Building on the success of online bingo portals like Kitty Bingo and Lucky Pants Bingo, the Daub Alderney network launched Bingo Extra in early 2015, aiming to bring a '50s feel to the experience of playing online bingo. It's certainly something a bit 'different', albeit charming, but you've also got many exciting bonuses to take advantage of at Bingo Extra, as well as a wider 'community' section and some great 5 line, 75 ball and 90 ball bingo games.
Bingo online isn't just about the bingo itself - it's also about the associated goodies that you can get! Bingo Extra has clearly understood this, which is why it offers a deposit £10 play with £50 to those depositing at the site for the first time. Similar bonuses are available on your second and third deposits, of 100% and 150% respectively, both up to a maximum of £50. The site also has a very generous loyalty programme, encompassing no fewer than five VIP levels.
Whether you are most interested in playing online bingo of the 5 line, 75 ball or 90 ball variety, you can be assured of finding something to suit at Bingo Extra. The site offers a packed bingo schedule encompassing a broad range of themed bingo rooms, from the 90 ball Newbie Room and Penny Arcade to the 75 ball Candy Store and Weekly Shop. In addition, the site offers various non-bingo games that you can use to while away the hours, including Starburst, Grease: Danny & Sandy, Lady Luck Deluxe and many more.
Enter one of Bingo Extra's many online bingo rooms, and the general experience is pretty much what you would expect, with the interface being a colourful, but not garish one and the sound effects appropriately classy and understated in line with the site's '50s theme. It is an interface that strikes the right balance between smart presentation and being simple and intuitive enough for even beginner bingo players to confidently use. In the bottom right-hand corner of each bingo room window is a chat box that you can use to have a natter with your fellow players... just like in the 'old days'!
While Daub Alderney itself provides much of the software underpinning the site, certain third party providers, such as Play'n GO, are responsible for supporting games. Regardless, the general gameplay experience at Bingo Extra is smooth and intuitive. All games are also 'instant play', so there's no need to download anything.
Bingo Extra lacks the downloadable mobile app that many of its rivals can offer, with players instead needing to navigate to and use the site via their smartphone or tablet browsers if they aren't near a desktop computer. Thankfully, the site has been beautifully optimised regardless for those playing online bingo on a smaller screen.
The bingo interface on mobile looks similar to its desktop counterpart, but has been redesigned to offer the same level of intuitiveness to those swiping a screen with their finger. Seriously, you might forget you're even playing via a handheld device.
Signing-up: Registering to play the top bingo online at Bingo Extra couldn't be any easier - it can all be done in about two minutes via a single sign-up screen. You will be asked for all of the obvious details, such as your first name, last name, date of birth, postcode and intended username and password. Then, you can click 'Join Now' and get started - you don't even need to verify your account by email.
Bingo Extra provides all of the obvious options by which to put down a deposit, including the time-honoured MasterCard, Maestro and Visa payment cards, as well as well-known 'e-wallets' like PayPal, Neteller and Paysafecard. These payment methods can all be easily used via the 'Cashier' section of the site.
The best online bingo sites are always strong in the customer support department, and Bingo Extra is no exception, with players able to get in touch via 'live chat', telephone or email. There isn't a guaranteed response time for any of these, but we nonetheless tended to receive email replies within a few hours of contacting the site.
However, you may find that your query is already answered somewhere on the extensive Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) page, which addresses such aspects of using the site as banking, the loyalty scheme and the bingo and slot games themselves. Unfortunately, such support is only provided in English, with the sole available telephone numbers being UK ones.
Bingo Extra has so much more to offer than an endearing '50s theme, actually being one of the more promising places to play online bingo, despite having only launched relatively recently. With its easy-to-use bingo software, fun side games, generous bonuses and more, the site is a surprisingly impressive all-rounder.