Online bingo sidegamesSidegames are all the rage on the big sites at the moment with massive investments being made in familiar formats to keep players interested. We take a look here at the choice of sidegame suites available from the two of the biggest names, Mecca and Gala , to see what they offer players aside from distraction and additional chances to win.

Looking into what is available we came across a strange coincidence; both sites offer games using the Monopoly, Cluedo and Deal Or No Deal brands. With most players already familiar with the rules of these games, there's little chance of getting stuck - which of course is part of their huge appeal. Players can sometimes be reticent to play unfamiliar games without fully understanding the rules and pay tables, so introducing brands in accessible formats such as these is a safe bet for all.

Sidegames at Gala

There are differences in how each of the games are set out of course, with Gala offering their players a huge range of sidegames aside from these games including their latest slots: the Siren’s Treasure and the exciting Pharaoh’s Treasure.

Gala has invested in the massive Megajackpot Monopoly game, which features two extra bonus rounds. This familiar board game has loads of cool features to keep you on board, including the largest jackpot Gala has offered of £1,500,000!

In addition to this fab five-reel slot, there are also further developments on this theme to be found in the form of Monopoly Here and Now. This 20-line slot also has its own bonus round and massive payouts, so if you've always fancied yourself as a property tycoon, get betting on these.

Gala has also recently introduced its new version of Megajackpots Cluedo, which again offers huge payouts on a traditional board theme; as well as the Deal Or No Deal instant game and scratch card where players can get to speak to the banker and make a Deal as quickly as possible.

Sidegames at Mecca

Mecca also have a huge range of games for their players including the fabulous Dead Man's Chest Progressive and Wheel Of Fortune slots. They have however also bought into the Deal Or No Deal franchise, rivalling Galas Instant win game with their numbers game version of the show where players can choose the boxes individually or choose the quick pick version.

With a multi-line version of the classic Monopoly game whose 2x pass go bonus will leave you quids-in and a 15 multi-line fast-paced “who won it” version of Cluedo also included in their suite, there’s plenty going on in Mecca’s suite of sidegames to leave you more than a little breathless.

On the surface both these sites offer the same franchises, but the different versions of the game and the payouts make it easy to differentiate between the sites. Although the decision to share in the most popular formats might seem to limit the choice of games available, we don’t think it limits the fun you can have within these familiar formats.