The Players Guide to No Download Slots

Updated : 20th of March, 2011

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If you want to play slots online you generally have two different software options. These are either a free download or a no download casino. The downloads are only compatible with Windows PC's which excludes a lot of other computer types. This is where no download casinos come to the rescue as they are much more widely compatible.

There are several types of no download casinos which all have varying compatibility. The most common types are;

  • Flash Casinos
    Compatible with any system that can run Flash including Apple Mac and Windows
  • HTML Casinos
    Compatible with anything that can run a web browser including iPad & iPhone
  • Java Casinos
    Almost no Java based casinos exist but they work on anything that runs Java.

Flash No Download Slots

Flash casinos are by far the most common with almost every online casino offering some sort of flash version. Flash is also used on a wide range of websites so it is more than likely that you will already have this installed on your computer. If you don't simply visit the Adobe website ( and follow the prompts.

Online slots using Flash powered software are compatible with anything that can run Flash including Windows based PC's and Apple Mac. In fact for Mac users this is the most common way of playing. As most casinos offer a Flash version you can select a casino right from our Top Online Casinos section or our Online Casino Reviews.

HTML No Download Slots

In the early days of online gambling HTML slots were the only way to play without downloading any software. Today there is only one casino we know of that uses this technology - Slotland. The advantage of HTML slots is that you can play on anything that can run a web browser including mobile phone, iPad, MsnTV and so on.

The biggest disadvantage of HTML based slots is that there is rarely sound which does take away a bit from the game play. Still the easy access has meant that Slotland has been releasing HTML slots for over a decade. For more details read our Slotland Review.

Advantages of No Download Casinos

There are some clear advantages to instant play casinos. The first is that are compatible with a far wider selection of systems compared to the downloadable software. The second is that you can be playing almost instantly no matter what computer you are using. And the third is that you do not have to have any software on your computer itself - quite important considering the download version can take up considerable hard drive space.

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