Unfortunately, thereís not much you can do with bingo to make it exciting to play either, and although the developers of Bingo
tried, thereís just not enough here to warrant a purchase or play. When you first set up the game, itís set up so that you arenít playing against anyone, ďso you can get used to Bingo.Ē All right. The game works just like real Bingo -- you have cards that you mark, you listen to the announcer as he calls the various numbers, and once you have a pattern that matches whatever youíre going after, you call ďBingo.Ē
You can play against from 1 to 100 computer opponents, which makes it a good bit more interesting, but it still doesnít have much game appeal. You can also play on the Internet, but that grows old just as fast. The game offers more than 100 different board configurations and variations on gameplay, which is nice, but the strategic difference between Bingo Bugle and Star and Crescent escapes me. Youíre still putting dots on cards.
Now, credit must be given where credit is due. The developers did the best they could with what they had, and as it is, Bingo Bingo Bingo is a respectable computerized version of the real thing. The problem lies in the fact that no one really needed a computer version of Bingo. Part of the fun of the game is in the fact that you play it, especially at church fairs, at a social event, talking to your friends and the game being something of a secondary thing. Bingo forces you to concentrate fully on the bingo game itself, and itís just not fun.
You can print out the cards and play that way, but thatís much more of a bother than itís worth.
Vascon packed in two other games with Bingo: a Keno game and a Solitaire card game. The Keno game is just as lifeless as Bingo, but the Solitaire game is actually a pretty solid implementation of Klondike, Freecell, and whatnot. However, itís not enough to redeem the package.