City Bingo Review
City Bingo has been part of the online bingo landscape for several years now. It launched in January 2011 and followed Costa and Sing into the Mandalay Media/Ignite camp. Although it was another Dragonfish powered site it quickly established itself with it's uniqueness by changing the site's theme every month. The theme is always a different city and the prizes and promotions reflected the destination. Although the premise of City remains the same it has undergone changes. CityCat, the brand's loveable mascot has gone and the are fewer prize games. However City still remains a decent destination for bingo and slot players.
Introducing City Bingo
The City Bingo site is a mix of old and new designs. Each month City "visits" a specific destination and in the early days the theme would change depending upon the destination. For example if Paris was chosen then the site would have images related to France. These days the site is dominated by a colourful map and indicators showing the current destination whilst City's cat characters, imaginatively named CityCat, has gone into retirement. When sister brands Sing, Fancy and Costa all had a makeover around 2018 sadly City didn't. In our view a makeover is long over due but the current version does the job and works perfectly well on mobile, tablet and desktop.
City Bingo Welcome Offer
New players to City Bingo used to receive a no deposit bonus. This ended in January 2018 and in June of that year the welcome offer radically changed. Players were offered bingo tickets for selected games on first deposit and there were no wagering terms. Whilst that offer remained on sister sites until September 2021 City and others returned to the more traditional bonus. New players who register, login and deposit £10 will receive a 300% welcome bonus (up to £200). Additionally newbies will also receive 30 free spins on selected slots (Viva Italia, Café de Paris and Caravan to Cairo). Wins from these spins are paid as cash and incur no wagering requirements. Wagering terms apply to the bonus and these are x4 bonus + deposit.
The Bingo Academy
City gives you the chance to try it's games for free with a no deposit required offer. To give the games a try all you need to be is be registered with the site then login to the lobby to access The Bingo Academy. This can be found under the 'free' tab. All newbies get two days access without having to fund their account. Every 20 minutes (7am to 10pm daily) you can play a 75 ball game that has a full house prize of £1, £2 or £5. Be aware that prizes may be paid as a bonus and therefore wagering terms will apply. A further five days in The Academy are awarded after you make your first deposit.
City Bingo Rooms
As well as free bingo, City Bingo offers four variants on the popular numbers game. These include 75 ball, 5 Line 75 ball, 90 ball and 52-5 ball. The latter is All The 5s and involves playing cards instead of traditional bingo balls. A number of progressive jackpots are available when you play in the rooms. Most days you'll find a jackpot game at City including the £1.5K Tuesday Chill and the £50 Daily Deal. There's also a Mystery Jackpot Room and a £1000 prize to be won every Thursday. Ticket prices vary from 1p to 5p but some of the jackpot games can be a little bit more expensive.
All the top slots are available to play at City Bingo. These are categorised by Popular Picks, Top Games, Megaways, Daily Jackpots, Drop & Wins and New. Suprisingly there isn't a tab for Slingo but there are plenty of versions of the popular slots meets bingo game to play. The slots area in the Dragonfish lobby isn't the easiest to navigate and feels very clunky. The good thing is you can favourite games to make them easier to find. Top slots include Cleopatra, Rainbow Riches, Gonzo's Quest, Monopoly, Slingo and Starburst. Although there's a tab highlight casino games this actually only includes a version of Keno and the live Dream Catcher game.
One thing we really liked about City Bingo was that it had regular prize games and exclusives. Over the years they've given aways gadgets, vouchers and even holidays. However this has pretty much all been dropped and as of September 2021 City, Sing, Costa etc are now on the same level as Angry, Wish and Dino. There are free bingo games such as a daily £10 bonus room for funded players, Freengo also for funded players and a £1000 free Monday jackpot. The Friday £7K is another big promotion that's well worth checking out. This consists of 7 x £1000 jackpots that play every hour from 5pm to 11pm. Tickets are only 1p each too. Look out too for the Bingo Shop which lets you pick up rewards for playing at the site.
Although City Bingo does look a little bit dated and some features have changed, it's a site that's still worth a look. We love the monthly changing theme but feel it needs to be improved a little more. That said there's plenty of free bingo, cheap games, jackpots and more to keep most players happy. The welcome bonus is generous and the wagering terms on the bingo reasonable but do make a note that it applies to bonus plus deposit. We especially like the no wagering aspect on the free spins. Bring back CityCat and a whole bunch of exclusive player promotions and we'd be even happier.
Important Details About City Bingo
New UK Customers Only. Min £10 to get 300% Bingo Bonus (max £200) + 30 Free Spins [FS] on specific games. Bonus + FS must be claimed within 7 days of grant & FS valid for 7 days once claimed. FS wins capped at max £3 real cash 18+. Terms Apply. begambleaware.org. #AD
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