Aside from intriguing bonuses and great promotions, most of us choose a bingo site ultimately for the great bingo games they can offer us. As most sites are either linked to certain networks or are powered by specific software providers, a lot of the games offered on sites tend to be the same across those who share the same provider or network.
With this in mind it’s relatively easy to compare across sites on different networks or who use different operators. We’ve compiled a handy guide below of the main networks and software providers, including the quality and types of games on offer, compatibility, and any unique features or elements which make them different to or stand out from the games on other networks.
Cozy Games have been around since 2005, offering fantastic bingo software. Bingo sites using their software are often networked, linked to the Live Bingo Network, however there are also a few standalone Cozy Games sites out there. The fact they are networked makes them easy to spot as you’ll notice that almost all of them offer the same bingo games and tournaments. Cozy Games sites offer one of the widest varieties of bingo around, with 80 ball, 50 ball and 30 ball rooms in their games lobby in addition to the regular 90 ball and 75 ball games. Most Cozy Games sites offer free bingo and regular guaranteed games too. Sites powered by this software also offer a mix of unique and third party provided slot games, with most of the same slots and instant win games offered across all brands. Cozy Games software is also completely mobile ready, powered by HTML5 and with over 50 games for mobile players to choose from.
15 Network has only been around since 2011, but already has grown into one of the most established bingo networks around. This bingo network uses its own proprietary software, which means that again, sites on the 15 Network all have a similar feel, often offering the same networked promotions and bingo rooms with little over and above this from site to site. Only recently the network launched its second mobile version, meaning all sites operating under 15 Network became far more mobile responsive and could now offer mobile players the opportunity to spin the prize wheel as part of their welcome package – something which was always available to desktop players but not previously to mobile players. This network offers 90 and 75 ball versions of bingo and a range of slot games including those from third parties, such as some of the hugely popular Eyecon slots like Fluffy Favourites. Sites on this network do have one unique offering at their disposal though, in the form of video bingo. Launched in late 2014, a variety of these bingo and slot hybrid games became available on 15 Network sites, the first network offering of its kind in the UK.
Microgaming is widely regarded as one of the top gaming providers in the industry, having been around since the 1990s and launching the first online casino over 20 years ago. Since then the gaming developer branched into offering bingo sites, of course offering sites with the best and most innovative side games in the industry. Sites on this software are highly responsive on both desktop and mobile, with a library of top slot games available on both types of device. Microgaming is known for its branded or licensed slots and progressive jackpots so you’re sure to find loads of ways to win big on these sites. Another feature of this provider is that sites powered by Microgaming are all different, and come with their own quirks such as the vampire based Immortal Romance and dinosaur themed Jurassic Park slot, both with a 243 ways to win feature not seen on games by any other developer. In addition, Microgaming is at the forefront of bingo and slot game provision, with their most recent development delving them into the world of smart watch gaming. Their Dark Knight Rises slot is the first game of its kind to be developed for compatible use with the Samsung Gear 2 smart watch.
Dragonfish is the B2B gaming software platform provider for 888 Holdings, so can testify to many years in the industry providing everything from full bingo sites with networked promotions, offers, games and rooms to more tailor made sites which have the freedom to differentiate from the average Dragonfish layout. As such, there’s no standard experience you can expect from Dragonfish, though you can expect to have access to a wide range of different games, as this provider is home to over 1,000 different titles across bingo, casino, poker and quickplay games. Not only are bingo sites powered by this provider fully mobile optimised, but Dragonfish also offer other platform solutions such as in-flight entertainment and compatible with hotel TVs, so soon there will literally be nowhere you can’t play these awesome games!
Founded in 2001, Gamesys is home to some of the biggest bingo brands in the industry such as Sun Bingo and the renowned Jackpot Joy. Brands using this software tend to be highly adaptable, so you wouldn’t necessarily be able to tell that both were powered by the same software. For example Jackpot Joy has its own unique range of specially created slots and promotions based around its mascot Tiki Monkey, whilst Sun bingo has its own Winning Headlines slot among others, which no other brand on Gamesys, or any other network for that matter, can offer players. Although mobile compatible, Gamesys sites with mobile apps or compatible sites tend to offer far less to the player than their desktop counterpart. Seen as one of the major downfalls of this provider, a lot of the great games that they have to offer are currently lost to a mobile audience.
So whilst there is a difference in the types of bingo and slot games you can look forward to playing on sites powered by different software, most game providers try to offer something different from everyone else whilst still giving you a great gaming experience no matter what kind of online gamer you are.