Visiting Sun Bingo
The first aspect of the label we wish to discuss within this first section, is how the page that greets you isn’t the actual homepage but more a promotional one. If you search via Google or similar, you’ll be sent to a page that informs you about sign-up bonuses alongside the Sun Bingo login, but that’s about it. Nestled in the top right hand corner is a button that says “homepage”, select that and you’ll see what the main site looks like. Personally, this two page introduction seems unnecessary, and can be potentially off-putting to gamers. Nonetheless, once you get past that, you’ll finally get o the goods of SunBingo.
Other Sun Bingo reviews spend a lot of time looking into the tabloid owners’ past, choosing to discuss the sensationalism associated with The Sun, rather than focusing on what really matters here. The bingo. Our Sun Bingo review intends to go beyond the drama of the media, to delve into the depths of what this label offers and whether it’s suited to the masses, as its advertising suggests. From what we’re given access to when first visiting TheSun, we’d be inclined to believe that this is a budget friendly, highly accessible website that champions all its users rather than a few. However, until we’ve tested every aspect of Sun Bingo online, we won’t give our final conclusion.
Sun Bingo Bonuses
First up on the agenda is promotional deals, particularly the main Sun Bingo bonus that is advertised, otherwise known as the welcome deal. Every iGaming site has one, but some are better than others, the question we’re asking is is SunBingo’s welcome deal as good as others, and what does it consist of? Before we get into the terms of the welcome package, we have to confirm that there’s no Sun Bingo no deposit bonuses available, meaning that you’ll always have to play with real cash in order to unlock the rewards of the website.
The Welcome to Sun Bingo deal is easy enough to understand, with users needing to allocate at least £10 into their account, followed by them then using that money to buy bingo tickets. If you only deposit the cash but don’t play with it, you’ll not get the £30 bonus monies deal. The £30 extra you’ll receive is broken down into two components: a £20 bingo bonus, meaning that you can only use this money on bingo specific titles, while the other £10 of the deal is a side games bonus. The latter refers to the slots of SunBingo, another branch of the website we’ll go into detail about later on.
Once you have your money, you’ll have seven days to utilise it, alongside four hours of free bingo now that you’re a new member. SunBingo itself suggests newbies play inside the Learner Room, a bingo hall specifically created to help introduce newcomers to the ways of Sun Bingo and its gameplay. Although the four hours of free gaming has no wagering requirements, unfortunately the £30 bonus does; the £20 bonus has a x3 wagering requirement, while the £10 one has a much higher x30. To put that into context, you’ll need to wager at least £300 to meet this x30 rollover, whereas the bonus rollover only needs a £60 wager to be met.
Partnered with the welcome offer is a pageful of promotional materials, both seasonal and returning favourites. Consequently, you’ll be hard pushed to deal a promo that isn’t suited to your interests, but while promotions are all well and good, what of loyalty schemes? Some could argue that the SunBingo offers loyalty in its daily giveaways and free bingo, however we prefer more rigid schemes to follow, e.g. collecting loyalty points and/or VIP levels. Unfortunately, we couldn’t find either of these. That being said, you can get a reward for referring a friend to SunBingo, a setup which mimics elements of loyalty schemes we know and love, and so there is something here for you to work towards.
Sun Bingo Promo Code
In the same vein as promotions, we now turn out attention to promotional codes. In short, there’s no SunBingo promo codes to input when opting into a deal, however that doesn’t mean terms and conditions won’t alter as time goes on. Furthermore, while we couldn’t find any specific Sun Bingo bonus codes, there may well be certain partners of the bingo site that offer exclusive codes if you join via them. And so, once again, it’s a case of keeping your eyes peeled for further details.
Jackpots and Promotions
Seeing as there’s no promo codes, you’d be forgiven for thinking that there’s no longevity in what SunBingo can offer you, but you’d be wrong. In regards to the jackpot promotions that this website delivers, there are several different options vying for your attention. Most of these can only be played for via the bingo titles of the site, however occasionally there’ll be a casino based jackpot that you can also work towards.
One deal we’d like to point you in the direction of is the £10K Rainbow Riches jackpot. Focused on the bingo version of the popular slots title, this deal takes place on the second Friday of each calendar month, between 5pm and midnight. When you purchase a ticket, priced at up to 25p per game, and play during this time, you are in with a chance of winning part of the £10,000 prize pool. To help increase your chances, as many as 50 tickets for each game can be bought. If that doesn’t whet your appetite however, there’s smaller daily jackpots, as well as the opportunity to win a cruise for two. It’s not quite a wad of cash, but we’d still say that it’s an impressive jackpot!
