We’ll look at this in more detail later on, but to get the most out of your Ocean Social Casino experience, you need to be made aware of the concepts behind it all. This does not work like a normal online casino you would usually find in our gambling reviews, where you deposit money, play with that money (along with an attractive bonus to start off with) and all things being well, withdraw some profits.
You’ll also be aware of the type of ‘free’ games you can play, usually on a mobile device where you can play for free and get given certain bonuses every day to keep things ticking over. You can also buy extra credits to play the game for longer, or for extra items or benefits, you wouldn’t get if you just played for free.
The short version is that Ocean Social Casino is a fusion of these two concepts. And, while it might seem a little other-worldly, the experience is far from unpleasant.
- 01 June 2018 – Ocean Casino launch their free online casino ‘Ocean Social Casino’
- 30 March 2020 – Ocean Social Casino introduces bonus credits for new followers via their Facebook page
- 22. June 2021 – No-Limit Casino Test started by Players Best
While we’ve established this is not entirely what you would expect from a casino site, it doesn’t look like it was beamed in from another galaxy. It looks like many of the other casino sites you will have seen five, ten or even a hundred times before, but with two main differences.
Firstly, the overall look and colour scheme is slightly more restrained than many of the other sites you will have closely encountered previously, but that is probably so that that the site matches the livery of the real-world casino that launched it. The second is that the dollar signs you might expect to see are absent, and that credits are mentioned everywhere instead.
Ocean Social casino slots and table games
This is because you don’t play any of these games for real money, just credits. How this works exactly will be covered later on, but instead of playing slots and table games for cash prizes, they hand out rewards in what they refer to as VCDs.
You are given a stack of these as a welcome bonus when you sign-up (we got 5000, but there are lots of other things you can do to boost that total), which means that theoretically, you can play nearly all of the games for free. There are exceptions, which will be covered in more detail later on, but in a nutshell that’s it. You get some more free credits as you sign in each day, so in principle, if you were a casual player, you could enjoy what’s on offer at Ocean Social casino without ever spending any money.
Just like other online casinos
The slots look and work like you would expect, there are even jackpot slots, just with the cash replaced with those VCD credits. However, don’t for one minute think that because you are not playing for money, this is some sort of half-hearted budget effort, because it is not. This is in almost every shape and forms what you might expect from a casino like the one described in our BetMGM review where you play or real money.
This is equally correct of the table games areas where you will find everything you are familiar with, including blackjack, roulette and poker. Staking is just the same, and if you ignore the fact that the amounts don’t have a $ sign in front of them, you will not know the difference between Ocean Casino games and many of the other online casinos you may have encountered before.
First though, you need to register, and this is where it might feel like you are entering some kind of strange alternative reality. To sign-up, just like this Ocean Social Review, all you just need is to enter your email address and create a password. We opted for the randomly generated one that was remembered by our browser, so our effort so far was practically zero.
Welcome Bonus Credits
There is also an option to enter a bonus code here for extra credits, but regardless you will also receive a ‘bonus’ starting balance which was 5000 credits when we joined, and, as explained earlier, that serves as a welcome bonus. Once you’ve done this, you are (quite literally) free to play Ocean Social Casino games until your credits run out. At this point, you can either wait until the next day when your account will be awarded more credits or buy more credits.
It didn’t take long to get started, as navigating around the slots and games proved to be easy, and it took us less than 20 minutes to play through our initial bonus balance at quite modest stakes. So, unless you have ambitions of just playing this in a rest break at work each day, you’ll need to think about making a deposit.
This process will be familiar to you if you have ever played an online game where you can buy more resources to improve your experience. You can buy various packs of credits, and the more you buy, the better the credit/dollar rate becomes. There is no shortage of options starting off at 19,000 credits for $9.99, right up to 7,000,000 credits for $999.99.
You can buy these credits using American Express, Discover, MasterCard, and Visa credit cards or the equivalent debit card. Bank transfers are also available but that looks to be extremely rarely used. The security and encryption for transactions is exactly what you’d find at other casinos, so no worries there.
Like many online casinos, verification can be done by looking at things like your credit report and with zero input from you. However, even with the unusual way that Ocean Social Casino works, there is still some need for KYC (know your customer) so expect to be asked for the usual ID if they need more information.
Withdrawals and fees
This, however, is where you might think you are stepping into the twilight zone. Remember above when we mentioned buying credits – well, you are doing exactly that. You are making a purchase and not a deposit. And, because there is no deposit, you can’t make a withdrawal.
The credits you buy can only be used at the online casino and have no transferable value. So, whereas after a big win at the type of casino you might be more familiar with, you could cash out and spend your money elsewhere, here you can only play until your balance is zero. It is this part of the process that will draw the most negative response, however, there does not appear any of this online.
It also doesn’t appear to be a deal-breaker with the current customer base – while we were carrying out this Ocean Social Casino review, there were over 75000 players online before 9 am.
Ocean Social Casino App
Out of those players, none of them appear to be playing on a mobile app, as we could find no evidence of there being one while carrying out this Ocean Social Casino review. That said, the website is very mobile friendly with navigation very easy, and loading times pretty much what they were on desktop. We checked this out on an android device and the Chrome browser, but the results should be the same if your device happens to begin with an ‘i’.
Feel and usability
While this looks and feels like an online casino, it can’t be considered as one in the same way you might look at Resorts or BetMGM for instance, as you don’t play for real money and can’t win or withdraw any monetary funds. For this reason, the whole thing is classed as ‘for amusement only and does not require a license to operate.
Despite this, and the fact that it does operate in a similar way to other online ‘free to play’ games, it still feels like an online casino, as many of the slots and table games you can play for real money elsewhere are present. Part of this might be because, like Resorts or BetMGM, it is connected to a ‘real world’ casino, so the operator knows what a real casino experience would entail.
By now, you will have realized that this is a fusion between the two worlds of online casino and online games. So, there will be elements you will be familiar with, and others you may only be familiar with if you had played one of those ‘match 3’ or town/world-building games before.
This, while not unique, has opened up a whole range of innovations made possible by this crossover. First of all, there is the opening up of online casino play to those you would normally occupy a different universe, gaming-wise. Because you are not playing for real money, it can and has attracted those that play other online games, who feel more at home with the structure which apes the ones they are familiar with.
In line with its wider following, this operator posts regularly on social media platform Facebook, but appears set to make its debut tweet despite being on both platforms since the site’s beginning in June 2018. This focus shows where it sees its main customer base demographic, and can focus the type of offers and promotions it regularly presents more accurately as a result.
As Ocean Social has been in business now for three years, there are none of the questions on social media you might associate with a newer operation. So, for instance, where a customer might ask ‘is Pointsbet legit?’ they would not ask the same about Ocean Social casino online.
Overall, it would be hard to fault what Ocean Social Casino has on offer here as it opens up the online casino experience (in some form at least) to a much wider audience who might otherwise steer clear of what they might have otherwise considered outright gambling.
The range of games, while much smaller than you might find in the type of online casino you would be more familiar with, is enough to keep most people occupied. Especially considering many of them will not have visited an online casino before.
One criticism you could make is that what you have here is a watered-down, ‘diet’ or ‘lite’ version of an online casino site and does not have much to offer in the way of a genuine experience. This could only be considered correct, however, if the operator did not actually own a real-world casino, and you couldn’t play many of the same games you could play for real money.
So, if you are looking for a place with big-money bonuses and the chance of winning real money, I’m afraid you are on entirely the wrong planet. If on the other hand, you are looking for a more fun experience, perhaps without the tensions and emotion linked to losing money, then you should probably put Ocean Social casino at the top of your list of places to touchdown.