StarGames

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StarGames added casino gaming to its lineup of online skill-based and poker games in 2004. StarGames runs on a blend of Novomatic and proprietary software. Players from the United States are not eligible for any gaming services provided by StarGames. Aimed primarily at the UK market, the site’s software and customer support are provided in English and thirteen other languages. StarGames is owned and operated by Europe Entertainment Limited and holds a gaming license from Malta.

Despite a slight reputation for poor customer service and lengthy payout times, StarGames remains a popular choice among slots players and bonus-chasers, because of the site’s large and diverse collection of slot titles and easy-to-attain bonus offers. The fact that so many languages are supported is usually a good sign – it means a site is doing business with a variety of customers from around the world.

It should be pointed out, too, that some negative reports are available at the major gambling forums regarding StarGames. For the most part, the customers involved are guilty of failing to read terms and conditions. The casino isn’t blacklisted at any major rogue list. I reckon it is safe to place bets with StarGames, though know going in that you may face long delays in withdrawing funds. This is apparently true particularly on a player’s first withdrawal.

Mobile Play at StarGames

Yes, mobile games are available via browser to StarGames customers. Unfortunately, the site has one of the smallest collections I’ve seen in the past year or so.

As other services have expanded their mobile apps and sites, StarGames has maintained a library of just thirty slots titles for smartphones and tablets. It’s a disappointing collection in terms of size, even though the Novomatic games themselves are pretty entertaining. I just wish StarGames would increase the size of their mobile game library overall, include some table games, and update the site design.

Features

It’s nice that StarGames offers a download package, a suite of instant-play titles, and a mobile-capable site. That makes their games really easy to access on a variety of devices.

I’m a slots player, so I consider the sheer number of Novomatic-designed titles (133 at the time of this review) a positive feature. I like Novomatic’s slots, even if they can look a little dated. The trick, for me, was to stick to titles like African Simba that offer a lot of replay or entertainment value. The “branded games” section of slots is interesting, if not totally enticing for a player like me. I guess I like StarGames’ library in spite of some issues with their table game selection. More on that later.

StarGames Casino Games

This site breaks up its total collection of casino games into a few different sections: slots, table games, video poker, and bingo. Remember that this is just the casino gaming arm of a much-larger operation which includes things like live poker and skill games.
Here’s a breakdown of each of the categories and the games in them.

Slots

As is common in the modern online gaming industry, slots are the highlight of the library at StarGames. More than ten-dozen slot titles are on offer at the time of my review, ranging from simple fruit machines (UK-style arcade slot games) to more complex video slots with progressive jackpots and other features. Popular titles available here include Book of Ra, Hoffmeister (with a David Hasselhoff theme, believe it or not), and Showgirls.

Table Games

My enthusiasm for the slots library is matched only by confusion about the table games the site offers. Here’s the current list, which is not only short, it’s just plain weird:

• Royal Crown 3 Card Brag
• Royal Crown Blackjack
• Royal Crown Roulette European
• Mystery Roulette™ x38
• European Roulette
• Multiball Roulette
• Globe Roulette
• Vegas Roulette™
• Blackjack
• Sic Bo
• Baccarat

I have no idea what those “Royal Crown” games at the top of the list are all about, mostly because they’re totally proprietary and I can’t find any information about them from any of my usual sources. It’s unusual for a site to offer two different forms of European roulette. It’s unusual for a site to have a table games list half made up of roulette variations. This is just a weird (and disappointing) collection all around.

Video Poker

As a video poker fanatic, I had high hopes that the large slot library would mean an equally-large collection of video poker games. I was not happy when I loaded the Video Poker heading and saw just five titles available: Deuces Wild, Marilyn’s Poker II, American Poker II, Jacks or Better, and Joker Wild.

Most of these are proprietary versions of games with well-known counterparts, but none of them – not one (!) – has a 9/6 payout ratio of full house to flush, which means none of them have the kind of odds that lead me to recommend that other video poker fans play them. Another disappointing game category for StarGames.

Conclusion

I am neutral about the casino gaming services provided by StarGames. I do think their terms and conditions are a bit strange and lead to some customer confusion, which then leads to bad reviews and starts a snowball effect that’s difficult to stop.

I wouldn’t play at StarGames myself, mostly because of their limited video poker library, but every player is different. If you’re a fan of slots and are looking for a site with lots of language support and plenty of Novomatic games to choose from, StarGames may be perfect for you.