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Honest Fantasino Casino Review

Website: https://www.fantasino.com/
US Players: US Players Are NOT Accepted
Online Since: 2016
Bonus:
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License: Malta Gaming Commission & UK Gambling Commission
Software: 15+ providers
Location: Malta
Banking:
MasterCard, Visa, Bitcoin, Neteller and Skrill
  • Large variety of games
  • Live chat support available
  • Mobile-friendly site
  • No clear list of deposit and withdrawal information

From the name alone, you can probably tell that Fantasino is going to be
unusual. It’s a fantasy-type casino where you can create your own avatar and
personalized abstract world. It’s a

Sims
or

World of Warcraft type experience
that intertwines with real money casino
action. Whereas other casinos offer VIP type programs so players can collect
additional cash and prizes, Fantasino sends its members off on quests for
different rewards. It doesn’t host a sportsbook or poker room, but you will find
a casino and quite a good sized live casino that even features 25 tables you can
play on smartphones or tablets.

Ratings Breakdown

Overall

This site won’t be for everyone, but if you gravitate to the fantasy theme or
the idea of a video game meets casino experience, then you’ll enjoy it. There
are plenty of different types of games, some that are hard to find elsewhere,
and additional value adds rewards tied into the fantasy game. Everything is
designed to be engaging and interactive. You’ll love it, or you’ll look
elsewhere for a more traditional casino but, based on its particular product, it
deserves a high rating.

Game Variety

We’re talking variety here and not quantity, so we have to give top marks.
Fantasino makes great use of large and small software designers to give its
players a unique collection. There’s even a classic slots area that will take
you back to the origins of slot machines through its retro design. It doesn’t
list a video poker section, but we even found some of those games hidden inside
the main slot banks.

Banking

There’s only one reason why Fantasino loses a star in this category, and it’s
for not publicizing its deposit and withdrawal menu. There are logos of
financial providers at the bottom of the homepage but no list of what is
available to players of each region and what the details are that accompany
each. We do like the fee free transactions and, from what we can tell, it’s a
well-rounded list but, for some reason, it’s being kept secret.

Bonuses

If you participate in the fantasy type quests provided by Fantasino, you’ll
appreciate the opportunity to win some extra cash or claim some free spins but,
if you want a straightforward bonus program, you’re looking at an initial 100%
deposit match with a 30 times rollover. It’s not the highest amount, and the
rollover can be higher through some competitors, but there’s definite room for
improvement.

Customer Service

A dedicated email address that’s prominently posted, a live chat service
that’s promptly answered, and no unresolved service issues. That’s what you’ll
find here. We clocked a live chat response at four minutes. Not too bad.

User Interface

The overall site is designed well and specially made for mobile use. We
didn’t experience any real issues in navigation. The only reason for the lower
than five-star mark is because inaugural players had some significant lag time
issues when the site was first launched a few months ago. We didn’t take away
much, though, because Fantasino responded promptly and worked to make the
service more responsive.

Overview of Fantasino.com

Award-Winning Services Provider

Fantasino doesn’t have its ownership posted right up front, but it does
provide turnkey management and operations from
EveryMatrix Ltd. In 2016, EveryMatrix was awarded the
“One to Watch” award by Gaming Intelligence and other clients include
188bet, the Dragonara Casino, SportingIndex, Casino Cruise, and Norsk Tipping to
name a few.

Eligibility to Register and Play for Real Money

Fantasino.com lists that players must be 18 or older and be a resident where
legal online gambling is allowed. It suggests that potential players can find
out what countries are allowed to register when they start a registration, so we
have a handy list for you. These are the countries that you’ll find noted as
allowable if you decide to open a player account.

The primary locations serviced are the United Kingdom, Germany, Sweden,
Norway, Finland, and Russia.

Customers from the following regions are restricted from registering to play
for real money:

  • Armenia,
  • Aruba
  • Curaçao
  • Czech Republic
  • Denmark
  • France
  • Hungary
  • Iran
  • Israel
  • Lebanon
  • Metropolitan France
  • Netherlands
  • North Korea
  • Portugal
  • Romania
  • Slovakia
  • Spain
  • Turkey
  • U.S.
    Minor Outlying Islands
  • U.S.
    Miscellaneous Pacific Islands
  • U.S.
  • Virgin Islands
  • Ukraine
  • United
    States
  • Sint
    Maarten (Dutch part)

A Fantasy-Inspired Website Like No Other

It could be a love or hate situation for players who visit Fantasino for the
first time. It’s unlike any other i-Casino we’ve seen, and it’s not for
everyone. As it revolves around the fantasy-inspired RPG premise, you’re greeted
by a flying dragon and the menu links are hand-drawn.

