One of the areas that we pride ourselves on at PokieSource is our reviews. We don’t just create a review based on what others have said, we base on them on tens of hours of testing for each and every mobile real money pokie site.
What’s exciting about this is that each casino is different. The mobile sector is one that has changed massively over the last decade and the standards that we set are now higher than ever.
The first part of our reviews comes from within our company. An early decision was made where we would create a team that would be solely targeting reviews. We have several teams in place and of course, one that is specifically working on mobile casinos.
One of the reasons we create multiple teams is that it becomes easier to get a feel of how each product works (and what doesn’t work) if that team is laser-focused within that sector.
Our mobile-based team comes with years of experience within multiple fields. One area that we wanted to cover was the technology behind each mobile app or site. This is why two members are former casino mobile coders.
Another sector that we thought was imperative to cover were mobile pokies. There are more games of these than any other, so we ticked this box by including no fewer than 3 former pokie game developers.
The rest of our review team are a bit of hybrid of casino players, dealers, online reviewers and those with a genuine passion for mobile casino games.
It’s allowed us to form what we think is the most rounded casino review team in the industry!
With our team in place, we then switch focus onto the approach for each review. There is a structure that we need to follow, but we know that each mobile casino can differ, meaning that we have to have some form of flexibility around this as well.
A key area that we test is usability on different devices. When we mention “mobile” this is more than just your smartphone. It includes tablets, notebooks and even smartwatches.
We also test each mobile casino on a number of different devices. This includes the likes of Apple, Samsung, Huawei, Sony, Motorola, Nokia, Google and many more.
The brand is one of the key areas for testing and we need to look at both the app and the mobile site. The development of HTML 5 has allowed casinos to create a seamless interchange between an app and mobile casino, but this is not always the case. Our reviews will highlight if one is better than the other and of course, state our reasons why.
Once into the guts of the mobile casino, it’s time to look at what we like to call "everyday features". These are things like the games on offer, payment methods and bonuses. Things that you are going to need access to each and every time you log in.
A good review needs to work well within each of these sectors. They are that important that a casino cannot be classed as one of the best if even one of these areas is lacking.
Finally, we try to go the extra mile. We then take a look at who pulls the strings behind the brand name, licenses, any flaws within the set-up, additional features such as Touch ID and just generally try to look under every rock to see what is lurking.
Is it a perfect format? Well, we certainly like to think so, but we think that simply looking at our reviews will highlight the time and effort that we undertake with each brand that we test.
Guide to Playing Online Pokies from a Mobile Device 2020
As technology improves and we become more reliant on mobile devices, it’s not all that surprising to hear that more people play online pokie games via their mobile than they do online.
This increase in mobile players is not just down to the availability of devices, but also an improvement in the technology that is on offer. We’ve mentioned about HTML 5 above, but this has been a revolutionary development to allow casinos and pokies look the same on apps, online and mobile browsers.
It’s worth noting that mobile casinos and of course, mobile slots are not something new. All that’s happening now is that they are getting better. In fact, they are almost unrecognisable from even 5 years ago, such is the rate of improvement with these games.
Throughout our guide, we will be looking at anything and everything to do with mobile pokies. We’ve sections where we look at some of the best games, how to play the games, different types of pokies, new games, bonuses and so much more.
This is going to be an article that will be forever evolving as new mobile casinos and new mobile pokies continue to be developed. We highly recommend that you bookmark this page to keep right up to date with everything that we test here at PokieSource.
The Best Mobile Pokies Sites of 2020
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How to Play Mobile Pokies On-The-Go
The process of accessing mobile pokies on-the-go is one that is relatively simple. However, there are some key areas that we wanted to highlight and make sure you’re aware of before you start playing.
Step 1- Check your connection.
Most mobile casinos are going to need you to have at least a 3G connection in order for it to work flawlessly. Ideally, you would have access to 4G or a stable WIFI connection to make sure that you get the best possible gaming experience.
If you are using your phones data, make sure that you have plenty to use. If you run out of your allowance, it can be costly to run when on the meter.
Step 2 – Find a mobile pokies site or mobile pokies app
It’s now time to work out which mobile pokies or app you are going to use. We have dozens of reviews on site that will help you work out which is best for you.
A good place to start here is our top-rated mobile casinos. These are generally the best all-rounders, but don’t get too hung on this if there is something specific that you are after. A mobile casino might have a lower score overall, but actually, be a better fit for certain players than a higher rated alternative. We also list the best new pokies sites for those of you looking for something different to the typical casino experience.
