There is an emerging trend within the world of online bingo and to be honest it’s something we’re not to keen on. It seems that developers these days are focusing on creating bingo brands that are a little too serious for our liking. Launching just this year, Showreel Bingo is a site that is trying to inject a fresh dose of fun into proceedings.
Showreel Bingo is a brand that has come flying out of the gate in 2012, as it is attempting to deliver a show-stealing bingo experience across the board. Facing critics’ head on, is Showreel Bingo a sure-fire award winner or a box office bomb? The following delivers the low-down on the bingo site that everyone is talking about!
From a theme perspective, we feel that the team behind Showreel Bingo deserves a hearty round of applause. The design and colour scheme in place here grabbed us from the moment we loaded up the homepage, as the bright blue backdrop and pink banners simply aren’t to be ignored.
Usability wise Showreel Bingo keeps things simple, as the toolbar at the top of the page means that players can be up and running in just a few clicks.
The only real problem we had with the design of Showreel Bingo is that on some pages it places white text against a pink background, which makes the content a little harsh on the eyes.
Showreel Bingo has more or less every corner covered when it comes to customer support, even if it isn’t in a conventional sense. The FAQ page answers all commonly asked questions, while phone and email support operates as standard.
Live chat takes on a little different approach, as you will require a smartphone and a Facebook account in order to access it. This is because the live chat support function at Showreel Bingo operates solely through the Facebook Messenger App.
It’s a little bit clubbed together at times, but the customer support options at Showreel Bingo deliver what’s required, which is pretty much fair enough.
Cash in hand is what bingo fans around the world demand and cash in hand is exactly what Showreel Bingo dishes out. All new members are able to claim a very generous £20 no deposit bingo bonus just for going through the sign-up motions.
This warm welcome is somewhat hindered by the on-going offers here. The likes of Party Night, Weekend Wad, and Monday Madness all work to take the action here to the next level, but they can be found at other sites too.
While it isn’t explicitly stated on site, after a bit of researching we found that Showreel Bingo is a part of 15 Network. Despite being launched during 2011, 15 Network is still one of the smaller bingo networks around, which mean that it can be a touch patchy in places.
Network performance really is only a minor mark against Showreel Bingo, as site performance and gameplay more than counteract this. Helping Showreel Bingo have even greater appeal are the chat moderators that work tirelessly to keep players smiling.
Lively games, bubbly chitchat, and plenty of fun, as a player you can’t really ask for much more than that.
Mobile bingo is pretty much a hit or miss affair these days, as while some brands hit it out of the park, others simply phone in a half backed offering. Thankfully, it appears that Showreel Bingo is one of the former, as its site functions well on portable devices.
There is currently no standalone app available (nor is there one in development), but the web-app does a good enough job anyway, so at this point its not really needed.
Showreel Bingo keeps things short and sweet when it comes to safety and security. Within the FAQ you’ll find all information related to fair play mechanics, while the site is fully regulated by both the UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) and the Alderney Gambling Control Commission (AGCC).
It really pains us to say it, but Showreel Bingo just doesn’t stack up against other online bingo brands when it comes to variety and originality. Game variations are pretty much non-existent, as all that’s at hand is 90-ball bingo and 75-ball bingo.
They try and spice things up with a selection jackpot games and “Specials”, but it doesn’t do much good, as the bingo offering here just falls flat. Compounding matters, there are no slots, instantly play, or scratch card games available here either.
It’s pretty clear from this evidence that Showreel Bingo is all sizzle, no steak.
If you thought the game selection at Showreel Bingo was poor, wait until you take in the payment and withdrawal options, as this is where the wheels really start to come off.
The only payment platforms accepted here are card based (Visa, MasterCard, Maestro, Switch, and Solo specifically), which really isn’t enough in today’s quick moving bingo environment.
Thankfully, we are able to end this review on a high note, as Showreel Bingo does have a VIP programme to offer players. Split across five different levels, the VIP scheme takes players through Member, Bronze, Silver, Gold, and Black, with rewards scattered throughout.
It might be a little basic when compared to other VIP schemes out there, but there is no denying that what Showreel Bingo brings to the table offers replay value.
Showreel Bingo has a great premise and fabulous theme, but when it comes down to the important factors it pretty much buckles. They simply don’t get out of the blocks when it comes games, with bankroll management suffering from similar issues.
Slapping a final verdict on Showreel Bingo is difficult, but if we’re being honest, this is one online bingo site belongs on the cutting room floor.