Bingo - Home Edition
Bingo - Home Edition is your quick solution. This program has many of the features contained in the sophisticated Hall Edition that make playing Bingo at home, Senior’s Homes, Hospitals, or anywhere an individual or small group assembles as enjoyable as going to the Bingo Hall.
This game was developed specifically with shut-ins in mind, yet is suitable for smaller organizations wanting to host a Bingo event. Bingo can be played by an individual without the need for cards as four random cards are displayed on-screen to play with the click of the mouse. For smaller groups, random designed four-card sheets can be printed from a large number of program stored cards, using the Bingo caller and flashboard features to assist in the fun.
Organizations interested in the full power of operating a successful Bingo event should consider the Bingo - Hall Edition which has advanced features suitable for larger crowds.
Bingo Rose programs are built on a technologically modern platform - Microsoft Office Access 2007. There is no need to have Access installed on your computer as the installation routine includes an Access 2007 runtime environment installation. The minimum Operating System requirement is Windows XP SP2.
Bingo - Home Edition is licensed for single user enjoyment. The Licensee’s name is entered into the program when the program is first used. The licensee’s name is displayed on the main screen.
The Bingo - Home Edition main screen is organized to maximize the information available to the solitary Bingo player. In addition to the many features contained in the more sophisticated Hall Edition, it displays four randomly selected playing cards for the player to use on-screen.
Effective Bingo - Home Edition main screen layout for a solitary user.
When more than one person is playing Bingo, you can double-click on the Bingo Rose - Home Edition banner to hide the four card display and view an enlarged last ball called display. Single-click will toggle the screen back to the default four card screen display.
Bingo - Home Edition screen optimized for use by a small group.
As with the Hall Edition, several functional controls and energy saving features are discreetly located on the Bingo - Home Edition main screen.
The main control is the Mode dropdown which allows the user to select how the program will control the progress of the game.
Two operational modes are available.
The default mode, Auto, works in conjunction with the Sound Mode and Timer features to maximize the value of the program.
Once the current game is started, a “randomly selected” ball will be called. This ball will be prominently displayed and a sound file will be activated that will call the ball using the voice selected in the Sound control. The timer will countdown to zero at which time (unless the game is halted) the next ball call will be initiated. The Seconds to Countdown default setting is 10 seconds, but it is adjustable to suit your needs.
Timer mode is similar to Auto mode with the exception that, once the countdown reaches zero, the Select button reappears and must be pressed in order to call the next ball. This allows for situations whereby some patrons are having minor difficulties with the game flow and therefore the calling interval can be adjusted longer but not shorter.
Unlike the Hall Edition, the balls can only be “randomly selected” by the program. This is due to this program’s primary development purpose as an enjoyment game for a solitary user.
The Sound control allows the caller to select how (or if) the program will call the balls as they are selected.
Four sound modes are available.
The default selection (Female) features the voice of Rose Davidson, the inspiration in developing this software program. Both Female and Male modes announce the ball twice. Numbers makes a single announcement of the ball number only with a female voice. Silent mode does not announce the ball selected.
As the sound files are located external to the program, each file is customizable to meet your specific needs, be that a different language or style of call. Sound editing software is readily available for free download on the internet.
The next major control to set is the game pattern. Bingo - Home Edition allows you to select from over 60 pre-programmed patterns. By selecting the “Custom” item, you can create your own pattern for the current game.
In all modes, as a ball is selected, the appropriate number square on the Bingo flashboard will be highlighted and the numbering will display in yellow.
Click to hear Bingo Rose call “B4”
A display of the current ball is prominently displayed in the centre of the screen.
Current ball display (solitary user screen).
When the game is played in the multi-user screen mode, a larger image of the current ball is prominently displayed in the top-centre of the screen where the four playing cards normally are displayed.
Current ball display (multi-user screen).
When the next ball is selected, the number square numbering will switch to white.
Previous ball(s) called are highlighted with white numbering.
Both the Wild Ball and Wild Row features allow the user to quickly put multiple balls in play. Only one of these controls is available for use at a time.
When the Wild Ball checkbox is selected, the Wild Ball button becomes visible. When clicked, a random number between 1 and 10 (representing zero) is generated and displayed at the last ball called location. All number squares associated with that number are highlighted. For example, if the number six (6) is generated, B6, I16, I26, N36, G46, G56, and O66 are highlighted. In other words, the number six and all numbers ending in six are called.
Wild Ball controls.
When the Wild Row checkbox is selected, the Wild Row button and several associated checkboxes become visible. This feature is useful to mark an entire row or rows, or all odd or even balls as being played. An example is whereby there are no Ns required to complete the Cloverleaf pattern. Therefore a check would be placed in the N checkbox and the Wild Row button clicked. All Ns would display as having been called and no further Ns would be called. (Note that if you are using the same game card to proceed to the next pattern such as a Coverall, you would not use this feature to mark balls that will be called in the follow on game.)
Wild Row controls.
The About Bingo Rose splash screen is displayed for approximately four seconds when the program is launched. It can also be accessed by double-clicking the Bingo Rose logo.
About Bingo Rose splash screen.
This screen provides information about your computer and the environment that Bingo Rose is operating in. This information might assist Bingo Rose personnel in troubleshooting any unlikely difficulties you experience with the program.
NOTE: Please consult local laws before using this program for other than Not for Profit use.
Licensed User notification.
The Bingo - Home Edition software is designed with a single user in mind. The top of the main screen contains four randomly selected cards from a vast inventory of program stored cards. As a ball is called, the user simply single-clicks the appropriate numbered square on each playing card to highlight that square. (If an error is made, the card number can be un-highlighted by double-clicking the square marked in error.)
Bingo - Home Edition sole user playing cards.
The user can mark cards only when the game is active.
Bingo - Home Edition game restriction.
All playing cards are reset when a New Game is selected.
While designed with a single user in mind, the Home Edition has been updated to allow small groups to enjoy the fun of Bingo. The four randomly selected cards on the main screen can be printed by selecting the Print Cards button.
Bingo - Home Edition printed playing card.
Several new cards can be printed to accommodate small groups of Bingo players prior to the start of the game. Each time the New Cards button is selected, a new set of four randomly selected cards is produced for printing.
Note that when a new game is selected, the current set of cards is not changed for the benefit of players who wish to get familiar with the cards they are playing.
With the double-click of the Bingo Rose - Home Edition banner, the screen changes to display the last number called where the four cards were previously displayed. This makes the program more appropriate for use with small groups of players. You can maximize the benefit of this feature by connecting your computer to a large monitor or projector for more widespread viewing.
Bingo - Home Edition multi-player screen.