Ladbrokes Bingo Review Continued...
Ladbrokes Bingo underwent a massive overhaul in November 2014 in order to offer players what it termed “a state-of-the-art bingo experience”. The move saw the site discard Microgaming and move over to Playtech’s Virtue Fusion software whilst adding extra games into its portfolio.
With that in mind, and with the prestige of the Ladbrokes brand behind it, you would expect this site to be leaving its rivals in its wake in the online bingo world, but does Ladbrokes Bingo live up to expectations?
It is possible to play the usual 90-ball and 75-ball varieties of the game 24 hours a day, with the recently-introduced 80-ball bingo available in the Basement between 9am and 9pm. There are multiplayer games, speed bingo and even Joker Jackpot, where your board is filled in based on the playing cards that are drawn.
Ladbrokes joins up with other sites for the Bingo Linx games, which offer big prizes every day and feature huge giveaways at weekends, offering up to £10,000.
There is also a vast selection of Playtech slots and mini-games which you can spin whilst you are playing bingo or just taking a breather between games. Titles include Rainbow Riches, Bouncy Balls and Crystal Forest.
The layout of Ladbrokes Bingo is a bit of a mess. The front page looks decent at first, with a revolving background of neat images which are relevant to promotions or games. However, the effect is ruined by scrolling down to the bingo schedule and being confronted with these room icons, some of which look like rejects from 1980s computer games.
As you navigate through the site, there are a few more jarring examples of design elements which don’t match. In the screenshot example, a nice, modern image is ruined with the blurred room icons tagged onto the balls. The 75-ball in the front of the image has obviously been rendered with care and attention to look slick, but the others following it seem cheap and jarring by comparison.
The lobby opens at a size too big for some of the graphics, making them pixelated and blurry although the cards and balls are crisp enough and they are the main reason you are there.
Everything is much simpler and cleaner through the mobile app, although the dodgy room graphics remain for some baffling reason. You can play in all of the bingo rooms that are also available on desktop as well as a selection of slots so that you can try your luck while on the move. The Android app is particularly nice, with games displayed clearly and running smoothly.
The community is very well populated at Ladbrokes Bingo, with plenty of your fellow players chatting away as the numbers are called. Everyone is friendly and the chat hosts join in with the fun and banter too, rather than just wishing players good luck and then disappearing, which happens on some other sites. There’s also a neat social app where you can upload a profile picture and send messages to friends.
There is a section headed ‘News’ which is a bit of a jumble, but it has some decent information if you are willing to trawl through it. There’s a guide to bingo, a breakdown of the games available on the site as well as a look back at some of Ladbrokes’ old TV adverts. You can also find updates on promotions along with random musings on life in general. None of it is particularly news, but it’s all just tossed into this section and left up to you to delve in to discover the gold.
Ladbrokes Bingo Bonuses and Promotions
You will receive a £40 bingo bonus and £10 bonus on mini games if you deposit and spend £10. The bingo bonus only has to be wagered through once before winnings can be withdrawn, although this must be done within seven days, while the mini games bonus has to be played through twenty times.
There are a whole load of other promotions to take part in, with cash and bonuses always on offer, as well as the On the House rewards scheme, which allows you to receive more bonuses and free bingo games as you play your way closer to the penthouse, which provides exceptional VIP service to those who have made the grade. You’ll also snap up a lovely birthday bonus once you have advanced past the first step in the programme.
Ladbrokes Bingo offers so much that it is a shame that there is a lack of attention to detail in some areas. The mismatching graphics make it look odd and take away from the rather swish design of much of the site, whilst the rooms on desktop could be so much sharper. That said, there are plenty of roomies to play and chat with, a whole heap of promotions for new and existing players and a wide variety of games, meaning that Ladbrokes is still a decent bet for a good time.