Quality bingo plays out on Facebook with Bingo Bash
You wouldn’t think it too terribly hard to create a game centered around bingo, but without the prospect of winning actual money, it can be a bit difficult to hook players. Nevertheless, a game by the name of Bingo Bash is doing well, and brings a surprisingly addictive rendition of the gambling game to Facebook. Consisting of the basic rules of bingo, Bingo Bash combines elements of familiarity with much more interesting collection and reward mechanics.
Bingo Bash is a simple enough game to catch on to even if you’ve never played bingo before in your life. When starting out, you are granted a large sum of “Bingo Chips,” which are used to buy one to four bingo cards. Once purchased, you will enter the next round (rounds are live and ongoing), which begins after a certain number of bingos have been reached in the current round. Once in, an announcer will randomly call out columns and numbers, and should you have that column and number combination on one of your cards, you can click that grid space. Achieve any sequence of five called out grid spaces in a row and you win.
Of course, winning a round of bingo has its nice monetary reward (of in-game currency and what not), but most of the time, you aren’t going to win. This is where the beauty of Bingo Bash comes into play. On several grid spaces there will be random icons that represent things like coin or gems. If at any time that space is called out, you can click on them for extra reward. Moreover, said gems can be redeemed for even more rewards such as coins and bingo chips.
What also helps to spice up the game is that as you click called out tiles, you not only gain experience, but also charge a “Power Up” icon. When fully charged, it can be used to place a random power up somewhere on your bingo card and can consist of anything from an instant win to extra coins. The boost to coins is especially worthwhile as this currency is not only used to purchase packs of power ups, but also collectables.
As you level up, you are able to visit different cities. Though these don’t appear to change much, aside from the visual aesthetic, each one actually comes with its own set of collectable items. For each one owned, extra daily rewards increase, such as your daily bonus of bingo chips.
On the social side of things, Bingo Bash works swimmingly as well. As you level up, you are able to gift more and more of the collectable items as well as bingo chips, gems, and power up packs. Aside from the typical wall postings that brag about achievements, it is also worth noting that each round of bingo is played with several (sometimes 100+) players, who are all connected to the same chat room. Additionally, as the rounds are progressing, you can visually see the leaderboards changing based on who is winning the most bingos.
Presentation-wise, Bingo Bash is also high quality; at least on the visual front. It’s crisp and clean, but the looping music ends up muted fairly quickly. Really, the only significant issue that was stumbled across is that when you visit the store, the window will not always go away when you click on a new tab. Other than that, it is very slow to level up in, but the concept of levels tends to fade into the background of play anyway.
Suffice to say, the complaints to be had with Bingo Bash are decidedly minor. It is simple to use, and with the ability to earn rewards and collect items (which in turn enhance rewards further), even when losing, it is a great recipe for an addictive game. Each action made seems to have a benefit of some sort, and it is actually gratifying to play. All that in mind, if you’re looking for a simple gambling-style of game outside of Texas Hold’em, then Bingo Bash is worth a go.
- Easy to learn and highly social. Players can earn rewards even if they don’t win. Collectable items enhance rewards earned daily.
- Music is repetitive and gets muted quickly.