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Once upon a time bingo was a game you played at the seaside or on the high street in the UK with a bingo card and a dabber or buttons and bottletops. While in the clubs you would be playing 90 ball bingo for a line for a full house, the seaside version was 80 ball with lines of different colours and you could win with 4 corners, vertical or diagonal lines as well as horizontal lines. In the USA they favoured 75 ball bingo with patterns instead of lines.
Move forward to the 21st Century and these three bingo variants are still around, but have been joined by many, many more thanks to the boom in online bingo and the possibilities that technology provides. Moving around from bingo site to bingo site you will find new styles of games and including anything from 30 ball bingo to 60 ball bingo, to bingo with just pictures instead of numbers or playing cards instead of actual bingo tickets.
90 Ball Bingo
The classic UK bingo game
Go coco-nuts for this game
Coconut Island - This is a 50 ball bingo game developed by Playtech and running exclusively at Gala Bingo and Coral Bingo. The theme is a desert island with coconuts falling from a palm tree and cracking open as they hit the ground to reveal the number called.
The bingo ticket is made up of 10 numbers from 1 to 50 and you can win one line or the full house of two lines. Each game features a maximum purchase of 60 tickets and prices range from 5p to 20p. However, there are some multi-stake games where you choose your stake and the prize reflects the stake chosen. In these games the cost per ticket is either 10p, 20p, 40p or 80p.
Wizard of Bingo
Will you be the last one standing!
There’s very little that is impressive about the Cozy Games software platform but when Wizard Of Bingo was launched in November 2015, our interest was piqued.
Wizard Of Bingo is similar to Elimination Bingo in so far as you are required to have the last ticket standing. The game itself plays on a 75-ball bingo board and to the untrained eye, looks like a standard game of bingo.
However, when the game starts the differences show as witches, ruby slippers and a monkey appear as well as bingo numbers. All tickets that you buy start with three lives and show as love hearts on each ticket.
As well as your lives, you will be shown how many Witch balls are going to be called in the game you are playing. During a game, the following things may happen:
The Ruby Slippers appear – if this happens the ticket that has the corresponding number on will be protected for the next five numbers called.
The Monkey appears – he’s a cheeky little beggar and steals cards that still have a full house.
Witch – when her number is called, all the tickets that have the corresponding number on are cursed and lose a life.
If you’re left with cards when all the numbers have been called, you are a winner!
Who Wants To Be A Millionaire Bingo
Is that your final answer?
Who Wants To Be A Millionaire Bingo has been around for quite some time now and is, at first glance, a standard game of 90-ball bingo.
It’s a game that drops in and out of the schedule of games on Playtech / Virtue Fusion sites and first launched in 2007.
What makes this game stand out from the crowd is that it offers no less than 12 jackpots. They can be won by calling within the number thresholds that are indicated on the screen. As an example, if you called bingo between 15 and 17 numbers then you could land a £1 million prize, but between 33 and 34 numbers, the prize would be £5,000.
As well as the jackpots that can be won by calling in a specific amount of numbers, the game boasts your normal one line, two lines and full house prizes that are available on all 90 ball games.
Tipping Point Bingo
Have you got the edge
Tipping Point Bingo was introduced to Sky Bingo in February 2017 and is loosely based on the television quiz show hosted by Ben Shephard on ITV.
In comparison with many other themed games that we have seen launched over the years, the bonus feature isn’t nearly as impressive.
Your tickets for this game look like those you win in the coin pusher machine at the local arcade. If you have watched the quiz show Tipping Point, you will know that it is a giant coin pusher machine that determines winning amounts for the contestants.
On Tipping Point Bingo, the machine has very little to do with the actual game other than the bingo balls fall down. There are just two prizes to be won on the base game and that is the one cluster and full house prize.
There is also a Tipping Point jackpot and this is a community jackpot too. Call the full house in 12 numbers or less and you will get 50% of the jackpot whilst 50% is shared amongst all others with a ticket in the winning game.
The X-Factor Bingo
Do you have it?
Another themed game on the Virtue Fusion / Playtech platform and this time it’s one of the most popular reality shows on TV, X factor.
The base game is a traditional 90 ball game of bingo but what makes X Factor Bingo different is the chance to win the Judges Jackpot.
