The Prize Finder Bingo is brought to you by the people behind one of the UK’s favourite competitions websites – The Prize Finder. It operates under the Live Bingo Network (LBN) using Cozy Games software, and on first glance, it’s got everything an online bingo lover could want and more, such as multiple bingo variants, jackpots, a mobile site, and generous bonuses. Our reviewer set off on a mission to find out whether you stand as good as chance of winning as the “compers” that flock to TPF’s competition portal each day.
Update (07/06/2017) - Prize Finder Bingo seems to be shut. Players are now being redirected to Play2Win Bingo, and being told to use their Prize Finder details to log in there. We'll keep an eye out for further details, but for now, it's fairly safe to assume that Prize Finder is no more.
Bold, bright colours including pink, orange, red, and navy make The Prize Finder Bingo website hard to ignore. The welcome offer banner is large to say the least, and as well as beckoning you in with a generous offer of “Pay £10; Play £60”, it reckons that if you “like prize competitions”, you’ll “love prize bingo!”
As the banner fills almost the entire homepage, the main menu is situated near the bottom. We think it would be easier for players if the menu was moved to the top, or the size of the banner reduced to make the site more navigable. You have to scroll down to see the mini-schedule of games, latest winners, top games, and introduction to the site, which is a shame as the intro in particular contains lots of useful information that could sway your decision with regards to joining.
There are boxes at the top-right of the page that allow you to sign in to your account or become a member. Once you’re logged in, the homepage changes to the welcome page where you can visit the lobby or your account with just one click.
There are four ways in which you can seek help from the customer support team. You can raise a support ticket; you can telephone and speak to an agent 24/7; you can submit an online email form, or you can use the 24-hour live chat facility.
To take advantage of the £10 welcome bonus (which is awarded as 10 BBz), you’ll need to enter valid credit/debit card details. Afterwards, you can claim 500% extra with your first deposit of £10+, a 350% bonus with your second deposit of £10 or more, and 300% extra with your third deposit of at least £10. Please note that you must meet the 4x bingo or 10x slots wagering requirements prior to submitting a withdrawal request.
The promotions page contains a myriad of offers ranging from free bingo tourneys and money-saving ticket packages to reload bonuses, refer-a-friend rewards, and social media promotions. However, they are the standard promotions used across the LBN network, and as The Prize Finder already has a reputation for its competitions website, it would be great to see it implement some unique offers.
As we mentioned earlier, The Prize Finder Bingo is part of the Live Bingo Network and runs (like its sister sites) on Cozy Games software. So, although there’s a wide selection of bingo variants to enjoy, there’s nothing on offer that you can’t find at other sites on the same network.
The gameplay is smooth and reliable, but not the quickest we’ve ever experienced, and the lobby could be better designed to allow players to browse by game type. The rooms are fairly busy at lunchtimes and in the evenings, and we always found friendly chat hosts were visible and interacted with the roomies.
It’s not easy to track down the Mobile page as it only features in the site’s footer. However, it does a relatively good job of explaining that users of any portable device can enjoy bingo, slots, and casino games by typing www.theprizefinderbingo.com in their mobile browser. The range of games seems similar to the desktop site, and if anything, we found it easier to navigate our way around on a smartphone as the website is automatically resized to fit your device’s screen size.
The Prize Finder Bingo is both safe and secure as it’s regulated and licensed by the UK Gambling Commission, and displays all of the security and safety features we’d expect to find at a trustworthy online games site such as SSL encryption, an HTTPS web address, and a random number generator.
On the one hand, there’s a good choice of bingo variants (N.B., there are five in total) and eleven different rooms to play in. However, there’s only one free bingo room, and not a huge range of jackpot games. The number of slots and casino games are also below average and only include Cozy’s own games.
You can fund your account using MasterCard, Visa, Solo, Delta, Visa Electron, Maestro, Switch, Paysafecard, Boku (Pay by Mobile), Skrill, or Neteller.
You can deposit between £10 and £500 per transaction, but if you wish to make a withdrawal, your request must be for at least £30. LBN’s policy on withdrawals is way too strict, in our opinion, as it only lets you make a withdrawal once every five days.
The loyalty scheme includes four tiers which you start to climb once you begin spending money on your favourite games. With each rise in level, the reload bonuses that you’re entitled to grow from 100% all the way up to 250%. Unfortunately, there aren’t any other obvious perks to the programme besides earning a greater number of free tickets for the networked daily, weekly, and monthly jackpot games when you make a deposit to your account. Plus, you’re required to splash out crazy sums of cash to make it further than the first level. For example, to reach Silver (which is Tier 2), you must spend over £1,000 on bingo or £10,000 on slots.
Although The Prize Finder Bingo is likely to attract fans of the brand’s online competitions portal through sheer curiosity, anyone who’s played at other LBN sites before is unlikely to find anything different that would make them want to join.