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Buttercup Bingo Verdict
Buttercup Bingo is a pretty simple site which won’t provide anything new for most players, especially those used to Cozy sites. However, it’s welcoming and accessible to newbies, or simply to anyone who likes a fun, friendly site with no gimmicks. A pleasant theme and good hosting give this site a fun experience.
Design & Usability
The Buttercup Bingo site is very bright and friendly, with a sky background and cute cow mascot (hence the name). The artwork and the colour scheme fits with a cheerful farmyard theme and is of high quality, making the site immediately appealing.
The site layout is pretty standard. They’ve done well to give plenty of links to everything you need, from a floating shortcut for live chat a host of links at the bottom. A detailed account readout at the top is a nice time-saving touch too. The bingo section is neatly laid out with a table of rooms, jackpots and prices.
Software & Gameplay
Cozy Bingo’s software is well known to bingo veterans and very straightforward for newcomers. The site’s sky blue suits the software well, giving it a very bright feel. The layout is the same as any Cozy site, based around a small window (enlarging causes unsightly stretching) and a basic but serviceable bingo readout. Chat has a decent amount of room and plenty of features to play with.
We had no problem finding busy rooms with hosts, running quizzes and keeping chat buzzing. Good community indicators all round. There’s a decent selection of special jackpot events to try out, but nothing notably original.
Safety & Security
You’ll find all the proper licensing credentials at Buttercup Bingo. They’re certified by the UK Gambling Commission and have the iTech certification for an independently tested random number generator, plus they have eCOGRA support. They use encryption to protect player data, but details are a little thin on the ground. Still, you can read about it on the FAQ section.
When it comes to safety they have a thorough responsible gaming policy and plenty of links to helpful organisations. The support and chat teams seem to be trained to watch out for warning signs too.
Payments & Withdrawals
You can access the depositing section quickly from the home page. The depositing page is a tad cluttered but does have plenty of information and options. Payment options are good, offering Solo, Switch, Maestro, Visa and MasterCard. Electronic forms include UKash which is great for UK players, plus PaySafeCard and Neteller. Something for everyone there.
One downside to this site is that it has a tendency to try to force you to verify a card, greying out the screen so you can’t do anything else. An unnecessary and disappointing bullying tactic.
When it comes to customer support, Buttercup Bingo excels with four options. They have 24/7 phone and live chat support, plus email (via a form) and the ability to raise a helpdesk-style ticket. This is a very strong selection.
On the downside, at the time of reviewing, the email contact form didn’t work and all the links to live chat didn’t work either. Hopefully just one of those days, but something to watch out for.
Bonuses & Promotions
Buttercup Bingo’s promotions are a little limited, drawing from the same pool as many other Cozy sites. Despite a lack of originality, they do cover a lot and there’s no shortage of special bingo rooms. You can join in little fun promotions like Golden games where hosts will surprise players with a double jackpot bingo.
The welcome bonus for new players is flexible thanks to a sliding scale, letting you choose up to a whopping 500%, with a four-times wagering requirement. Requirements are clearly labelled, which is a good job because you can deposit up to £500 (leaving you with a £12000 requirement!).
Buttercup Bingo has a dedicated mobile page so you can easily find out what they offer. Though they lack an app, you can access the site via browser on both apple and android devices. As is typical of many sites, not all of their games are available on mobile, but you do get a good range including popular titles like Queen of Legends.
The mobile bingo is pretty effective and shouldn’t provide any problems, though chat is sadly missing. Still, the bingo itself is well designed.
Variety & Originality
There’s a strong variety at Buttercup Bingo, with a mixture of bingo types. You can play 90 ball as you’d expect, plus 75 ball, 80 ball and speedy 30 ball. Having four varieties is great and ticket prices range a lot too, to suit different play styles. There are two free bingo offerings based on the time of day.
The slot selection is pretty good, with all the titles you’d expect from Cozy Bingo. Sadly, there are no big name licensed slots, but the existing titles are of good quality. The site has nothing unique to offer, but plenty to play around with.
Loyalty & Rewards
Buttercup Bingo has a four-tier loyalty program. You start at Silver and move to Gold, VIP and SVIP as you gain more loyalty points. Each new level offers a bigger deposit on your bonuses. This is a pretty lacklustre scheme with no exclusive VIP level or exciting benefits, but on the plus side, it’s easy to understand and you can simply know that you’ll climb the ranks in time.
Wagering £1 on bingo gives you 1 point towards the scheme, which can be redeemed for cash. Separately, Bingo Bucks are earned through chat games and other promotions for direct use in the games.