Who knew playing Bingo could be so fun?
Author: Brandon Girod
Date: 27 May 2017, tested on HTC One M8
Lots of different ways to play, features online multiplayer, play multiple boards at the same time
Ugly aesthetics, the ui has too much going on
Bingo for Android is an incredibly faithful adaption of the game we all played back in elementary school, or maybe that was one drunk weekend for some of you. Regardless, it’s about as cheesy as you’d expect but offers a surprisingly fun experience depending on how you play the game.
So, all the rules are the same. You have your letters (B, I, N, G, O) and numbers that randomly correspond with each. The announcer will come through and announce the next combination through your speaker and you can also see it on a bar at the top if you prefer to play without sound.
Joining games is really simple and you’re actually playing against other players, which is an effect I thought was pretty cool. You might not get to see them or hear any colorful commentary from them but you at least know if you’re winning or losing.
Playing through the game you’ll be able to access more and more boards. You start off with two and you can choose to play with just one or both at the same time. Unfortunately, how you do this isn’t really explained so you kind of have to do a bit of digging through the options. Which kind of brings up just how much of a mess the UI is. There is way too much going on and nothing is really explained. I feel like that’s a bit of a misstep considering what type of demographic this app would appeal to.
I actually have a ton of fun with Bingo and continued to play long after I had gotten a good grasp on the app itself. It has all of the same allure of the original while giving you the chance to just sit back and play in the comfort of your own home or even on the go.