The Sun Play is brought to you by News UK – the people behind newspapers - The Sun, The Times, and The Sunday Times - as well as Sun Bingo. The Sun Play is a member of the Nektan casino network, which offers players a myriad of online gaming choices from software giants like NYX, Blueprint Gaming, IGT, WMS, Microgaming, and NetEnt. So, does it make for an enthralling read or is it yesterday’s news?
The familiar “The Sun” logo is easy to spot, and the red-and-white brand colours are used throughout the website. Like other Nektan casinos, the layout is well-planned, allowing you to view the welcome offers and latest promotions via a rotating banner at the top of the page, and there’s a fully browsable lobby which allows you to demo each game without needing an account. There’s also a prominent ad advising that you can play at The Sun Play on mobile devices, and a Live Help button is fixed to the bottom-right of each page.
The Support page doesn’t make it clear whether the customer service team operates 24/7, but it does give you three ways to get help – email, live chat, or telephone.
Unfortunately, there doesn’t appear to be a no-deposit bonus on offer to new members, but you can claim as much as £570 in bonus funds if you decide you’d like to start funding your account. The welcome package is a three-step process that lets you earn bonuses on each of your first three deposits of £10 or more as follows: 1st deposit = 100% up to £100 (with 50 free spins); 2nd deposit = 100% up to £100 (with another 50 free spins); and 3rd deposit: 50% up to £200 (with a final 50 free spins). The offer’s terms and conditions state that you must play through the sum of your deposit and bonus amount thirty times before you can withdraw any associated winnings.
The Promotions page changes regularly, so it's always best to check what offers and competitions are currently available to avoid disappointment. Often, there are deposit match bonuses, opportunities to claim free spins, and networked slots tournaments offering generous cash prizes to the top-performing participants.
Update (12/10/17) - The Sun Play has changed its welcome offers, and now offers extra free spins to all new players. You can get a 100% bonus + 50 free spins with your first and second deposit at the site, while your third deposit comes with a 50% bonus + 50 free spins.
Update (31/05/19) - The Sun Play now offers three deposit offers. If you deposit £10-19, you'll get 20 spins. Deposit £20-£49 to claim 50 spins. Deposit over £50 to claim 20% cashback on your losses up to £200 for the next 48 hours.
The Nektan software platform makes it easy to browse the different game categories, although it would be good if you could filter by software provider too. You can search the lobby for specific games, and play almost every title offered in demo mode to give you an idea of whether or not it’s your cup of tea before risking money on it. When you launch the games, they appear on a separate screen which has handy links that allow you to change games or top-up your account if you’re running low on funds.
Although the paragraph at the bottom of the casino’s homepage states, “on your desktop or mobile devices including iPad, iPhone, Android, and tablets”, there’s nowhere that tells you exactly how you can play at the mobile slots site. As we’re already aware (unlike most users), Nektan’s software doesn’t require a mobile app. So, if you visit The Sun Play website on your mobile device’s browser, you’ll find a mobile-friendly version of the casino that you can join.
The Sun Play is regulated and licensed by the Government of Gibraltar and the UK Gambling Commission. The site uses SSL encryption, handles card transactions via a leading online payment processor, and uses a random number generator to ensure fair play.
The Sun Play is supplied by several software providers, including Microgaming, NextGen Gaming, IGT, Nektan and NetEnt slots.
There are popular online slots like Cleopatra, Aloha Cluster Pays, Ted, Action Bank, Gonzo’s Quest, and Shamrock ‘n’ Roll, a regular supply of new slot releases, and around fourteen jackpot slots including Mega Jacks Isle O’ Plenty, Super Spinner Bar-X, Top Cat, Winstar, Genie Jackpots, Divine Fortune, and Worms Reloaded.
It’s frustrating that the table and card games aren’t listed under a separate tab as it makes them too hard to find. But, with the help of the Search function, you’ll find classic roulette and blackjack games.
There are also casual games and scratch cards like Boss the Lotto and Foxin’ Wins Scratch, plus five Sun-exclusive games – Strike, Reel All about it, Keepy Uppy Challenge, Psychic Swipe, and Beach Blast.
Sadly, there are no video poker games or live casino games available at present.
You can use any of the following payment methods: Visa, MasterCard, Visa Electron, Maestro, Neteller, Paysafecard, Skrill, Trustly, and Boku. We’d like to see PayPal added as it would give players an even greater range of choices.
The minimum deposit and withdrawal amounts are £10 and £20 respectively. Withdrawal requests can take up to three working days to be processed, and it can take another seventy-two hours for your funds to reach your card/bank account.
The Privileged Club is a VIP scheme which operates by invitation only. And, it rewards big spenders with VIP benefits like free spins, cashback, and weekly bonuses.
Usually, Nektan casinos fail to provide standard members (i.e. non-VIPs) with any form of rewards. So, it’s great to see that The Sun Play gives you more value-for-money through its Sun Points loyalty system. You can earn one Sun Point for every £10 spent on slots, and 100 points can be redeemed for a £10 bonus, which is subject to 30x wagering requirements.
Although first impressions indicate that The Sun Play is just another run-of-the-mill Nektan online casino, it turns out that there are a few unique games to play as well as an exclusive loyalty scheme, which some people may find a good reason to join this site rather than another Nektan brand.