Welcome to my Lucky Bingo app review.
Bingo. It’s a game you usually associate with old people in a retirement home. If you have seen a lot of movies and TV shows, you are probably aware of that stereotype. The game isn’t that complicated. Which, I guess, makes it appealing to people young and old alike. What’s not to get about the game? You have to match five letter-number combinations in either a horizontal, vertical or diagonal pattern. And when you do that, you have to yell a word to let them know you’ve won. Sounds pretty fun, right?
I have played bingo a few times. But I never really win any of them. And that’s fine. Bingo is usually a very low-stakes kind of game. So I don’t mind if I don’t win. When I do, I have to admit it is a nice feeling.
This game is one of the easiest to play. If there aren’t any local bingo nights being held in multipurpose halls, you can always buy a bingo set online. That way you can set up a fun hangout with friends or family in your own home.
But… There is this one app that piqued my interest. And it’s the Lucky Bingo app. It’s basically a portable bingo game that you can play anywhere. You don’t need to search for your bingo set in your closet for this. Or even go far to play it. Still, there’s something about it that I’m wary of.
And, if you’re on this website reading this review, you probably know what’s about to happen.
Lucky Bingo App Review
Here are some quick details about the app:
- Full Name: Lucky Bingo – Free Bingo, Win Rewards
- Developer: Borg Studio
- Availability: No longer available
- User Reviews: Unavailable
What Is Lucky Bingo?
Lucky Bingo is a spin on the classic game of bingo made for smartphones. The rules for regular bingo apply in this game. But this game, unlike its real life counterpart, has power-ups you can use to help you win the game and earn rewards. Such rewards include PayPal credits, Amazon gift cards or even a new smartphone.
How Lucky Bingo Works
The Lucky Bingo app was previously available to download on the Google Play Store for Android users. The app is no longer listed. But the developer of it, Borg Studio, still have some games available. One of them includes the Crazy Pusher app which I have previously reviewed on this website.
If you have read my review of the app, you are probably aware of how games like this have some kind of money earning aspect. Winning actual prizes from playing bingo isn’t an unknown concept. Bingo halls exist for that very reason. And usually you can win a lot of money when you play it. That part isn’t really surprising. But apps on your smartphone that simulate gambling are only meant to do just that. They can’t actually give you rewards like normal gambling does.
But how do you play bingo? Well, it’s pretty easy.
You start off with a bingo card. Usually it’s a 5×6 grid with the letters “B,” “I,” “N,” “G,” and “O” at that the top. Each letter is designated a set of numbers, usually from 1 to 75. The numbers for “B” start from 1 to 15. For “I,” it starts from 16 to 30, “N” is from 31 to 45, “G” is from 46 to 60, and “O” is from 61 to 75.
The numbers for each row of letters in your card is generated from random. You don’t really know if your card is a winning card or not until the game starts. In real life, an announcer usually spins a round cage containing balls with each letter-number combination. When the ball drops from the cage, the announcer will obviously announce that combination. There’s always long pause between each drawing of the balls. Mainly to give you time to look at your cards and daub it.
(Side note: Daubing is what they call stamping the number on your bingo card. You usually daub with marker that has ink that you can wipe off when the game resets.)
The main objective of bingo is to complete a line of five letter-number combinations either horizontally, vertically or diagonally. Once you complete that, you yell “BINGO!” and you win. The game resets after that. But the announcer will first verify if you actually completed a line.
I do want to point out that the third box in the row of numbers for N is what they call a “free space.” It’s basically says what it is. It’s a free space gets you one step closer to getting a complete line.
Playing the Game
The gameplay for the Lucky Bingo app is pretty much the same as the real life version.
When you start the game fresh, you are welcomed with the screenshot above. You start off with five bingo cards. The cards will generate every ten minutes so you can’t really play the game as continuously as you’d want. You can choose if you want to play with either one, two or four cards. Choosing two or more cards obviously gives you a better chance of daubing as many numbers as possible.
A game of bingo in the app will draw a total of 27 balls. Whenever you click on a number on your card, it will be replaced by a star. That basically means you’ve correctly clicked on a number that was drawn. In real life, you can still see the number when you daub it with the marker. When you get any of the usual straight-line combinations, or even the four corners, you have a bingo.
When you have a bingo, you get to spin the Bingo Slots slot machine. Why would a bingo app need a slot machine? I don’t really know. They don’t want to rely on just bingo, I guess. Like all slot machines, you usually win prizes if you match three icons. For example, matching three cash stacks, will instantly reward you with virtual currency.
And what’s this? Is that what I think it is? Oh, fuck. Not this again. No. I don’t want to.
