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Free Form, A New Free Daily Game at Tombola


Sue Dawson

What is Free Form?

Tombola’s last free daily game, Free Vibes, was only launched in January 2022 so it came as quite a surprise to see a new free daily game, Free Form, launched this week.

As soon as you log on to the Tombola site all becomes clear.  Free Form is NOT replacing Free Vibes but running in tandem with it; the same SMS code activates both games and you can play Free Form on Tombola Bingo and Free Vibes on Tombola Arcade.  Both games remain completely free to play for registered players whose account has been verified and you don’t need to make a deposit. You do need to opt into receiving SMS messages so you can be sent the activation code each week.

Just like Free Vibes, Free Form has 6 prizes and you win by completing sets of the same symbol.  The prize levels are £5000, £100, £20, £5, £1 and 25p and the eagle eyed amongst you will notice that the prize levels on Free Vibes have changed to match those in the new game (the smallest prize used to be £2).  Tombola say that this will result in even more winners and they expect each of the two games to have more than 60,000 winners every week with more than £50,000 in weekly prizes across the two games.

However, there are some important differences between the two games as we shall see.

How To Play Free Form

Freeform Play

The play area in Free Form consists of an array of 24 diamond shaped buttons bearing the numbers 1-24.  To play a game, press the Play button.  You’ll then be shown 15 numbers in succession and with each number, you must press the corresponding button in the array, flipping it to reveal a colour and shape.  Collect 4 of a kind and you’ll win the corresponding prize.

Although conceptually similar to Free Vibes (and other Tombola games including Bubble) Free Form plays and feels quite differently:

  • Free Form has 15 numbers called whereas Free Vibes has 16 coloured symbols.
  • The auto-daub option in Free Form is not at all obvious – you’ll need to look at the game help file to find out how to do it (press and hold the Play button). In Free Vibes there’s a very obvious Collect All button.
  • The symbols in Free Form stay in the play area whereas in Free Vibes they disappear,
  • In Free Vibes, the bigger the prize the more symbols you have to collect to win it.  In Free Form, it’s always 4 symbols.
  • In Free Vibes, the symbols you collect play a tune so it’s much more fun to play it with the sound on.  In Free Form, it doesn’t matter so much.

Essentially, Free Form looks and plays much more like a bingo game than Free Vibes does, so putting the former on Tombola Bingo while leaving the latter on Tombola Arcade makes a lot of sense.  Tweaking the prizes to produce more winners also makes a lot of sense as it’s bound to keep players more interested in playing regularly.  Another winner from Tombola!

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13 thoughts on “Free Form, A New Free Daily Game at Tombola

  1. I can’t find my coad for free form game I keep messaging you but you say I’ve received it I haven’t please could you send. It me

    1. Hi Julie, you’ve commented on a news article about the Free Form game on a bingo comparison site – we aren’t tombola! However, I can confirm that others also haven’t received this week’s code and I will also let my contact at tombola know there’s an issue.

      1. tombola say that if you click the “Don’t have a code? Send text” link on the Free Form game screen immediately below where you have to enter the code, the code will be sent again immediately. I’ve verified that this works – hope that helps.

  2. Has free form been replaced?
    When I logged on today it wasn’t there.
    Has bug match replaced free form?
    Will free form be returning?
    I loved playing that game

    1. Bug Match is a temporary promotion for I’m A Celeb. In previous years, Bug Match and then the tombola Advent Calendar have temporarily replaced the daily free game. The free game then returns in January – in some years the existing free game comes back and in other years they have introduced a fresh one. They haven’t let us know what’s happening this year so it’s a case of wait and see.

    1. Hi Kath! Go to My Account on the tombola website and under Phone numbers, you’ll see whether your code is due to be sent midnight Sunday, 9am Monday or midday Monday.

    1. You will need to open an account with tombola – you can do so by using the Play button on this page. Then, you will need to opt into receiving promotional messaging via text. The 4 digit code you need to play will be sent to you once a week on Sunday night or Monday morning.

    1. Yes you can – it’s free to play if you are over 18 and reside in the UK, and you don’t need to make a deposit at Tombola. You do have to open an account at Tombola, and will be subject to age and ID checks before you can play. You will also need to opt into SMS communications to receive the code.

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