Bingo has really exploded into popular culture in recent years. It's no longer exclusive to bingo halls and, thanks to mobile technology, you can now enjoy all kinds of bingo-themed games on mobile devices as well as at online casinos.
Here are some of the best and most interesting online bingo games to play if you're a fan of legs eleven, a knock at the door and two little ducks.
Anyone who combined the timeless board game Monopoly with bingo was bound to create a modern classic – and that's just what the developer EA (normally found producing AAA video games) has done with Monopoly bingo. While the basic format of the game will be familiar to anyone who's ever played a few rounds of standard bingo, there are a few special features in this version.
Firstly, you play against other players live in each round. The aim, in addition to getting as many of the numbers as you can on your cards, is to gain levels (granted by every match you get) in order to unlock more properties. You can get ahead thanks to power ups, which include free spaces and instant bingo squares, as well as free coins. Free coins are arguably the most important here, as these unlock the lightning bolts required to use power ups in the first place.
It's a fun twist on standard bingo, with familiar characters. Be aware though that there's also a fair amount of in-game monetisation as well.
Bingo by IGG
If you prefer traditional when it comes to bingo, but still want a little something extra, then Bingo by IGG is an interesting title. It combines the bingo you know and love with slots, so you can enjoy fast-paced action or more easygoing gaming depending on your mood. There are a few extra elements to the bingo too.
Like many other bingo games, you can collect boosts and power ups to help you reach new levels. Higher levels help you unlock bonus features and games, new rooms and more. The graphics are especially impressive in this title, which makes each unlock feel more rewarding.
Again, the game has a fair amount of microtransactions that can become annoying if you want to progress quickly. That said, the slot and bingo combination make this a solid game to try.
With a number of twists on traditional bingo games, you could easily argue that Lucky Bingo is actually four versions of bingo in one app. This means you've got loads of choice and can find a game style and pace that suits you.
There's a live action bingo mode, instant bingo, bingo hell and painfully slow bingo. Each mode does pretty much what you'd expect. Relaxing on the sofa and want a laidback game? Painfully slow bingo will provide just that. Looking for an almost impossible challenge? Bingo hell mode will be more than happy to test your limits.
Unlocks are fairly straight forward too and you can chat with other players for free whatever you're playing, although the live action mode is designed to be the most sociable game type.
Bingo Gem Rush
Bingo Gem Rush is another interesting take on bingo that ensures no game is ever slow paced – ideal if you're after something engaging and fun to kill a few minutes with. The idea is that you compete against friends and other players as well as the clock to win prizes. To make things even more frantic, each level will increase the speed at which numbers are called. The higher levels also increase the bonuses and you'll get a free coin after every four hours.
As with almost all other bingo apps and games, you can pay to get ahead if you want and purchase power ups to increase your level. Some unlocks include time freezing and you can create combos to boost your score too.
Probably one of the best things about Bingo Gem Rush is the fact that you can play it completely for free. All the power ups can eventually be earned simply by playing and there's an offline mode as well.
There are many other interesting and enjoyable bingo titles to get stuck into of course, not to mention entire sites dedicated to bingo gaming. The above selection simply makes a great starting point for bingo veterans and newcomers alike. Don't forget to check out our guide on Bingo Halls worth visiting in the UK.