Mirror Bingo is provided by Cashcade, a leading online gambling marketing company that manages online services for companies such as the Daily Mail and, in this case, Trinity Mirror (the newspaper and magazine publisher behind the Daily Mirror). Cashcade also owns successful sites Getminted.com and FoxyBingo.com. In addition to a bingo operation, Cashcade also offers a casino from Trinity Mirror. Established in 2000, Cashcade is based in the UK. Mirror Bingo makes use of Globalcom software.
Mirror Bingo offers a nicely sized list of promotions including a welcome bonus. Unfortunately the site isn’t particularly clear about this bonus and it seems to be confused about whether it is £20 or £10. Either way this isn’t a particularly appealing amount to welcome new players; it doesn’t come close to the bonuses offered by competing sites and there are few with such a feeble offering. In order to obtain your bonus you need to deposit £20 yourself, giving you £40 to start playing with.
Making up for this unimpressive start is the offer to match any deposit with the site with an additional 50% up to £50. The information regarding this and the welcome bonus is, unfortunately, poorly presented. Other promotions are more specific; for example, a mother’s day weekend deal offers a chance to win a spa day. The offers, while fresh, aren’t particularly enticing and they don’t really compensate for the lacklustre welcome bonus.
The home page is packed with adverts for differing elements of the site. It is quite cluttered and certainly lacks any sense of style. Unattractive or not, the site is simple to navigate and you’ll find the usual set of tabs running across the top of the page. A login option is at the left and clearly displayed for returning players.
The registration form is fairly straight forward and it asks for the usual details. Awkwardly, it is required that you enter your card details as part of the registration and without this you cannot get started. This will be particularly irritating for those who prefer to use other forms of deposit methods.
Once you have managed to sign up you will have access to the games on Mirror Bingo. Clicking on play now will open a popup window with a selection of bingo games to choose from. Tabs will lead you to 75 ball and 90 ball bingo games along with a set of instant games. You’ll also have the option to pre-purchase tickets for games yet to begin.
In stark contrast to the unimpressive design of the website itself, the in browser bingo lobby is of high quality with a simple and easy to use design. Tickets are displayed centrally and can be highlighted for purchase with a click. Once highlighted, tickets can be bulk purchased with the buy selected tickets button. A chat room is available on the right of the interface and a nice set of options are available for font choice and other preferences. There are some annoying sound effects but nothing that can’t be resolved with the sound features options.
New games begin periodically and warnings are issued a few seconds before they begin. Written help is provided in a few forms, from basic FAQs to guides for new players. Direct help is available through phone lines and email. Mirror claim to be available 24/7 but the phone lines are actually limited to 10am-6pm Monday-Friday. While the absence of an evening line can almost be forgiven, the lack of any quick response service at the weekend is a serious problem.
In addition to bingo the site also offers some basic casino games. These include roulette, Bejewelled and a handful of other distractions. Beyond this Mirror Bingo is, unsurprisingly, focused on Bingo. For a more complete selection of casino entertainment you can head over to Mirror Casino.
Contrary to the implication on registering, cards are not the only deposit option available to players. Ukash, Neteller, MasterCard, Visa, Delta, Maestro, paysafecard and Wire Transfer are all options. While a reasonable selection, there are sites with a better choice. Deposit limits can be set if desired and self exclusion is also available. Accepted currencies include the pound, the U.S. dollar and the euro.
Mirror Bingo has many niggling issues stopping it from being a high quality service. The actual game interface itself is designed well and once you actually get to play the game the service is fine. Sadly, a poor set of promotions coupled with a weak help service drags Mirror Bingo down. Small issues include the clumsy feel of the website and the fumbled presentation of promotion details. It’s not a complete write off though and if you can ignore these issues and get to the game itself you’ll find a well presented in browser bingo game.
- Safe: Yes
- 24/7 Support: No
- Demos: No
- Download Required: No
- Live Betting: Yes
- Mobile Gambling: No
- Promotions: Yes