Zodiac Casino Verdict
Zodiac Casino does suffer for being download-only, as this makes the site more annoying to access and use, compared to the ease of opening a web page. However, there are benefits to installation, such as quick loading. The game selection is limited in scope, but still huge, with 500 games being enough to satisfy most players. The five deposit bonuses will be of interest to new players, but watch out for the requirements.
Design & Usability
The main site is quite attractive and uses some nice astrological artwork, with a sparkly purple colour scheme. However, don’t get comfortable as you need to download software to play here. This immediately dates the site, but it does have some benefits, like using less internet data over time. You can register at the same time as installing, which is handy, though the registration form is a little clunky.
The software welcomes you with an animation of stars and constellations. After that, you will see the standard Apollo Entertainment layout, which is very bright and colourful but also very cluttered. A helpful row of buttons along the bottom helps you to navigate.
Software & Gameplay
The software is Microgaming powered, so it’s very capable, but it does feel old-fashioned compared to a full flash website. Some users will prefer a download site, so that it’s right there on the desktop at all times, but there’s a reason why this kind of site is being phased out.
The list of games is very straightforward, with banks of expanding menus, but it’s not all that pretty. The slots almost instantly, which is a benefit of being pre-installed, but they appear in a small window.
Safety & Security
Zodiac Casino is licensed and regulated by the Malta Gaming Authority and UK Gambling Commission. The site also uses the ODR service for adjudicating disputes, plus there’s a fair play section of the site.
You’ll also find a good responsible gaming page which provides links to helpful organisations. Security is covered by digital encryption according to the site, but there’s very little information about how this is actually achieved. The desktop site does not have a secure certificate.
Payments & Withdrawals
The banking section of the software is essentially a web page loaded within the software. This is actually a very simple system and easy to follow, plus it directs users how to join new methods if they don’t have them already. The withdrawal timeframe suggests five days for cards, which is quite high.
Zodiac accepts payments via MasterCard, Visa, Neteller, PayPal, Skrill, PaySafeCard, EntroPay, EcoPayz and Citadel. This is a nice mixture and will cover most visitors.
The support contacts are a little confusing at Zodiac Casino, as the contact button on the software just loads an almost-black page with a live chat link. You must head back to the desktop site to find a phone number and email options.
The support team are helpful here and the live chat setup is actually very good. The main site also has a full list of FAQs, which will help to solve problems sooner.
Bonuses & Promotions
Zodiac Casino has an unusual welcome bonus, which instead of giving you a straight-up deposit match, instead gives you credit towards the slot games. When you make a deposit of £1 or more, you get £20 credit which can be used to place 80 spins of £0.25 on progressive slot games. This is nice, but plain cash would be better, so you can play it where you want. Your second deposit has a traditional cash match at 100% up to £100, your third gets a 50% match up to £10, your fourth gets 50% up to £150 and your fifth gets 50% up to £150, so these are very promising. The wagering requirement is high at 60x, however.
Otherwise, there are few promotions at Zodiac. There are wagering races on certain slots like Jane Bond, but these are geared towards big spending. You can also find the occasional double reward points offer.
Zodiac does not offer any apps, but there is a mobile website. Visit on your mobile or tablet browser to find it.
Despite the site being download-led, the site provides a flash counterpart for mobiles with clear buttons for hopping between game sections. The games actually load very quickly and the site is well made. Many players will prefer this to fiddling with the downloaded software for desktops.
Variety & Originality
This site is limited to one provider, Microgaming. This does reduce choice and variety, but on the plus side, there are over 500 slot games here- so there is a lot of variety within this one provider. The site offers classic 3-reel games and also graphically advanced games, like Tarzan and Immortal Romance. The ever-popular Mega Moolah progressive jackpot slot is also available.
The site also offers various casino games like roulette, blackjack, craps and baccarat. There are many card game variants here, such as sic bo, red dog and hold ‘em. There are no live dealer titles, but you’ll find a bit of everything else.
Loyalty & Rewards
Zodiac has a loyalty points scheme, so players will gain points through playing and they can be exchanged for credit. Earning points also allows you to rise through six status levels, bronze to diamond. Higher tiers unlock rewards like promotions, bonuses, birthday gifts, faster support, personal hosts and even exclusive games.
VIP players also get entries into a sweepstakes which can net them ‘once in a lifetime’ prizes. There’s also a VIP Lucky Jackpot to take part in.