Barbados Bingo is possibly one of the most tropical sites on the 15 Network, and it’s been bringing a taste of the Caribbean to UK bingo fans since April 2018. Members of the brand can play for a share of £10,000 in jackpots every single month, and funded roomies can enjoy free daily bingo games with real cash prizes. There’s also the networked Mega Wheel promotion that offers up to 500 free spins to first-time depositors. But, will Barbados Bingo prove to be a ray of sunshine in your life?
Get ready to slap on your sun protection lotion, because as soon as you land on the Barbados Bingo homepage, you feel as though you’ve just arrived at a sun-drenched Caribbean holiday destination.
The background consists of a short jetty that leads to some outdoor seating within an open-sided straw hut, beneath which you can see the calm aqua-blue sea. On the right-hand side, there’s a lifeguard station and a passenger jet flying overhead.
The huge advert for the Mega Wheel welcome promotion somewhat masks the picturesque view of sunny blue skies, but in doing so, it instantly brings your attention back to the kinds of perks you can enjoy as a member of Barbados Bingo, and we like that the brand logo features a cocktail served in a coconut shell.
Both the main menu and the registration area are sufficiently large enough to spot with ease, but to get a better idea of the types of bingo and slots that are offered, you’ll need to scroll further down the page.
At the very bottom of the homepage, there’s a lengthy introduction to the site, which explains how some of the promotions work (including notice of an upcoming site-exclusive competition where you could win a free holiday to Barbados, payments and deposits, safety and privacy, and a section which explains that new games are added to the site every week.
Unfortunately, sites on the 15 Network do not offer 24/7 customer support, and in our opinion, the current operating hours of 9.30 AM to 6 PM from Monday to Friday are not sufficient for most players’ needs. You do, however, have the option to get in touch via live chat or email when the support staff are available.
Barbados Bingo offers the same networked promotions as its sister sites such as Dove Bingo.
The welcome offer uses a game called the Mega Wheel, which you can claim a free spin on when you make your first deposit of at least £10. While we like the fact that there’s the potential to scoop up to 500 free spins on Fluffy Favourites or an Amazon voucher, we don’t like that there’s also the chance that you’ll win nothing at all!
Free bingo games are on offer twice daily to anyone who’s funded their account within the last seven days, and if you achieve Bronze level or higher in the site’s VIP programme, you’ll also have the option to play daily free VIP games.
Cashback is offered as part of Barbados Bingo’s VIP scheme, and newcomers who would normally qualify for at least 1% daily cashback can claim double cashback within their first month of playing at the site.
Although the intro on the homepage mentions an upcoming competition where players can compete for a holiday to Barbados, we can’t find any timescales for the promotion.
The games lobby at Barbados Bingo loads nice and quickly, and gives you instant visibility of the options that are available.
However, when it comes to bingo rooms, there are only a handful. There’s the free bingo room for recent depositors, a VIP free room, the Lucky Stars room where you can play games for between 1p and 5p per card, the monthly Pay Day Jackpot room, and the Fair and Square room. You often have to wait thirty minutes or more for a new game to start, and the chat rooms are very quiet.
You have the option to play mini-games while you’re in the bingo rooms or you can use the tabs along the top of the lobby to play jackpot games, slots, and a small selection of video poker, casino, and instant games individually.
As Pay by Mobile is one of the supported payment methods at Barbados Bingo, you can safely assume that you can play bingo on mobile devices, but it would be good if this was clarified somewhere on the website.
As there are no mobile apps available, the only way you can play on-the-go is by logging-in to your account on your mobile browser (e.g. Safari or Chrome).
Barbados Bingo is dually licensed by the Alderney Gambling Control Commission and the UK Gambling Commission. The website footer shows that the software is tested and approved by SQS, but there are very few details regarding security and safety, although the site does use a secure URL.
Barbados Bingo only offers 90-ball and 75-ball bingo, so if you’re hoping for a greater range of games variants, you’d be better off looking at sites like Gala Bingo and Mecca Bingo. The number of rooms and their limited opening hours is also disappointing.
It’s a different story when it comes to slots as there are heaps to choose from, although the selection is the exact same as all of the sites belonging to the 15 Network.
The banking methods you can opt for at Barbados Bingo are Visa, Maestro, MasterCard, Paysafecard, Pay by Mobile, and Paypal.
While the minimum deposit amount of £5 is nice and low, we feel that the minimum withdrawal amount of £30 ought to be lowered to £10.
The cashier has boxes in which you can enter promo codes, and there are pre-set amounts that you can click on when making deposits and withdrawals. Processing times for withdrawal requests are three to five days.
The VIP scheme includes five levels (Member, Bronze, Silver, Gold, and Black) which can be reached by earning the required amount of Kudos. The perks are ok but nothing special; for example, you can claim daily cashback, birthday bonuses, and free spins.
In addition to the VIP programme, members can earn trophies by completing tasks, and the more trophies you collect, the higher your membership level. Each new level that you unlock gets you a free spin on the Mega Wheel with the chance to win free spins and Amazon vouchers.
With more and more brands launching on the 15 Network, we’d hope to see the operator (Jumpman Gaming) making continuous improvements to the software. Sadly, this doesn’t seem to be the case, and there’s such a limited amount of bingo games and rooms on offer that most players are unlikely to feel satisfied. The promise of a Barbados holiday competition gives Barbados Bingo a slight edge over its sister sites, but without any ETA mentioned for the promotion, you might not want to hold your breath.