I love the new Mondo Bingo. I like the various speeds, I like the 10 cards, I like the feeling you get when you’re playing a particularly good game and you start collecting Bingos because you know that means you’ll get those extra balls.
I also like the caller’s voice. It’s full of energy, emotes fun, and comes across clear. I especially appreciate the way he says “N-35”. There’s just that extra shot of adrenaline that makes you excited to daub that spot on a card (or four). If you haven’t heard him call “N-35”, you should play until you do. It’s worth it.
In Video Bingo, the caller is more matter of fact. She’s giving you the numbers the way a driving instructor might give you instructions on how to best make that left hand turn.
In Wheel of Fortune Bingo, the caller is much more casual and more-like-a-friend friendly. He’d be the guy popping the corn on movie night.
I once did the voice for a now-defunct online Bingo game. It was a long, long time ago, and the game producer didn’t have a lot of expectations in terms of personality, so aside from a few repeats of “B-4” so as not to sound so much like “Before” and “O-73”, which is probably a tough one for all Bingo callers, I did it in one take. And it sounded like it. I had the… er “privilege”… of hearing my drab voice call these numbers over and over again while players would insult the caller (even giving him a name unsuitable for polite company!).
If I were to produce a Bingo game, or if I were responsible for the recording of the caller today, I’d make sure that there was a story behind each and every number called.
“When you say ‘I-22’, say it as if you’re telling your Aunt Elizabeth that you appreciate her gooseberry muffins.”
“I want B-7 to evoke images of a cold, hard winter, while subtly bringing to mind the warmth of a log cabin, a roaring fire, and a table full of food.”
“For B-8, you’re in a space capsul near the moon, on your way home. I want to hear exactly how excited you’ll be upon touchdown.”
“As you begin to say ‘G-48’, I want to immediately feel as though I’m on a sandy beach in Hawaii. Towards the middle, I want to feel the sunlight reflecting off of the thick layer of SPF 30 sunscreen I’ve slathered on 47 minutes ago , and as you finish, I want to be shocked by the thought of falling coconuts.”
“When you say ‘O-62’, I want you to say it like you’re conjuring up a long-lost memory. As if, were you to continue, you’d say something like “Now that’s a name I haven’t heard in a long time. A long time.”
This is likely also a list of why I’ll never be asked to produce the soundtrack for a Bingo game, but if I were… you know it’d be the most dramatic Bingo calling you’d ever get to hear. It might even win an award!
Thanks for indulging me in a little holiday fun! I hope you all had a wonderful holiday season and I wish you all the best for the new year!