website encourages you to use Bitcoin or other cryptocurrencies. Bitkingz is fully licensed and meets our criteria of being a safe place to bet your Bitcoin. If you’re looking for something that’s more than just your standard crypto casino, Bitkingz is worth a shot.

Pokie Place

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  • Fast deposits
  • Fully licensed and regulated

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Although it’s one of the newest additions to the online crypto gambling scene, Pokie Place already managed to attract numerous new players and casino veterans. Introduced in 2020 by the Cyprus-based operator Effrice Group Ltd, this bitcoin casino holds a remote gambling license issued by the Government of Curaçao.

The site has a gaming portfolio of almost 1,000 titles, all provided by the industry’s top software developers. You can boost your winnings through an unmatched welcome bonus that can earn you up to $3,000 plus 50 free spins, as well as other generous promotions and a lucrative VIP club.

The venue’s round-the-clock multi-channel customer support, fast deposits, and top-class security measures are sure to enhance your overall experience.

CasinoBit

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  • Excellent welcome bonus
  • Very quick and secure Bitcoin transactions

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Welcome to our CasinoBit review, where we’ll take a look at one of the newest players in the very competitive field of online casinos. As a brand new IP, CasinoBit is currently in the process of obtaining a gambling license from the Government of Curaçao. Don’t let that stop you from checking this venue out, though! As a crypto-only website, CasinoBit offers some of the fastest payouts and transactions in the industry. To top it off, it has a generous welcome offer that gives you a 110% matched bonus of up to one entire Bitcoin for your first deposit!

There is also a great selection of popular slot and table games, including some fan favorites from companies such as Habanero and Endorphina. In addition to CasinoBit slots, there are numerous table games with live versions available, such as baccarat, blackjack, roulette and poker. Security features the industry-standard SSL/TLS encryption and customer support is available 24/7 through email and live chat. Banking works only through cryptowallets, and the minimum deposit is 0.001 BTC.

Bitcoin.com Games

  • Diverse selection of provably fair games
  • Lucrative bonuses
  • GDPR-compliant

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Bitcoin.com Games is a crypto-exclusive online gambling destination that appeals to both new and veteran players. The site hasn’t been around for too long, but thanks to its wide range of diverse entertainment options, generous welcome offer, and guaranteed anonymity, Bitcoin.com Games has quickly become one of the industry’s favorites.

Users can make deposits and withdrawals using only Bitcoin or Bitcoin Cash. For those who don’t have any of these coins on hand, the site also features the option to buy or exchange crypto. All payments are processed within a few seconds, and there are no limits to how much a player can deposit or withdraw in a single transaction.

The site performs well across all devices, and the level of security is exceptionally high. Considering that Bitcoin.com Games collaborates only with renowned software providers, you can rest assured that all games are fair and the outcomes are random.

Casitsu

  • More than 3,500 games
  • Excellent design and user interface
  • Fast customer support

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Launched in 2020, Casitsu Casino is an up-and-coming gambling venue that deserves serious consideration. With more than 3,500 games on tap, Casitsu makes gambling lots of fun. According to our expert Casitsu review, it’s a first-class operation from bottom to top.

With a gorgeous design, crystal-clear user interface, and games that accept a huge variety of currencies, Casitsu has already earned a place at the top of our list. Casitsu accepts cryptocurrencies as well, including the widely used Bitcoin and Ether.

Bonuses and promotions make a good site even better. Starting with a welcome bonus that could earn you €1,000, Casitsu offers plenty of ongoing and seasonal promotions so you’ll always find gambling money in your account. In addition, Ninja characters from the site logo will guide you through the VIP program, which increases the number of Casitsu promotions available to you and delivers lots of great benefits.

If you have questions or something goes wrong, just reach out to the site’s friendly, helpful customer-support agents. They’ll get everything sorted out in minutes.

SapphireBet

  • Thousands of games from top developers
  • Accepts cryptocurrencies
  • Good variety of sports betting options

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SapphireBet has been around for only a couple of years, but its rich game selection, generous bonuses, and exceptional customer support have earned it the admiration of many gamblers. Operated by Hermes NV, the casino offers only provably fair games from industry-leading game developers, and it holds a gaming license from Curacao.

SapphireBet is popular among seasoned players and beginners alike. Its huge selection of slots is an obvious draw, but don’t overlook the strong selection of live-dealer table games, including roulette, blackjack, baccarat, and more.

