Bingos UK first launched back in the summer of 2003 when it ran on Parlay Entertainment software. However, since 2010, it’s chosen to reside instead on Virtue Fusion’s platform as part of the Better Bingo Network, where it benefits from multiple online bingo variants, daily BingoLinx networked jackpot games, and a whole host of promotions ranging from cheap ticket deals to free games and prize draws. But, as one of the UK’s oldest bingo sites, is Bingos UK managing to keep up with the times or is it stuck in the past?
Although the website is well-designed, it lacks a strong brand image. We guess this is probably because there’s little to play around with when it comes to the site’s name. That said, the bright white background combined with orange and red menus and banners makes it easy to navigate and clear to read.
We like that the main contact methods (live help and email) are clearly listed at the top of the homepage next to the log in and register buttons. There’s also information on the welcome bonus, VIP scheme, and current promotions, as well as a fully browsable games lobby that contains slots, table games, instant wins, and Vegas games.
The options for contacting customer support are live chat and email. Sadly, there’s no telephone support. This is, however, a very comprehensive FAQ list which is split into sections such as Chat Games, Play Bingo, and Financial.
The welcome package offers you a 100% bonus on your first deposit of £10 or more, up to a maximum of £50. You also get automatic access to the Free Room the following Monday to Sunday where you can play for £10 prize pots, and take part in Superbooks games. If you deposit £30 or more, you also get invited to play in the VIP Room where there’s even more free bingo, extra BBs, and bigger prize pots up for grabs.
Most of the promotions at Bingos UK are networked offers and events such as Thrifty Thursdays, £50k Friday Fever, Daily Piggy Smash, and the monthly £20k Power Hour. The same goes for the monthly specials, and while there’s plenty of variety and stacks of chances to win huge cash prizes, there are no unique or themed deals to enjoy.
Bingos UK uses Virtue Fusion software, which gives you access to way more than just 90-bal and 75-ball games. You can also enjoy 80-ball games, and a wide range of themed bingo variants such as Rainbow Riches, Multi Balls, Joker Jackpot, Deal or No Deal, Clover Countdown. The Bingo Studio Live room is exclusive to Virtue Fusion, and features live presenters between 6pm and midnight daily who play along with each game, tell jokes, sing, dance, and anything else that players find entertaining.
The attractive lobby, which uses a bingo hall design and comes complete with a smiling receptionist, lets you view the different types of bingo games, and browse the myriad of online slots, progressive slots, scratch cards, and casino games.
Many of the rooms are networked and are, therefore, busy even first thing in the morning. Each time we dropped in to play a game, we were made to feel welcome by the friendly chat hosts.
We were unable to find any mention of a mobile app, but after further investigation, we discovered that you’re able to play at Bingos UK on tablets and smartphones via the operator’s HTML5 website. Just log in using your existing account details (or sign-up), and you’ll be able to access all the regular bingo rooms along with an impressive list of mobile slots.
Bingos UK is licensed and regulated by the UK Gambling Commission, and treats player security and safety with the utmost importance. The RNG ensures that each player has an equal chance of winning, and the encryption technology that is used to keep your details secure complies with European Data Protection legislation.
While we love the plethora of online bingo variants, the abundance of jackpot games, and the excitement of the Bingo Studio Live Room, these are all available across the Virtue Fusion network. So, it would be good to see some unique games and/or rooms introduced just for Bingos UK players.
The lobby boasts an excellent selection of instant wins, slots, live dealer games, and table games. There’s a free room (the Freebie Lounge) where depositing players can enjoy cost-free games for a whole week. However, it only opens for three hours on Mondays, and one hour on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays.
The deposit options include Visa, Visa Electron, Visa Debit, Maestro, MasterCard, Paysafecard, and Neteller. You can deposit between £10 and £5,000 per transaction, and withdraw between £20 and £10,000 in any 24-hour period. The withdrawal processing time is three to five working days.
There doesn’t appear to be any loyalty or VIP programme as such. But you can gain one week’s access to the VIP room by depositing £30 to your account for a chance to win a £70 bingo bonus.
We get a little frustrated when we encounter an online bingo site that has the potential to be great, but due to certain factors, falls short of the mark. Bingos UK is one such site. Virtue Fusion is an excellent platform that offers oodles of prizes and promotions, jackpot games, and bingo variants, but Bingos UK makes no attempt to add to the standard VF offerings. We also find the apparent lack of loyalty/VIP rewards disappointing. It’s a reasonably good site, but if Bingos wants to reach its full potential, it needs to take a leaf our of Gala and Mecca Bingo’s books (both of which run on the Virtue Fusion network) by including more exclusive rooms, games, and promotions.