No deposit required bonus: £5 free (financial details required at registration)
First deposit bonus: 200% (min. deposit required is £5)
Reload Bonuses: 50% on all deposits of at least £10
Costa Bingo epitomises the bold, brassy, in-yer-face tabloid style of bingo sites that are designed to cheer up miserable Brits whilst they endure endless drudgery and drizzle. Sunny, Costa's large, grinning mascot is ever-present and fits in well with the blue sky and sunshine colour scheme that's used throughout. It's all very accessible and will appeal to both male and female players alike without alienating the core group of players that the site is aimed at.
Registration is about as simple as you'll find, with nothing more than basic details required and a note sent to your registered email address '“ and, crucially, there's no need to supply banking details or make a deposit until after you've joined up. When you do decide to deposit, though, you can use most credit or debit cards, or Neteller - and withdrawals are processed after a 48 hour period. Although banking options are not made clear until you actually deposit; the FAQs cover most things you'll need to know and there's online chat help as well as telephone or email assistance.
The bingo itself comes in 90 and 75 ball format only, so you won't find any of the really fast, newer games '“ but otherwise there's a huge range of choice with four free games offering jackpots of up to £15, and then games costing from 1p up to 10p per card. Whilst jackpots vary from game to game in the standard bingo offerings, there are also guaranteed jackpot games costing as little as 10p with some pretty generous jackpots on offer every night and on a weekly basis as well as some big prize fund games for free too. Needless to say there are also progressive jackpot games here too.
Once inside the bingo rooms everything's laid out clearly, with purchase options to the left, your tickets in the middle and the chat window to the right. Sadly when playing the free games the chat window is disabled: Instead, this space is used to encourage you to deposit, so you'll need to fund your account to meet your bingo buddies and chat hosts; though when we did the hosts were some of the best we've encountered: The banter was friendly without being mind-numbing, and the use of endless emoticons and overused lingo with multiple exclamation marks was refreshingly absent.
The side games are superb here: Costa haven't restricted themselves to one software provider, and you'll see some classic household name slots like the IGT version of Cleopatra, alongside other top-range titles like Irish Luck and Amazon Wild. Most bingo slot side games tend to be fairly rudimentary with only standard wilds and scatters, perhaps with a free spins facility '“ but these offer some decent bonus rounds and genuinely compelling gameplay along with progressive jackpots and even tournament play. In fact it's almost enough to distract you from your bingo, however the side games here appear in a separate window even though you can launch them from within the bingo rooms themselves. This gives the appearance of being less integrated than they could be and prevents you from easily playing side games whilst simultaneously playing bingo - which is a shame if you like to set your bingo to autoplay whilst you go for a spin on the slots. There are also scratchcards on offer if you're interested '“ again, well presented and above par for a bingo site.
Overall, the rooms have a pleasant crispness about them, from the satisfying sound effect made when you purchase tickets to the clipped tones of the callers with their British accents. More significantly, the callers alternate between male and female which we felt was a nice touch, and there's a feeling running throughout the site that everything from navigation through to in-play details have been thought through and constantly refined to the point where you quickly gain complete confidence in Costa's product.
Bingo Games Available
Costa Bingo offers 90 ball bingo and two variants of the 75 ball game, the traditional pattern bingo and five-line bingo. In addition to this you will find the usual instant win gaming suite offered by brands using the 888/Globalcom gaming software.
Deposit / Withdrawal / Wagering Requirements
The minimum deposit required is £5.
Reload bonuses require a minimum deposit of at least £10
The minimum withdrawal amount is £30.
The wagering requirements set our in the Terms and Conditions state 4x the amount of deposit and bonus received. However a withdrawal may be processed prior to meeting these requirements so long as you have deposited a minimum of £20 in your lifetime as a player with the brand but bonus funds will be forfeited at the time of withdrawal.