The number of tickets sold determines the standard prize for the game but there is also the Judges Jackpot. The one line, two lines and the full house are won in the traditional way of 90-ball bingo.
To win the Judges Jackpot prize you must first have won the full house. If the number that you win on is on the Judges Jackpot ticket and has not been marked off, the Any Number prize is yours. However, if you complete the one line, two lines or the full house for the Judges Jackpot with the number you called bingo on, the house prize is yours and it’s substantially higher.
At the point of the house being called on the Judges Jackpot ticket, a new ticket is generated.
The Chase Bingo
Come and have a go
The Chase Bingo was launched in October 2016 and like many themed games at Gala Bingo, is a traditional 90 ball game as the base game. All players have the chance of winning the one line, two lines and full house but in addition, there are extra prizes like The Final Chase progressive.
This is won if you call the main full house in 31 numbers or less.
There is also a Chase feature game and this is activated when the full house game has been won. The winner is then offered three different jackpots to choose from; low, mid and high value.
The Chase Bingo feature is a board divided into seven segments and the aim, like the quiz show, is to beat the chaser to the jackpot you have chosen. The difference is, you don’t actually have to answer questions.
A Chaser is chosen at random from five that are on the TV quiz show and then you have to watch the answer board – Player vs Chaser. A tick or a cross will appear under each. If you get home and aren’t caught, the money is yours but if you lose and the Chaser wins, you will receive a consolation prize.
Take Me Out Bingo
Let the jackpot see the joy
If you are a Paddy McGuiness fan, or love a northern accent then Take Me Out Bingo may just be the themed game for you! The game was launched at Jackpotjoy in February 2014 and is a 75 ball game. It’s themed on the popular ITV dating show Take Me Out and the host, Paddy, calls the numbers.
The bingo tickets are traditional 75 ball cards and to be a winner you have to call bingo on the 15 number love heart pattern. The game has a bonus feature, the Take Me Out Bonus Feature and uses the format of the TV show for the feature.
30 girls are displayed to the left of your bingo tickets in shadow form and each of their podiums is numbers. All the lights are on at the start of a game, but as numbers are called, lights go off on the corresponding number.
To be eligible to play the bonus, you have to have purchased at least six tickets in a game. The Community Jackpot is won is there are 18 or more lights still on when bingo is called.
The number of lights still on at the end of the game determines which of the prizes is won:
18 or more lights – Community Jackpot
12 to 17 lights – three free tickets for the next game
9 to 11 lights – two free tickets for the next game
6 to 8 lights – one free ticket for the next game
0 to 5 lights – BLACKOUT! No lighty, no freebies!
Its five-line or is it?
Why is Swedish Bingo called this and not five-line bingo when they are exactly the same game? To be completely honest we do not know. Both five line and Swedish Bingo are the same game, and are the European alternative to the traditional US 75 ball games.
Although played on a 75-ball bingo board, the most noticeable difference is that there is no free square in the middle of the board.
What Swedish Bingo offers is the best of both worlds, a cross between 75 ball and 90 ball with more chances of winning and as players, we love it.
The prizes are one line, two lines, three lines, four lines and the five lines (coverall or full house). For the one line win, often sites will allow this to be a vertical, diagonal or horizontal line (although rules do vary from site to site) and then the other lines must all be horizontal.
Match a full hand to win
Available on the Gamesys software, SNAP! is like Cinco on tombola and the other card based games available on other software platforms.
You are offered the opportunity to buy five hands of cards at a cost of £1 per hand. Each hand contains five cards from a normal 52 deck. As the cards as called, you mark them off on your set.
The aim of the game is to spell out SNAP! with card one covered with the letter S, card two with an N etc.
There are four prizes available on the game; the first is the standard house prize determined by the number of tickets purchased for the game.
The others are:
Community Chest – this is won if SNAP! is reached in seven calls or less. 40% is awarded to the player who achieved this and 60% to the other players who had tickets in the winning game.
Charm Jackpot – if you buy all five sets of cards, you will receive a lucky charm. When the game is over, a lucky charm is revealed, and if it matches yours, you will win a share of the jackpot.
