2016 has definitely been the year of the scratchcard/instant win revival. Whilst sites like Hopa.com and Scratch2Cash have become more slots orientated, other brands have been introducing instant win channels. William Hill for example added one a few months back and now Mecca Games have followed suit.
Mecca Games currently offer players access to 10 Instant Win Games, four of which are exclusive. The games are as follows: Cash Buster, Big Money Slingo, Treasure 7x7, Crossword Cash, Bubble Bingo, Quick Fire Cash, Castaway Cash, Keno, Fast Buck Lucky and Diamond Red. We suspect that more titles will be added in due course.
The great thing about Mecca's Instant Win channel is that all the games can be played for free in demo mode. This means you can get a feel for them before spending any cash. By playing in demo mode you can also see whether the game is good value or not. Too often instant wins are simply scratch nine panels and your money has gone.
Cash Buster & Big Money Slingo
Thankfully Mecca's Instant Win games don't all fit in that category and in fact some of them are pretty good. Cash Buster for example is a Tetris inspired game. You roll a dice and the colour it lands on is exploded out from the bottom of the grid. The grid refills and the number of squares removed help towards your win lines. Shoot out enough squares of the same colour to win a prize.
It's interesting to see a Slingo game in the Instant channel! It's the first time we've seen one outside the likes of Spin Genie and Pocket Fruity. The game itself, Big Money Slingo, is good fun. The aim is to complete lines on the grid to win cash prizes. Players get six spins in each game to complete the lines.
Not every instant win game is as good as Big Money Slingo or Cash Buster. Red Diamond for example falls into the 'scratch nine panels' category as does Castaway Cash. The former requires you to match three symbols under nine diamonds whilst the latter offers you nine treasure chests to open. Of the two we prefer Castaway Cash but only because it has a Tom Hanks style island dweller dancing at every win!
We expect to see more Instant Win games added to Mecca Bingo over the coming months. It'll be interesting to see how players react to the games too and of course whether Mecca's rivals follow suit.