Microsoft Bingo (Win 10)

Microsoft Bingo is a bingo game – just like the kind you play at fairs, fundraisers, and bingo halls.

Almost all of the achievements will unlock through normal play, but there is an efficient way to reach level 46 (the highest level required for an achievement).

First, you'll play through hoarding coins since rewards will be slim and buying keys will not be cost effective. This will last until you have 1000 coins (around level 11). This section doesn't last as long, but it feels painful since you can't cash in on the rewards you receive.

When you get 1000 coins and reach level 11, you'll be play the game 'normally', buying keys when needed to unlock rewards and playing as many boards manually as you can. This is where you'll spend the bulk of your playing time.

Finally, if there are any random achievements that you have managed to not unlock yet, we'll play a few games specifically designed to target those achievements.

Making the best progress in this game is about managing resources. There are basically four resources you have to keep track of:

  • Tickets: You get 3 tickets every 5 minutes (up to your ticket limit). Tickets are also awarded from suitcases. You need tickets to play games of Bingo. This is just something to limit how often you can play. Your ticket limit goes up as you gain levels.

  • Coins: You earn coins playing Bingo games, marking coin squares in Bingo cards, and as suitcase rewards.

  • Keys: You use keys to unlock luggage. Luggage is where the main prizes are awarded. You need to buy keys using coins. You can also get them from suitcase awards and from key squares in Bingo cards.

  • Powerups: You need a powerup token in order to activate a power up during a Bingo match. You can buy these with coins, but you usually win enough in luggage to avoid that.

At the start of the game, keys are in very short supply. This is because the cost of a key is the same, but the coin rewards for a Bingo match as well as the rewards inside luggage increase as you go from location to location.

Initially, use what keys you happen to get, but save up your money until you have 1000 coins and can buy the 100 key pack. You’ll probably be at about level 11 and have reached the third location, at which point the rewards for luggage are high enough that you can easily earn another 1000 coins naturally before you run out of keys.

The other aspect of the game is the Power Bingo card. Before a match, you can pay coins to mark up to 3 squares on the Power Bingo card. If those numbers are drawn during the match and you have that number on one of your normal Bingo cards then the spot gets marked on the Power card.

Your Power Bingo card resets every few hours and it takes several matches to get a Bingo. If you plan on playing many games in a short amount of time (and you’re not short on coins), it is worth it to pick numbers. If you’re just dropping in for a game or two, then you’re very unlikely to hit a Power Bingo, although you do get a small luggage reward for each spot you mark on the Power Bingo card.

You should play with as many cards at once as you can comfortably handle. The more cards you play at the same time, the more efficient your use of tickets and coins spent on Power Bingos and continuations. However, if you play too many cards, you risk missing out of spots and bingos because you don’t have enough time to mark everything. For me, playing 4 cards at once was ideal (no need to scroll to see all of your cards).

During a Bingo match, you have a power up bar that fills up and when it does, you can spend a power up token to activate its ability. If it isn’t a good ability, don’t use a token to activate it. For instance, the ‘Reveal Next’ (icon is a question mark), and Daub Helper (icon is 4 arrows pointing in) are mostly useless. Power Charger is also not very good unless you get it early and have lots of power up tokens to use. Early on, the Extra Luggage power up is also not good since you won’t have the keys to open them. If the match is about to end, most power ups are useless since they mark bonus squares on your cards and you won’t have time to mark them before the match ends. Note that 2x experience is retroactive (it doubles all of your awards – even those “already earned” since the experience total is computed only at the end of the match) so it is worth getting even at the very end of the match.

At the very start, you’ll be offered three tutorials (with one regular game in between). Play through the tutorials. Not only does it give you an introduction to how the game works, but you get free coins to make the tutorial purchases.

Now, start playing Bingo games. You want to play as many cards as you can at the same time as you can comfortably handle. At the start of the game, you’ll be very short on keys and coins to buy them. Because you’re short on keys, you won’t be opening much luggage which means you’ll also be short on power ups.

Don’t be afraid to use the keys and power ups you have, but you want to save your money early – don’t play Power Bingo numbers or continue matches – until you have over 1000 coins.

While you’re waiting to get 1000 coins, you’ll likely hit these three achievements first:

Daub Stamper

Daub 500 cells across multiple Bingo matches.

Daub Stamper
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Wanderlust

Complete 25 Bingo matches.

Wanderlust
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First Flight

Reach level 10.

First Flight
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Using the 1000 coins to buy 100 keys will earn you:

Star Traveler

Spend 1,000 coins.

