Download based Casino

As explained in our ‘Casinos by Type’ page, online casinos are available in 3 format with two main platforms; Download and Non-Download. In this article we will focus on the download version and explain how to download casino software clients on to your computer. Further down, we also explain what advantages and disadvantages are attached to downloading casino software.

Please visit our ‘Non-download Casinos’ page as well to make an informed decision on which platform is best for you.

About Download based casino

Download casinos as introduced as online casino sites that require you to download the casino software on your personal computer before making any other move. Generally, players will find instructions on how to download the software, making the process straightforward and simple.

Online Casinos were first introduced as a download version in 1994 by Microgaming, an Isle of Man software company and the industry’s first online casino software provider. Since then, most casinos on the internet have adopted this format.

How to download casino software

Downloading anything from the internet is not considered a rigorous task in the modern world. It’s just a few clicks of the mouse button and a bit of patience that gets you through downloading casino software.

Step 1: Open the casino website on your browser. Make sure you are dealing with a download based casino.

Step 2: Click ‘Download’. The icon should be flashing right on your face as soon as the website opens. Some casinos might have it termed differently such as ‘Play Now’.

Step 3: A dialog box will open after which you need to click save and choose a destination folder.

Step 4: After the download is complete, open the setup file. Then go through the process of clicking next. You will encounter the terms and conditions page which we recommend you to read.

Step 5: After the casino is installed, you can go ahead and open the casino on your computer.


Casino software functions

We feel confident while stating that you probably do not need to open a web browser after you have downloaded casino software. The software is created with such an interface that it feels like a realistic casino with a dynamic structure giving quick access to all functions. All functions are performed through the software program itself including:

  • Registration
  • Deposit
  • Bonus Claims
  • Playing Games
  • Withdrawal
  • Customer Service

However, we do need to put emphasis on the fact that after installation of the software, you will still need to install the casino games but that takes negligible time (but that depends on your internet connection) and it is a one-time installation. To do this, you simply clicking on the game and the game will go through the installation process.

Advantage of Download based casinos

tick-markA download casino relies less on internet and more on the personal computer for its performance. Users with access to slower internet might find download casinos smoother than non-download.

tick-markAt casino sites that offer both formats, some benefits such as certain bonuses or promotions may be accessible only to those players who have downloaded the software.

tick-markDownload casinos are known to have a more dynamic interface through their software providing slightly better user journey than their non-download counterpart.

Disadvantage of Download based casinos

cross-markSince you have to download the software on your personal computer, players might have a problem of mobility, if they desire to play casino games remotely.

cross-markMost download casinos make the software only compatible for Windows, so Mac or other OS users might have a tough time searching for a good online casino that offers MAC compatible software.

cross-markEven after installing the software, players are required to install each game individually but this is a onetime installation. However, if the casino launches a few new games, the software has to be updated and the new game has to be installed.

cross-markIf the player is downloading software from an unreliable casino, there’s a good chance they risk a virus or malware into the computer.