Does your Mac got game? Pardon the grammar, but my grandma came to visit the girls at a family reunion we hosted (my sisters have girls, I have girls; it’s the water in San Diego), and was surprised at how all those girls seem to know their way around a Mac, iPads, and even iPhones.
It’s not like point and click or touch is difficult for the maker of our family’s senior citizens (yes, she’s that old). Grandma wanted to know how to play a game on the Mac where she could join in and play with the girls. So, we looked online and what did we find? Bingo!
Bingo! It’s Not Just For Grandma
Most of the pre-school action games for Mac and iPad were not the kind grandma seemed interested in trying. Things move too fast, I guess.
Bingo Caller, on the other hand, was just right for grandma goldilocks (it looks gold to me).
If ever there was a Mac game that displayed the generational divide of games for Mac users, Bingo Caller is it.
It’s exactly what you think it is. Bingo on the Mac. There’s a display of all possible numbers, a winning pattern display, controls and a display of last number called.
Unfortunately, it’s not full screen, which would be useful, but there is an audio feature to call out each number (which was funny when played with older folks who couldn’t see too well or hear too well and little girls who were still learning numbers and letters).
Bingo Caller lets you print out an unlimited number of individual bingo sheets.
There are even links to three internet bingo sites so you can play online (or use to check the rules; not every member of our family agrees on the rules).
To play, simply press the Start Game button.
Each number, when called changes in color. The Pause button lets numbers be checked against the board when someone calls Bingo!
Click the Clear Game button when someone wins, or the game is over, or when it’s obvious that things have gotten out of hand and civility has taken seat to winning.
This isn’t the most fun you’ll ever have with a Mac game, but it’s inexpensive and surprisingly entertaining with a mix of senior citizens and pre-schoolers eager to show they know their numbers and letters.