The Machine – Tombola
On 18th of February 2020, something new landed at Tombola HQ – The Machine (40-ball online bingo variation), bringing with it an equal chance to win, two prizes and a chance to scoop both prizes right from under the noses of the other players.
Instead of traditional bingo tickets, participating players receive two cogs attached to a pressure system. Twenty random numbers are assigned to the cogs, 8 to the silver (inner) cog and 12 to the gold. The aim of the game is to mark the numbers on those cogs before anyone else to win the stated prizes. Plus there is a unique feature where you can shortcut your way to all the prizes without having to share! To play the machine, players can stake between 10p and £1 with one ticket (2 cogs) per player per game. The Machine is one of only four bingo games at Tombola to feature no jackpots.
There are no pre-buy options and everyone who plays has the same chance to win. A chat feature appears automatically when entering the bingo game on desktop/laptop. When playing on mobile/tablet chat remains hidden unless accessed independently. Chat games and quizzes are often hosted. There is no schedule to these games and you can win up to £2 (in bonuses) in a 24-hour period. Bonuses carry zero wagering. a Settings include music on/off, sound fx on/off, auto mark/manual, room colour and chat colour.
How Do You Play the Machine (Bingo)?
To play, choose your stake and confirm. Funds will be debited immediately at time of purchase. When ticket sales are closed, random numbers from 1 to 40 will be announced. Calls are displayed in the bottom right hand corner of the screen. To win the silver prize you must match 8 numbers on the silver cog, and to win the gold prize you must match 12 numbers on the gold cog. Both prizes are in play unless the pressure prize is won. The value of the prizes will be determined by the value of your stake and the number of players in the game.
To win the pressure prize (both silver and gold) a player must match 6 numbers on either cog while they are under the ‘visor’. The visor is the spyglass feature hovering over the cogs. Each pressure number pushes the pressure gauge meter up a level with an alarm signaling how close the pressure gauge is to exploding (a win). You’ll also hear “It’s getting hot in here” when someone is near to scooping this prize. When a player matches 6 numbers, the game ends and the value of both the gold and/or silver prizes are awarded to the pressure prize winner if they are still in play.