Eclipse Casino stands out for having one of the most distinctive and better looking online casino homepages. Its not-your-typical casino front page, showing navigation buttons in an uncommon layout, looks refreshing that it creates a good first impression. However, once you explore it deeper, you may end up feeling like it’s not as good as you thought it would be. It seems the effort put on the entirety of the site isn’t comparable to the enthusiasm put behind the homepage
Eclipse Casino is a Curacao registered and operated an online casino. With over a hundred traditional casino games, it claims to offer better odds as compared to land-based casinos. This gambling site aims to provide the “best, most secure, and fair online casino gambling experience” for players in different parts of the world. It provides two options for playing: through a desktop client (Windows only) or through a browser (web-based, no need to install anything). It also offers promotions and bonuses that are mostly similar to what other online casinos offer, as well as a VIP and rewards program for all real money players.
Signing Up for an Account
You can quickly sign up for an account if you choose the option to download the Eclipse Casino client and install it on your computer. If you go with the web-based or browser-based playing option, though, you will not easily find a Sign-Up or Register button on the site. The closest to a Sign-Up button you can find on the site is the Play Now button near the upper right corner of the site. We initially thought Eclipse Casino does not accept new account registrations at the time we did this review. We only found out later on that you can proceed to sign up for an account by clicking the Play for the Real button on the game interface. To do this, you have to go to a game (any game) first so you can find the Play for Fun and Play for Real options. If you choose Play for Fun, you will proceed to immediately play the game. If you choose Play for Real, you will have to go through an account registration form.
The account registration form is relatively long. It asks for your first and last names, username, password, email address, birth date, and detailed address. You also have to select the currency for your account and nominate a pair of secret question and answer. The process may take around a minute. There is no email verification step to undertake so you can immediately proceed to log in to your account after you complete the registration.
Eclipse Casino User Interface and Site Languages
Note: This review focuses on the web-based interface of Eclipse Casino so we will not be discussing the interface of the casino’s desktop client.
The Eclipse Casino user interface is okay although we would have preferred if it weren’t like a modal window (a window within the browser window). This is just our preference but it would be better if the different pages of the user interface (Profile, Cashier, History, Games, etc) had their respective pages with separate URLs, similar to how it goes with most other online casinos. For example, you might get confused as you open the Cashier interface/section because it’s not too obvious that it’s a modal window on top of a modal window. You may not easily realize that you have to close the Cashier section first (by clicking on the X on it) if you want to click on the other buttons you see on screen. We were wondering why the rest of the interface suddenly became inactive or unclickable. It was only after we closed the Cashier section that they became clickable again.
There’s a chat box on the right side but it does not seem to be working.
The session timeout for the Eclipse Casino interface is quite long or there may be none. You won’t get automatically logged out after leaving the interface idle for several minutes. That’s why you have to make sure that you log out or at least close the tab/window to make sure nobody gets to access your account without permission. Logging out, by the way, is also a chore. We couldn’t find a log out button. It seems to completely log out, you need to close your browser and erase the cookies.
The Eclipse Casino website can be viewed in two languages: English and French. The language toggle is near the upper left corner of the website.
The Games on Eclipse Casino
At the time we did this Eclipse Casino review, we found 175 games. These games are presented in a long grid in the Games page but you can view them according to their category, which is as follows: I-Slots, Table Games, Video Poker, Speciality Games, 3-Reel Slots, and Video Slots.
- The I-Slots category had 23 games with titles such as Cirque Du Slots, Panda Party, As the Reels Turn, Bowled Over, Cosmic Quest, Heavyweight Gold, and Reel Crime.
- The Table Games category featured 12 games namely, Caribbean Stud Poker, Three-Card Poker, Baccarat, Blackjack, Blackjack-Multihand, Casino Battle, Craps, Pai Gow, Red Dog, Ride ‘em Poker, Roulette-American, and Roulette-European.
- Under the Video Poker category, there were 7 games. These were Aces and Faces, Deuces and Joker, Deuces Wild, Double Joker, Jacks or Better, Joker Poker, and Tens or Better.
- The Specialty Games category listed 3 games: Keno, Sudoku Box Game, and Vegas Jackpot Keno.
- The 3-Reel Slots category had 29 games, which included titles such as Diamond Cherries, Dollars to Donuts, MegaWins, Midas Touch, Big Cash Win, Costume Party, Eggstravaganza, and Fantastic Fruit.
- Lastly, the Video Slots category had the most number games, 84, which included titles such as Catsino, Aussie Rules, Alien Spinvasion, Chariots of Fire, Diamond Dragon, Frogged, Ice Picks, Golden Gorilla, Rise of Poseidon, Star Jewels, Ten Suns, and Thunderbird.
All games come with Play for Fun and Play for Real versions. As such, we can consider Eclipse Casino as a free bitcoin casino.
Game loading time is nothing to write home about. It’s not the fastest among other online casinos but it’s also far from being the slowest.
Eclipse Casino Software and Game Fairness
The games featured on Eclipse Casino are from Rival, the same game software that is also used by top-rating online casinos such as Slots.lv and Ignition Casino. If you are familiar with casino software, the existence of client-based and web-based gaming options should be hint enough.
Unfortunately, the games on Eclipse Casino are not provably fair. There are no widgets on the games that allow the testing of the testing of the fairness of the games.
Eclipse Casino Is Not Mobile-Friendly
Unfortunately, mobile-friendliness is not one of the strong points of Eclipse Casino. There is no mobile version for the site and user interface. The site also does not employ a responsive web design. Additionally, there are no mobile apps created for this online casino. You might be able to play the game on a large tablet but it’s going to be difficult playing it using a smartphone or a device with a smaller display.