Step 3 – Create your account and log in
If you are new to the casino then it’s time to register an account with them. Make sure you check out their welcome offer before you sign up to identify if you are eligible to claim.
It’s worth noting that all mobile casinos and mobile casino apps will allow you to create a new account via that platform. Gone are the days of having to register online before then accessing the app, thankfully.
Step 4 – Fund the account
To play real money games, you need real money in your account. You can access a huge range of banking options via mobile casino apps, but you still need to make sure you make the right pick.
We talk in-depth about this later in this article, but for now, payment methods include debit cards, bank transfer, e-wallets like PayPal, Bitcoin and mobile-specific payments such as Apple Pay, Google Pay, Boku and Payforit.
Step 5 – Pick your game
Mobile pokies will be the largest section in terms of games with all mobile casinos. Most of them have hundreds to choose from and we will admit that this can be a little intimidating.
Our advice would be to pick some of the branded pokies to get started and then move into some of the more niche variations. Again, we talk more about this throughout the article.
Types of Mobile Pokies
Advancements in technology mean that mobile pokies are now as good as they’ve ever been. It’s been fascinating to see them evolve over the years, but the focus on mobile has definitely had a positive effect on the current crop of games.
Along with the standards of these games, the types of games that you can access has increased. Here’s a look at what you can expect:
These games are your throwback to smoky casinos, boozy pubs, fruit machines and the good old one-arm bandits. The games are basic, but a heap of fun.
They are usually made up of 3 reels, a single payline and not much else to write home about. However, they usually have pretty decent RTP rates and they are super quick, ideal if you love the action coming thick and fast.
Video pokies are what make up the vast majority of modern-day pokies. They’ve been able to take the classic games and make them more immersive, with multiple paylines, storylines, bonuses, free spins, scatters and wilds.
You could argue that these are where online casino games really started to take off. They are definitely the route that the mobile casino sector is heading, and they have played host to some of the biggest and best online pokies on the market right now.
3D pokies are the next step up from the video pokies. The games are a little more polished and even though feature-wise they are very similar, the gameplay and the style of these games differ quite a lot.
The majority of games are based around movies, brands and themed pokies. You might have a range of characters to choose from or you may be able to interact with the game, with your decisions deciding your fate.
Progressive games are almost always linked with jackpot pokies. They work in a way where the jackpot is based on the player inputting money with every spin they make. The more players that play, the bigger the jackpots get.
These are the games that come with the life-changing sums of money. Pretty much all of the top 50 biggest pokies wins have come from progressive pokie games. They are massively popular, and they have been a real gamechanger for both online and mobile pokies.
Top Rated Mobile Devices for Playing Online Pokies 2020
We think it's pretty common knowledge to say that the mobile world is one that changes rapidly. The tech that is included these days is crazy and so to say that one phone would be better than another, is a tough call.
The biggest issue here is that there are so many platforms to base this on. So, what we’ve done is create a list of the best mobile devices on the market today for a range of categories. These categories will include Apple, Android, Other and tablets.
iPhone – The iPhone is able to work with pretty much all mobile casinos and apps from model 6 and up. The only thing you need to be aware of here is the version of iOS that you are using. The newer the model, the more accessible it will be, but for older models, you may find casinos aren’t as easy to access due to outdated software.
iPad – The increased screen size of the iPad makes playing mobile casinos that little bit more enjoyable. Most casinos and games will render on the bigger screens, but sometimes less is more, with the iPad Mini being our preferred product here. As you move up to the massive 12.9 inch iPad Pro, casinos and games start to struggle with the screen size.
iPod Touch – This is a product from Apple that is almost completely forgotten about, but it still accepts most casino apps.
Samsung – The Galaxy range from Samsung is, without doubt, the best of the best away from Apple. The Samsung Galaxy S20 is leading the way here in terms of Android, but keep an eye out for the Note20 that is released soon with a larger screen and 5G access.
Huawei – With some of the best screens and stunning camera packages, Huawei is another great choice for mobile casino games. The P40 Pro is the flagship model and these handsets are often considerably less than both Samsung and Apple, with no reduction in quality.
Google – Tough to not mention Google in this list and more specifically, the Google Pixel 4. They run an XL version with a monster of a 6.3 Inch that would be our pick for the best mobile casino experience from this range.
iPad – As mentioned the iPad is the leading contender here with the Pro and the Mini both offering great tablet capabilities.
