Wayne's Bingocams Review
Bingocams is one of the oldest and most unusual bingo sites around. In fact, it is celebrating it's 10th birthday in February 2021, that is how long it has been going.
I remember when it first came on the scene with this unique USP of being the only site to feature chat hosts on webcam in the rooms, as well as 'Live Win Moments' whereby you as a player could appear on screen if you won a full house. It was a totally unique concept and it's fair to say it did scare quite a few people at first, so much so they ended up putting a tagline of 'no webcam required' on the homepage for a time.
It seems not everyone liked the idea of appearing via webcam, so it did put some players off joining. However, you don't have to use a webcam to play, you can of course opt to stay anonymous.
The bingo software at Bingocams is unique to them, but it is very basic bingo with just two variants:
- 90 ball bingo
- 75 ball bingo
I also noticed that the game will start even if you're the only player in the game. I once spent 50p on bingo tickets and then the game played out for a 46p prize. Really annoying that it would do that, most modern bingo sites will not start their games if there aren't enough players to ensure prize money is more than what any individual player had paid in to begin with.
Live Chat Hosts
As I mentioned, one of the main features of Bingocams is that they have live chat hosts who appear on screen during the games. Chat hosts are currently only on between the hours of 8pm - 10pm every evening, so if you want the full Bingocams experience this is the best time to take part.
I joined in one of the chat hosted sessions in the evening and the host was called Luke. I noticed he also has to type what he's speaking on camera, I guess for those who are playing with their sound off. You've got to be good at multi-tasking to be a bingocams host!
The hosts appear in a small video window that floats above the game. When you chat to them via text they will read your messages and reply to you via their livestream. They'll also play various chat games, including one called the Bouncing Bonus game. If you are selected for this game, a ball will bounce around your screen. You have just a few seconds to click the ball with your mouse to win the prize. All the other players in the room will be able to see you and your attempt - if you have your webcam on they'll also see your face.
Speaking to the players in the room, there were so many of them who had been there for several years, including one or two who had beta tested the site back in 2011. It's crazy to think those players stuck with the site all these years, they have a great community albeit a small one.
Live Win Moments
I have to admit I am absolutely fascinated by the Live Win Moments at Bingocams. Not because they are great, but because they are often the most mundane videos you've ever seen! They offer a fascinating glimpse into the homes of the people who play at the site, and the players themselves.
Basically if you've opted in to Live Win Moments you will appear on screen when you win a full house. You've then got a few seconds to do some sort of celebration that will appear in the room.
One of the best things about these winning moments is that Bingocams publishes them on their main website. There is a page you can find and scroll through dozens and dozens of these videos. I sometimes find myself clicking through them all just to see if anyone does anything interesting. Half the time you get a little smile and a thumbs up, but beyond that the celebrations are generally a bit muted and dull.
I remember when the site first launched they would incentivise people to do crazy celebrations by giving away prize money for the best ones each month, but I'm not sure they do that anymore. My favourite celebration recently had to be one player who appeared on camera doing her dishes at the kitchen sink with her back to the camera. I'm sure there are many more gems like this to be found, you really should check it out!