I’ve found some online casinos can tend to be a bit samey, with very little to tell one from another. Casumo, however, is a bit different, well actually, very different to your average casino.
Out go the bright lights of Vegas and in comes an explosion of pastel coloured rainbows. Together with a funny little character who hails from the ‘hills of odd’.
Now that may sound like the beginning of a fantasy story. However, the adventure you’ll start when signing up at Casumo is jam-packed with gameplay, entertainment and bonuses.
On a mission to erase boredom
Casumo started life in 2012, with the aim of erasing boredom and bringing big smiles and some fun to gaming. The website is licensed by the Malta Gaming Authority and, here in the United Kingdom since 2015, by the UK Gambling Commission. As Europe’s fastest growing casino, they’ve been regularly racking up industry awards for gaming innovation.
Mr Casumo himself is a somewhat hard to describe. He’s part blob, part doughboy. He has a wide cheery grin and likes to wear coloured achievement belts, similar to a judo or sumo wrestler, to show how far he’s travelled in his gaming odyssey.
When you sign up, you’ll adopt your own little Casumo. He is born by being shot out of a birthing hole and caught by the tree of life on the hills of odd! Yes, as you can see, it all makes perfect sense!!
A journey boosted by bonuses
Welcoming you on your new surreal gaming adventure is a sizeable welcome offer for UK players. As soon as you sign-up you’ll get 20 free spins on Starburst. Any winnings from these need to be wagered 30 times.
Then, with your first deposit, you can double it with their 100% bonus match up to a chunky £300. The minimum deposit is £10 and, like the Starburst spins, the deposit and bonus have a 30 times wagering requirement. While not as competitive as some, it’s still decent for the size of the bonus on offer.
As well as the wagering requirements, there’s a few need to knows. You’ll need to opt-in to receive your bonuses. You can do this by clicking on ‘Your Stuff’ and choosing the bonus you want, shown as a valuable.
You can withdraw before you’ve finished the wagering, but you will, of course, lose the bonus money in the process. There’s a £5 maximum wager per spin/round and there are a few slot restrictions. Make sure you check out all the bonus terms for the various percentages your favourite games contribute. Nothing here is unusual or restrictive and the bonus offers you plenty of opportunities to win big with Casumo’s own cash.
Finding your way around
At the beginning, you start off with the rope belt and through playing games, you’ll progress, receiving new and more colourful belts. This journey also involves levelling up and moving on to new exciting worlds.
Site navigation is relatively easy, though it’s worth a little explanation. On the homepage, you’ll see which world your Casumo is on and your current progress bar. Just below the bar, you can click the dashboard menu. Here you’ll see the game you last played, plus other game recommendations. There’s also info on the latest on-site news and details on the next Reel Race. More on those later.
Clicking the Casumo logo in the top-left corner of the screen brings up the side menu, where you can find all the site info, FAQs, the blog and details about the various game types on site. All very helpful, especially for newbies.
Below the logo is your player ID, clicking here brings up a screen where you can see ‘Your Stuff’ including achievements, trophies and available bonuses. The more you play, the higher the level you’ll achieve. This means you’ll win more trophies and pick up new bonuses in your valuables section.
To the right of ‘Your Stuff’, you can access all your details and various site settings. Plus there are a number of responsible gambling tools called ‘Play Okay’. Here you can set such things as deposit and betting limits on your play.
Straightforward, easy banking
If you click your balance, that’ll bring up the banking screen where you can make deposits and withdrawals. You can also check on bonus wagering, transaction and game history.
They have the usual payment methods you’d expect, including Visa, Mastercard, Skrill, Neteller, PaySafe. There’s no PayPal, however, you can pay using your mobile phone with Boku, that’s a good addition. Just be aware if you’re using a card, there’s a 2.5% deposit fee, so I’d advise using an e-wallet if at all possible. Withdrawals are normally fast, my last one was in my Neteller account in around 8 hours which is absolutely fine. Casumo guarantee all withdrawals within 23 hours, that’s excellent!
Wide selection of games
Below your balance is the game browser, clicking that brings up a menu with all the games categorised. The ‘Top Lists’ shows your recently played games, plus the latest and most popular titles are highlighted.