Poker Bonuses – you can win instant bonuses if any of your set of cards reveals a poker hand of two pair and above. The higher the hand value, the more the multiplier.
Snakes and Ladders Bingo
Roll the dice and off you go
This is probably one of the lesser-known themed games available on the Virtue Fusion / Playtech software. The only difference between this and a traditional 90 ball game is that after the full house, a feature game is activated for all players who have 1TG when bingo is called.
When the feature game is activated you will see a Snakes and Ladders board that shows various prizes. You get three rolls of the dice and your counter will move around the board. The place that you land on your third roll will be the prize amount that you win.
The game has three prizes, the one line, two lines and the full house and the prizes offered in the Feature Game. The top prize on the latter is £500 and awarded if you manage to reach the top of the Snakes and Ladders board.
5 card draw
When you play Royal 5’s bingo you are not given a standard bingo ticket but instead, five cards. Instead of bingo balls, card deck values are called and the aim of the game is to mark off all five cards in your hand to win a prize.
The number of tickets sold and the price of the cards determine the actual prize on offer for each game.
Each game has two prizes to offer, the first being the standard house price that is created as per the above explanation, and then the Jackpot. The latter is a progressive and continues to grown until won.
To win the Royal 5’s jackpot you need to have marked all five of your cards in the first five calls of the game. It is a community jackpot so if you succeed, 50% is yours and 50% is shared amongst the eligible players in the room.
Roll On Bingo
Winning and then some
This isn’t exactly a game in itself but a feature that can be activated on the Playtech / Virtue Fusion platform at the operator’s discretion.
The clue is in the name Roll On bingo, it means that once the full house has been won, additional numbers will be called and subsequently create more winners. There can be as many as 20 additional numbers called.
Roll On bingo increases the chance of winning for all players and you will be notified before tickets sales are closed that the next game to play will include these additional prizes.
Each Roll On number will likely create more winners and a pop-up appears in screen showing the number of winners and any other prizes that have yet to be claimed.
Its all a bit up and down
Rollercoaster rode onto the tombola portfolio in November 2008 and was one of many innovative games from tombola that changed the world of online bingo.
You’re not playing with traditional bingo tickets on this game but instead, carriages with five seats in that are all named. The idea of the game is to fill your Rollercoaster carriage to win the game.
The Rollercoaster spins around the loop and releases one of the balls at the top. If you have that named ball, they take a seat in the appropriate carriage. It’s worth noting, no bingo balls were hurt in the making of this game!
There is just one standard house prize for Rollercoaster but two jackpots. The largest of these is won if you call in five balls drops, the lower with six.
Bingo on the beat
Pulse was launched at tombola in July 2014 but doesn’t have bingo tickets in the way that you would expect. Instead you have twelve bubbles floating around the screen. If you prefer the bubbles to be static in three columns of four, simply click the room name at the bottom of the screen.
You are offered five stake options to play the game, and it is this value that buys one ‘ticket’. The stake options are 10p, 25p, 50p, £1 and £2.
The bingo numbers are called in the traditional way, and winning is as you would expect with all bubbles being popped to scoop the house prize on offer. The house prize is determined in the normal way, the number of tickets sold and at what prices.
There is also a two-tier jackpot on offer in the rooms and this is won by calling bingo on the Pulse game in 16 or 19 calls.
Pirates was a new addition to the portfolio of games at tombola in July 2012. Although more like Cinco than a bingo game, it has great playability.
The options for bets are 10p, 25p and 50p and for each you are able to buy three sets of Pirates tickets (30p, 75p and £1.50 maximum spend).
Your bingo tickets consist of several pirate themed icons on a treasure map. There are three columns of icons, each five long. There are various pirates, a parrot, treasure, guns and more.
A card is turned to reveal one of the symbols and you have to mark them off if you have them on any of your cards. Each game plays for the one line and the full house, both prizes that are determined by ticket prices and sales.
There is also a Pirates jackpot available and this treasure is landed if you call the full house in 26 numbers or less.
To Go Bingo on every game
October 2016 saw Sky Bingo launch a new 50-ball variant of the online game called Mystical Bingo. The game has a theme of fairies and forests and could be described as a cross between Pulse from tombola and a slot game called Pixies of the Forest.
