It’s a shame that sites which are part of the Game Tech Group still need to come with a caveat attached, but unfortunately it is the case.
Game Tech Group have a more than questionable history when it comes to ethical practices, having, amongst other things, being caught in the past using bootleg NetEnt software, something that they no longer do by all accounts, but something that has caused damage to their reputation that is still not quite unattached from the brand.
This leaves sites like Smashing Casino, the newest offering from Game Tech, in a tough position, but it has been proven that a top-quality site can make people forgive past indiscretions, so is that what you get here?
Smashing Casino is a name that will mean different things to different people. UK players may assume Smashing Casino means smashing in the colloquial British sense, as in something that is excellent, but based on the artwork, that isn’t necessarily the intention here.
Regardless of whether the name was supposed to represent it, this site will have to be truly smashing in order to create the necessary impact needed for success within the competitive iGaming market, so does Smashing Casino have the tools to do so?
Design and theme
So, superheroes are huge at the moment, there is no arguing that fact, and as a result, an increasing number of sites are incorporating these concept into their design, and that’s what Smashing Casino are doing.
A comic book like style to the artwork is a good look here, with the ‘Smashing’ in the logo designed to look like the onomatopoeic sound effect bubbles that pop up in all our favourite old school comics.
The welcome bonus here is impressive, a 300% match on your first deposit up to £1,000, so it is no surprise that this deal takes pride of place in most of the designs that scroll through the banner at the top of the homepage.
The homepage also contains the necessary thumbnails that will grant you instant access to the site’s most popular games, and a list of game categories down the side of the page lends itself to ease of navigation, so everything is easy to find.
It could, however, be argued that a games-focused design concept was not necessarily the best choice here, because it makes it clear very early that this is a site that doesn’t contain many of your favourite games.
It isn’t that there are not any well-known games available here, software that comes from BetSoft, GameART, and GameScale means that you will find 4 Seasons, Kawaii Kitty, Slotfather Part II, and more, but there’s a lot missing here, even in comparison to other Game Tech Group sites.
The one positive from Game Tech sites that is repeated here is the variety in terms of game categories, that include video slots, classic slots, table and card games, video poker, micro bet, VIP Games, and Action Games, so one can hope that games from more software developers will be added over time, creating a more tempting collection here.
Until then, however, it does not matter how good the design is, and it is very good here, this site is simply not going to be competitive. There are so many other sites to choose from, that even if the history of Game Tech’s ethical practices wasn’t taken into account, this site wouldn’t have a chance of standing out, when you add that factor in, however, it’s hard to see how Smashing Casino has anything close to a successful future in the online casino world.