Deal Or No Deal The Big Draw Live Review
A live bingo game has been the holy grail for many operators since the game established itself online. Playtech may well have hit the jackpot with the launch of their new version of Deal Or No Deal. It's called Deal Or No Deal The Big Draw Live and as you can probably guess it's based on the popular TV show. Playtech say their new game "creates a fresh way for players to enjoy" but is it the real deal for bingo players?
Deal Or No Deal Bingo Live is a 60 ball game with a few twists. The aim of the game is to cross off the numbers on 15 cases that represent your bingo card). Each case represents a cash prize and there are 16 possible values. As a case is crossed off then so is a cash value. If you cross off a minimum of 7 cases then you'll be offered the chance to take a cash prize from The Banker and end the game. Alternatively you can play on and see if you can get a better offer and win more money by mutliplying the prizes left on the board. It all sounds easy doesn't it but is it that easy to play?
Boost Your Prizes
When you first enter the live lobby you'll be invited to purchase a ticket for the next game. Tickets cost between 10p and £25 (10p, 20p, 50p, £1, £2, £5, £10 and £25). After purchasing a ticket you'll then be offered the chance to boost the prizes on selected cases. This does cost you extra but it can add more interest to your game. A 10p spend could boost your selected value by between 50p to £10. We're not sure how many numbers you can boost but there is a time limit. After that it's eyes down and you're ready to play the live game.
The live studio features a bingo ball calling machine on the left, The Banker's case on the right and a presenter. A backdrop of a city nightscape and golden lights creates the studio effect. Either side of the screen are 16 prize values (x0.1 to x20 multipliers) and your bingo card consisting of 15 cases appear at the bottom of the screen. The game starts with just 20 number calls. If a number matches one on your cases then it's crossed off alongside the prize value. An indicator also shows your progress towards The Banker's Offer and higher multipliers.
Get at least 7 numbers crossed off and you'll unlock The Banker's offer. When the first 20 calls have completed you'll then be offered Deal Or No Deal. You can choose the deal, reject it and take the prize in your case, or play on and potentially boost your prize. However after the initial 20 calls have completed the banker will offer all players the chance to purchase another 5 calls. This is where Deal Or No Deal Bingo Live becomes a bit like Slingo as you need to wager more to play on. There are three extra five ball rounds available creating a maximum of 35 calls and you can pay to play on with each of them in an attempt to reach The Bankers Offer or improve your win multiplier.
As well as the main Deal Or No Deal Main Draw there's also a mini side game option. These are 3x3 bingo cards which are crossed off during the first 20 calls only. Tickets can be purchased via the "Mini Draw" icon on the top left of the screen. Tickets cost between 10p and £2 each and there's a maximum purchase of 20 cards per game. A full house on a side draw ticket will win you x1000 your initial wager. However you can also get wins when creating one, two, three, four or five lines.
If you love bingo and you love the Deal Or No Deal game then we think that you'll love The Big Draw. When we first started playing we were a little unsure about it but once you understand the game mechanic it quickly becomes a lot of fun to play. That said it's an immensely frustrating game because of the Deal element. There's no worse feeling - well within the game context - when you decide to accept The Banker's offer only to see the biggest prize is on your case.
You do need to consider your game play strategy too. For example is it worth playing on when there are a lot of small value prizes still in play? Can you potentially win more than you've wagered accumulatively across three rounds of five extra balls? These are the things you need to consider and this makes the game a lot more interesting than a typical round of bingo. The live element with the presenters is good and they help proceedings with updates on how other players are faring and making bingo number calls.