Tombola’s bingo games are almost all entirely proprietary, allowing them to devote more time and effort to theming their games than other bingo sites that use off-the-shelf solutions. As such, Reel Bingo looks much more coherent than some other bingo games, and I feel that this adds a touch of class to the whole experience – I’m sure this won’t matter to some players, but for me, I really appreciate this kind of thing in an endless sea of near-identical bingo games.
Let’s talk some more about these unusual ticket layouts! As you can see in the picture above, your ticket comprises two columns of five sets of three-reel fruit machine slot outcomes. Each round offers two prizes – the first is awarded to the first player who clears one of their two columns, whilst the second is awarded to the first player to fill their entire bingo card.
We don’t have an article on 35-ball bingo specifically here at our site; however, should you want a rough introduction to the format, I would probably recommend reading our 40-Ball article instead. Obviously, the ball count is slightly different, but the gameplay mechanics are otherwise nearly identical.
Playing Reel Bingo couldn’t be simpler – just choose a stake from 10p, 25p, 50p, £1, or £2, and then watch and wait as the prize pool increases with further players buying tickets. When the timer hits zero, the game will begin, and you’ll finally catch a glimpse of how much money has made it into the prize pot!
Oh, and on a personal note – I managed to win the full house prize during my first session playing this game, collecting around £150 on a £1 ticket. Call it beginners luck if you like, but it’s hard not to like a game when it’s so amazingly kind to you!
Many online bingo games come with a bonus game of sorts that plays out at the end of some or all rounds, but Reel Bingo’s variation on the theme is a little different to what I have seen in the past. Rather than the bonus round being reserved exclusively for the full house winner, every player involved in the game is given a shot at collecting the prize instead!
There’s a major caveat here; the bonus round only occurs once every ten or so games. The trigger for the bonus can be spotted as one row of symbols that is called during the game will all have BAR labels tagged on top of them. Every round where this occurs will feature the bonus game at the end.
During the bonus game, all players are in a race to be the first to collect ten BAR symbols. It’s essentially just a second game of bingo, but the prize is larger than that for the main game, so it’s always exciting when you manage to get involved in a round that includes the bonus.