Samsung - Aside from Apple, Samsung has an equally exciting range of tablets to choose from. The Tab 7 Plus at 12.4 inches is their flagship, but the slightly. More manageable Tab 7 at 11 inches in screen real estate would be our pick.
There is a range of other brands to choose from as well. These include:
Top 10 Best Mobile Pokies
One of the best things about mobile pokies is that there are lots of them. Also, they are constantly being refreshed and new releases come out on a weekly basis.
Below we’ve created a list of what we think are some of the best mobile pokies on the market right now. They come from a range of different game providers and genres.
We will add that this list will be updated as and when we test games that we think are viable inclusions. Again, it’s worth bookmarking this page to keep up to date with any changes that we make.
- Gonzo’s Quest by NetEnt
- South Park by NetEnt
- The Dark Knight Rises
- Mega Moolah
- Vikings Go Wild
- The Terminator 2
- Drago – Jewels of Fortune
- Dead or Alive
- Goblins Cave (99.32% RTP)
New Mobile Pokies in New Zealand
One of the areas that we were particularly keen to address was bringing you an up to date version on new games that come out. Given there are so many already released, they can sometimes get pushed under the carpet and forgotten about.
However, we’ve made it our job to continue to test and make sure that no mobile pokie game or new pokie site slips through the net. Testing is what we do best, and this then allows us to make an informed judgement of new games and how they work.
Below we’ve included what we think are some of the best new pokies in New Zealand right now. As ever, the list will continue to evolve as we test more games, so it’s worth checking back to see what’s hot.
- The Demon Code – This release from NextGen Gaming in August 2020 is going to be a classic. The game plays a 6x6 board and is packed with feature rounds, cascading reels, multipliers, free spins and bonus. Not that NextGen is small, but this could propel them to be one of the biggest.
- Crystal Mirror – Red Tiger has developed a brilliantly immersive game that comes with a massive 5,000x max payout, with betting stakes up to £20 per spin. The feature round is where the game is at its best, with high volatility being one of its (standout) features.
- Hades: Gigablox – Yggdrasil are quickly becoming one of the go-to pokie game companies. With games like Hades: Gigablox, it’s easy to see why. As the name would suggest, it comes with a series of blocks throughout this shady underworld of Ancient Greece where the game is set. Highlights howeinclude a massive 11,219x multiplier and a £100 max bet.
Mobile Pokies Apps
It’s fair to say that we live very much in an app-world. Our phones and lives seem to be consumed by them and the casino sector is now no different.
In terms of accessibility, iOS and Android devices are the two that have the greatest number of casino apps designed specifically for them. There are some casinos that have developed Windows apps, but these are much more limited.
You’re also able to get a range of mobile casino sites as well. These are basically the casino that you get with the app, but accessible via a mobile browser, such as Chrome or Safari.
The majority of casinos make carbon copies of the app for the mobile site, however, a lot of them still differ. Differences can range from subtle tweaks to total overhauls. Betway is an example of a casino whose mobile site and app are totally different.
One thing that tends to stay pretty consistent in all of this is the games on offer. You generally get the same pokies on an app that you would a mobile site, assuming it’s the same casino of course.
We’ve had long debates about the pros and cons of apps over a mobile pokies site, and have come up with some of the following points.
- Apps are generally easier to use and offer a better user experience. Given that we have so many apps already, it makes them an obvious choice for most players.
- Apps can be a little limited in terms of rendering for the ever-increasing range of mobile screen sizes. Some of the larger screen mobiles will have black bars running down the sides, not taking up the full-screen real estate.
- Mobile sites are generally more flexible in terms of their layout and approach. Some mimic the online site more than the app, which does make some sense.
- Mobile sites feel like that have more moving parts, which is because of their link to the browser. There are more buttons you can misclick such as the back, home or refresh button. Apps do not have these issues.
We can’t (won't) necessarily say that an app is better than a mobile casino site. They vary from brand to brand. However, on the whole, we will state that we prefer testing apps over a mobile casino site.
As a final point on this, it’s worth checking out both areas of a casino in case some promotions or bonuses are linked to one or the other. Some do have special pokies or offers that can only be claimed on the app or even on the mobile casino.
