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Pulsz Casino is a social gaming site that invites US players to try a variety of popular slots games for free.
Note that Pulsz is not a sweepstakes site. Unlike those, Pulsz Casino offers no real money prizes, and its virtual currency can’t be redeemed for anything else.
Pulsz first went live in September 2020. The social casino is powered by the Gibraltar-based company Yellow Social Interactive. The company runs one other social gaming site as well, OnlineLotto.
Pulsz currently features just slots, although the company has expressed its intention to expand its offerings to include other types of casino games. Keep an eye on the site, as these other options may appear soon.
The site uses Gold Coins, a virtual currency with no cash value. You can purchase Gold Coins for real money, but you cannot cash out your winnings. Read on for a review of everything Pulsz Casino has to offer, including information about available games, site bonuses, its loyalty program and the user experience.
When you register for a new account at Pulsz Casino, you automatically receive 5,000 Gold Coins for free. That’s enough to allow you to jump right in and start trying the different slot titles. That said, new players only have access to a limited number of titles at first and must unlock the remainder (see below for more explanation).
New sign-ups are also immediately eligible for various bonuses whenever they make their first cash purchase of Gold Coins. Players receive a 200% bonus on whatever Gold Coins they would ordinarily receive for that first transaction. For example:
There are other bonuses, including some tied to Pulsz accounts on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. However, none of these Pulsz social media accounts appear to be active as of this writing.
When it comes to the actual slots games, players can win various types of bonuses as well as more Gold Coins. Most commonly, this includes the opportunity to win free spins. Players also earn points, allowing them to move up in levels and eventually achieve a higher VIP status, which in turns translates into still other kinds of bonuses.
Pulsz offers a tier-based VIP loyalty program. When you increase your VIP status, you’ll benefit in a couple of ways. For one thing, you’ll receive a better return when you purchase Gold Coins. Also, as you improve your status, you’ll earn multipliers that help you accumulate additional VIP points at a quicker rate.
As customers play the slots, they gradually move up in numbered levels. These are not the same as VIP status, but they are related. Every time you “level up,” you also earn VIP points, and after collecting a certain number of VIP points, you move up in status.
There are six VIP tiers, with new players starting at Bronze. Here’s a summary of all six, including how each level affects your Gold Coin purchases and enables multipliers for faster accumulation of VIP points:
Pulsz Casino also awards VIP points with every purchase of Gold Coins. The ratio improves with larger purchases, so with $1.99 worth of Gold Coins, players also receive 18 VIP points (~$0.11/point), but $99.99 worth of Gold Coins earns 1,800 VIP points (~$0.055/point).
Furthermore, the points multiplier for your VIP tier also applies to points earned from purchases.
Purchasing Gold Coins at Pulsz Casino is a simple process. Because the currency has no cash value, there aren’t the same identity verification steps to go through as there are at a real money online casino. You don’t even need to register an account if you don’t want to.
First click the purple “get coins” button, then select the Gold Coin package you wish to purchase. Available options for making purchases include several credit cards:
There is also one digital wallet provider available as an option:
Once you’ve completed the purchase, the Gold Coins will instantly show up in your Pulsz account. Wherever you go on the site, your current balance of Gold Coins always appears in both upper corners.
At present, Pulsz Casino has just under 40 slot titles from which to choose. All of the games are powered by NetEnt, a major producer of real money slots. Thus, even though there’s no real money gambling at Pulsz, you’ll get to enjoy the same high quality products you would in a real casino.
When you first register, only three of the games are “unlocked” and available to play:
You start at Level 1, and as you play you’ll quickly advance up the levels. The highest level is 128. Your current level appears inside a star in the upper left corner of the screen.
Every time you move up a level, a pop-up appears to let you know while also listing the new games you can play. Here are some of the most popular games on the site:
The slots offer a variety of stakes to play for, though in all cases it is still the same play money you’ll be betting with. Most of the games have minimums of 10 or 20 Gold Coins. Some allow you to wager as much as 100 or 125 Gold Coins per spin. A higher stakes option exists in Reel Rush, where the minimum is 50 Gold Coins and maximum is 250.
