Ikibu is an innovative new online casino brand, launched in September 2016 amid much excitement. Ikibu comes from the people behind Chance Hill Casino, with the technology provided by FAST TRACK Solutions, MT SecureTrade and iGaming Cloud – some of the biggest players in the casino software business.
These guys certainly know what they're doing and have ambitions of becoming one of the leading casino brands in Europe. This unique casino is based on the concept of an island, with players travelling through the island of Ikibu, which is inhabited by monkey-like creatures called Ikki.
Players pass through villages where they unlock different challenges and collect seeds, which can be traded for rewards such as bonuses and free spins. The layout and design of the website reflects this playful, child-like feel. Ikibu certainly has a distinct brand.
Ikibu launched its new casino with a huge selection of games. For a new site, the number of games is impressive, with hundreds of slots to pick from as well as a decent choice of jackpots, table games and live casino. Ikibu offers games from a number of major software providers such as NetEnt and Microgaming.
For those who prefer table games to slots, Ikibu offers various options of roulette, blackjack and poker, as well as live roulette and blackjack for those that want to recreate the live dealer experience. However, slots are central to Ikibu and are how players progress through the island and unlock the different levels.
The more you play, the more rewards you can access. All games can be tried for free without an account, so you can see what Ikibu is all about before playing for real money. As well as a great range of slot games, Ikibu features a unique loyalty programme, whereby players collect 'seeds', which can be traded for rewards.
It's clear that slots are the name of the game at Ikibu, with hundreds to choose from as you make your way around the island. By partnering with providers like NetEnt and Microgaming, Ikibu can offer its customers the latest and best slot titles, including the recent ‘NetEnt Rocks!’ series of branded slots.
Games are clearly divided into the categories of slots, jackpots, table and live casino, so it's easy to find the game you're looking for. The casino is also accessible on mobile devices, although there is no dedicated app yet.
Currently there are no plans to expand into other areas like sportsbook, lottery or bingo; given the whole concept of Ikibu, it's likely that the company will establish its current brand focused on slots. In a crowded market, Ikibu certainly stands out, and it will be interesting to see how it evolves over the coming years.