Developer: Big Fish Games
Version Reviewed: 1.0.1
Device Reviewed On: iPhone 4S
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Some games, even on the App Store, are so nuanced and complex that trying to nail down what exactly they are and what makes them good can be quite difficult. Big Fish Bingo is not one of those games. It’s just a good game of bingo.
There’s something kind of magic about bingo and that comes through crystal clear in Big Fish Bingo. It’s a game with no skill aside from keeping up with numbers as they are being drawn. There’s no way to tell when one is winning because there is no way to pull ahead of anyone else and the only way to increase one’s chances is to just manage multiple boards at once. It’s the best way for the very young and very old to get into, or back into, gambling.
While it lacks the atmosphere of a good bingo hall, Big Fish Bingo brings as much of the feeling as it can. Players use gems to buy multiple boards, a sensible use of the freemium model, and smoothly scroll through lists of games in the lobbies they inhabit with other players online. The burden is on the player to get as many boards as they think they can manage because the announcer stops for no one. As far as win conditions go, traditional bingo counts, four corners count, and landing on certain numbers provides bonuses at the end of each round. However, unlike in real life, players must actually have a bingo to call bingo.
As for the game’s presentation, it’s generically pleasant and blandly sterile. That may make sense considering the subject matter but a little more excitement would have been nice. Even a few more B11 chicken legs jokes could’ve made a difference. Still, it’s hard to deny how important it is for the target audience that the game be as inoffensive as possible.
Sometimes it feels like a day to play some bingo. While nothing still beats playing in real-life for real money, Big Fish Bingo is about as good as a free mobile game is probably going to get.