Tombola Bingo Review Continued...
Firmly established as one of the UK’s leading bingo operators, Tombola have been in the industry for over 50 years and they have designed a site that is both easy to use and easy on the eye. They have also looked to set themselves apart by moving forward with their own in-house developed software, allowing them to constantly bring in new games and features.
Players at Tombola are spoilt for choice as they can opt for 50-ball, 60-ball, 75-ball, 80-ball or 90-ball bingo. There are progressive jackpots in the bigger games and participants have been known to scoop more than £30,000. Pulse games begin every few seconds, while Bingo Lite offers jackpots starting at £100 for as little as 2p per ticket.
Tombola has resisted the temptation to branch too far away from bingo into areas such as slots, but there are still a variety of fun alternatives that make every visit worthwhile. The Hamster Race allows players to place bets from 25p and cheer on the furry fellas, while you can also play Battleships, the no-skill card-based game Cinco and Go Fish.
There is nothing too garish about the selection of colours on display, unlike some other bingo sites. Set against a pleasant green background, the main games take place within mustard yellow sections.
As you would expect from a site utilising its own in-house designers and software engineers, there are no problems in terms of speed and it is a case of cracking straight on with the fun as soon as you have signed in.
A relaunch in 2016 made it even easier to gain access to games quickly, although the redesigned homepage is dominated by a large photo which probably doesn't showcase the joy of playing bingo as much as it wants to. However, it does have a clear layout for straightforward navigation to all the other sections.
A mobile app for iOS and Android is available for download, and navigation is straightforward, so you can play without having to be chained to your desk for hours at a time. There are quizzes and games here offering the chance to win extra prizes, while there is still the opportunity to get involved in chat rooms.
Tombola prides itself on a strong community feel and there are a huge number of chat room moderators to help foster and maintain a friendly atmosphere, as well as making sure that help is readily at hand. The ‘playmates’ scheme gives players the chance to invite friends to the site with a free £5, and if they go on to spend £20 then there are ongoing rewards for bringing them along. For those bingo novices who may not understand the language of chatrooms, Tombola has also introduced a ‘Binglish’ translator so that terms and acronyms such as WDW (well done winner) are fully explained.
Tombola Bingo Bonuses and Promotions
As well as the refer-a-friend idea, Tombola runs a host of weekly promotions, from breakfast bingo to double jackpots, while there are also special holiday games with guaranteed prizes.
In order to take part in Tombola’s games, you will be required to register and make a deposit. When you deposit your first £5 you’ll receive another £5 from Tombola, allowing you to spend £10 on their games before you part with any more cash. This 200 percent deposit match is on offer right the way through to £25, so if you put down this amount you will get £50 extra, or £75 in total. Although you cannot withdraw the bonus at any time, you can take out any winnings on it immediately (as long as they are over £10) without any wagering requirements, which is a really good feature.
Once signed up, there are big jackpots available and roughly £6 million is won every week by thousands of lucky players. Go Fish is a weekly free offering where you can win anything from a £5 bonus to £500 cash, which is always a nice touch. There may not be the large competitions available at other sites, but the Tombola promotions on offer are still quite appealing.
Offering big prizes and a selection of games that will not be found on any other site, it is hardly surprising that Tombola has won the Bingo Operator of the Year award for the past three years. The games are full of players and the chat rooms are nice and sociable, so the only issue may be whether it is too popular for returning players to win regularly! The lack of a wagering requirement is a huge advantage, as you can start withdrawing winnings straight away. It may not be as sleek as other bingo sites, but there are so many different games and great promotions available that fans should jump at the chance to sign up and have a go.