As the popularity of the Fluffy Favourites slot goes to prove, many bingo players are partial to games that feature cute and cuddly animals. And, if you’re one of them, you’ll no doubt adore the theme of Cassava’s Farmyard Bingo. It’s got a perky pig mascot called Percy, fluffy yellow chicks, woolly sheep, lovable cows, and happy eggs, but best of all, it’s got enough jackpot games, penny tickets, bonuses, promotions, and slots to fill an entire barn. So, is Farmyard the cream of the crop or do greener pastures lie elsewhere?
Farmyard Bingo is a very colourful and attractive website that features rolling green fields filled with daisies and animals roaming freely, and hot air balloons made from bingo balls. The brand’s mascot, Percy the Pig, appears in multiple locations, moving piles of gold coins with his wheelbarrow and poking his head up over the main menu.
As the site uses the latest Dragonfish layout, everything’s easy to locate, and submenus are used to make it quicker to find your way around. There’s even a section for new players, which explains how to start playing and how the welcome bonus works.
The Help menu allows you to view the FAQs, find out how to play, or read the rules of Farmyard’s 90-ball and 75-ball bingo games. There’s also a ‘Contact Us’ page which lists the methods by which you can get in touch with the support team.
There’s no live chat, but there is a Help Room where you can go and speak to an agent at any time of the day or night. And, if they’re unable to assist, you can send an email, or ring the toll-free telephone number between 9 AM and 1 AM from Monday to Sunday.
If you’re a newcomer to Farmyard Bingo, there are plenty of promotions designed to welcome you onboard. Firstly, there’s a £5 no-deposit bonus which requires you to register valid debit/credit card details when signing up. Unfortunately, it’s not clear whether this bonus is withdrawable. If your first deposit totals £5 or more, you can grab 300% extra (up to a maximum of £60), plus with your second and third deposit of at least £20, you can claim a 150% bonus (of up to £150) and a 100% bonus (of up to £100) respectively. To cash out, you must wager the total amount of your deposit and bonus four times.
Even though Farmyard Bingo has an ever-growing number of sister sites like Rio and Wish Bingo, it has its own promotions. For example, there are 5p and 10p Happy Eggs games running every day which offer guaranteed jackpots of £50 to £100, and a weekly £5k Nest Egg game where the minimum jackpot is £500, but if you get a full house in 29 calls or less, you’ll take away £5,000. For the bargain hunters, there’s Penny Piglets – penny games with £50 jackpots that run four times a day.
Farmyard, like almost all of Cassava’s bingo sites, uses Dragonfish software. It provides an instantly recognisable layout for those of you who’ve encountered it previously, and an easy-to-navigate format for those who haven’t.
When you first launch the lobby, you’re offered the classic or tablet layout. In our opinion, it’s best to pick classic if you’re playing on a desktop and tablet if you’re playing on a mobile device.
The lobby continues the farmyard theme, with Percy and his animal friends making various appearances across the games listed under the Free, 90-ball, 75-ball, Jackpots, and Penny Piglets tabs. There are exclusive games like Chicken Coop, Cow Shed, and Pig Sty, and plenty of side games to choose from while you’re playing in the bingo rooms.
The site seems to have struck a chord with online bingo fans as we’ve always found the rooms well-populated, although the chat moderators only seem to work between 9 AM and 1 AM.
There’s a clickable ad on the homepage about playing on mobile devices, but unfortunately, it takes you to a blank page. However, we were able to determine that there’s no dedicated mobile app, but instead, Farmyard’s website allows you to play on both desktops and mobiles via your web browser.
The mobile site is fully optimised so that all of the pages and games fit your screen perfectly, and the chat facility and cashier are both accessible.
There are three online bingo variants available – 90-ball, 75-ball, and 5-line. There are four free rooms; two of these are for recent depositors while the other two can be accessed by non-funded members. The weekly £5k Nest Egg game is also free to enter provided you’ve funded your account within the last seven days.
There are four 90-ball rooms, three 75-ball rooms, one five-line room, seven jackpot rooms, five Penny Piglets rooms, and four VIP rooms. Furthermore, there’s an exciting and varied selection of slots and casino games that you can either play as standalone games or side games.
The payment methods on offer are extremely disappointing as you can only choose from Wire Transfer, Visa, MasterCard, and Paysafecard.
Using the Cashier, however, is a breeze, and if you have a bonus code, you can enter it in the box provided prior to making a deposit.
Withdrawals can take a little longer than average due to the minimum 48-hour processing time.
Loyalty is rewarded in two ways at Farmyard Bingo.
Firstly, there’s a standard loyalty programme, which gives you loyalty points when you participate in special promotions and win chat games. 1,000 LPs are worth £1 of bonus funds.
Secondly, there’s the VIP Club which offers a variety of rewards to funded players. By making continued deposits to your account, you can move from the lowest level of Blue up to Bronze, Silver, Gold, and Platinum. To reach the top two tiers, however, you’ll need to deposit at least £1,000 and £5,000 respectively. The perks consist of free spins, complimentary game cards, bonus cash, exclusive products, entry to VIP rooms, and deposit bonuses.
Most aspects of Farmyard Bingo are impressive. There are some great bonuses to enjoy, and a varied selection of bingo games, slots, and casino games, although a couple more unique bingo variants wouldn’t go amiss. There’s also plenty of free bingo and cheap tickets for players on a tight budget, and some excellent jackpot prizes to play for. However, the site’s biggest problem is the lack of payment methods on offer. So, if you’re hoping to pay with anything other than credit/debit card, Paysafecard, or wire transfer, you’ll have to think twice about joining.