Maximum payouts vary, as well. Top prizes range from just 2,500 for Pyramid: Quest up to Secret of the Stones, where the biggest prize is 3,125,000 Gold Coins. Naturally, the bigger the jackpot, the harder it is to hit.
As noted, Pulsz has only slots at present. However, there is a section of the site for table games, which is currently empty. Yellow Social Interactive has indicated that it will soon add baccarat, blackjack and roulette. OnlineLotto, another social casino operated by the same company, offers online lotteries in addition to slots. OnlineLotto also uses a sweepstakes model with two virtual currencies, thereby enabling the site to award real money prizes.
It is unclear whether Pulsz Casino will eventually add such games or other features. One day, it too may offer the chance to win something of value, but for now it is purely for fun.
Pulsz Casino is playable on a desktop or laptop through any web browser. It is worth pointing out, though, that NetEnt games are optimized for Safari, so if you’re an Apple user, you may have the best experience that way.
Android users can also play Pulsz games on their mobile devices via the Pulsz: Fun Slots & Casino app. The app is free to download from the Google Play Store. You will need to be running Android 5.0 or above and have at least 35 MB of free space available. The Pulsz app functions very much like the browser version, including all of the same games and features. There is no iOS version of the app at this time.
The Pulsz site features a simple, no-frills design. It’s nearly identical to the company’s other site, OnlineLotto, right down to the white and purple color scheme. Though the site isn’t particularly eye-catching, it is easy to navigate.
Your Gold Coin balance, current level and VIP status all appear in the upper left corner. Beneath those details is a sidebar with a variety of quick links:
Choose “Slots” to see all of the current games. There is no way to search for a specific title. Fortunately, the size of the catalogue is small enough that it’s easy to find what you’re looking for by scrolling. There is also the “My Games” tab in the sidebar, which neatly collects all of the slots you have recently played, making it easy to go back to your favorites.
The “Invite Friends” link is one of several invitations on the site to encourage others to get Pulsz accounts. There does not seem to be any tangible incentive to do so, however, such as bonus Coins for sending out invites.
Clicking “VIP Rewards” takes you to a page with details of your VIP status and shows your progress toward the next level. At the bottom the sidebar there are also quick links to the various Pulsz social media accounts (none of which are active at present).
When you click on a slots title you want to play, you will first see a loading screen. Typically, this doesn’t take long. Once the game loads, you can enlarge the window to full screen.
The NetEnt games all feature state-of-the-art graphics and animation along with fun soundtracks and effects that you can toggle on or off. It is easy to choose your bet amount and spin, and each game has detailed information describing how it works, scoring and other relevant items. You’ll see your Gold Coin total again appear within the game and update with every spin.
While the design and look of the Pulsz site itself come across as mundane, it’s the slots themselves that matter. There, the high quality of the NetEnt games shines through and makes up for the otherwise lackluster user experience.
Information is a little difficult to access via the Pulsz site. While the site accepts players from all US states, there’s a warning that pops up during registration to discourage players from the following states:
However, this disclaimer could have been carried over accidentally from the company’s other site, OnlineLotto. It’s also contradicted by Pulsz’ own FAQ, which lists Washington as the only forbidden state.
The same FAQ also describes the possibility of cashing out winnings, but notes that certain conditions apply in these three states. This, too, seems to be an artifact carried over from OnlineLotto, as Pulsz does not offer any prizes that could be cashed out at this time.
There is a Pulsz FAQ page, although you’ll have to use Google to find it since it isn’t linked to from anywhere else on the site. The page lists information about player accounts, game features, technical aspects of the site and more. However, most of the information has been copy-pasted from OnlineLotto, and might not be entirely accurate for Pulsz. Indeed, even the contact info for further inquiries lists an OnlineLotto email address.
Fortunately, we were able to locate a support email in the comment section of the Pulsz app page at the Google Play Store — [email protected] This may be the best place to turn if you have questions about the site.