There’s no missing Mecca Bingo; this widely known brand is seen all over TV and on the streets in most big cities. This huge site has its own style and some big-name brands, but is it really a holy land for bingo fans?
The Mecca Bingo site looks great, with their famous logo and a welcoming splash page. You’ll see their famous supporters and plenty of photography and artwork. Though the site could perhaps be a little more polished, it has a pleasing appearance and is very usable.
Scrolling down the page reveals links, social media and the help centre, along with some text to explain their safety measures. Otherwise you use a top bar to navigate as normal, with dropdown options to help you find a specific page quickly. A community page helps to introduce the site to newcomers. The site really stands out from the average bingo site.
This site uses a help centre system, so you’ll have to find that first through the top or bottom navigation bars. This will take you to an FAQ hub of sorts with articles and information. All of this is useful, though it’s something of a negative that you need to jump these hoops just to get contact information.
When you do find the contact page, it’s a little disappointing, given the high-tech nature of the rest of the site. You just get some text telling you to ask chat hosts about everyday things, offering a phone line (sadly, not 24/7) and both email and snail mail addresses. There is live chat, but it isn’t mentioned here- you have to spot a small button for it on the home page, after logging in. The detailed FAQs are useful, however.
Promotions at Mecca Bingo include both bingo and slots. You’ll find some special jackpot games and big prize draws which you can enter by playing certain slots. There are plenty of offers like this, each with some nice artwork and a useful guide to tell you if you can join in on mobile. They have a few regular guaranteed jackpots, so there’s always something to aim for. Chat games and other events seem to be regular too.
The welcome bonus is currently very good, offering £40 for just a £10 deposit (advertised as £50 to play with). This is subject to a four-times wagering requirement; in other words, you must spend £160 in bingo before you can withdraw.
Mecca Bingo is powered by Virtue Fusion and has their signature lobby, which looks good without being cluttered. Game tabs are down the left, the games in the middle and account settings at the top. No space is wasted with big, flashy ads, which is nice to see.
The bingo rooms are neatly designed, with more space given to chat than mini games. Chat has plenty of features, including buddies, a personal profile and mail box. You should have no problem finding a busy room and a chat host. The bingo itself is nice and easy to use. Rooms with special rules and extras have pop-ups to tell you about them.
Mecca have a mobile page to tell you all about their mobile gaming options; look for Fun on the Run on the home page. They offer dedicated apps, but as with other Virtue Fusion sites like Gala Bingo, there is not an Android app available through the Google store (in fact the Android section of the mobile page just goes on about the iPhone app, a bit of a mix-up there).
You can still play by simply going to the mobile site on your phone or tablet browser, fortunately. The mobile site is well made and should present no problems, but it could be improved in areas like chat.
The Apple app is very good and works a treat. Mecca also offer a unique mobile game called Emoji Bingo, a 50 ball game. Great to see something exclusive and different.
You will find this site Gamcare certified and they take responsible gaming seriously. You can find a section dedicated to it, part of the parent company’s Keep It Fun campaign. There’s a lot of useful information and advice here.
Mecca has over 22 rooms, so there’s certainly no lack of choice. Variety is above average, with 90 ball, 75 ball and 80 ball, plus a few special rooms like Cash Cubes. There is a free bingo game in 75 ball and a 1p cheap room in 90 ball, so you’ve got something for everyone. TV fans will find an X-factor room with a fun Judges Jackpot side game, where you aim to get a full house on a number that the judges haven’t marked off. These extra touches make the site stand out.
The slot selection is smaller than some sites but includes good titles, like Rainbow Riches and Britain’s Got Talent. The quality is good overall.
Mecca Bingo accepts a good range of payment methods. You can use various cards like MasterCard, Visa and Maestro, or you have a full range of e-wallet options. These include PayPal, Neteller, Skrill and PaySafeCard. Great to see a full house!
Depositing is done on the main site and should only take a few moments thanks to some clear quick-buttons and instructions. You should find withdrawing just as easy, which takes just above average at 3-7 working days.
The Mecca Bingo loyalty program is called Play Points, where you earn points for buying tickets, as normal. There are several levels, with each one netting you more points for each pound spent. Each level also enters you into a prize draw or lets you into free bingo, so there are very definite benefits and everything is nice and clear. Excellent stuff.
There’s also a distinct VIP club, which is your typical invite-only area with exclusive promotions, special events and other luxury extras. Details are a little thin on the ground here but that may be because of responsible gambling limitations. Overall, good rewards at all levels.
Mecca Bingo offers a really strong site, which feels like a solid counterpart to their famous land-based bingo chain, not just something tacked on to keep up with competition. Though some areas need improvement, this is definitely among the higher class of bingo sites and you’ll find plenty of fun in chat and in the exclusive games.