To play you first have to choose a character and each boasts a different value. You get one ticket per game and the values are 25p, 50p, £1 or £2.
There are eight insects at the start of the game and each has a number. As numbers are called, the corresponding insect leaves the screen.
The game has a house prize and also a progressive jackpot. The latter is won by calling bingo (removing all eight insects) within 20 numbers. As a community jackpot 50% goes to the winner and the remainder to all players with tickets in the winning game.
Lucky Numbers Bingo
Fingers crossed yours come up
2011 was the year that Lucky Numbers Bingo was released to the Virtue Fusion / Playtech software, a variant of 90 ball bingo that offers extra prizes to be won on each and every game.
At the start of every game you are asked to choose three lucky numbers between 1 and 90. These are used to an extra feature of the game and release the Bronze, Silver or Gold jackpot if the one line, two lines or full house are called on your numbers.
Each of the games of Lucky Numbers Bingo also has the traditional one line, two lines and full house prizes.
If a Lucky Numbers Bingo jackpot is released by players matching the bonus numbers, the winnings are shared amongst all those who have match numbers to release the jackpot. For example if the Gold Jackpot is activated and three players each matched their three lucky numbers on the one line, two lines and the full house, they would each receive £100.
What a laugh
As of May 2017 the Joker Jackpot game appears to have been removed from all Playtech bingo sites. It could be that an HTML compatible version is in the planning, but this is just speculation
What was Joker Jackpot?
Joker Jackpot is the Virtue Fusion / Playtech 52 card game. Like all of the others listed, Joker Jackpot uses cards rather than numbers for the game.
Where this differs from other card based games available is that a ticket is not five cards but in fact nine. Another big difference is that instead of just one prize on the base game, Joker Jackpot offers two.
The first prize is won by making a letter J with your cards. Covering the top three cards, two cards in the middle and then one on the left of the screen to form the letter does this. The full house is achieved by covering all cards.
In addition to the house prizes there are two other jackpots to be won and these are awarded by calling the house in the displayed number of calls for each individual prize pot. This can vary from brand to brand.
Immortal Romance Bingo
Love is all around
Immortal Romance is a slot title from Microgaming, a popular game with interesting bonus rounds and great graphics. Immortal Romance Bingo takes some of the best bit of the slot and translates it to bingo.
It seems fitting that the game launched in the month of love, February 2014 and was first available at Butlers Bingo.
The base game is 90 ball bingo, and winning is achieved in the same way as your standard 90 ball game by marking off numbers to make the one line, two lines and full house. However, there are special balls in the game.
Balls like the Scatter ball, get this and it will randomly mark up to two numbers per strip of bingo tickets. The vampire bats will mark up to three numbers per strip and the Wild Desire will turn one column wild for five balls per strip. The Wild Vine will mark up to four numbers per strip.
As you play the game you collect Medallions to fill up your Power Up bar and when you have a total of 20 notches, you get the chance to win one of the four extra jackpots the game has to offer.
The wheel will spin to determine the ‘hero’ you are playing and this determines whether you land the Mini, Minor, Major or Mega Jackpot.
Play those cards right
Flash Fives is the name of the 888 version of the tombola Cinco card game.
It was first launched at their flagship brand 888Ladies in April 2016 and then over the next few months rolled out to others powered by the same software. Some of the standalone brands have opted to choose their own name, like Foxy Fives at Foxy Bingo and Bingo Vegas at Costa Bingo, but the game play is the same across the platform.
Like other versions of the game, tickets consist of five cards and the aim of the game is to cover all five cards to win the prize.
Smiley, wink, shock, joy!
Emoji Bingo first launch in September 2015 and was originally only available to play on your mobile device. The game is now available on your desktop too. It is a variant of 50-ball bingo.
There are no standard bingo tickets, just 10 different Emoji’s floating around the screen. Instead of numbers being called, Emoji’s are and as you match them on the screen, then disappear.
You are given the option of five different sets of Emoji’s to choose from, and these include popular ones like the smiley face, a thumbs up, a love heart and even a poo! There are also festive sets of Emoji’s available at Christmas time.
There are three different prizes available on a game and these are the standard house prize, whose value is determined by the Emoji’s sold, the Emoji Jackpot which is a progressive and the Double Bubble Jackpot, also a progressive.
