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When Fancy Bingo first made an appearance in the world of online bingo in April 2011 many considered that it was the place to go for penny games. At launch the strapline for the brand was ‘Play Small, Win Big’ and whilst this is still used today, they offer a varied selection of ticket prices in the room.
The design of the site hadn’t changed much over the years until about 2017 when changes to the regulations around what could and could not appear on a gambling sites home page because of perceived appeal to children meant that their original mascot, the Mad Hatter, had to be resigned to internal pages.
It’s a site that came from the same group as the likes of City, Wish, Rio, and Costa Bingo and like many brands from the same people, the unique designs are now defunct and we see a more generic look.
However, what remains to this day is the great selection of bingo games and an impressive array of slot and instant win titles. All are packaged on a software platform that has a respected history and boasts a safe and secure environment to play at.
|No Deposit Bonus||2 days of free bingo in the Bingo Academy|
|Welcome Offer||Deposit £10 and receive 300% bonus cash + 30 free spins|
|Minimum Deposit||£5 (£10 for the initial welcome bonus)|
|Payment Methods||Debit Cards, PayPal, Wire Transfer, By Phone, Paysafecard, Apple Pay|
Even before you make your first deposit with Fancy Bingo you can check out a selection of the free games they have available! You can play in the Bingo Academy, a room that offers free games every 15 minutes for 2 days. These are all 90 ball games and you can claim six tickets per game.
The prizes on offer are 25p for one line, 50p for two lines, and £1.00 for the full house win.
If you do opt to make a deposit with this site then a minimum first transaction of £10 will see you treated with a 300% bingo bonus which is worth up to a whopping £200! As well as the bingo bonus, they are also giving away 30 free spins which can be used on the Fruit Blast slot game.
There are wagering requirements and some restrictions/rules around the welcome bonus. For bingo, the wagering required is 4x the amount of the deposit and bonus awarded. For the slots, any winnings from your free spins will be credited as real cash with no wagering needed, however, there is a £3 cap on these winnings.
Please note that bonuses will only be in your account for seven days. Any that remain unused at this point will be removed.
Deposits and Withdrawals
There are several different banking options available to your at Fancy Bingo and the majority are available for use by players in the UK. There is only one that you cannot use unless you are in Canada.
Details of all the funding options are available in the main terms and conditions of the site and they are:
- By telephone: 0800 279 7638 from the UK and +44 203 478 2618 from outside of the UK
- Debit cards
- Wire transfer
- Apple Pay – only using Apple devices
- Interac – available to players from Canada only
Fancy Bingo boasts a dedicated promotions page that is accessible even before you log in to your account at the site. It is on this page that many of the special offers and promotions can be seen, but all of the jackpots and free games that the brand has to offer can be viewed from the main bingo lobby.
Below are just two examples taken from the page:
- Tea Party – When you top up your account with £5+ you can play the Tea Party game for six consecutive days. You get to pick a teapot and this could reveal one of four different prizes. It could be that you win a bingo bonus, bingo tickets, free spins, or Diamonds.
- Rabbit Hole Riches – If you have made a deposit in the last six days then you can participate in the Rabbit Hole Riches games on a Friday. Tickets have no cost but the prizes for the games at 19:00, 20:00, 21:00, 22:00, and 23:00 are £1,000 per game!
You don’t need bonus codes to claim the welcome bonus or other deposit bonuses at Fancy Bingo, and we could not find details of any codes listed around the site.
Bingo and Slots Games
Fancy Bingo isn’t one of those brands that profess to be a bingo site but actually, focuses more on slots. This site does bingo best and that is clear in the array of rooms available to enjoy the game. Not only do they have plenty of rooms to choose from, but they also have a decent variety of game types to choose from.
At this site, you can opt to play two different variations of the 75 ball game (five-line and pattern), 90 ball bingo, and 52-5 bingo. As well as game type and room choice, you also have a selection of ticket prices available across the rooms, and these are all clearly shown from the main lobby.
In the main lobby, you will see various room details and these include the game type being played, the number of players in the room, the room name, the time until next the game, the prize pot, and if there is a chat host on duty you can also see their name.
Free bingo and big money jackpots are all hosted alongside the standard live games that we love. All you have to do is decide which of the rooms suits your bingo budget and game choice.
Whilst the site is bingo-focused, that doesn’t mean that they don’t have quite the selection of slots to choose from too. Some of the titles that are available here can be played as mini-games from the same screen as your bingo, but others open in a new window.
In total there are more than 675 different titles in the catalogue of instant win games available at this site and they include casino-style games like video poker, Deal or No Deal titles, daily jackpot games, scratchcards, and slots.
You will find many of the best software developers have games listed here; the likes of NetEnt, Red 7, Pragmatic Play, Red Rake Gaming, Real Time Gaming, Thunderkick, Elk Studios, Eyecon, Blueprint Gaming, and others.
Deposits and Withdrawals
Under the Help button you will find useful How to Play, Getting Started, Responsible Gaming, and FAQ sections as well as the Contact Us page.
If you need to contact support, you can do so using the following methods:
- Email: email@example.com
- Telephone: 0808 238 7563 or +44 203 701 5909 from 10 am until 2 am
- Live Chat: using the chat hosts in the bingo rooms
Intertain/Mandalay Media were the company that launched Fancy Bingo and whilst the site is now under the 888 banner making all of their site related, we have just listed the sister sites as those launched by the original company:
We don’t recall Fancy Bingo ever launching a TV advert, and a little research revealed that they never have. Having been around since April 2011, it’s unlikely that they are now going to use television as a medium for promoting their product.
Should this change in the future, details of any TV commercial from the site will be listed in this section of our site review.
It’s a 4-star rating from us for Fancy Bingo because we are impressed with many aspects of the site. Firstly that they offer free games without deposit, then that the deposit bonuses are not limited to new players and a decent selection of promotions. All of this, and the site is on a trusted software and operated by a powerhouse in the world of online bingo makes it one that may well tickle your fancy!