In addition to SapphireBet casino games, there’s an extensive sportsbook so you can bet on team and individual sports. SapphireBet covers all the bases. You can bet on traditional contests like football, baseball, tennis, and horse racing, or try less popular sports like sumo, fishing, and darts. The site also takes bets on virtual sports.

Another reason SapphireBet is so popular: the large variety of currencies it accepts. In addition to traditional currencies like US dollars, euros, and Russian rubles, the casino accepts Bitcoin, Bitcoin Cash, Dogecoin, Ether, Litecoin, and Tether.

OneHash

  • Mutual betting on stocks and crypto
  • Bitcoin-exclusive casino
  • Large selection of games

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OneHash is a perfect place for bitcoin betting enthusiasts. This cozy BTC gambling corner of the internet was founded in 2014 and has since gained a reputation for reliability and efficiency thanks in no small part to its experienced operator, Blockchain Entertainment B.V.

Check out our extended OneHash review to learn more about the site’s modern interface and a rich selection of games that come from more than 20 of the industry’s top software providers. That selection covers everything from slots, poker, lottery, bingo, baccarat, roulette to other classic casino games. There is also a mutual betting section where you can place your bets on stocks and cryptocurrencies.

New players can enjoy a 100% matched bonus for the first deposit of up to 1 BTC. Considering the rising price of Bitcoin and how convenient it is to use for betting, this is a match made in heaven.

BPLAY

  • Cryptocurrency- and blockchain-backed casino
  • Partnership with Binance
  • Extraordinary graphics

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BPLAY, the newest cryptocurrency casino to hit the industry, started operating in 2021, the very day before we wrote this review. However, it has already gained quite some traction, with big-name affiliates such as Binance helping it elbow its way into the spotlight.

Like every other grand casino, BPLAY comes with impressive graphics and a fresh perspective on what online gambling should feel like. With six awesomely designed and fully blockchain-backed games, it offers a truly immersive experience.

You can currently enjoy playing blackjack, roulette, dice, Texas hold’em, baccarat, and video poker. BPLAY withdrawals and deposits are effortless thanks to the casino’s partnership with Binance. You can use BPLAY, BNB, BTC, BUSD, ETH, and USDT to enjoy these fantastic games.

All in all, BPLAY is proving to be a diamond in the rough for anyone looking to enjoy playing some excellent games online and, if Lady Luck is on their side, earn some more cryptocurrency.

Casino.me

  • Attractive welcome bonuses
  • SOFORT payment method
  • Live dealer games

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Casino.me is a gambling website that accepts both fiat money and cryptocurrencies. It is operated by Sweetspot N.V. and licensed in Curaçao. At the moment, this online casino is available exclusively to players located in either Germany or Japan. It’s important to mention that the casino recently introduced a new popular payment method – SOFORT that is bound to make banking easier.

One of the greatest attractions of the casino is its welcome bonus package. This three-part bundle can be claimed upon registration and it’s only one among many weekly and daily promotions you can get your hands on. Another eye-catching feature is the company’s Cash ME loyalty program. It rewards you with an amount eaqualing 0.5% of your turnover every time you place a bet.

Casino.me offers a wide range of different games – slots, roulette, video poker, and live dealer games are just some of them. On top of that, the site provides live chat support, responsible gambling advice, and can be accessed from various devices.

If all this caught your attention and you want to find out more about the features and promotions this casino has in store for you, check out our in-depth Casino.me review.

Beem Casino

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  • Long list of games
  • Generous welcome bonus

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If you’re on the lookout for new online casinos, you shouldn’t miss Beem Casino. With hundreds of exciting live, non-live, and slot games designed by famous gaming software providers, hefty welcome bonuses, Tuesday and weekend promotions, this online casino is well-worth visiting.

Rest assured that you can place your bets without any safety concerns. Probably the best thing about Beem Casino is that you can deposit and withdraw your money in the blink of an eye. And as a respectable gambling establishment that follows responsible gambling guidelines, Beem Casino allows you to set your deposit and session limits or simply take some rest from gambling.

If you want to get a better picture of what this new gambling venue has to offer to its visitors, read our full Beem Casino review. There you’ll find the complete list of Beem Casino’s pros and cons, along with important information about bonuses, available games, the VIP club membership, and much more.