The Emoji Jackpot is won in 19 calls or less and the Double Bubble in 19 calls or less.
Its bingo time at the Wolfpack
Emmerdale Bingo is exclusive to Gala Bingo and followed a couple of years after the other soap themed 90 ball game, Coronation Bingo. It joined the portfolio of games in December 2015.
Like other games, the base game plays as 90-ball bingo and you have the one line, two lines and full house to play for. Above your tickets you can see a white Range Rover and the number of miles to certain landmarks in and around Emmerdale. Above the Range Rover is a number; this number is the miles that it has already travelled. When every full house is called, the number that it is called on is the number of miles that the car will drive.
On it’s journey there are yellow parts of the road, and if the vehicle stops there, the jackpot for it’s destination is won. There is the 20th step, which is the Woolpack, 40th step that is the Vets and so on.
The further you have progressed, the bigger the jackpot. This jackpot is split amongst all players who had tickets in the winning game.
90 Ball Deal Or No Deal Bingo
Open the box!
This game plays in exactly the same way as the 75-ball version but on 90 ball tickets. The only other difference is how the progressive jackpot is won because 31 numbers or less is required to land the big win.
There is a Virtue Fusion / Playtech powered site called Deal or No Deal Bingo but you’ll also find two different versions of the game at many of the other sites powered by the software.
The two different versions are 75 ball and 90 ball but the only difference are the tickets. The features and special prizes of the games work in a very similar way.
75 Ball Deal or No Deal Bingo
Open the box!
In each of these games there are a total of six prizes. Four line prizes and the coverall. The player / s who call the full house will then have triggered the Deal or No Deal feature of the game.
During the main game a number of Deal or No Deal boxes are shown above your tickets. As the numbers are called, if any correspond with a box, it is opened and the value revealed and removed.
When the full house is called, the winner is offered a cash value by the banker and then they have to decide, deal or no deal.
Other players in the room get to cast a vote on what they should do and then the results of the vote are shown on screen to help the winner decide which option they are going to choose.
The Jackpot 75 is won when the full house is called in 42 numbers or less. 50% is awarded to the player who called bingo and 50% shared amongst those with tickets in the winning game.
Match the cards and win
Cinco is the inspiration behind many a card based game in the world of online bingo and it’s available at tombola.
As time as gone on, more and more rooms have been added to the Cinco lobby and this can be attributed to its popularity amongst players.
There are eight 5p rooms, six 10p rooms, three 20p rooms (one of which is football themed) and five 40p rooms. The game is played using a deck of 52 playing cards and the prices listed are for one strip of five cards. You can buy a maximum of five strips in any given room.
Like Joker Jackpot, Flash Fives, Snap! and all the other card-based games available in the world of online bingo, to win you have to have placed coloured chips on all five of your cards to create a bingo.
As well as the single house prize, Cinco boasts three other jackpots in each room. The value of these is determined by the price paid per ticket but they are awarded for a call in five cards, six cards and seven cards.
80 ball from Mecca Bingo
Cashline is the Mecca Bingo version of 80 ball games. Like other variants of the game found at a selection of other sites, the game plays on a 4 x 4 grid.
Each game is different in so far as you can be playing for different patterns. You could be playing just for one line on one game, and then the next for one, two, three columns and then for the coverall. Or it could be you play for corners, middle squares or lines.
Most Cashline games have at least two standard house prizes, but sometimes there is just one prize and others, four. In addition to the standard house prizes there is The Elevator and Cash Attack jackpots to be won.
The Elevator is the largest progressive for Cashline and is won by calling in 32 numbers or less and the Cash Attack in 36 numbers or less.
An explosive bingo game
March 2016 saw Burst Bingo explode into the world of mobile gaming but now the game is available on your desktop too.
At the start of a game of Burst Bingo you are required to choose ten numbers and this is done by moving left and right on the screen. You then have to pick the bet amount that you want to place and this will decide the prize money that you are playing for. The more you bet, the higher the prize money.
All of the bingo numbers are shown on balloons from which a selection of cute animals are handing. As a number is called, the balloon is burst and the number of calls required to bingo reduces. There are just two prizes available on Burst Bingo – the standard house prize and the Burst Jackpot.
