Play Scratch Cards
Online scratch cards have had an interesting online history! Following the success of bingo, a number of dedicated scratch card brands popped up and offered new players free games. These included Prime Scratchcards, Scratch2Cash, Top Scratch, Karamba, Hopa and Big Money Scratch.
The problem with many of the games these sites offered was that they lacked any real quality. They were quite basic "click to reveal" to see if you matched three symbols among a group of nine. They lacked any kind of excitement factor or value for money! Perhaps unsurprisingly, many of these sites have either fallen by the way side or turned themselves into slot/casino sites.
Where To Play
National Lottery Scratchcards
However that doesn't mean it's game over for the humble scratchcard - in fact it seems to be on the rise. Leading the way for many years has been The National Lottery. They offer a number of good quality scratchcard games such as Bejeweled Hypercash and Monopoly. Other games include Scrabble Deluxe, Hangman, Rubik's Hook A Duck and Snakes & Ladders.
Many of these games are usually quite detailed so instead of just scratching at a simple panel, you may have to select letters or roll a dice. This level of interactivity makes the games more interesting but they can be expensive to play. For example you can play £4million Black for £10 a card or Monopoly Gold for £2 a card. On a positive note all the National Lottery games can be played for fun and free - but you do need to login first.
More Places To Play
More recently we've noted that bingo and casino sites are putting new life into both instant win and scratchcard gaming. Sky Vegas for example has some excellent games such as Baa Wars, Gala Bingo have launched Emmerdale and Coronation Street themed games, and Tombola Arcade - launched in 2016 - gives incredible value for money and could be a game changer in the instants/scratchcard arena.
The big problem with instant win gaming is that it's less social than bingo and can easily become a little repetitive. Tombola Arcade tries to address that and offers a whole new experience with the addition of a chat facility. Even better they offer a good selection of other games and play is from just 5p!
Free Scratch Cards
Opportunities to play scratchcards for free and win real cash are long gone. As mentioned you can play some games for free and fun at The National Lottery and similar options are available at other sites such as The Health Lottery. You may be able to use no deposit bonuses at some slots and bingo brands whilst sites like Snappy Bingo do offer free play but for bonus points instead of cash. However you will need to register.
If you are keen to play instant win or scratchcards then do try demo plays before depositing or wagering. If demo play isn't available then set the wagering to the lowest possible limit. That way you can see whether that particular game is something you're willing to spend time and money on.
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