Wayne's NEW Heart Bingo Review
If you've visited Heart Bingo today you will find that it has completely changed! New website, new software, new exclusive games and bingo rooms - plus, Olly Murs!
I have to admit I am a little bit blown away by the first look at the new Heart Bingo. They had previously soft-launched the site under the not-so-secret name of H Bingo but this new version looks almost nothing like what H Bingo has been the last month or so. It's taken me a bit by surprise.
Now that I've spent a little bit of time browsing the site and playing a few games, I'm ready to chip in with my first review of the brand new Heart Bingo.
So what's new?
Well, if you were an existing Heart Bingo player then you may struggle to get your bearings on this new site. The layout is a bit different and the homepage may confuse with the bingo and slot games being shown together in 'Hot Picks'.
If you're on mobile just click the bingo button at the bottom, or the bingo link at the top if you're on desktop. This will then show just the bingo games. Click any of these and the game will load, and then once you're in you can access a more traditional looking Pragmatic Play lobby.
Heart's New Bingo rooms
Heart has launched with a total of 12 bingo rooms, 8 of which are part of the Pragmatic Play network (meaning they're linked with other sites) and 4 of which are exclusive.
The exclusive rooms are:
- Heart Bonanza Bingo (a bingo room themed on the Sweet Bonanza slot)
- Newbies Room
- Session Bingo (played 3 times a day)
- After Eight (£1k jackpot game played every Friday)
- Reels Room (pays out in slot spins)
- Second Chance Sunday (6 free tickets given if you played Heart Bonanza Room in week and DIDN'T win)
- Winners Podium (6 free tickets given if you played Heart Bonanza Room in week and DID win)
The networked rooms include:
- Candy Hearts (aka Drop Pots Room which features 3 new jackpots that could drop anytime)
- Bingo Blast (super-fast 90 ball game that gets straight to the action)
- Heart & Soul (90 ball)
- Dance Floor (75 ball)
- Fun Fest (80 ball)
- Brunch Club (30 ball)
They also have one or two of the regular networked big money games, such as the £2,000 played every Saturday night, and the big money end of month game that changes each month (on launch month this was a £10k prize game).
Daily Heart Bonanza Free Game
On the old version of Heart Bingo they had a few different daily free games you could choose from, such as Doubly Bubbly and Tikis Catch of the Day. Each of these games had a similar prize mechanism, in that you got a few tries at the game each day, with the idea being you will come back to play your next turn, and by the end of the week match enough symbols to get a prize.
Now on the new Heart Bingo they have built something similar called Heart Bonanza Daily Game. In this game you select 6 hearts each day and you win prizes if you match a minimum of 3 symbols. The game runs from Monday - Sunday, weekly.
Although considering they launched the site on a Thursday, I'm a little annoyed that there is probably no point playing this game as I've already missed Mon, Tue & Wed!
I always liked these kind of loyalty games, but according to the T&Cs on launch day, this promotion is only available for 14 days after registration (or Heart Bingo launch if you were a H Bingo player) so I'm a little unsure if the game is no longer available after that.
On the old site, the daily free games you could always play so long as you had made a deposit of £10 in your lifetime. Doesn't look like the new Heart is going to be as generous. That could change so check the site for the latest terms and conditions.
Heart Exclusive slot games
Heart have obviously been keen to have as many exclusive titles as they could get for the relaunch, so they have Heart Bonanza, which is a rebranded version of Sweet Bonanza (similar to the bingo room of the same name).
They've also got a Heart branded Slingo game and a slot called Bubble Wild which appears to be 'heavily influenced' shall we say by the Gamesys slot, Double Bubble, which was popular on the old Heart Bingo site.
There is also an Olly Murs themed slot, Big Box Bonus, which ties in nicely with Olly Murs being the new brand ambassador for the site. Although I'm not too sure about the graphics of Olly within the game - it's not the best likeness I've ever seen!
Those of you in the know may be aware that BetVictor (who now run Heart Bingo) decided to soft-launch the new Heart Bingo a month or two earlier under the not-so-discreet codename of H Bingo. The idea being to get the site up and running in advance of the contract with Gamesys running out, then once it did, switching everything over (including the name) to Heart Bingo.
That original H Bingo site wasn't much special. It didn't have all of the exclusive rooms or slot games, there was no Olly Murs and there was even no chat in the bingo rooms! It's fair to say I wasn't expecting very much.
So when I logged on today and saw the real Heart Bingo as it was intended to look like, I was blown away by everything they had done and how it had come together.
Purists won't enjoy the games as much as the ones on Gamesys. They may miss the Superlinks every 30 minutes of an evening and other Gamesys exclusives like the new Bubble Up Bingo game. But overall I think they've done a fantastic job with this move and I think they're definitely one to watch.