Sun Bingo Mobile
Luckily for all of you who are already hooked, SunBingo can be played on your mobiles and tablets, therefore making it a grab and go type of gaming fix. Nevertheless, while there’s a Sun Bingo app to download, should you wish to, the reviews are a little undecided on how good the app actually is. At this moment in time, the Android app store only has 75 reviews of the app, with that having resulted in a 3 star rating. When compared to other bingo sites online, that rating is quite low.
On the flip side of this though, you have the fact that the application can be installed for free, and that you can choose to ignore the app altogether and play via your browser instead. We found that if you want better peace of mind with reference to game controls and navigation, the mobile website will be better for you. As for the app itself, it can be installed straight from the IOS and Android store.
Sun Bingo Games and Software
If you’re about to play one of Sun Bingo UK’s many titles, you’ll need to select the right subsection on the homepage in order to reach them. The natural way to proceed would to be click the “play bingo” widget, however if you do that when you’re not a member or logged in, you’ll find yourself reverted to the login page. The same will also happen when you click “play slots”. Consequently, to streamline the experience the best for yourselves, we’d advise selecting the games section for Sun Bingo slots and the about bingo option for the main bingo lobby.
The lobby is rammed with 16 bingo halls, each of which offer a different genre of the game; some are big name ones, like Rainbow Riches, while others have been specially designed for SunBingo. The main form of the game is 90 ball bingo, but there’s also 36 ball, 75 ball, and 40 ball bingo as well, however the latter options are few and far between. Given the fact that 90 ball titles are among the most popular, it makes sense for SunBingo to cater to them the most. Each of the rooms will say whether you can play now, as well as whether it’s mobile friendly, but otherwise you’ll have to guess the other info. This is a little disappointing to see, as most bingo websites show us the number of players, time until next game, ticket price, etc.
But what about the slot machines? Of those there are many, coming from Quickspin, Lightning Box, and other such smaller developers. If you’re disheartened by the lack of big name developers, try not to be as these smaller, more niche titles are just as fun, if not more so. In regards to how many slots you can play, should you decide to test out this side of the Sun Bingo label, there’s just under 150 activities. You’ll be pleased to note that a lot of these are big jackpot games, so you stand to win a lot of cash if Lady Luck smiles down on you.
Deposits and Withdrawals
If you’re here for free bingo only, you may not be bothered about how banking works here, however if there’s even the slightest chance you’ll game with real cash, we’d advise you have a quick read of this. The main reason we say this is due to the payment methods accepted. A lot of people wrongly assume that a side will either offer a wide array or methods or very few at all; SunBingo falls squarely in the middle of this. They deliver a small handful of options, including ewallets like Skrill and PayPal, alongside credit/debit cards like Visa. No matter which one of these you use, you’ll have the meet the minimum £5 requirement, and remain under the maximum £1,000 limit. Please ensure you’re aware that the only enabled currency is GBP.
As for the withdrawals, they ask for the same low limit of £5 per transaction, however they sadly only allow withdrawals for wire transfers and/or card payments, leaving those of you who use ewallets a little putout. A withdrawal is usually processed within a couple of days, but can sometimes take up to 7 days, which is above the average timeframe set by other bingo websites. Fortunately, there’s a ray of light here in that no additional banking fees are applied to your transactions.
There’s no majority issues with the safety of the banking nor how it’s processed, we just feel that the system could be refined further in order to give users an even more stress free experience when using it.
Community is massively important to SunBingo, which helps the brand reclaim any ground lost because of their banking system. Some of you may not feel that community is such a vital part of a bingo site, but we find that the more social of the brands, the more likely players are to keep coming back for more.
One of the first details you see on the community page is the winners section, a way in which Sun Bingo celebrates many of its most recent winners; not only does it say what they won, but it also shares their username, therefore allowing other users to look out for them when they’re gaming. Then we have a chat host section that allows you to meet the faces behind the chats that are managed when you’re gaming, which is a unique yet hugely beneficial feature for the website to include. It helps this website feel more personal and intimate.
If you’re more about specific social media channels, Sun Bingo has a Twitter and Facebook feed, with the hashtag SunBingo being the main way you can chat and discover other players who share the same love of the website as you do. This is the part of the website where you’ll find mention of any events currently running as well, which again helps socialising come full circle.
Pros and Cons
Our final thought on Sun Bingo is that it’s a good brand with much potential still to be unleashed, but sadly there’s certain elements of its design that hold it back. There’s a lot to love about this website, but there’s still some parts of it that may hinder your love for it growing into anything more. To help you separate the good from the bad, we’ve compiled a little pros and cons breakdown for you.
- Lots of bingo rooms and side games to play
- Plenty of promotional materials to engage with
- An active social media presence and strong sense of community
- Mobile app available for free download
- Withdrawal waiting times can sometimes be longer than average.
- Payment methods are limited when compared with other bingo sites and online casinos
- The game thumbnails lack details about the current game playing, e.g. users, ticket cost, etc