Sparkly Bingo Review
|No Deposit||£10 Free|
|1st Deposit Bonus||250% Cash Match
Min. £5. Max. £20
|Reload Bonus||150% on second (code NEW)
100% on third (code MONEY)
50% standard reload
|Software||888 / Cassava|
|Network||Mandalay Media / Intertain|
|UK Licence||Reference: 39028|
|Deposit Options||Credit and Debit Cards, Neteller, Wire Transfer, Paysafe Card and Ukash|
New players only. Wagering requirements apply. See website for full T&C
Launched in April 2015, Sparkly Bingo joined a big bingo group headed by Costa Bingo. This is the powerful Ignite brand from Mandalay Media, who were bought by the Canadian company Intertain in 2014. Of more interest to players than these corporate shenanigans is probably the fact that the site operates with the popular 888/Cassava software, providing a trusted, stable set of games.
Sparkly by name, but is the sight Sparkly by nature? The theme of the design is actually cutesy rather than shiny, with lots of smiley creatures of some sort in the background. The site is easy to get around with good menus and sign-posting, but it’s not up with the very best sites for beauty.
Joining Sparkly Bingo is very easy. A single-page form collects your personal details and invites you to come up with a playing alias and password. As it’s part of a larger network you might need to use your imagination to come up with a unique name.
The registration form includes a section for your card details. You do not need to complete this or hand over any money at the sight, but you do need to provide details to collect the no deposit bonus.
Once inside, there’s quite a lot to discover with very good game guides and FAQs. You should never find yourself lost at Sparkly Bingo, which has a good, functional structure.
Click on the promotions page for the big money prizes. Again the design is good with bonuses and jackpots each given their own page. There are progressive jackpots in both 90-ball and 75-ball games.
Most players will click “play now” though to launch a pop-up game lobby. Here games are divided by type into free games, 90- and 75-ball games, big jackpot games, low cost “Pretty Pennies” games, the big promoted games, games for loyalty scheme members, and slots.
There are plenty of instant games, slots and casino games to choose from, including progressive jackpot slots and lots of big name games. The casino games include the popular Keno.
Each tab reveals a list of games, telling would-be players the maximum number of cards they can buy, the current jackpot, the number of players in each room, the ticket price, and the time to the next game.
Once you’ve made your choice you can launch the game room. Is it silly to complain that almost all bingo rooms look very much the same? It’s a design that works well, of course, but surely all these design and marketing wizards could come up with a couple of variations on the theme.
Sparkly Bingo’s game room is dominated by a large chat window on the right with a row of instant games above it, a central ticket window with buying options to the left, game details above the tickets, and your account details and some room options at the very top of the screen. The site’s purple colour scheme is continued.
The chat hosts we encountered were friendly and knowledgeable.
Sparkly Bingo Summary
Sparkly Bingo is a good, effective and enjoyable bingo site. It’s very easy to use and looks nice enough. There are plenty of good games, lots of jackpot potential, some nice promotions on the schedule, and so on, but you’ll find these on other sites in the network. Whether you love Sparkly Bingo or not is probably going to depend on how you get along there both in play and in chat.
Sparkly Bingo Review – Bingo Games
Game Options at Sparkly Bingo
Like most bingo sites, Sparkly Bingo offers its players lots of ways to tailor the game experience to their tastes.
The room options are at the top right of the game screen. A speaker icon toggles the game sound. Click on “options” for even more control. There you can change the way the room looks and how it loads.
Game options include the option to turn off the 3TG warning, whether to automatically mark off your numbers and whether or not to arrange your cards with the most successful at the top. Chat options allow you to choose whether to receive notifications when players leave and enter the room and whether to show gifts.
Your dauber can have eight shapes and eight colours.
Free bingo has its own tab in the game lobby. There is also a free bingo page accessible from anywhere in the site. There is free bingo available to all registered players whether or not they have deposited. First Day Dream is open to first time depositors for 24 hours with a £15 cash jackpot every hour. Each time you make a new deposit you get access to the Rainbow Reload room with a £20 cash jackpot every hour. There are more free games available as you progress through the site’s loyalty scheme, the Diamond Club.
Chat Games are played wherever a chat host is on duty. We played a trivia game on our visit, with three to four questions asked every hour for a 250 loyalty point prize for the first to get the answer right. The questions were all based on games and promotions at Sparkly Bingo. The host ran the game well on our visit. No special chat games are listed among the site’s promotions.
Most of the promotions at Sparkly Bingo networked so you’ll be competing against players from other sites to win the prizes. Big prize games and cheap games are the main focus of the promotions page, with nothing to get players involved in the site away from the games room. We saw some imaginative prizes on our visit though. Unfortunately the text for many of the promotions seemed to have been dropped in from another site without tailoring it to Sparkly Bingo.
Sparkly Bingo Support
Should you need to contact support at Sparkly Bingo you can do so using the following methods:
- Email firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Telephone: 0800 901 2469 or +44 (0)203 793 00001
- Chat hosts in the rooms