The top menu, where you can sign in or register, also has a “Fantasy World”
designation where the characters and quests are explained in further detail.

Our sad attempt at a description won’t fully justify it as you do need to
experience it first-hand to decide for yourself if it’s for you, but we will
take a closer look at what’s beyond the Fantasy World doors to describe the
service in greater depth.

Looks Are One Thing but What’s Inside

Once you get beyond the concept, the service revolves around the casino and
live casino play. There isn’t a sportsbook, racebook or poker room. We initially
didn’t think that video poker was provided either, but it’s tucked away within
slot games and doesn’t receive a dedicated casino area. There are some fun poker
games, some with progressive jackpot opportunities.

A Game Collection With the Well-Known and the Little-Known

It doesn’t just offer a unique theme, Fantasino provides an unusual selection
of casino games. If you’re like us, you’ll scroll through and recognize some of
the titles. NetEnt is the company behind some of the slot games, and Evolution
Gaming is used for most of the live casino, but the majority of the library may
be unfamiliar even to devoted slot players. You’ll find games from Genii, Play
‘n Go, Playson and Quick Spin to name a few.

If you navigate over to the classic slots, you’re in for a retro-style treat.
Play ‘n Go’s collection will make you feel like you’re experiencing one of the
first games to hit the casino floor. They’re a throwback and pay homage to the
three-reel one armed bandits.

One thing to keep in mind is that the games will vary depending on your
location. For purposes of this review, we’re looking specifically at the product
offered to folks in the United Kingdom.

The Finishing Touches

A few helpful features serve to better the experience on fantasino.com. The
games are searchable by name or by software provider so, if you’re a fan of Play
‘n Go and their vintage-like slot games, you can just pull up a list of all of
their machines.

Although the site is fantasy themed, it’s not overwhelming or confusing to
look at, quite the contrary. It is neatly arranged in sections with large icons
that help with quick navigation. It’s apparent that the designers put the site
together with mobile play in mind. Everything is oversized from the menu items
to the FAQ section. Put your readers away; there’s no need.

The Website Is Available In:

  • English
  • Finnish
  • German
  • Norwegian
  • Swedish

Bonus Details

In the beginning, we talked about how a fantasy RPG (role playing game) meets
casino to create Fantasino, and the bonus program reflects that as well.

On the one hand, you have a traditional deposit-type match bonus. On the
other, free spins, cash back, and prizes are tied in with the Fantasy World and
the successful completion of the quests.

If you’re more of a traditional type player and don’t want to create an
avatar or take on some tasks that aren’t specifically casino-related, you can do
just that. However, if you’re a bonus seeker and enjoy all of the value adds
that you may be able to claim, you’ll want to embrace the Fantasy World.

  • Four-tier Welcome Bonus – part one

    With a minimum deposit of €20, new
    players can claim the first part of the welcome bonus that provides for a 100%
    deposit match (up to €50) plus 100 free spins on Starburst. The free spins are
    divided out at 20 per day so you can’t play all 100 right away, and there is a
    30 times rollover on the deposit plus bonus combined and 40x on the registration
    free spins.

  • Four-tier Welcome Bonus – part two

    The second part of the reward for new
    players is a 50% match for up to €150.

  • Four-tier Welcome Bonus – part three

    This one has a small percentage but
    you can increase your deposit amount to get a bigger award as it’s 25% but good
    for up to €500.

  • Four-tier Welcome Bonus – part four

    No bonus match here, if you’re on your
    fourth deposit into your Fantasino player’s account, you will receive 40 free
    spins on the Aloha game.

  • Fantasy World Bonuses

    Depending on the missions that you complete in the
    Fantasy World, that can be things like build your own casino or a custom
    blackjack table, or play certain designated games, you’re eligible for different
    prizes. They include amulets that players collect, cash back, free spins, and
    free cash deposit bonuses. The rollovers and specific requirements will vary.
    Some rollovers can be at 10, 20, or 30 times but others may be locked in at
    zero. Cash backs typically require a ten-times play through.

  • Discover Costa Rica

    This is a limited time promotion but gives you an idea
    of some of the value-adds that you may find on this site. This particular
    contest is open to any registered player, and he or she will receive a drawing
    ticket for every €50 deposited into the player account. The trip will be awarded
    randomly based on those entries. If you put in €25 the other day and then
    another €25 today, you still get a ticket, no worries.

Attention… Bonus Seekers…

Here are a few things you’ll want to know first before you accept or decline
any bonus or participate in promotions:

  • If you use Skrill or Neteller to deposit to your player’s account, you cannot
    receive a welcome offer
  • If you live in Canada, you are ineligible to accept free spins on Starburst
    as NetEnt games aren’t available to Canadian players
  • Rollovers apply to both the deposit amount and bonus – if you deposited €50
    and received €50, you need to play €100 through 30 times before you can cash out
    any real money
  • The maximum bet using a bonus is €5
  • Free spins are valid for only 24 hours

Our advice is to read through all bonus requirements before making your
decision, and you won’t be disappointed.

