While people have long found strange things to wager their money on in the real world – from Belgian Birdsong to challenging a real chicken to a game of naught and crosses – the rise of the online casino scene has given developers even more freedom to unleash their creativity. The results are frequently a little wacky, often a little perplexing, and sometimes downright hilarious. We take a look at some of the most titillating online casino games out there right now.

 Bitcoin casino games

Cryptocurrencies have taken the world by storm, and while many people are still more than a little confused as to quite how they work, their implications for the world of online gambling have sparked an enormous deal of interest. Because they allow for funds to move between countries instantly and come with a built-in level of anonymity that isn’t possible with fiat currencies, it’s not surprising that game developers have started playing with the idea of, well, playing with them. Large scale sites have started to offer tantalizing titles like Bitcoin Jackpot Slot, Bitcoin Baccarat and even Bitcoin Roulette, adding an extra layer of excitement in the process. If you’re keen on your cryptos and want to experience online casino games with a bit of a twist, then now’s your chance!

Toreba – the crane game

Nothing stirs up childhood memories of anticipation, excitement, and a good deal of frustration more than those famous claw grabber games – where you had to use the controls to snag a cute teddy bear, watch, or toy. And now thanks to the magic of the Internet, you can play the virtual version online with the chance to win real prizes that get delivered to your door! Toreba has become massively popular, spawning a bunch of spinoffs and its own thread on Reddit. If you’re feeling nostalgic for the good old days, then this online game might just hit the spot.

Cash ‘n Curry slots

If you like your virtual slots hot and spicy, then this distinctly different curry-themed game might be just to your… taste. With amusing little themed features like “Roll the Spice” instead of rolling the dice, as well as the Indian cuisine-inspired symbols like poppadum’s, chilies, spices, and vegetables, this cute and quirky take on the classic slot game is sure to whet your appetite for more. The game is made by Microgaming and is available on a variety of online platforms.

Uno online

While you might remember this classic card game as great family fun, the online version just got a heck of a lot more competitive! Compete with other players in this somewhat ruthless and definitely more grown up online gambling version.

Virtual Horse Racing

Designed to mimic the real thing, virtual horse racing has become a popular option for those who want to excitement and odds of the real thing without having to get out to the race track. With growing concern over the ethics of using actual horses or dogs for racing, we expect to see large growth in this kind of field – so you might want to get in on the action early!

Roulette Pinball

Love roulette? Love classic pinball games? Then why not have both? In this creative combination of these much-loved games, the roulette ball is launched into a pinball machine once you’ve placed your bet. It makes its way bouncing and shooting between pins and bumpers before finally landing in one of the numbered pockets at the bottom – hopefully just where you want it to! The nice thing about Roulette Pinball is that most sites allow you to try the game out and play for free before you wager actual cash.

Spingo

In this unusual hybrid game, roulette meets bingo rather than pinball. It works similarly to roulette, beginning with the player placing their bet on a number and/or outside bet, except that there are three rather than the two standard colors, and numbers go from 0 to 10 rather than 0 to 36. Aside from color-number combinations, players can also bet on odds and even, halves, or zero. It’s an unusual combination, but you can’t really tell if you like it until you give it a shot, right?

HQ Trivia

General knowledge and trivia your thing? If you’d rather bet on your trivia knowledge and skills than try your luck with a classic casino game, then HQ Trivia lets you compete in real cash tournaments with players from around the globe. Put all that ‘useless’ knowledge to the test and you might just get handsomely rewarded for your efforts!