Cheers Bingo Verdict
Cheers Bingo is a fun site and it feels a little different to others, but unfortunately it falls short in a lot of places. The VIP situation is promising but painfully vague, while the lack of e-wallet support will limit players a lot. There are a few areas where the site just needs a little more polish to stand up to competitors. Despite this, the theme is fun and the software is good, so you can certainly find a good game of bingo here.
Design & Usability
Cheers Bingo greets you with a big, bold style. The site is themed around a party, from streamers to clinking glasses. You’ll find upbeat text and images everywhere, so it’s a very welcoming and lively site. You can easily visit their Facebook and Twitter pages to get involved with the community.
Navigation is straightforward, with account info in the usual top right spot, a top navigation bar and all the sections you expect to find. We found no dead ends or broken links while looking around, but also not a lot of effort to spice things up beyond the template. Each section has text to make things clearer and more inviting, such as an explanation of each bingo type.
Software & Gameplay
Cheers Bingo loads nice and fast and keeps the same party theme going. You can reach all your usual settings here, or explore bingo by tabs. Some more themed artwork for the rooms would be nice.
The bingo rooms load in the blink of an eye and features the same party atmosphere. You should have no problem finding chatters, however the window for chat is really small. We also found that all the bingo rooms shared one chat room and there was no sign of a host, quite a failing.
The site does have hosts, as they advertise chat games among their promotions. Nevertheless, this site has good software for straight-up bingo.
Safety & Security
However, the site loses points for lacking rigorous security. The site makes only a cursory mention of encryption to protect player information and transactions, plus the site itself has no security certificate when you connect. Hopefully this will be improved soon for greater peace of mind.
Payments & Withdrawals
Depositing and withdrawing at Cheers Bingo is done on the main page, with a fairly standard, easy-to-follow form. It could stand to be more streamlined, but it works fine. Promotional codes can be entered here. Withdrawing is just the same and seems to take the average time, around 3-5 working days.
There is a downside here, which is a complete lack of electronic payments. The site accepts all the main debit and credit cards, but no e-wallet services or PaySafeCard. This is very restrictive and puts the site behind the majority of competitor sites. The party stops here if you use electronic payments!
The support options at Cheers Bingo can be found by clicking Help from the home page. The layout is a little unusual, with links on the left-hand side and the right half being text explanations for each link. It’s a bit jarring to look at, but could be useful for newcomers.
Sadly, this site has no live chat option. They do have phone support and an email address, but little detail is given about them. There’s a pretty detailed FAQ section that will help with most things.
Bonuses & Promotions
The welcome bonus at Cheers Bingo is a little different, which is always good to see. Your first £10 deposit gets you a pretty low £20 bonus, but you also get to spin a wheel for an extra offer on top. This can give you anything from £5 to £2500 extra. Though this is fun, it’s still bonus cash and will have to be wagered through four times before you can withdraw anything.
Other promotions include fairly standard offerings, like weekly jackpot bingo. There are one or two more unique promotions that make things more interesting, such as (at the time of writing) a Christmas hamper giveaway and a free Friday night takeaway. These are really in keeping with the party theme.
Cheers Bingo doesn’t advertise a mobile site or offer a dedicated app, like the larger sites. Despite this, you can access the site on your phone or tablet browser and it appears to support all the major devices.
The site is optimised for mobile, with a pretty good layout that lets you swipe left and right to search for games. The bingo is easily accessed, but doesn’t seem to have a full display of the game or any chat window, so this is certainly not as full an experience as the desktop site. The slot selection seems to be greatly reduced for mobile, which causes problems.
Variety & Originality
The Cheers Bingo game selection includes only 90 ball and 75 ball, so it’s a fairly standard offering. There are just two 75 ball rooms and five 90 ball, one of which is locked to VIPs, so you’ll find the selection below average. Having said that, you do have free bingo, a mixture of ticket prices and various special jackpot events.
The slot selection is large and includes some recent additions like Fluffy Favourites. The games are of good quality, but you won’t see any of the big licensed movie tie-ins. Overall, the selection is good but not that engaging and there’s little originality.
Loyalty & Rewards
Cheers Bingo has both a loyalty points system and a VIP scheme for repeat customers. Loyalty points are earned as you play and convert back to bonus cash, as standard. The VIP scheme is built around five levels, but it’s unknown how much you need to play to rise the ranks.
VIPs can look forward to higher re-deposit bonuses, cashback, birthday bonuses, mystery gifts and exclusive VIP games. These sound excellent, but there’s no actual indication of what they involve or which VIP levels unlock them.