The Different Types of Bingo Game
Bingo in The UK is probably thought of as a 90 ball bingo game played on rectangle cards and the numbers are crossed off as they're called in an amusing way by a bingo caller. However, bingo has many variations and with the arrival of online bingo it now has a number of variations.
The 90 Ball Bingo Game is the traditional version as played in The UK. There are 90 balls, a bingo card of 15 numbers and the aim is to get one line, two lines, and a full house. That's about it. Over in The USA though 75 Ball Bingo is the norm. This is usually called pattern bingo as the aim of the game is cover the numbers of a specific pattern.
A variation of 75 ball bingo is called Swedish Bingo. It's played in the same way as 75 ball, but players can win by being the first to cover one line, two lines, three lines, four lines and a full house - or coverall as it's sometimes known.
As well as the traditional games there's also 30 Ball Bingo, often known as speedy bingo as the games are very quick. You can also play 80 Ball Bingo and even 50 Ball Bingo - which is available exclusively over at Tombola.
One of the problems with online bingo is that it perhaps doesn't have the "buzz" that you get when playing in a traditional bingo hall. For that reason online bingo games have been adapted to give players added excitement and interactivity. Deal or No Deal Bingo for example lets the full house bingo winner take on The Banker whilst other bingo players watch on. In Jackpotjoy's Bejeweled Blitz Bingo - provided you've bought enough cards - you can play a quick round of the Bejeweled Blitz game for the chance to grab an extra bonus.
The success of Deal or No Deal Bingo resulted in the arrival of other TV themed games such as Blockbusters Bingo (played on a Blockbusters style grid) and Britain's Got Talent Bingo. More recently The X Factor, Take Me Out and Coronation Street have been added to this list.
More winners mean happier players and so some bingo games offer players the chance to win on 1TG and 2TG games. That's short for one to go and two to go and refers to the number of calls a player has left to get full house. If someone calls a bingo those players stuck on 1TG and 2TG are awarded a small prize. Another way the online game has been jazzed up is through Team Bingo - and indeed there's even variations on this too.
Social media has also had an influence on online bingo. We now have Facebook Bingo Apps which allow people to play with friends across the world plus there's the ever growing trend towards Mobile Bingo. All these things challenge the game operators - they need to come up with new ways to keep players returning whilst not deviating too far away from the fundamental basics of the bingo game.