Pumpkin Bingo: Trick or Treat?
At the start of every Pumpkin Bingo game, you are given a card filled with numbers and 90 seconds to cross them all off. To do so, you must quickly toggle through numbers at the bottom of your screen, deciding whether they are on your card or not, with wrong answers cutting your points combo and docking your time remaining. To stop you from spamming yes or no, clocks and skulls also appear in place of numbers which can give you a time bonus or make you lose respectively. There is also the option of using coins earned from games to buy extra-time or protect your combo to help you get that high-score. The pumpkin side of things is purely a stylistic device, and bears no importance regarding the gameplay.
It’s important to note that the game has limited plays, and once they’re used up, you’ll have to wait to play again. Of course, this is so that you can rest your tired eyes or get on with that intimidating stack of work that you’re putting off (Or play a better game). How considerate!
But in all seriousness, the developers did this to exchange unlimited plays and a load of coins for a 5-star review or rating, so you should be wary of the skew that this has caused on review/rating aggregates. In doing so, they’ve put a lot of faith in the addictiveness of their game, enough to feel that the game can keep dragging players back instead of putting them off the game altogether.
Personally, the restriction creates a significant detrimental effect from the outset. Straight after you finish your first 10 minutes of playtime and the game urges you to write a review, you get the impression that the designers are already looking forth to future players to download their product rather than trying to engage you, the current player, in the here and now.
Unfortunately, this is also reflected in the content, with next-to-no variation and unlockables to really encourage you to keep playing. If you complete a card, you simply start another one, albeit now with a few more numbers to increase the difficulty. It’s something of a shame, as the idea and gameplay are quite fun, but just wear off quickly without things like items and achievements to freshen things up every so often. Perhaps the limited plays gambit would have paid off if there were more than just the drive to beat your high-score to rely on.
All in all, Pumpkin Bingo is like a hollowed out Halloween decoration, with its swanky, glowing appearance disguising its ultimately sparse interior. It may be worth a go if the idea appeals to you, but I can’t give it a full-hearted recommendation.
Developers: Binary Pumpkin
Pumpkin Bingo Promotional Youtube Video