The game selection is excellent, with over 600 titles available. You’ll find the various slots, table games, progressive jackpot slots and live casino. Plus, there’s a handy search box. Games are presented in an easy to view tiled format. All of them, bar the live casino, can be played in demo mode before you part with your cash.
Casumo has a large number of software providers on board including Microgaming/Quickspin, NetEnt, Novomatic, SG Interactive, Thunderkick, Williams Interactive and Big Time Gaming more. So you’re sure to find the titles you love such as Book of Ra Deluxe, Flamebusters and Gonzo’s Quest. As well as fan favourites from the past year such as Bonanza and Danger High Voltage.
When you load a title, you’ll see some game info in a box on the left-hand sidebar. I couldn’t find any specific ‘how to plays’ or the slot RTPs on-site though. I think that’s something they could easily add on.
Live Casino is brought to you by Evolution Gaming and covers Roulette, Blackjack, Baccarat, various casino Poker games and the interactive fun of the Dream Catcher wheel. Unfortunately, there are no dedicated tables are available, plus the desktop version is still running on the old Flash plugin technology so it can be a little glitchy. I found no such issues on mobile, everything was responsive, with high-quality visuals.
And if you prefer playing on mobile then Casumo have their own IOS app, so Apple users are well catered for. I found that game menu scrolling both in the app and Safari wasn’t as silky smooth as I had expected but it didn’t affect my enjoyment.
Android users also have a dedicated app which worked very well on my Samsung tablet. Equally, I found no issues playing using the Chrome browser. I’d say my Android experience was overall slightly better than IOS.
A reely good idea
With the rise of interest in gaming, social media and mobile apps, gamification has become a bit of a buzz word in recent years. Casumo has neatly incorporated this as a big component of the site with their Reel Race feature.
It’s a chance to take on other players in a fast-paced slot tournament and win big prizes including free spins and cash. The races run every 30 minutes throughout the day and you collect points by playing the current Reel Race slot. Each race lasts a set amount spins and time. Hitting achievements like 3 wins in a row or mega wins give you large points boosters. Get those and you’ll rapidly rise up the race leaderboard.
I started off well, bagging free spins on Big Bad Wolf and picking up a decent win. I slipped back during the remaining race spins and ended up in ninth place, sadly out of the prizes this time.
Overall, it works really well and adds an enjoyable, competitive element to your favourite slots.
Other promotions and rewards appear as deposit cash and free spin bonuses. Plus, as mentioned earlier, there’s the trophies and various bonuses for levelling up and progressing on your Casumo’s adventure. While trophies don’t actually win you anything, they are quite fun.
High rollers might feel a little left out as there’s no standard comp points or VIP programme, but Casumo’s focus is more on fun and having a good time than big bet gaming.
Help is on hand
Support-wise, there are some excellent FAQs. They’ll cover most things you may need answering.
If you need more assistance then live chat with the Casumo Ambassadors is only a click away from the left-hand panel. Alternatively can also drop them an email. Sadly, there’s no telephone support available. However, the support team is available 24-7.
Security is the standard SSL 128-bit encryption across the entire site, zero concerns there.
Casumo has managed to inject something fresh and different into a market which sees a lot of identikit, cookie cutter style casinos. Their colourful eye-catching, offbeat design take on casino play transports players off into a new fun world of gaming.
The welcome bonus for UK players is decent, plus there’s plenty of games available and challenges to complete so you can level up to gain more bonuses and goodies. The Reel Race tournaments are enjoyable too with tons of prizes on offer each day.
I’d like to see more and a greater variety of promotions on offer. Some extra game information and no deposit fees for card deposits wouldn’t go amiss. These are minor quibbles though and don’t detract from the overall positive experience. So if you want something completely unlike the world of the traditional online casino then Casumo is definitely your new site of choice.
Casumo comes highly recommended. Sign up here now and make a start on your otherworldly gaming adventure.
How’s your Casumo experience been? Do you like this type of casino? What else would you like to see on their site? Let me know below or get in touch via email.