Bingo Game Variations
Traditional bingo usually falls into one of two categories. There's the 90 Ball Bingo Game that is played in The UK. In this format 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 the 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. However online bingo has allowed operators to get more creative with their games.
Adding speed, bonus rounds, different shapes and exciting themes has allowed for a whole host of variations on the bingo theme. For example in Jackpotjoy's Blox Bingo - provided you've bought enough cards - you can play a quick round of the Blox game for the chance to grab an extra bonus. Themes are very popular and the success of Deal or No Deal Bingo resulted in the arrival of other TV themed games such as The Chase, Emmerdale and Coronation Street. Other variations include Britain's Got Talent, Love Island and Hot House Bingo.
Social media has had some influence on online bingo. We still have Facebook Bingo Apps that allow people to play with friends across the world plus there's the ever growing trend towards Mobile Bingo. However, Facebook quickly clamped down on games like Bingo Friendzy and more recently they've started limiting gambling brands using their platform. UKGC rules also make using social media a tougher proposition.
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.