Britain's Got Talent Bingo
Come in and show off your skills
Like many of the themed games that we see from the world of online bingo, Britain’s Got Talent Bingo players on a traditional 90-ball bingo board.
The game itself is branded like Britain’s Got Talent but it’s not until the main game is over that the BGT feature kicks in. It has the same prizes are your standard 90 ball game – one line, two lines and the full house but if you buy a minimum of six tickets, you get to select three lucky numbers.
If you call the one line, two lines or full house on one of your three lucky numbers then you are eligible for one of the extra bonuses. These are the Buzzer Bonus (one number), The Audience Award (two numbers) and the Judges Jackpot (three numbers).
On occasion, some of the Britain’s Got Talent Bingo games offering a free scratchcard at the end of the game but only to players who have purchased a minimum of six tickets.
Bouncy Balls Bingo
Boing boing boing
In early 2017 a new bingo game arrived on the Virtue Fusion network that was themed around one of their most popular slot games, Bouncy Balls.
Players opting to participate in the game are given four betting options (10p, 50p, £1 or £2) and the number of tickets sold determines the house prizes.
There are four Bouncy Balls of your chosen colour entwined in vines and surrounded by 12 numbers. You release the balls as the numbers are marked off.
There are three different prizes that can be won playing the game; the standard house prize, the Community Jackpot and the Progressive Jackpot.
The Community Jackpot is awarded when a total of 50 balls of each colour have been collected. So if you are playing Purple balls and release two in a game, others also add to the total and if it reaches 50, the £5 Community Jackpot is shared amongst eligible players.
The Progressive Jackpot is awarded to the player who can release all four of their balls in 18 numbers of less.
Show your hand
Bingo Vegas is the name that Costa Bingo has opted to give their card-based game. The game is called Foxy Gives at Foxy Bingo and Flash Fives at sites like 888 Ladies and Wink Bingo but how it plays is the same.
The design of Bingo Vegas differs slightly to the others but you are presented with five sets of five cards. Many have suggested that the game is a less impressive version of Cinco from tombola, and in all honesty, we have to agree. It’s also been likened to Snap! from Gamesys and Joker Jackpot from Playtech / Virtue Fusion.
Instead of bingo numbers being called, the game is played using a standard 52 deck of cards. As cards are called, you have to place a chip on the corresponding card if it shows on your purchased tickets. Mark all five and you are a winner.
From the Queen of Bingo
When you enter the Bingo Royale room, you’ll get a right Royal welcome from Barbara Windsor as the bingo caller. At first glance the game looks like a traditional game of 90-ball bingo on the Gamesys software but wait until the full house has been called!
At random times when the full house is called, the Queen of Bingo and her two corgis will appear and then even more numbers are called.
The number of additional calls to be made will be determined by the number of barks the dogs make, The maximum number of additional calls are five per game.
If you achieve a full house within the extra calls then you will be awarded a share of the Royal Pardon jackpot. This jackpot is similar to a progressive jackpot in so far as it grows with each game that it isn’t won.
Fancy a spin the wheel?
Not to be confused with the tombola game Roulette, Bingo Roulette is far more appealing; Players are given three options of betting prices (10p, 25p and 50p) and then have the choice of playing one, two, three or four chip colours.
A roulette wheel determines the numbers that are called for Bingo Roulette but that ‘baize’ is not laid out in the same way as a Roulette baize. It is numbered 0 through 36 with three numbers in rows of 12. The 0 is one column on its own.
Players purchase their chips and can move them at random around the board by clicking the ‘shuffle button.
When the game is in play, the roulette wheel spins, and whichever number the ball lands on, is the number that you have to remove your chip from if you have one on that number.
The aim of the game is to remove all of one set of chip colours, eight in total.
If you can achieve this in 10 spins then you will win an additional jackpot, this reduces at 12 spins and then the prize you will win is only the house prize.
la la la la lotto from Gala Bingo
There has long been a connection between bingo and lottery so it was only really a matter of time before a game combining the two was launched. Bingo Lotto was exclusively available to mobile and tablet players when it first arrived but can now be played on your desktop too.