Banking Options

We like the creative approach to i-gaming and appreciate the diverse game
collection that provides players with some unique alternatives. The one area
that we’re not as complimentary on is the big secret that’s kept regarding the
allowable deposit and withdrawal methods.

In our book, it doesn’t bode well for any casino or sportsbook to keep
financial information hidden. After all, as a player, you need to review all
options to see if a service works for you. If you want to use Bitcoin, for
example, and don’t realize that it’s not available, you’ll be sadly disappointed
after completing your player registration. We strongly feel that all i-gaming
sites should provide their full menu including the options, the turnaround
times, and if any fees are involved, and it should be posted for everyone,
member or potential member to view.

There are some logos on the homepage so we can figure out some of the options
but can’t guarantee that they’re available in all countries.
We also read through all of the FAQs to try to put together a full picture but the
information is sporadic, and we couldn’t get clarification from customer service
so, don’t hold us to this, but it should be close.

Here Are Provider Logos That You’ll Find In the Footer of the Homepage:

  • Visa
  • Mastercard
  • Neteller
  • Skrill
  • Trustly
  • Paysafe
  • Euteller
  • ecoPayz
  • Zimpler
  • Bank Transfers

A Few Notes That We Compiled Based On FAQs:

  • Fees may be attached to deposits, but they’ll vary
    depending on the method of choice
  • Bank Transfers have a special link so you can move money
    directly from your bank account to Fantasino
  • The minimum deposit is €10
  • The maximum deposit varies depending on the method and
    your particular account
  • Withdrawals are free
  • If you used a credit or debit card, you could receive the
    payout back to the same card
  • Cash out requests should be processed within 24 hours
  • Bank transfers may take up to three business days to
    receive the funds

The Casino

A casino and live casino are the two areas of wagering on fantasino.com, and
both are substantial enough in size to accommodate dedicated slot players as
well as fans of table games, whether against the computer or with a live dealer
running the show.

A whole team of various software companies was assembled to put together the
collection, and we will say that it’s a distinctive grouping of games and you
won’t find anything exactly like it anywhere else.

From the retro three-reel slots to a chock-full live casino, you should have
fun just perusing the options.

Keep in mind that the games will vary both in quantity and titles depending
on your geographical location. We’re focusing on the service specifically
offered to customers in the UK.

Library size – 423

Game Variety

Although the casino is not the biggest we’ve come across, the
variety is key here. Fantasino doesn’t use just the biggies for its software; it
employs some boutique companies whose games are not as widely known or
available, so players are treated to an actual customized collection.

Audio and Video Quality

The three-reel slots are going to take you back to
a time when video quality wasn’t like it is today, so keep that in mind. They
aren’t intended to be sleek, high definition games. They have a retro feel to
them. As far as the overall experience, there were several reports of time lags
and glitches when the casino first opened in early 2017, but it seems as if the
developers have been working on the issues and these observations are becoming
few and far between now.

Mobile Casino

The mobile casino is a quality platform for access to the
games, and a good number of them do transfer over to the smaller screen. You can
tell from the design of Fantasino and the oversized text and information that’s
spread out and not cluttered, that mobile play was a top of mind consideration.
198 out of 264 slot games are available, and 25 live dealer games can be played
on smartphones or tablets.

Slots – 264 (198 on Mobile)

Since it is an eclectic mix of titles, we thought it best to divide some
examples up based on game provider. Remember, you can pull up each software
collection individually so, if one grouping catches your eye, you can quickly
isolate those games.

  • Genii
  • Rise of Spartans
  • Nascash
  • Football Fever
  • Arcadia 3D
  • Alpha Squad
  • The Invisible Man
  • Zombies
  • Creature from the Black Lagoon
  • The Fruity Seventies
  • Mega Joker (current prize is listed over €7900)
  • Arabian Nights – hold your hat, this one currently comes in over €2 million!
  • Play ‘n Go
  • Flying Pigs
  • Eye of the Kraken
  • Speed Cash
  • Ace of Spades
  • 5x Magic
  • Playson
  • Dracula’s Family
  • Burlesque Queen
  • Zombirthday
  • Fruits of the Nile
  • Down the Pub
  • QuickSpin
  • Spinions Beach Party
  • Big Bad Wolf
  • The Three Musketeers
  • The Epic Journey
  • Goldilocks and the Wild Bears

Genii also provides video poker games that aren’t separated out into a
dedicated section of the casino but include games like:

  • Aces and Faces
  • Double Double Bonus – 10 play
  • Bonus Poker
  • Joker Poker

Classic Slots – 41 (22 on mobile)

These are really “classic.” You may feel like you’ve traveled back to the
early years of gambling as they closely resemble one armed bandits. Don’t expect
a high tech experience as you’re supposed to feel teleported to another time.

