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Roller-Coaster Returns At Tombola

Roller-Coaster Returns At Tombola


Sue Dawson

Roller-Coaster is a one of a kind bingo game at Tombola which has been around for years and has just been given a whole new lease of life.

The original version of Roller-Coaster needed Adobe Flash, but browser support for this ancient and poorly performing piece of technology was finally withdrawn at the end of 2020.  This meant that the old version of the game was removed before Christmas and now, a new version has been released.

Roller-Coaster is a 40 ball bingo game, with no numbers.  Instead, the balls have the names of the 40 characters riding the eponymous roller-coaster. On each call, the roller-coaster loops the loop and – in a somewhat macabre fashion – one character falls out and bounces off the palm tree that’s under the track.
Tombola Roller Coaster

The tickets come in the form of carriages with 5 seats, each bearing a character’s name; if one of your carriages includes a seat bearing the name of the character that fell out, the character falls into that seat.  If you don’t have the seat with their name on, they fall to oblivion off the bottom of the screen.  In the screenshot, there was a seat for Susan but not for Robert!

The aim of the game is to fill a carriage and as soon as someone does that, the game ends.  Roller-Coaster has two fixed jackpots; 20,000 x ticket price for bingo in 5 calls and 2000 x ticket price for bingo in 6 calls.  Its RTP of at least 80% is very competitive as far as bingo games go.

There are two really major differences between the old and new versions of the game but neither are to do with the gameplay which is faithful to the original.

  1. The original version of Roller-Coaster wasn’t available on most mobile devices as they never supported Adobe Flash. The new Roller-Coaster works on tablets and phones as well as on computers.
  2. In the original version of Roller-Coaster each ticket cost 25p which meant that buying the maximum of 4 tickets cost £1.  The new version is multi-stake and the available stake levels are 5p, 10p, 25p and 50p, so it’s now possible to buy 4 tickets for less than the price of just one ticket in the old version of the game.

Other differences between the old and new version are purely cosmetic; for example, in the new version you can choose between two different carriage designs and set the background to daytime, night time or twilight.

Make the tickets cheaper and make the game playable on many more devices and what do you think happens?  Massive increase in popularity! Indeed, perhaps much more of an increase in popularity than Tombola were expecting;  Roller-Coaster is running in just one bingo room at the moment and on the morning it was launched, player numbers per game were running at over 1000.  As a result, not only are the prizes huge and the chance of winning very small, the games are over very quickly – so you might want to wait for player numbers to settle down a bit and/or Tombola to open more rooms before giving this fun game a try.


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