There are just 49 numbers to this game, as there once was in the Lotto game from the National Lottery. Every game has four winners and each game card features just six numbers. The aim of the game is to match three, four, five or six numbers.
As is the case with all traditional games of bingo, numbers continue to be called until some calls the house, in this case, matches six numbers on their ticket.
The jackpot prize for the game is awarded if you match six numbers but with just six numbers in which to claim the progressive prize, it’s a long shot.
50 ball from William Hill
Bingo Bowl is William Hill's exclusive take on the 50 ball game and as the name suggests, instead of bingo tickets, the game is played using bowling pins. Each of the 10 pins are set in the usual triangular formation of a bowling game and as they are called, they turn yellow.
There are three jackpots to be won playing this game and each are displayed above your bingo bowling pins. The standard house prize is determined by the number of 'tickets' sold. The full house winner will also take one of the Kingpin jackpots. There is the Any Number prize, the lower of the two, which is awarded when the last number called is on your ticket but does not create the house win and then there is the House. The latter is won when the last number called creates the full house.
The biggest of the jackpots available is the Lucky Strike and this is the progressive and won when the full house is called in 15 numbers or less.
Big Banker Bingo
Is it safe?
When Big Banker Bingo launched in March 2016 it was hard not to notice the similarities between this themed game and Deal or No Deal Bingo.
Big Banker Bingo is played as a traditional game of 90-ball bingo but before the game starts, you are shown a selection of safes, each is numbered. As numbers are called, their corresponding safes are opened and the values in them revealed.
There are four prizes to be won on each of the Big Banker Bingo games – one line, two lines, full house and the Big Banker feature. The latter is available to the full house winner who is offered a deal by the banker. This player has to choose whether to take the amount on offer or to open the remaining safe.
There is also a progressive jackpot on the Big Banker Bingo game and this is won when the full house is called in 31 numbers or less. It’s a community jackpot and when won, 50% goes to the full house winner and then 50% shared amongst those with tickets in the winning game.
A gem of a game
Bejeweled bingo was first introduced in August 2010 and for fans of the Facebook game, it was an instant hit. Pop Cap created the original Bejeweled game and Gamesys collaborated with them to invent the bingo version of it.
At first glance the game looks like a traditional game of 90-ball bingo as it is played on 90 ball tickets. These are grids of 3 x 9 with 15 numbers on. However, the Bejeweled part of the game doesn’t start until the 90 ball game is over.
A bonus round is activated and like playing the Bejeweled game, you can earn power ups to increase your score.
The more that you score in the bonus round, the more free tickets you are awarded for the next game. Your score in the bonus is counted towards both your own individual score for free tickets, and that of the community.
30 Ball Bingo
30-ball bingo is also known as Speed Bingo and the reason for this is because of how quickly a game is over. This is because there are only 30 balls in the whole game.
The bingo cards for this game have just nine numbers on them and the grid is 3 x 3. To win the game, you simply have to cover all the numbers on the card.
The first sites to introduce this version of the bingo game were Cozy Games but you can find it now at a selection of other software providers.
When you look at the number of players who participate in this type of game and compare it with the likes of 75 and 80 ball bingo, it’s clear it is nowhere near as popular. However, it holds appeal because often the tickets are lower in price than many other types of bingo.
Coronation Street Bingo
Claim the Golden Cobbles Jackpot
These 90 ball bingo games are available at Gala Bingo and Coral Bingo. Alongside the standard 90 ball game there is a separate 90 ball ticket that everyone can see called the Golden Cobbles ticket. When a player calls a full house on a number that appears on that ticket the number turns gold.
A win on one of those numbers is worth £5 extra prize money, until you complete a line, two lines or the full house of golden cobble with your winning number. Those prizes are progressive and grow with every game until won.
75 Ball Bingo
Traditional in the USA
75 ball is the traditional game played in bingo halls in the USA but it’s equally as popular with players in the world of online bingo in the UK.
What 75 ball afforded the operator was the chance to offer pattern and multi-part games and over the years we have seen more and more patterns introduced.
A 75-ball game plays on grid that has 24 numbers and a free square; the grid is 5 x 5. Each of the columns shown on a 75-ball board represents a letter than spells B I N G O.
