As the online bingo market is continually flooded with new names, it certainly takes plenty for established names to keep up the pace. During April 2013 Spice Bingo established its roots, as it aimed to become one of the few Asian themed online bingo brands around.
Making up a part of the 15 Network (with the likes of Rocket Bingo and Dove Bingo), Spice Bingo is a site that has struggled to gain any serious momentum, but with 2017 on the horizon, could that be about to change? Read on to get the low-down on all that Spice Bingo does (and doesn’t) have to offer players.
There is no other way to paint it; Spice Bingo has one of the most unflattering web designs we’ve seen in a long time. While simplicity can certainly go a long way, in the case of Spice Bingo it actually works against the site. The images used are pretty lackluster and in some instances are just plain boring.
The theme used is that of what appears to be a curry house, with a shop window and a door set against a brick wall. Themed bingo sites are pretty commonplace these days, with most working to give you a reason to buy tickets, Spice Bingo just doesn’t have that same level of appeal.
Design wise Spice Bingo does have something going for it, as the site is so basic that it can’t but help but be functional. You can see everything from the latest games to the latest winners in just a few easy clicks.
Customer support is a part of the Spice Bingo experience that at least picks up the slack to an extent. Live chat support is non-existent, which is certainly disappointing, but it makes up for it by telephone (between 9:30am and 4pm) and email support.
Spice Bingo also presents an informative and easy to read FAQ page. They also list a ‘Getting Started’ page that supposedly provides “Quick and easy steps to find your way around the site”, but at of writing the link for this wasn’t active.
Any bingo site worth its salt understands that promotions and bonuses are now a cornerstone of the industry. Saying that, it’s evident that Spice Bingo got the memo, as they do offer up some rather enticing bonus deals.
Upon completing the registration process you’ll be a handed £20 no deposit bonus. What gives the welcome bonus a little extra ‘spice’ is the fact that new members can spin the wheel and get their hands on an additional cash bonus. Admittedly the sign-up incentives at Spice Bingo are hardly ground breaking, but they’re not exactly lacklustre either.
In terms of other promotions, they appear to mesh together the norm with something a little more seasonal. The re-deposit bonus was of particular interest, as it ensured that every deposit we made was topped up with between 25% and 75% extra. Yes, there is room for a little more originality here, but the likes of ‘Very Merry Christmas’ certainly won’t leave you at a loss for something to try on for size.
Being honest, there is very little here to keep you coming back time and time again. The seasonal promotions do offer something extra, but the game selection can be fairly described as flat.
Minimal bingo rooms, barely there instantly play offerings, and a small slot selection prove that Spice Bingo has no real intention of thinking outside of the box. This is made worse by the fact that active players numbers are often on the low side.
Compatibility wise, you’ll find that Spice Bingo functions well on a multitude of different devices. The site operates under instant play means, which means that as long as you have a HTML5 compatible web browser on your device, you can easily access all that Spice Bingo has to offer.
Basic and to the point, the Spice Bingo mobile platform avoids overcomplicating matters, which is great to see.
What actually caught us by surprise is the safety and security aspect of Spice Bingo, as while the site may look like it’s pasted together, what lies beneath the hood is anything but. Spice Bingo has approval from the UK Gambling Commissions (UKGC), which as most bingo insiders will know is one of the most sought after licenses around.
When it comes fair play, we found information related to such to be scarce, but it is addressed within the on-site FAQ, as Spice Bingo state that they “adhere to their strict regulations on fair gaming”.
It’s appears to be a case of one step forward and two steps back when it comes to Spice Bingo, as the fun promotions are weighed down by a really drab selection of games. Jackpot games excluded, all players have to work with is the bog-standard choice of 75-ball bingo and 90-ball bingo.
Spice Bingo allows players to make deposits and withdrawals using Visa, Maestro, MasterCard, Solo, and Switch. Withdrawal wait time is approximately 48 hours, which pretty snappy by our standards, while the maximum withdrawal limit is up to £1,000 per day.
Spice Bingo really does pick up the pace when it comes to its loyalty programme, as should you be able to get past the rest of the site the VIP Club may just be something that you’ll find rewarding.
Spread across five levels (Member, Bronze, Silver, Gold, Black), we found that there was some supersized extras offered up, including Birthday Bonuses, Cashback, and loaded redeposit bonuses.
From theme all the way through to performance, Spice Bingo is nothing short of a mixed bag. While the game selection is drab, the loyalty and security measures put in place are anything but. With that in mind, we would recommend giving Spice Bingo a look, if only to see what the VIP Club has to offer.