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Windows Casino may not look like the most appealing website from the outside but, as Lia Louis explains, it’s what’s on the other side of the glass that counts

It's only natural when you read the words “Windows Casino” to fall off your chair in shock and think that our favourite computer geek Bill Gates has given up the computer software game and plunged his millions into an online casino, but one has nothing to do the with the other – thankfully. Windows Casino is in fact an online casino site powered by gaming giants Playtech and offers a substantial set of casino games.

Upon launching the landing page you're welcomed by a simple string of links, a scattering of game advertisements laden on token casino greens and golds and two options: play instantly without downloading, or download the software and benefit from all games being downloaded to your desktop. The latter is recommended as games load faster this way and you gain access to everything the site has to offer.

The lobby is a very simple, non-extravagant area and links to different game types sit on the left-hand side atop a somewhat cheesy image of a casino, croupiers and casino-goers. Although the background image isn't exactly the most enticing sight in the world, the games are a complete and utter different story.

As the famous saying goes, variety is the spice of life, and if this is exactly what you look for in a casino site then you won't be disappointed. The selection of games is phenomenal. Just rolling your mouse over each section will show this, as bundles of them cascade out.

When it comes to slots you'll find an absolutely astounding array at Windows Casino, and it's games like Great Blue that get a lot of attention, if only for their dirty great payouts. On the surface a very simple, unsophisticated slot game, Great Blue is armed with a profuse, generous bonus round, a regularly-appearing wild icon and 25 pay lines. The ocean-themed slot not only offers some nifty features but can also be enjoyed by all casino enthusiasts, as Windows Casino have put a diverse stake range in place. Players can bet from just 1p to a more risky £50 per pay line while playing this slot, and be in with the chance of winning a whopping 10,000 times the line bet.

Great Blue plays like a standard 25-line slot game but comes with two features – a stacked wild feature which has the power to turn a whole reel wild, and an incredibly rich free spin bonus round which is unlocked when three or more pink oysters are spun. When launched, the bonus round asks you to pick two of five oysters, which hold mystery free spin amounts. When the bout of free spins start, you can nab up to a 15x multiplier. The bonus game alone has the potential to scoop you £500,000 in just one spin by revealing five wild icons.

Slots with tonnes of meandering lines are always beneficial if you can afford to bet on every line, but if you have a relatively small casino budget it can be advantageous to play a slot that has fewer lines, so you can maximise your chances of getting consecutive wins.

Fairy Magic is a popular slot game at Windows Casino and comes with girly, Disney-like images and 15 pay lines. A very straightforward five-reel slot game, its main selling point is the bonus round which will only launch itself when you have collected stars. Every time you spin a picture of the Tinkerbell-esque fairy she will come to life and place a star at the bottom of the corresponding reel. When you have collected four stars during your time playing the game the eagerly-awaited bonus round will begin, rewarding you with five free spins at 4x your bet and 2x every winning spin.

A great touch with Fairy Magic is that when you close the game your hard work collecting stars isn't lost, meaning you can log in on a different day and pick up from where you left off. This fairytale-themed slot game is accessible to every type of casino lover, as lines can be bet on from just 5p to £2.50, giving all types of casino budgets the chance to enjoy this little gem of a game.

Payouts are certainly fruitful across the entire site but Windows Casino also has a sexy batch of progressive jackpots, each growing in amount with every minute that passes, and the site have made it incredibly easy for you to access all jackpot-powered games too. Just by clicking on the Jackpots button in the lobby a neat list of games that come with giant jackpot prizes will reveal themselves. It's Marvel Jackpot – a Hulk slot game based on the Marvel comic – that has some of the biggest amounts to give away.

The Incredible Hulk is without doubt the best looking and most beautifully designed slot game at Windows Casino and it's this, together with four available jackpots, which make it a triumph for the site. With 25 lines, two bonus rounds and a wild icon that can stretch to turn an entire reel wild, this slot makes for an exciting game. The top jackpot, currently worth over £270,000, along with three other smaller but still juicy jackpots, can be won randomly after any spin, no matter how big or small the bet.

This longstanding casino site is a champion disguised in rookie clothing. The lobby isn't memorable and the homepage isn't directly enticing, but the grand selection of games is enough to get any casino fan excited and raring to come back and play again.

If you're after more choice and options than you can shake a stick at, Windows Casino is a dead cert.

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