The graphics may be fairly basic, but even a quick glance at the site reveals a huge selection of games for punters to try and, although the site doesn't make this particularly clear, it's very much designed for South African players.
We set the Thunderbolt Casino download client going, fired it up once it was done and dived right in to see what we made of the site.
- Over 200 games available, including plenty of big-name slots to try
- Allows deposits and withdrawals in ZAR, which is perfect for players in South Africa
- The Thunderbolt Casino bonus for new players is virtually unparalleled
- Downloadable client, instant play and mobile versions all available
- Fairly high wagering requirements to unlock bonuses
- Lack of supported currencies besides ZAR, which is problematic for players from elsewhere in the world
- Owner / Operator: Springbok Group
- Licenced By: Curacao Gaming Authority
- Live Chat: No
- E-mail: email@example.com
- Phone: 0-800-980-320
You may not know it to look at the Thunderbolt Casino homepage, given that it appears just like any other international online casino, but this site is one of a select few that's aimed specifically at South African players.
While real money online gambling in South Africa might be limited by not all casinos offering their services to SA players, there's no need to latch onto Thunderbolt Casino just because they do; there are plenty of other sites where South Africans can play.
For more information on the games available here, the ease of making deposits and withdrawals etc., just check out our Thunderbolt Casino review below.
The Thunderbolt Casino download client and instant play version are both powered by RTG, so players who have used Real Time Gaming casinos before should know exactly what to expect.
There are over 200 games available to try, the majority of which are slots titles, with various table games and specialty selections on offer. Some of the slots you can try here are as follows:
- Caesar's Empire
- Cleopatra's Gold (progressive)
- Dream Run
- Football Frenzy
- Megasaur (progressive)
- The Naughty List
- The Three Stooges
And a whole lot more! The range of table games is fine, with most of the usual suspects available (baccarat, blackjack, craps, European roulette etc.), but there's not too much in the way of variations.
Still, there's virtually everything you'd find in the average land-based casino so our Thunderbolt Casino review isn't going to suffer too much for that. The games themselves play very smoothly and look great, which is always an important factor in rating a casino.
While there are no separate apps available for iPhone, iPad, Android etc. at Thunderbolt Casino, mobile users can still play for real money on the go by accessing the main site using their smartphone or tablet.
Doing this will automatically redirect you to a responsive version of the site, depending on the device you're using, where you can log in and play using your existing account.
The games are limited mostly to slots titles, which will probably disappoint those hoping to try some table games while they're out and about, but at least you can get some real money action to tide you over until you get home.
It would be nice to see more app offerings from online casinos for different platforms, but the Thunderbolt Casino mobile offering certainly isn't unique in taking the form of a responsive site; this is how almost all online casinos currently do it.
Licensed in Curacao since 2014, Thunderbolt Casino doesn't provide much in the way of information about its RTP (return to player) percentages or the results of its past audits. The site is still quite new, so it may be that these will be added when the site has some more data to share with players.
However, it's reassuring that the site operates in conjunction with the CDS (Central Dispute System). This means that, should players be unable to resolve an issue with the casino itself, they can submit a claim to this governing body that ensures all RTG casinos are acting fairly.
We always keep our ears to the ground and we haven't encountered any reports suggesting unfair play from Thunderbolt Casino, so we're happy to conclude that it's a safe and legitimate place to gamble.
Deposits can be made in ZAR using any of the following banking options:
- Instant EFT
With the exception of MasterCard all of the above options can also be used to make withdrawals, with a processing time of 48-72 hours. This is a pretty healthy range of banking options, so we really can't complain here.
There's a minimum deposit of ZAR 25 for each payment method and minimum withdrawals ranging between ZAR 300 and 1,000 depending on your withdrawal option of choice.
R10,000 Free Thunderbolt Casino Bonus For New Players
- Deposit 1: 100% match up to R2,500 (using code FLASHMATCH1)
- Deposit 2: 125% match up to R2,500, min. deposit R100(using code FLASHMATCH2)
- Deposit 3: 150% match up to R2,500, min. deposit R250 (using code FLASHMATCH3)
- Deposit 4: Free R2,500 (using code ULTIMATEFLASH)
- Wagering requirements required to clear welcome bonus are 30x the value of the deposit + bonus
- Only the following count towards wagering requirements of unlocking bonuses: 7 Stud Poker, Bingo, European Slot Poker, Keno, Pai Gow poker, scratch cards and all slots
No prizes for guessing what the site owners are trying to do with this Thunderbolt Casino bonus sequence - by progressively offering a higher and higher match bonus each time, players are more likely to come back and keep gambling.
Of course, if you're able to meet those wagering requirements (they are pretty high, after all), that's good news for you as it means that you can get your hands on some bonuses that are much higher than those offered at many other casinos.
The site also offers ongoing Weekend Specials, which are effectively reload bonuses, and Thundering Thursdays that have match rates in excess of 100% available on some deposits. You can also earn 1 comp point every time you wager R10 and claim back R1 for every 100 points you have.
That's about it for the Thunderbolt Casino promotions available, but you definitely can't complain about those high match percentages.
With plenty of games available and a very promising welcome bonus structure, you pretty much have to write a good Thunderbolt Casino review.
But things like the emphasis on using ZAR, South African toll-free support number and so on mean that there's probably not much here to attract those living outside South Africa.
For those within the country who are looking for a hefty welcome bonus, we heartily recommend that you pay Thunderbolt Casino a visit. We can count the number of online casinos that specifically target players from SA on one hand, and this one definitely ranks as one of the best.
While it's true that the range of games may not be quite so big as some international casino sites it's still pretty good, and we think most South African casino fans will have a very good time here.