Star Traveler
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At this point, you should be playing Power Bingo matches. The best results here is if you can find time during a single card to get as many spots marked as you can. A completely full card is worth 13 bingos (5 across, 5 vertical, 2 diagonal, and the corners). Getting 30 Power Bingos total earns you:

Power to the People

Complete 30 Power Bingo, across multiple Bingo matches.

Power to the People
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You can also afford to open all of the luggage you’re winning now with your plentiful supply of keys and coins to buy more. Opening luggage also gives you a steady supply of power ups so you can be more liberal about using them.

It's in the Bag

Unlock 50 Luggage of any type.

It's in the Bag
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Frequent Flyer

Use 50 power-ups across multiple Bingo matches.

Frequent Flyer
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Microsoft Bingo recognizes getting the four corner squares as a Bingo. This Bingo is just as easy to get as the other four bingos that go through the free square (as you only need to match 4 numbers instead of 5) but is much easier to miss seeing so you have to pay attention. Get 20 Bingos this way to unlock:

Corner Star

Call 20 Bingo corners across multiple Bingo matches.

Corner Star
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Continue playing Bingo matches. For best returns, you’ll always want to play in the highest city you have unlocked. When you get low on keys, buy another batch for 1000 coins. As you continue to play games, you'll unlock:

The Dauber

Daub 2,000 cells across multiple Bingo matches.

The Dauber
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Sight Seeker

Complete 100 Bingo matches.

Sight Seeker
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Jet-Setter

Use 200 power-ups across multiple Bingo matches.

Jet-Setter
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First Class

Spend 10,000 coins.

First Class
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Everyday Explorer

Reach level 30.

Everyday Explorer
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When you finally reach level 46, you’ll unlock your last destination. Now, go back to the first city and play one Bingo match in each of the 10 cities in order. To save on tickets, you might want to play only a single card in each city. When you’re done, you’ll unlock:

Around the Globe

Play at least one Bingo matches within every destination, in the right order.

Around the Globe
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At each location, you might randomly find a "collection item" in a suitcase. If you collect all ten items in the same city, you get a bonus to your ticket regeneration. The items are awarded randomly in suitcase awards so you have to keep playing to unlock them. If you haven't unlocked this naturally, then find the three cities that you have the most collection items for and continue playing games in those cities until you get the rest of the items.

When you earn all 10 collectables in one city, you'll unlock:

A Few Souvenirs

Complete a collection.

A Few Souvenirs
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Now do that in the next 2 cities to unlock:

Mementos

Complete three different collections.

Mementos
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There was a technique to power level. It basically involved starting a match with 12 cards, using auto-daub, and buying continues until every number has been drawn (so that you get 13 Bingos and a travel pattern on all 12 cards). This used to make you lots of money in earlier versions of the game, but the cost of continues has been "fixed" so that this often causes you to lose several thousand coins. It is still a great way to gain experience and find collection items rapidly.

The last step is to get a few miscellaneous achievements that you might not have been fortunate enough to unlock naturally.

There are two achievements related to filling up a card. Start a match in France with one card. As you play that card, do not call any Bingos on the card, but just mark the spots. When the game ends, pay to continue the match. The goal here is to get 4 Bingos on your card before calling Bingo. Doing this unlocks:

Last-Second Bingo

Wait to call Bingo on a card until you have filled at least four Bingo lines filled.

Last-Second Bingo
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If you've never completed a travel pattern, keep continuing the game until you complete it to unlock:

Sightseeing

Complete a travel pattern during a Bingo match.

Sightseeing
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In any match, if 5 numbers were called in a row that weren’t on your card, you’ll unlock:

Jet Lag

Endure five numbers that cannot be daubed, called in a row during a match.

Jet Lag
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There isn’t a way to force this, but playing with only a single card increases the chance that a number won’t match. I actually got this as my first achievement.

The last achievement is for filling up your power up bar in 10 seconds or less. It fills up on its own naturally and gets a boost with every square you mark. A run of good luck (getting lots of spots in a row) or using the Power Charger boost makes this easy. Most likely, you’ll have earned this already.

If you’re really stuck trying to unlock this, try this technique. Start a 4-card game, but don’t mark any of the spots that are called. Instead, note them down on another piece of paper. When the power bar fills up, activate the boost. Then immediately start selecting all of the numbers that have been called already. This rapid set series of marks should fill the bar in moments.

Supersonic

Fully charge your power-up bar within 10 seconds.

Supersonic
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Bingo! You've unlocked all of the achievements and completed the game.

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