  • Lucky Diamonds – with bars and diamond symbols
  • Bell of Fortune – fruit
  • Stars ‘n Stripes 777 – you get the idea…
  • Wild Melon
  • Ace of Spades

Jackpot Slots – 11 (six on mobile)

The prize levels are all over the board but so are the themes so slot players
can select their personal preference.

Jackpot amounts are at the time of this writing and consistently change (up
and down).

  • Cosmic Fortune – €19,900
  • Hall of Gods – €1.5 million
  • Arabian Nights – €2.3 million
  • Mega Joker – €2,000
  • Casino Stud Poker – €10,000

Table Games – 60 (19 on mobile)

Not only is there a good number of games but, many offer minimum wagers as
low as €0.1. A few of those lower limit tables with €0.1 availability include:

  • Roulette Pro
  • Texas Hold ’em
  • Oasis Poker
  • Baccarat

Other Games

  • Blackjack
  • Blackjack Multi-hand
  • Red Dog Progressive
  • Casino Stud
  • Mini Blackjack Low Limit
  • Pontoon

Live Casino – 47 tables (25 on mobile)

Prepare to be impressed. First of all, 47 online tables is a significant
number when it comes to live dealer action but, secondly, there are some fun
variations of games that aren’t typically housed in a live online casino.

  • Speed Baccarat
  • Blackjack Platinum VIP
  • Baccarat Squeeze
  • Casino Hold ’em
  • Blackjack VIP
  • Auto Roulette
  • Turkish Roulette
  • Immersion Roulette
  • Caribbean Stud Poker
  • Live Blackjack Party

Customer Support

24/7 Live Chat – that is answered promptly

Email – [email protected]

Summary

There seems to be a trend of casinos trying to stand out by incorporating
themes or interesting twists on promotions and value adds for players. Fantasino
did a good job in targeting a new demographic by

combining video gaming with casino gaming
.

It’s not just a fantasy-type site though, if you’re a fan of old fashioned
gaming, you may like what Fantasino has to offer. The use of games aside from
what are typically provided by the big guys, offer a vastly different casino
experience than you’ll find elsewhere, so it’s worth taking a peek.

We Do Like:

  • Fantasy-themed premise
  • Fantasy World promotions
  • Unique slot games – including retro versions
  • Huge live casino
  • Quality mobile website

A Few Tweaks Could Help:

  • Financial options posted for everyone to see
  • Video poker divided out into its own section
  • More detailed FAQs
Verdict

As we initially stated, you’ll probably really like the Fantasino premise, or
you’ll take one look and move on down the road. Don’t be so hasty, though. Take
time to go through the games in their catalog because you may be quite
impressed. There are over 400 games in the UK players library and, even if
you’ve never been a table game player before, why not give it a try at just €.10
a hand? It’s a fully licensed and regulated site with, we think, an extensive
menu of financial options. There are bonuses and contests to up the
entertainment value and a low minimum deposit of just €10 to give it a spin.

FAQ

How Is This A Customizable Website?

Fantasino gives players the opportunity to create their own avatar,
backgrounds, and even customize some of the casino games. To start, you need to
register a player’s account and then just head over to “Fantasy World.” You
can’t miss it. It’s right at the top of the homepage.

What Is the Advantage To Participating In the Fantasy World?

There are two things that you may find appealing. The first is the creativity
of it. You’re creating your own gaming world, and you can’t do that for real
money casino wagering anywhere else (at least not that we know of as yet). The
other is that fantasy players can go on missions for real prizes. If you
participate and complete a quest, you might receive free spins, or bonus play,
or even actual money for cash out.

What Is the Minimum Deposit Requirement?

As little as €10 will get your player account going. However, if you want to
take advantage of the welcome bonus, you need to transfer in at least €20.

Why Can’t I Find Some of the Games You Mentioned?

Fantasino is geo-targeted, so its services vary depending on the home base of a player.
Game titles are affected as well as deposit and withdrawal options, and bonus
availability.

What If I Don’t Want To Create An Avatar and I Just Want To Try Out Some of
the Games?

That’s totally up to you. You can go on and quickly register a new player’s
account and then head directly over to the casino or live casino. This is a
website that provides some cool gaming alternatives for its players, so it’s
worth at least checking it out, whether you want to participate in the Fantasy
World promotions or not.

GreatGreat
Overall 90%
Game Variety 100%
Banking 80%
Bonuses 80%
Customer Service 100%
User Interface 90%
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