Booi Casino

  • Vast selection of games
  • Supports most popular cryptocurrencies
  • Quick withdrawals

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With over 3,000 games and an easy-to-navigate site that works seamlessly on mobile devices, this online casino has a lot to offer. New players can boost their winning with a 250% welcome bonus up to $600 and 125 free spins on their first five deposits. Booi Casino’s withdrawal limits vary between $3,000 and $7,500, depending on the player’s status, while there are no deposit limits for crypto users. One notable downside is the long list of restricted countries. So before you can start playing, make sure you aren’t located in any of the states and territories on that list.

Moonsino

  • Ample selection of games and providers
  • Several responsible gaming options
  • Exceptional cryptocurrency support

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A brand-new member of the online gambling world, Moonsino has started contending for gamers’ attention this year. The site is missing a few crucial features, but the potential for some quality fun is there, among hundreds of slot, table, and live games. There’s even a handful of dice and instant games, all made by well-known game providers.

Moonsino has solid cryptocurrency support, accepting Bitcoin, Ether, Dogecoin, Dash, and Monero, to name a few. While there are currently only a couple of promotions available, the first-deposit bonus and refer-a-friend program are decent enough offers, along with reasonable wagering requirements.

If you aim to play responsibly, Moonsino offers excellent choices for managing both your time and money spent playing on the site. Options such as daily wager, deposit, and loss limits, as well as session duration limits and notifications, will give you control over your gambling practices.

The support options are scarce, with email and community chat as only communication channels. Another drawback is the lack of information on the type of encryption used to protect transactions and user privacy.

Spin Samurai

  • Great Bitcoin welcome bonus
  • A plethora of casino games
  • BTC, ETH, BCH, LTC supported

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It’s not often that we come across such a relatively new casino with an outstanding choice of more than 3,700 games. Spin Samurai’s website is beautifully organized, great looking, and provides a fantastic outlet for experienced high rollers looking for something new and exciting.

Games are easy to find and there are more than 30 game providers included in the excellent library. Indeed, the only problem we had with the casino was not having enough time during our Spin Samurai review to try them all! We’ll surely be back sooner rather than later, especially considering that the casino has a great VIP program that rewards the most loyal players.

With a generous welcome bonus available for first-time BTC deposits consisting of a 100% matched deposit and 100 free spins, you’ll have more than enough reason to give this casino a go. If you’re still on the fence, be sure to read our more detailed review to nudge you in the right direction.

Mystake

  • More than 4,000 casino games
  • Amazing welcome offer and bonuses
  • Accepts Bitcoin, Litecoin, Ripple, Dash, and other cryptocurrencies

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Launched in 2019, Mystake is a relatively new online casino, but it already welcomes players from all over the world. The reason for its popularity is the casino’s excellent offer of games. Thanks to its collaboration with numerous game providers – including the industry’s most popular ones, like BetSoft, Microgaming, Endorphina, and many others – Mystake casino has something for everyone. In addition to the very rich selection of slots, you can also play roulette, blackjack, poker, and other traditional casino games. Moreover, Mystake is a great place if you want to bet on sports, as the casino offers a variety of sports and leagues.

Another thing we really like about this casino is its promotional offer. Regardless of the game type you choose to play (slots, casino, sports, or esports), you can expect lucrative bonuses and rewards. For those who play with cryptocurrencies, there’s a special welcome offer for the first deposit made with Bitcoin, Litecoin, Dash, Monero, Ripple, or other cryptocurrencies.

HulaSpin

  • More than 3000 games from 50+ software providers
  • Generous welcome bonus
  • Numerous payment methods

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Everything from hula dancers to cocktails is at your fingertips when you enter the HulaSpin casino. Newbies will be greeted with two generous bonus options to help them boost their winnings while enjoying more than 3000 casino and live casino games. The selection of games includes baccarat, slots, jackpots, and roulette, which come from more than 50 leading software providers.

HulaSpin supports its loyal players, too, offering them weekly cashback, free spins, and bonuses for leveling up. Those who venture on this journey won’t have to worry about their safety, as the online venue holds a Curacao gaming license, encrypts all its traffic, protects the personal information of its members, and uses an RNG to ensure fair gaming.

Even though there isn’t a mobile app, you can play on the go as the site is fully optimized for mobile use. The site also supports a number of major cryptocurrencies, including Bitcoin, Ether, and Litecoin.