Currencies Accepted, Deposits, and Withdrawals
US dollar (USD) is the currency used on Eclipse Casino. It’s the only currency you shown on the account registration form. Although it’s not mentioned on the Eclipse Casino website, it does accept bitcoin deposits. We clarified this by contacting customer support. You will not be able to make bitcoin deposits through the account dashboard, though. You have to contact customer support first to get someone to facilitate the bitcoin deposit.
The account balances of players who have not logged in to their accounts for a minimum of 90 days are to be forfeited so it’s important to withdraw them if you don’t expect to be playing on Eclipse Casino for a long time.
There are only two options for making deposits on the web-based Eclipse Casino interface. These are through credit card and by converting COMP points. The credit cards accepted are Visa, MasterCard, and American Express. Again, bitcoins are accepted but you can’t do bitcoin deposits through the interface. You need to contact customer support to facilitate the deposit. See the table below for more details on the deposit methods accepted.
For the withdrawals, the options available are as shown below.
Bonuses, Promotions, Player Rewards, and Affiliate Program
The bonuses and promotions offered by Eclipse Casino are comparable to what most other online casinos provide. They can be summed up as follows:
- 300% Welcome Bonus for Slots of up to 3,000 USD. Bonus code: ECLIPSE300. Minimum deposit required: 25 USD. Wagering requirement: 40x. This bonus is only valid for the first deposit made and the wagering requirement may only be fulfilled by making bets on games under the following categories: 3-Reel Slot, i-Slots, Bingo, Video Slots, Scratch & Win, and Specialty Games.
- 150% Welcome Bonus for Cards of up to 1,500 USD. Bonus code: VEIL150. Minimum deposit required: 25 USD. Wagering requirement 45x. This bonus is also valid only for first time deposits. The wagering requirement may only be completed by wagering on games in the following categories: Blackjack, Bingo, Video Poker, and Scratch & Win.
- Monthly Rewards of up to 190% of the Amount Deposited. Minimum deposit required: 25 USD. Bonus code(s): Depending the amount deposited, see the table below. Wagering requirement: 40x for slot games and 45x for other games. This bonus can be availed of multiple times.
There are other bonuses and promotions that can be availed, which are only shown on the Deposit interface. Just click on them to get them as you make a deposit. At the time we did this review, for example, there was a “$50 FREE” bonus offered, which is not mentioned in the Bonuses and Promotions page.
Whether or not a bonus can be combined with another is a little confusing so it would be better to clarify this before you start availing of any bonus. Never take a bonus without clarifying the terms and be sure that you can complete the wagering requirements. Otherwise, you will just make it difficult for you to withdraw your money.
In addition to these bonuses, Eclipse Casino also has an affiliate marketing program. This program, however, requires you to sign up for an account in a separate website. This separate website is the same website for the affiliate program of Golden Lion Casino and Bovegas Casino.
Moreover, Eclipse Casino has its version of the VIP programs and rewards implemented by other online casinos. There’s no need to enroll to this VIP program. You automatically become part of the Eclipse Casino VIP program the moment you play your first real money game. This VIP program grants loyalty points, special promotions, gifts, and exclusive offers.
Eclipse Casino serves players in most countries. The only exceptions explicitly mentioned on its FAQ and Terms and Conditions pages are Canada, Israel, Belarus, India, Poland, and Ukraine. Players in Azerbaijan may pay on Eclipse Casino but they are not allowed to make use of the free chips provided by the casino. The bets made by players who are from these restricted countries are to be voided while the balances they successfully deposited are to be refunded.
We inquired whether or not those in the United States can play on this gambling site and we are glad to report that Eclipse Casino does accept US players. It can be considered a US-accepted bitcoin casino. Just like most other online casinos, though, it only caters to players who are at least 18 years old or of legal age. It is also the responsibility of players to make sure that there are no laws or regulations in their jurisdiction that prohibit online gambling, including gambling using bitcoins.
Not an Anonymous Online Casino
Those who are looking for an online casino where they can gamble anonymously, especially using bitcoins, may have to look for other options. Eclipse Casino does not guarantee anonymity. Players are obliged to submit accurate information about themselves. Eclipse Casino reserves the right to cancel the accounts of those who are found to have provided incorrect or misleading registration information. Examples of which are player names that don’t match the credit cards used to make deposits, players who are actually not of legal age, and players who are in restricted countries but have registered using fake information and are playing the games through proxy servers.
Eclipse Casino License, Regulation, and Security
As mentioned, Eclipse Casino is a duly licensed online gambling operation. It is registered with the government of Curacao. The details of its license and regulation, however, are not presented on its website. Also, no business address is indicated on the website.
When it comes to security, we feel there’s something lacking in Eclipse Casino. It does make use of SSL encryption but its session timeout seems too long. Also, it does not provide the option to enable two-factor authentication.
Eclipse Casino Player Support
Player support on Eclipse Casino is provided through telephone, email, and live chat. Dial the toll-free number +1 702 637 05 36 to reach Eclipse Casino’s support team by phone. Send your email inquiries, concerns, or complaints to email@example.com. For live chat, just click on the persistent Live Chat button on the lower left corner of the Eclipse Casino website. This online casino provides support 24/7. By the way, if you contact Eclipse Casino by phone, be aware that the conversations are recorded for quality and security purposes.
Pros and Cons
- Licensed online casino with a good collection of games
- Responsive live chat support and toll-free telephone support available 24/7
- Desktop client or browser-based playing options
- Interface needs more polishing
- No bitcoin option in the Deposit interface although bitcoins are accepted (by contacting customer service)
- Not mobile-friendly
- Session timeout seems very long or nonexistent, difficult to log out
- No provably fair games