Some bingo platforms are perfectly content being just what they are. Others jump out of their skin pretending to be real casinos, like a pimply teenage hipster who thinks he’s Steve Jobs just because his mom bought him a Macbook. Bingo Godz, a platform created by Bede Gaming back in 2012, tries to keep the balance between the two, with mixed success. Easy, now, Bingo Godz, don’t whine, you’re a casino all right. Unfortunately, this means we’re going to rate you as one. No indulgences.
The first thing we’ve noticed about Bingo Godz is its weak design. The layout looks ancient. The fonts are either unreadable or plain ugly; the cartoonish gods artwork is cute, but unoriginal. Despite its simple navigation, the site feels a bit heavy and clumsy. It’s also poorly optimized, so in certain browsers it runs slower than a hippo’s ass. That’s why, if you notice Godz lagging, try switching religi… umm, browsers. And, mind you, we are talking about the recently renewed version here. Luckily, we haven’t come across the fossils of the older one – not ‘out in the open’, at least. But some subtle things, like occasional broken links and separate lobbies for slot games, indicate that these remnants are still buried somewhere underneath, so the site could use a new engine.
As a casino, Godz offers just enough software to qualify as ‘okay’. A typical array of slots, a few dozen table game titles, a couple of scratchcards, and a keno.
“There are only TWO ways to deposit or withdraw cash at Bingo Gods”
As a gambling platform in general, Godz looks decent and trustworthy. A UK-exclusive, it has two of the top-tier licenses – UKGC and Alderney. The site has a good reputation with bingo fans. The pages are encrypted with SSL protocol, and all the software is tested by third-party auditors.
Customer Support. The Support is available via live chat or email. Live chat does not operate 24/7 as it says, probably not even 12/5. On the bright side, the support guys provide great service (thank Godz): the operators are competent and confident and patient enough to explain the tangled logic of the casino’s bonus system even to a chimpanzee.
Banking: sucks big time. There are only two (!) ways to deposit or withdraw cash at Bingo Godz: card and wire transfer. Thus, making a withdrawal may take up to 5 banking days. Since the casino operates exclusively in the UK, the only available currency is pound sterling. Why don’t they accept both - EUR and GBP as do Gala Casino, Casumo Casino, and Pokies Casino? The minimum single deposit is £10, the maximum is £5,000, while the daily limit is £24,000. Withdrawals range from £20 to £10,000.
Software and Game Variety
Much like every other bingo casino platform, Bingo Godz cannot (and does not intend to) boast a huge game library. It offers a modest 300+ collection from some of the top developers, such as Evolution Gaming, IGT, NetEnt, iSoftBet, Microgaming, Realistic Games, etc.
Casino games fall into three categories: slots, table games and ‘instant win’. Slots are the most populated category, everyone’s proverbial cup of tea; table games feature an interesting selection of casino classics, such as Poker, Roulette, and Blackjack, along with three variations of video poker.
- Slots: Starburst, Deal or No Deal, Planet of the Apes;
- Table Games: Baccarat, Blackjack, Roulette;
- Card Games: Blackjack Perfect Pairs, Blackjack Multihand, 3 Card Brag;
- Video Poker: Triple Play Draw, Double Double Bonus, Match Times Pay;
- Other Games: Ultimate Keno, Scratch 4, Beehive Bedlam;
The smallest bunch, ‘instant win’, features only 13 games, including 5 scratchcards, a lonely keno, and an assortment of arcades.
Bingo Godz Mobile and Live Games
The mobile version is slower, uglier and laggier than its desktop sister. Most of the menus and artworks are hidden; the games are all dumped in one long list, regardless of the type. Although the mobile version retains most of the gaming functionality of the original, it looks more barren and deserted than the sands of Sahara.
Live Casino came as a pleasant surprise for us. Although the choice is limited (around a dozen titles), the pick of games is quite good.
And then there’s bingo, of course. It’s pretty good, but let’s just leave it at that.
“Until the requirements are met, the maximum wager is £5”
Bonuses and Promotions
If you’re not a particular fan of the bingo game, this would be your show stopper. The bonus offers on Bingo Godz’ site look cool, but there’s a ton of fine print behind them. So, if you’ve never been to a bingo casino before, take note: we’re about to explore some advanced terms & conditions, starting with the entry bonus. Bingo Godz adds 200% to your first deposit (hmmm…), up to £100, and requires wagering 4x the bonus amount to withdraw it. Wait, WUT? Just 4 times? On bonus alone? Here’s the catch: you cannot wager this bonus on ANYTHING except bingo. That is why it is called ‘bingo bonus’, often referred to as ‘what do I do with this shit?’ by those unfamiliar with the concept.
It is opposed to ‘casino bonus’, more popularly called ‘your regular bonus’. Of course, you can still wager deposit money, but there are only a few slots (and even less table games) where this would actually help ransom your bonus. Until the requirements are met, the maximum wager is £5. Most of the secondary promotions that appear on Bingo Godz work exclusively with bingo bonus. Regular (‘casino’) bonuses are not uncommon, either, but they are usually smaller. So before you jump in, make sure you read the bonus terms carefully, or ask the support team to elaborate.