When most of us think of the Virgin name, we are immediately put in mind of Sir Richard Branson's business empire. However, Virgin Games - which was indeed launched by Branson's Virgin Group in 2003 - is no longer directly connected to him, having been acquired by Gamesys in 2013.
Today, the site is operated by Gamesys subsidiary Nozee Limited in Gibraltar, and offers not only bingo, but also much of the best in jackpots, slots, casino games and more.
As you might imagine given that Virgin Games isn't solely a bingo site, its promotions aren't exclusively focused on bingo. As a consequence, it's probably not the best site to register an account with if you want to be drowning in bingo-specific promos and bonuses. However, it's an attractive destination if playing online bingo isn't the only thing you intend to do here.
We especially liked that the site makes a number of free games available, subject to you having put down a deposit of at least £10.
Most enthusiasts of online bingo are likely to be more than pleased by the variety of 75-ball, 80-ball and 90-ball bingo rooms that Virgin Games showcases. Seven bingo games in all were available at the time of our visit, namely Superlinks, The Clubhouse, The Crystal Maze Bingo, Studio, Suite, Blox Bingo and Session Bingo.
As you might expect from a well-known and reputable online gaming specialist like Gamesys, all of these bingo rooms are slick and sophisticated in both appearance and function. Furthermore, they can all be enjoyed on an 'instant play' basis through your web browser, so you don't even need to download anything.
To add to this, Virgin Games isn't just a place to experience some of the top online bingo. In fact, it's via the bingo section of the site that you can also access an assortment of instant games such as Scratchcard Shop and Diamond Ultra Cash. Meanwhile, the broader site serves up other popular casino and gaming options like:
These games are powered by a variety of respected software providers, ranging from Gamesys itself and NetEnt to IGT (WagerWorks) and WMS.
The graphical sophistication of the Virgin Games experience is perhaps best appreciated when you play your bingo via its mobile version, whether you do so by navigating straight to the site through your smartphone's web browser, or instead download the app.
Either way, it's a beautiful interface, enabling you to play smartphone-ready versions of the seven bingo rooms we mentioned earlier, as well as a host of other optimised jackpots, slots, casino and poker games. If, in short, you want an impressive-looking, intuitive and refined mobile bingo experience, this is the site to sign up to - speaking of which...
It could take just a few minutes for you to start enjoying some of the best online bingo, thanks to Virgin Games' simple and unfussy registration process. All that you have to do is click 'Join Now' from the homepage and then enter such details as your email address, first name, surname, date of birth and postal address through the subsequent few pages.
Please note that you'll need to verify your identity before the site allows you to start playing games here.
The accepted payment methods are generally the ones that you would expect to be offered on a site like this - think MasterCard Debit, Visa Debit, PayPal and Paysafecard.
When you first open an account at Virgin Games, you will be asked to register one of these payment methods. The exception to this is PayPal, which will only become available for you to register once your first deposit with another payment option has been successfully made.
If you ever need any assistance at Virgin Games, you can open up a database of support resources simply by clicking 'Help and FAQ' at the bottom of the page. You'll then be able to browse sections dedicated to such key topics as bonuses and promotions, the technical side of the site, putting down a deposit, withdrawing funds, and the games themselves.
It is also from here that you will be able to contact the support team directly, whether by 'live chat', telephone or email. Chat support is normally available on a 24-hours-a-day, seven-days-a-week basis, so you should be able to receive a swift response to your query. The phone number provided is free to call, too.
If you want to go beyond merely playing some of the top bingo online and immerse yourself in a broad range of other online gaming categories in a slick and graphically advanced way, Virgin Games may well be the ideal gambling portal for you.