The Dreaded Puzzle Piece System Returns
Ugh. There’s a fucking puzzle piece system in this game. Shit. Why do they do this?!
One of the prizes you can win from the slot machine is a puzzle piece. And it is one of the worst fucking things that non-puzzle games have. I don’t understand why they keep adding this. It doesn’t make any sense here or any of the other apps I’ve reviewed. I thought Puppy Town was gonna be the last app to have this. But I was sorely mistaken.
Somehow, this game made the puzzle piece system worse that in already is. Instead of the usual ten pieces they usually want you to collect—which you can’t—the Lucky Bingo app wants you to collect a total of 30 puzzle pieces. THIRTY. Apparently, you have to collect 15 pieces each for the puzzles of the front and back of an iPhone. THE FUCK? Why did you make a complicated thing more complicated?
I just… [sighs] They shouldn’t have done this. It doesn’t make any sense. The slot machine system I don’t mind. But this?! I hate it so much.
One Bingo Isn’t Enough (And Some Other Stuff)
I need to take my mind off that gameplay mechanic. What else should I talk about? Oh yeah.
The game doesn’t stop when you complete one bingo. It seems like a game will end either if all 27 balls have been drawn. Or if you have a bingo a total of three times. And that’s not something you usually see with bingo. So I guess you can get more chances to play with the slot machine?
After you have finished playing your first game, you unlock another gameplay mechanic: The power-up bar. For every successful daub, the bar fills up. When the bar is completely full, it will generate a random power-up. From what I’ve seen, you can get some really interesting power-ups.
One of the power-ups is the Bingo Ball. When you get this power-up, the next two balls drawn is guaranteed to be a number that is on any of your cards. Another one is the Coin Square. Using this power will randomly put coins in empty boxes. So if you daub on that box, you get the coin.
Is Lucky Bingo Legit? Does It Pay?
The app supposedly lets you win different prizes. If you have seen some of my reviews, you are probably aware of what those prizes are. Money earning scam apps usually go with PayPal credits and Amazon gift cards as the main prizes. Apps that have the dreaded puzzle piece system more often than not default to iPhones as their physical prize. Those are the standard prizes they go with. The amounts could differ differ in some apps. Some do more “manageable” single or double digit amounts. But more often than not, they go big by doing three digit amounts. That’s how they lure people into playing the game.
As with the other apps like this, you earn virtual currency from playing the game. Most of the time, there are certain squares on your card that have coins and cash behind the numbers. The only way you can get those currency is if you daub on the number when it gets drawn. But, like I mentioned, you can also win those currency from playing the slot machine. As you can see in the screenshot, if you match three red 7’s on the slot machine, you can withdraw $777 worth of PayPal credits.
Since the main way you can earn currency is by daubing the numbers correctly, it will take time to reach any of the amounts that require those. And, like all the other apps, you have to grind for it. A LOT. The coins you can earn from daubing are a bit more consistent than the cash. No surprise there. The amount of virtual cash you can earn usually lessens over time. That happens a lot. Why? Because developers don’t actually want you to reach those thresholds.
That’s because they can’t actually give you any of the prizes they show. Even if you’ve spent so much time and effort to reach one of the thresholds, it’s not guaranteed you’ll ever receive your winnings. And that’s just something happens all of the time with these apps.
Pros and Cons
- Decent gameplay
- Decent graphics
- THE PUZZLE PIECE SYSTEM (i hate it so much)
- No actual way of getting your rewards
As far as mobile bingo games go, the Lucky Bingo app is okay. There weren’t any problems in how the game looks or how it plays. It looks good and works fine. The problem I have with it is really just every other aspect that’s not bingo. The slot machine system I don’t really mind that much. Does it make sense in a bingo name? Not really. But it doesn’t really detract because it only shows up when you get a bingo. The power-ups are great. It’s not something you usually get with bingo. And that’s just mainly a digital vs. traditional thing.
The problem I have with the app, obviously, is the money earning aspect. It’s very unrealistic for an app like this to actually give out rewards to people who play. Like, I don’t know how much ad revenue the developers get from people watching ads in the app. But it’s probably not enough to pay the people who work for the company and the people who withdraw their winnings. Even if the withdrawals happen occasionally, it still doesn’t seem possible. Especially if so many people withdraw.
If you actually wanted to win money from playing bingo, go to a bingo hall if those still exists. Maybe organize bingo night at your house and maybe pool a bit of money as the prize. You’re probably more likely to win money from that.
And don’t get me started on the puzzle piece system again. I still hate it so much. But I feel like it’s gonna make another comeback in an app I’m bound to review soon. I will scream when that happens again.
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