If you’re already a member of, or are thinking about joining an online bingo site like Bingo Mania, you’ll want to make sure that there are enough games to prevent you from becoming bored further down the line. Now, we’re sure you love to play 75-ball games as much as we do, but if you’ve yet to dabble in online slots and mini games, you really are missing out on a whole other world of fun.
At some games sites, you can play mini games (which are smaller versions of slots and popular casino card and table games) at the SAME time as you play in your favorite rooms! After all, provided you’re using the auto-dab facility to mark off the numbers on your cards, there’s really not much concentration required for online bingo until you start closing in on a Full House.
Why are they so popular?
One answer to this would be variety. However, in recent years, many online bingo fans have been discovering and hence demanding online slots like the popular Sugar Rush and side games, and therefore the bingo sites are aiming to please by adding them to their selection of games. There’s a huge freedom to be found in having an extensive range of games at your disposal, particularly at sites where the bingo games stop running at certain times. Twenty years ago, you’d have had to travel to specific locations like Las Vegas to be able to play slots, and now you’ve got the option to play them online, via your mobile, or on your tablet device. In fact, many of the titles you’ll come across in land-based casinos have been released in online form, such as Wolf Run, Cleopatra, and Wheel of Fortune. So, if you’d rather save the airfare and spend your funds on exciting online games instead, make sure the next site you’re thinking of joining offers a great selection of slots and side games.
Where to find them
You’ll usually find a Mini Games window labelled on the same screen as your bingo cards. By using a scroll bar or the forwards/backwards button, you can browse through the selection available until you see something you like. Just like an online casino, you’ll usually be able to change your bet size to one that suits your budget perfectly and, after a few spins, if you decide you’d rather try a different game, you can simply change your selection again and again. Other online bingo sites which offer full-sized slot games tend to include a tab marked ‘Slots’ in the lobby or as an item on the top menu bar.
How to get started
All slots and mini games are slightly different, depending on who the manufacturer is, e.g., Microgaming, Aristocrat, IGT, Quickspin. However, they do share plenty of similarities, such as the amount of pay-lines you can play with, varying coin sizes, and varying betting ranges. If you like the thought of winning a life-changing sum of money, make sure you look out for progressive games as these often offer the biggest prizes (often millions of dollars!). If you decide to play a progressive game, be sure to check the pay-table for details of how to qualify for the jackpot; usually, you need to be betting with the max to win it, and some gaming designers create games which pay a smaller percentage of the progressive jackpot to players spinning with a lower bet, and a higher percentage (up to 100%) to those betting at the opposite end of the spectrum.
If you’ve never played a slot game before, we recommend you try one in demo mode first as you won’t need to risk any of your own money. While this means you won’t be able to enjoy any real winnings, it’ll help you get the hang of your chosen game before you decide to dip into your own funds.
What can I win?
Obviously, the majority of players are hoping to win cash prizes or even a juicy progressive jackpot. However, there are other perks you can potentially enjoy when playing this type of game. Free spins are a great reward, and you’ll normally need to spin a certain combination of symbols to receive them. Some games offer as many as twenty-five free spins, and if you’re lucky enough to win some, you’ll get to take the respective number of spins without having to place any bets; plus, plenty of online slots include multipliers in their free spins features which means that any winnings could be multiplied by 2, 3, 5, 10, or even more!
Bonus rounds are another common feature, and these can range hugely from game-to-game. Take, for example, the newly-released Terminator 2 slot from Microgaming, which features plenty more than just a free spins round. Along with movie clips from the original film starring Arnold Schwartzenegger, there’s a randomly-triggered feature called T-800 Vision. When it’s active, you’ll get to experience the game through the eyes of a terminator as he scans the reels for potential prizes.
Carnival of Venice by Top Game is another hugely popular slot among the American online bingo community, and it’s no surprise considering its exciting bonus game. Three or more Bonus symbols on any active pay-line trigger the Unmask the Revellers bonus feature, where you’ll need to click on a selection of masked guests to reveal hidden prizes of up to 6,710 credits. However, if you unmask a reveller who turns out to be a ghost, the feature will end.
So, now that we’ve hopefully given you a taste for a totally different type of game to online bingo, isn’t it time you tried a mini game or slot for a change? A handy tip is to look out for sites that offer you a welcome bonus that can be spent on slots as well as bingo games.
Whether you enjoy five-reel, classic, multi-line, or progressive slot games, make sure you find a bingo site that can offer you the best of both worlds, and you’re almost guaranteed to never run out of fun things to do.