Fancy Bingo was the fourth brand from the people behind Costa Bingo, Sing Bingo and City Bingo. It followed the launch of Little Big Bingo with an aim of offering bargain games but with big prizes. Originally all the bingo cards cost 1p, other than the free bingo games, but in time the prices – whilst remaining cheap – aren’t confined to just a penny.
Fancy Bingo Bonus
Fancy Bingo used to offer a £5 no deposit bonus but this has now ended (January 2018). However you can access a free room without making a deposit! If you choose to become a depositing player then there’s a 300% welcome bonus (minimum £5 and maximum £20 deposit) and there’s the standard 50% reload bonus on all subsequent deposits. All bonus money has a x4 wagering requirement.
Fancy Bingo offers 90 ball, 75 ball and Swedish bingo games (75 ball with all 5 lines in play). There are fixed jackpot games as well with prizes ranging from £50 to £200. The cards still remain at 1p! Surprisingly for a site aiming to offer cheap bargain games there are slots and casino games. You can enjoy Fluffy Favourites, Aztec Rising, Doting Doggies and Happy Mushroom amongst others. If you’re wanting cheap online game play then you may want to avoid the slots!
Fancy That Prizes
At launch the promotions at Fancy Bingo were quite limited. Now (October 2013) they offer at least one major prize a month and a weekly penny prize game on a Saturday. In Fancy That, which plays at 8pm, you could win DVDs, shopping vouchers and other goodies for just 1p. The games usually have a monthly theme (e.g. gadgets, food or TV) and you can opt for a cash alternative if you’re a winner.
The big prize games are – as you’d expect from a Costa Bingo sister site – pretty good. Recent prizes have included weekend breaks, TVs and top gadgets. Game cards aren’t usually 1p though! You can pick them up for free by taking on challenges such as depositing or playing selected games. However, quite often the buyin for the game is £2 to £5 a ticket. It’s a strange policy for a site advocating bargain games but the aim here is simply to encourage you to go for the freebies.
Mad As A Hatter
The idea of Fancy Bingo is great – play small, win big – but the site seems to be in an Alice in Wonderland state of limbo. It has a great character in the Mad Hatter (more Russell Brand than Johnny Depp) and a nice looking site. However, the news page has been left since 2011 and the Facebook page is also abandoned. There’s no mobile version as yet either. It does seem that whilst the site continues with free games, jackpots and promotions, that it’s perhaps lost some direction – even more so when compared to sister sites Costa, Sing and City.