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Love Island Games is based on the depressingly popular reality show that’s been inflicted on UK audiences for more than a decade. Opinions of Love Island vary but there are generally three camps.
The first is populated by devoted fans who consider the show to be harmless, escapist fun. The next camp is inhabited by grouches who declare (to anybody who’ll listen) that Love Island epitomizes the conceited vacuousness of the millennial generation. Bit harsh perhaps.
In the third and thankfully smallest camp are people who believe that Love Island is the harbinger of some sort of end-of-days scenario. Thankfully, you probably won’t encounter many of these cupcakes while chatting next to the water-cooler.
Whatever your take on ITV’s blockbuster show there’s no doubting its immense popularity. To celebrate its acclaim, a new online casino has been launched based on the themes explored throughout the series. Uh, anyway…here’s our review.
Love Island Games is owned by Gaming Realms subsidiary, Bear Group. It’s a white label operation and holds both Alderney and UK Gambling Commission licences. And because of the association with Gaming Realms, it can offer a wide range of casino games from numerous big-name suppliers – more of that later.
Gaming Realms has some considerable pedigree when it comes to casino game development and distribution. The company has acquired numerous accolades for its innovations within the industry, and its portfolio of casino gaming websites is constantly expanding – Love Island Games represents one of the company’s very latest ventures.
The Love Island Games website features a narrow page format on desktop PCs, comprising a left sided menu panel and promotional slider. Graphically, the designers have clearly taken a restrained approach by including a small logo and a muted, beach-like background.
It’s fairly obvious, particularly on larger screens, that the construction of Love Island’s website has been influenced by the emphasis Gaming Realms places on mobile play. Clues can be found in the horizontally-arranged game thumbnails, as well as the narrow page structure, mentioned above.
The inner game pages, of which all comprise a five-column game lobby, are arranged into categories that include: slots, slingo, live casino, casino, slingo room and VIP. In terms of appearances, the Love Island platform changes little on smaller screens. Apart from the menu panel, which is replaced by a standard drop-down menu, the overall theme closely matches its desktop counterpart. During testing, we found no issues with page-load times, while game-play was smooth.
Thanks to partnerships with the likes of NetEnt, EyeCon and Microgaming, Love Island can offer an extremely competitive range of casino games. Organised into the categories of ‘hot slots’, ‘originals’, ‘featured’ and ‘jackpots’, they include:
In addition to standard slot games, Love Island features a limited number of jackpot slots including Ozwin’s Jackpots, WinStar and Apollo: God of the Sun.
Love Island rewards players who make a minimum first deposit of at least £10 with a 400% bonus of up to £80 plus 50 spins.
In addition to the above incentives, Love Island also rewards it loyal customers with a VIP package. It’s a fairly uncomplicated scheme comprising two levels: VIP and Platinum VIP. Although it’s unclear as to how one qualifies for VIP status, the following perks are nevertheless available.
To be eligible for the VIP bonus cash-back incentive, players must deposit a minimum of £300 and wager it at least six times in a week, starting from 00:01 Monday to 23:50 Sunday. Capped at £100, the cash-back offer is subject to wagering rules of just x10.
Love Island employs a similar customer support suite to many other casinos powered by Gaming Realms. This isn’t actually a bad thing because players have access to live chat functionality as well as telephone and email support. A postal address is also included for customers with a desperate urge to pen a letter.
A collection of traditional payment methods are available for deposits. These include VISA, MasterCard and Maestro. At present there are no specialist online transaction services.
The Love Island Games website is uncomplicated, much like the reality show’s contestants. The platform provides to-the-point gaming that’s distraction free. Logically structured and well-laid out, it operates smoothly across most, if not all devices. Slot game selection is also excellent, with a wide range of big-name titles to choose from. Plus points too for the VIP package as well as customer support. So in conclusion, Love Island Games offers players an immersive, compelling gaming platform.