To win the game, you have to cover all the numbers on your board to make the pattern you are playing, or in the case of multi-part bingo, the four corners, the one line and then the coverall.
A new version of 75 balls was introduced in 2011 called Swedish Bingo; details of this game are available on this page too.
Fast paced 36 ball bingo variant
Available from Playtech, this is a 36 ball game that moves fast. The numbers are within four interlinked cubes and you need to mark off 12 numbers to win completing all four cubes. You can choose your price to play – 10p, 50p, £1 or £2 and you can only play one ticket per game, so fair for all.
You collect completed cubes separately and win a bingo bonus prize on reaching 50 cubes on any price point.
80 Ball Bingo
Cashline or shutterboard
80-ball bingo first started life in the retail bingo halls and is often referred to as Cashline or Shutterboard. The games in the land-based bingo halls are played in the intervals of the main session games.
The game of 80 ball bingo in the world of online gaming is very similar to that found in the clubs and is played on a 4 x 4 grid. Different brands offer different versions of the game and some offer two chances to win (a line and then the coverall) whilst others will opt just to have the coverall winner.
The game itself isn’t as popular as the more traditional versions of bingo but what it does offer is a bit of variety when you’re bored of 75 or 90 ball games.
It is worth noting that not all software providers offer this version of the game, it’s certainly not available at sites powered by the 888 / Cassava software.
Game Show Bingo
Bingo with bonus games
Launch Game Show Bingo at Jackpotjoy and the dulcet tones of Barbara Windsor welcomes you to the room. It’s a 90-ball bingo game but with a twist if you buy six or more tickets per game.
At the end of a game, you will be asked if you would like to play the bonus game. If you answer yes then you will play one of the games chosen at random to win points. Points make free tickets in the bonus round, the more you score, the more free tickets you will earn. 500 points will get you one free ticket; 15,000 points and you will have six.
The bonus rounds you could be playing in Game Show Bingo are:
The Sumo / Bungee / Balloon Pop
Playing the bonus games you have the chance to win up to six tickets with your score and up to an additional six with the community score.
When it comes to jackpots for this game, you have the standard house prizes for one line, two lines and the full house and then Community Super Jackpot and the Fantastic 51.
Someone calling the full house in 40 calls or less wins the former. They win 50% of the jackpot and other players in the game share the remainder.
The latter is won when someone calls the full house in 51 numbers or less. The amount of the jackpot is determined by the ticket price of the game it was won on multiplied by 1,000.
Bubblewrap popping bingo from tombola
Slots meets bingo hybrid game
This game started live on social media and is a hybrid of a slot game and a 75 ball bingo game. It was brought to the pay to play online bingo world by Gaming Realms and can be enjoyed at their premier site slingo.com.
You purchase a 75 ball bingo card in the traditional 5 columns. Instead of one number being called at a time five appear at the foot of the card. However, numbers can be replaced by a joker, a super-joker or a devil. A joker marks off a random number in the column it appears, super-joker marks a number anywhere on the card and a devil means no number can be marked for that turn in that column.
You play for one line, two lines and full house, so it differs from a traditional 75 ball game in that sense too.
Another exclusive from tombola
Bingo 60 is another game that is exclusive to tombola and it first arrived April 2012.
When you enter the room for the first time, the ticket buying options are certainly different to what we have come to expect from our bingo. It’s a little reminiscent of retail bingo with coloured books as options.
At the top of the screen you choose your stake value, the default setting is £1. You can see the values of the prizes that correspond with each book option and the associated jackpot. Your stake buys you all five coloured tickets – orange, green, red, purple and blue.
Orange tickets have 6 numbers, green have 9, red have 12, purple have 15 and purple have 18. All tickets are played in the game and the game only ends when all tickets have had a winner.
The jackpots available on the game are for calling in the indicated numbers (or less). 11 for orange, 19 for green, 25 for red, 30 for purple and 34 for blue.
Rainbow Riches Bingo
Can you reach the pot of gold?
75 ball with varied prize money
Bounce’T Bingo is the Dragonfish attempt to add a bit of variety to the 75 ball game. Although the game itself plays through as a normal pattern game, the difference is that the prize jumps between £10 and £30 for just 10p a ticket. The prize depends on what is shown when you call bingo.