Review by Sarah Taylor, 27th Jan 2010
Sun Bingo is the largest online bingo provider, and according to Wikipedia holds 19% of the market share. This is probably due to them getting so much exposure through their owners newspaper, The Sun. So do the number of players reflect the quality and excitement?
Well Sun Bingo certainly is a top quality bingo offering, with great graphics, fun gameplay and clever personalisation in the games. It is a bingo site that has been recently redeveloped and features award winning bingo software from Gamesys and some pretty interesting mini games.
We like their website and the sign up process is very easy and straight forward. Once in we felt the site could have been more intuitive as we found ourselves searching for different games that all seemed to be tucked away in different areas on the site. Not a big issue as it takes about five minutes to learn where everything is.
The graphics follow the theme of The Sun newspaper and are very polished. Gameplay is good and their screen layout is arranged slightly differently to most other bingo games. Offering 75, 80 and 90 ball bingo games with balls called out in a British accent but without the tradition bingo lingo making for a more rapid game. Chat is on the right hand side and there are are variety of smileys, you can change the text colour and size. We find the main bingo game screen very clean and free from clutter.
There are some high quality and really fun mini-games with chat, some of them popular TV ports such as Family Fortunes and Blankety Blank, while others are well known games such as Snap, Boggle, Name That Tune, Trivia, Anagrams etc. There are also a selection of slots branded by The Sun newspaper with article headlines that pop up with your name on during the game, which add a really nice touch to an overall accomplished game. There are also a wide range of instant win games available.. the list seem endless, with some good popular brands like The X Factor plus many other kinds of scratchcards.
Sun offer more frequent guaranteed jackpots than anyone else, and although there are larger jackpots available out there they certainly aren't as frequently offered. The promotions are well thought out and frequently change. When we went on their site at Christmas they had themed it for the yuletide period. Something not all other operators do.
Support consists of one of the best FAQs we've seen, a freephone 0800 helpline and email. They even have a freephone number to help you get signed up should you need it. They dont have support chat or a local rate landline though. It would be cheaper to use email if you only have a mobile or outside the UK, and if your not there is nothing to worry about.
Overall, Sun Bingo is one of the UK's leading (and biggest) bingo operators that is designed for the UK market, as can be reflected in their .co.uk address. This is great if you're from the UK and want to chat with others that are close to you. Sun Bingo comes highly recommended.
|Bingo Games||90 Ball, 80 Ball, 75 Ball|
|Caller Type||English accent with simplified lingo|
|Mini Games||Chat Games, Family Fortunes, Blankety Blank, Snap, Boggle, Name that Tune, Trivia, Anagrams, Slots, Instant Win|
|Jackpot||Varies, £2,000 guaranteed on a regular basis, Cars to be won. £2 million in prizes paid out weekly.|
|Progressive Jackpot||£20,000+ progressive jackpots are often won|
|Initial Deposit Bonus||100% of deposit up to £100|
|Payment Options||Visa, Mastercard, Solo, Maestro, Visa Electron|
|Support Options||Email, Phone, FAQ|
|Freephone Support||Yes; UK Freephone|