Play Rollercoaster Bingo - 40 Ball Bingo

Article Updated On 26th January 2021

Back in 2009 Tombola launched one of their many variations on bingo game. We believe that Roller Coaster was probably the first online variation of the 40 ball game. Most certainly it's one of the only 40 ball games outside of the Virtue Fusion Network. It's also the only bingo game that features a theme park disaster. During 2020 the game was removed from the site as it needed updating but it's now back and ready to roll once again.

Rollercoaster Bingo at Tombola

  • Type Of Game: 40 Ball Bingo
  • Cost: 5p - 50p
  • Open: 24/7
  • Jackpots: Progressive in 5 or 6 calls
  • Extras: Max 4 cards per player
  • Special Features: Numbers are thrown out of the rollercoaster!

How To Play Rollercoaster

When you first login to Rollercoaster at Tombola you're greeted with an image of a corkscrew with other theme park rides silhouetted in the background. In it's previous incarnation ticket prices were fixed at 25p but for it's 2021 revamp the game is now multi stake. You can choose to play 5p, 10p, 25p or 50p a ticket. You can also choose to play 1, 2, 3 or 4 tickets. Note that all tickets have to be the same price. Each ticket you purchase is represented by a rollercoaster car with five spaces. These spaces are occupied by bingo balls that have names on them instead of numbers.

At eyes down, Rollercoaster Bingo plays like any other bingo games. The numbers or in this case the names are drawn and the aim of the game is to cross off your numbers before other roomies. The numbers are drawn in quite a unique way because as the rollercoaster speeds around the track and goes upside down it throws out one of the "bingo ball" people. If the ball leaving the coaster matches one of the names in your carts then it's crossed off your ticket. You'll be pleased to know that no bingo ball people are hurt during the playing of the game.

What Jackpots Can You Win?

As well as a full house prize, Rollercoaster also boasts two jackpots. There's 1000 to be won if house is called in 5 calls and 100 if house is called in 6 calls. This is based on playing 5p a ticket. Spend more and these jackpots plus the full house prize also increase. We suspect the odds of winning the 5 and 6 ball pots are quite high and would love to know how often they do get won. Unfortunately there's no indication of the when the last jackpot win occurred.

The original Rollercoaster Bingo did attract a decent number of players and the full house for each game was around 25. The new variant with multi stakes has increased interest in the game and it's attracting many more players. This is boosting the jackpots up to 90+ for 5p games. Wager 50p and you could be playing for 800 or more. These pots are great but it does mean your chances of winning are made a little bit harder.

Our Verdict

People being thrown out of a rollercoaster ride shouldn't really make for a fun bingo game - but it does! We love the way the numbers are drawn and wish more that innovative games such as this weren't just found at Tombola. The fact that this game is 10 years old and it's still entertaining is testament to it's originality. In addition there's no sign of Ronan Keating at any point in the game, although there's a very enthusiastic announcer.

When we first reviewed Rollercoaster our only minor grumble was that there was only one price point for the game. With multi stakes Tombola have addressed this which is great except now the game is incredibly popular with players! Perhaps it might be an idea to run a few Rollercoaster Rooms - perhaps with different locations - with a maximum number of players in each room? Another plus point for the new revamped game is that it's now available to play on mobile.


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