Game Review: Blackout Bingo
- The mix of free and cash games
- Winning cash or prizes
Blackout Bingo is a popular gaming app on the Skillz platform that blends the traditional fun of bingo with the opportunity to win real cash and prizes. The Penny Hoarder rates it as one of the 21 Games That Pay Real Money. Here’s our review:
Gameplay: The game is straightforward and easy to play, even for those with limited bingo experience. Each game lasts two minutes, with a new ball displayed every few seconds. Players daub numbers on their card as they’re called out, aiming for as many bingos as possible. There are several ways to achieve a bingo: horizontal, vertical, diagonal, and covering all four corners.
Cash Tournaments and Earnings: Blackout Bingo offers free practice games and cash tournaments. The entry fees for real matches range from as low as 60 cents to as high as $465, with the potential to win different amounts based on the entry fee. However, it’s important to play responsibly and be aware of the financial risks involved. Losing a tournament means losing your entry fee. On the plus side, there are no membership fees, and the app is free to download.
Rewards and Prizes: Players can earn various rewards, including cash, virtual currency, Skillz tickets (redeemable for merchandise and game credits), and medals. While you can use the virtual currency only to enter new practice games, you can exchange Skillz tickets for real-life prizes like electronics, gift cards, and even vehicles. However, accumulating enough tickets for significant prizes requires extensive play.
Legitimacy and Safety: Blackout Bingo is generally considered safe and legitimate, with a good 4.5 rating in Apple’s App Store. While some users have reported issues with glitches and account problems, the majority of reviews are positive. The app doesn’t bombard players with ads.
Skill and Strategy: Unlike traditional bingo, Blackout Bingo incorporates skill and strategy. Players can use boosts to enhance their gameplay, such as freezing the clock or earning double points. These elements add an extra layer of excitement and challenge.
User Experience: The game has received mixed reviews from users. Some praise it for being fun and addictive, while others raise concerns about the difficulty of winning significant amounts and the potential for losing money. As with any app that involves real money, experiences can vary greatly from person to person.
Bottom Line: Blackout Bingo is more than just a casual game; it offers a competitive edge where skill can potentially lead to cash rewards. However, it’s crucial to approach it with caution and an understanding of the possibility of losing money.
About our TPH Ratings: The Penny Hoarder bases its game ratings on app store reviews and our team’s experiences and insights. We score 1-5 stars overall and for each of three factors: engaging gameplay, the app’s design quality and your chances to win money. Our ratings bear similarities to the app store user reviews but may differ, especially since we’re emphasizing the chance to win money more than many users might. Here’s what we mean by each factor:
- Engaging gameplay: How fun is the game, and for how long? Is it addictively fun?
- Design quality: How intuitive is the interface? Are the graphics and controls high-quality? Does the design add to your enjoyment, or does it frustrate you? Does the app ever freeze up or overload you with ads? These are all important factors in design quality.
- Chance to win money: All of the games on our list offer a legitimate chance to win money, but some are better than others. We take off points if we see multiple reports of a low chance of winning, and for payout difficulties or delays.