Foxy Bingo Review Continued...
Foxy Bingo has been one of the most recognisable brands on the market since its launch in 2005, and continues to attract players in droves. The site, along with all other Cashcade brands, was purchased by bwin.party in 2009, and has gone through a few recent redesigns to try and stay fresh.
The changes have failed to cover up some considerable drawbacks, though. The site’s mascot – Mr Foxy himself - has been partially replaced, but now there is the bizarre image of Hollywood actress Heather Graham dressed up as the suited-and-booted fox.
A silly theme might be tolerable, and even welcomed by some players, but the uninspiring games and disappointing promotions are harder to forgive and the deliberate use of bad grammar and spelling is just baffling.
Foxy Bingo offers the usual games of 90-ball and 75-ball bingo, but the overall selection is distinctly average. It seems that a lot of hope has been pinned on Foxy Fives – the site’s very own bingo game which is based around matching playing cards – but it does not have the originality or visual appeal to match up with the exclusive games offered by rival bingo operators.
There are some guaranteed jackpot games and a room for newbies which is important for beginners, but other types of bingo are conspicuous by their absence and some players might feel frustrated that not all of the rooms are open all the time.
Players can enjoy a varied range of slots, progressive jackpot games, table games and scratchcards in the casino section of the site. You can preview some of the slots before staking your money on them, which is always nice, although the quality of the games is a mixed bag.
A redesign of the site removed the old purple, pink and orange colour scheme from Foxy Bingo, replacing it with a sleek, pared-down look set against a largely white background. There are still splashes of purple and pink on the homepage and in the lobby and, in truth, there is more work that could be done to give the site a classier appearance, but the layout is now much neater.
The games are occasionally slow to load, which is a tad irritating, but once up and running they are generally reliable.
Foxy Bingo places a lot of emphasis on forging a strong community spirit for players. . Known as “Foxy’s World”, this section of the site encourages players to do more than just buy cards, and there is information about the dedicated chat hosts, the latest winners and even a fun blog to read.
The Foxy Friends Magazine, crammed with celebrity gossip and competitions, is not at all bad but often seems out of date. Some of the features, however, are just plain weird. There are occasionally Foxy products advertised which must be some of the tackiest ideas ever devised – including a Fur Afters milk chocolate body paint.
It is a shame that the sort of warped imagination that must have been used to think of those ideas could not have been harnessed in a more productive way to benefit players, as there is a real lack of features to enhance the bingo experience for players and it is left to the enthusiastic chat hosts to try their best to keep spirits high.
Foxy Bingo Bonuses and Promotions
Foxy Bingo players can take advantage of a 300% bingo bonus on their first deposit of between £10 and £30, netting them up to £90 to spend on games. There are also 100% bingo bonuses available on your second and third deposits, up to the value of £100 each time.
New players also get access to their very own free room once they’ve made a deposit. The games run every 20 minutes from 10am to 10pm and offer jackpots of £250.
If you want to cash out after winning big on your first few deposits, you’ll need to wager the money (both the deposit and the appropriate bonus funds) four times. If you’ve picked up bonuses on slots, scratchcards or other non-bingo games, you’ll need to wager your money 40 times. It seems a little steep compared to the requirements for bingo, and might even shock some casino players.
There are lots of other promotions for returning players, offering bigger prizes on certain games, while a VIP room might appeal to regulars. However, there is not a lot to draw in the casual punter, with very few exciting prizes given away.
Foxy Bingo does the basics well, offering some decent games on a site that works smoothly and promotes a sense of community togetherness. However, this surely has to be the very least that a bingo fan should expect from such an established operator, and anyone looking for an exciting and varied experience may be better off finding another site which has a wider array of games, better promotions and features which are fun and player-friendly.