Pay by Mobile Pokies Online
The evolution of the mobile market has meant that payment methods dedicated to are now more readily available. This is where you ae able to pay directly via mobile-link processes meaning that the need for a traditional bank account is a little less essential.
A couple of the more popular ones are that of Payforit and Boku. These methods are both liked to your mobile carrier and so any payments made come off your mobile bill.
One of the reasons that methods like this have become popular is down to security. Not that mobile casinos are not safe, as they are, but it does mean that there is no need to add things like debit cards or bank details to your account in case there is a breach.
Mobile Pokies Bonuses
Mobile Pokie bonuses are one of the most exciting parts of any casino. Generally, these offers will be targeted directly to online pokies, but most of the welcome and deposit bonuses that you see can be accessed via pokies as well.
Here is a look at what you can expect from these types of bonuses:
- Welcome bonus – These are the most common type of bonus that you can access, and most are clearable using pokies. In fact, some of these offers are only targeted towards online pokies.
- Free spins – These can come in a range of promotions and offers. Some are standalone offers and others are a part of a package deal. Free spins are given to the players and then any winnings are often kept by the player.
- Loyalty points – Loyalty points are easily earned via online pokies. Given that games come thick and fast, this is the best way to rack up points.
- Refer a friend – Refer a friend is where you get extra promotions for getting a friend to sign up via your link or with your username attached. The more people you get signed up, the more lucrative these offers become.
- Pokies bonuses – These offers are bonuses that need to be cleared exclusively on pokies. As we mentioned, most offers can utilise sots, but these are often limited to only pokies.
Mobile Pokies No Deposit Bonus New Zealand
One of the more lucrative offers that you can claim with mobile casinos is that of a no deposit bonus. This is where the casino will reward with some sort of bonus regardless of if you make a deposit or not.
Admittedly, these promotions are rare these days, but some are linked to mobile casinos, so it’s worth our time explaining how they work.
The process begins with the player opening an account and then verifying their account. From here they will be awarded some sort of bonus, which will vary from mobile casino to mobile casino.
Bonuses often include a cash balance that is then wagered through. However, you can also grab free spins on mobile pokies as well, which is another popular no deposit bonus.
With these offers, it’s important to note the terms and conditions. Wagering requirements is something that we’ve spoken about at length within our pokies bonus articles and it would be well worth revisiting this before you claim any of these offers.
Free Mobile Pokies
One of the best features that have come from modern-day mobile casinos is that of free mobile pokies. This is where you are able to try the pokie with a play money balance before you invest any real money into it.
We would highly recommend that if you are new to a game or new to mobile pokies in general that you take advantage of this feature. It allows you to see how a game functions, bonus rounds, features and any other aspects a pokie might have.
It is worth noting that players from the UK are no longer able to access this feature. The UK Gambling Commission (the governing body for online gambling in the UK) have prohibited UK users from free mobile pokies to help prevent problem gambling.
Thankfully this will not affect New Zealand players and they can avail of free pokie game demos in New Zealand,
Mobile Pokies for Real Money – Find the Best Mobile Sites
Once you’ve got to a point where you have completed your research and are ready to go, it’s time to start playing for real money. However, we do recommend that you take a little extra time to make sure that you’re using a product that is right for you.
Key places to take note include the mobile responsiveness of a site if you are not using an app and mobile-specific bonuses if there are any.
What you get from both of these are great foundations for playing and also a helping hand with some free bonus money as well. They may be two separate features, but both are equally as important as the other.
As you can see from our site, we have a lot of reviews on here and we cover a lot of bases when it comes to mobile casinos. We’ve stated earlier that what fits one player, might not necessarily suit another.
For example, if you’ve got a casino that has a great app but a poor mobile site, then players who are able to download the app need not worry. You may also get some casinos that are particularly great in progressive jackpot games, whereas others struggle. If you aren’t playing progressive games, then this again, won’t be an issue.
We also wanted to highlight the fact that we keep coming back to our reviews to make sure that they are up to date and correct. If there are changes made, we factor this in.
Other Top Rated Mobile Casino Games
Mobile casinos come packed with other games aside from pokies. The range continues to grow, but they include the likes of roulette, blackjack, baccarat, craps, video poker, bingo and many, many more.
Another relatively recent inclusion is that of live dealer games. These are where you live stream a dealer who then plays the game as if you were in a real brick and mortar. The technology behind these games is only getting better and the live dealer games are now some of the most popular mobile casino games in the industry.