Paddy Power Bingo Review Continued...
Paddy Power is a massive name in the gambling industry, with a brand that thrives on its reputation for cheekiness, fun and more than a hint of controversy. The bingo site sits alongside Paddy Power’s popular sportsbook, casino and poker offerings and so it has a lot to live up to. Can it make the grade?
There are games beginning in the lobby every few seconds during peak hours at Paddy Power Bingo, providing a huge choice between 90-ball, 80-ball and 75-ball bingo, plus a number of multiplayer games too, such as Clover Countdown.
In addition there is a vast selection of slot games presented by Playtech, such as Cat in Vegas, Leprechaun's Luck and Wolf Run. There is also a section dedicated to the extensive list of slots which are designed by Cayetano Gaming and are exclusive to Paddy Power - quite a claim in a market where so many companies share the same software. Titles like Paddy’s Lucky Pigeon, Egyptian Wilds, Golden Thunder and Persian Glory all offer a refreshing gaming experience you won’t find on other bingo sites.
Paddy Power knows better than most the power of a strong brand and that is just what the bingo site has. There is a recurring theme throughout the site of luck being bestowed on those hit by the sparkly poop of Paddy’s Lucky Pigeon, meaning that maps of where winners live are splattered in the stuff as is the bright pink background. It’s safe to say that Paddy Power Bingo does not take itself too seriously.
Most bingo sites like to show real photos of actual players, but there is none of that here. Instead, the cartoon images that adorn each page are perfectly suited for the site, setting Paddy Power bingo apart in a colourful and fun fashion, albeit one that will alienate some potential players.
The lobby is the same as the many other sites that use the industry-leading Virtue Fusion software and, as such, struggles with looking stretched while displaying fuzzy graphics - a real shame considering the great work elsewhere.
The graphics issue isn’t a problem on mobile, where everything is visually crisp and the gameplay is slick. There are plenty of bingo rooms and a decent amount of slots to keep you entertained while on the go.
Paddy Power Bingo is fairly light on features, lacking a guide to bingo lingo and summary of the main types of game that come as standard with most other bingo operations. There are no great walls of text explaining anything, which, given the richness of the images, may be a styling consideration first and foremost.
The free bingo room for new players is a good idea, and all you need to do to gain access is sign up and spend £1 in cash on bingo tickets. You get ten days to gain some confidence, ready to take on the public rooms and maybe even bag a slice of the £20 prize pool. The opening hours are limited but it could be invaluable for honing your skills.
Paddy Power Bingo Bonuses and Promotions
New players at Paddy Power Bingo will receive a £25 bonus if they deposit and spend £5 within 48 hours of signing up. The bonus has to be used within 30 days, so don’t dawdle or you’ll lose out. You’ll also get to play in a newbies-only bingo room for ten days after you’ve spent at least £1 on tickets. Other than that, there is an adequate selection of promotions and offers available to new and old customers alike, from massive cash giveaways to enhanced jackpots and discount tickets. Whether you’re a night owl or an early bird, you’ll find bingo rooms and great deals to suit your tastes any time of the day, seven days a week.
There is a Star Rewards scheme that offers points based on how much you spend on the site. The rate at which you accrue the Star Points changes as you move up the levels, but you begin by gaining 50 for every £10 spent on bingo. You can redeem them for cash at a rate of £1 per 1,000 and there are occasional promotions which could boost your tally.
Paddy Power Bingo is a site with plenty of games, both bingo and slots, to prevent you from getting bored anytime soon. The fact that they offer players the chance to indulge in exclusive slots produced by the company’s own subsidiary is a big point in its favour, and the huge range of bingo rooms available pushes its score higher. The welcome bonus is reasonable and the promotions are good.
That said, Paddy Power Bingo doesn’t have the same attitude that you might find in the sportbook or other offerings from the brand. It’s still sharper and funnier than its competitors, but there’s none of that devil-may-care outlook that regularly hits the headlines. While bingo players might generally be a softer sort, surely there must be space in the market for an in-your-face bingo offering with a real sense of snark. As it stands, it’s a good bingo site, but it could do with a bit of the classic Paddy Power treatment to breathe some fresh air into a pretty saturated market.