Nutty Bingo Verdict
Nutty Bingo is a great bingo site, which avoids the common pitfall of having a fun theme but bland offerings underneath. Instead of just offering a generic selection from the parent company, it builds on their foundation by adding unique promotions, bingo rooms and chat games. Though there’s still room for improvement in places like customer support, this feels like a site which will go from strength to strength.
Design & Usability
The design at Nutty Bingo is based around bright colours, which actually blend well and don’t just look like blocks of colour. The site has a host of emoticon characters with very nutty faces, so it’s a simple but fun theme which helps to guide you around.
Navigation is easy here. You’ll start with a big promotional offer on the home page, plus info about the games and the site itself. Each area is easy to find and there are some nice extras, like reams of information about how bingo works, for total beginners.
Software & Gameplay
Nutty Bingo uses the Dragonfish platform which functions as smoothly here as it does on most bingo sites. The lobby has been customised for this site, putting the tabs for bingo types down the left-hand side and giving less room to slots. It’s a little busy, but works well and you can easily find new promotions to check out.
The bingo console looks great with their purple colour scheme and a big, bold layout. Following the bingo is easy and so is finding account information. Chat gets a nice, tall window with plenty of quick buttons. Overall this feels like Dragonfish, but with a few tweaks. On the downside, players and hosts are a little sparse.
Safety & Security
You’ll also find a Responsible Gaming section with a lot of information, about the dangers of problem gambling, identifying the problem and also preventing it. They have links to various places that can help.
Payments & Withdrawals
The depositing system is pretty smooth, using a pop-up cashier window. Users of other Cassava sites will recognise the payment gateway, which is nice and easy to follow with big icons. The variety of payment methods is excellent here, offering MasterCard and Visa as standard, plus Neteller, EntroPay, PaySafeCard and PayPal for e-wallet users. The addition of PayPal is great to see for a UK site.
Withdrawal times are clearly labelled in the FAQs, however they are a little above average. Still, having clear access to the information is always good.
Nutty Bingo suffers in the support department, sadly. On one hand, the Help page is full of info about getting starting with bingo and the first time you load a bingo room, you get a guided tour. On the other hand, the Help page doesn’t include contact information, which you have to find from a bottom-of-page link. Once there you have a 24/7 phone line and email options.
Live chat is missing here. You are directed to go to the Help room within the bingo games, which is pretty clunky compared to just opening a live chat window. We found the room, only to discover no hosts in there.
Bonuses & Promotions
The promotions at Nutty Bingo are interesting, utilising their fun smiley mascots and offering more than just the odd bingo jackpot or free bingo (which, incidentally, they do offer). For example, they offer special chat game times with gameshow themes, or you can enter a draw to win cash to cover Christmas. There are slot promotions as well as bingo, too.
The welcome bonus here is very enticing and feels original, (currently) offering a free gift as well as bonus cash. You can get £25 to play after depositing £10, with a four times wager requirement. The gift is a choice of a themed stress ball, more cash and loyalty points. A great idea that puts it ahead of other sites.
Nutty Bingo makes no mention of their mobile site and offers no special app to play on. Fortunately, you can use the site on mobile, via your browser. You should have no problems with compatibility here, as the Dragonfish software does all the work.
The bingo layout is compressed effectively, giving you sliding windows for things like ticket purchasing and chat, which smoothly appear and slide away to let you watch the bingo game itself. It’s a very good system that makes the most of the space.
Variety & Originality
Nutty Bingo has themed rooms, which is great to see as some site themes don’t go beyond the home page. Their biggest offering is the Nuthouse, a bingo rooms open at 7pm to 9pm each night, with guaranteed £50 pots and prizes to win in chat. The site comes alive at this point and you can see the community shine.
Otherwise you’ll find over ten offerings of 90 ball and 75 ball bingo, plus High 5 Bingo which offers five ways to win. These have fun names and a mixture of prices. Nutty Bingo goes in for themed rooms and chat events a lot, giving them a bit more character than other sites. The slots offering is less original, but pretty massive thanks to Dragonfish’s big catalogue.
Loyalty & Rewards
The VIP scheme at Nutty Bingo embraces the site’s theme, with use of the fun mascots and design. This is more of a loyalty scheme, but one with nice, clear benefits. There are four tiers; Rookie, Pro, Master and Champion. You start as a Rookie automatically and simply gain access to Free Bingo.
At the Pro level, having deposited £5, you gain bingo bonus cashback, free spins and more. Offers get bigger as you deposit more. It’s good to see the levels clearly described, rather than being mysterious, though it’s unclear whether there’s anything extra for high rollers. You also gain loyalty points as you play, which convert to cash.