Pragmatic Play is currently one of the hottest slot providers in the world - and a big part of their success story is their massive megaways game selection. And now it's time once again to introduce the most recent addition to their slot portfolio: Big Bass Bonanza Megaways.
What's very interesting about this slot is it's a quick follow-up to the developer's Big Bass Bonanza slot that was released in September of 2021. Apparently, the Pragmatic Play's developers saw the potential of this game as a megaways slot and made the change. It's noteworthy that the original version has a basic slot format that includes 5 reels, 3 rows, and a measly 10 pay lines. So the choice to convert to a megaways format was a good one.
In the sections below, the information is going to focus on the new version that is built around the watersport or fishing theme. The visual effects are satisfying with bright colors and icons/symbols that are indicative of the sport of fishing.
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Big Bass Bonanza Megaways: How It Works
As was mentioned above, Big Bass Bonanza Megaways has a robust megaways format. That includes 6 reels and 6 rows that can be used to create as many as 46,656 ways to win. That's a lot of ways for slot players to get some kind of return on each spin.
Big Bass Bonanza Megaways offers a betting range that goes from $.20 per spin on the low end up to a maximum wager of $100 per spin. With a maximum potential payout of 4,000x the amount wagered, slot players will be aiming for a max jackpot of $400,000, which isn't a bad payday for a lucky player.
The slot's lowest-paying standard symbols are represented by the typical playing card symbols that run from the 10 through to the ACE. The higher paying standard symbols are represented by a School of fish, a Tacklebox, a Dragonfly, a Fishing rod, and a Fishing float, which represents the highest paying standard symbol at 50x the amount wagered.
As for special symbols, it starts with the School of Fisk symbol taking on an alternative role. In the base game, this symbol will serve another function, which we will describe below in the special features section. The Fisherman's Net serves at the slot's wild symbol, a symbol that is used to sub for all other symbols in the base game with the exclusion of the scatter symbol. The Huge Bass Fish serves as the slot's scatter symbol, a symbol that leads directly to more bonus monies in combination with the free spins special feature.
RTP% (Return-to-Player Percentage)
The value of any online casino game to players is indicated through the game's Return to Player (RTP) percentage. This percentage is the amount of every dollar wagered on the game that will be eventually returned as gross winnings.
For Big Bass Bonanza Megaways, the RTP percentage is 96.7%, which is slightly above the average overall on all available slots. The slot's very high volatility rating makes it difficult for players to hit winning spins. However, the actual wins can be substantial.
The "tumbles" feature is the slot's first special bonus feature of note. On a winning spin, the reels will tumble, creating the potential for more wins from the original spin. This process will continue until no new wins are created.
The second special bonus feature involves the aforementioned School of Fish symbol and the tumble feature. As these symbols land in the base game, they will stay and fall to the bottom of the game playing matrix as the rest of the symbols tumble. Each School of Fish symbol will have a bonus amount attached to it, an amount the player will win when the tumble feature has concluded.
The slot's next special bonus feature is the "Big Bass Bonanza Megaways Free Spins Bonus Game." This feature is initiated when the player lands a specified number of scatter symbols in the base game. The number of scatters the player lands will be used to determine how many free spins they will be awarded as follows:
- 3 Scatter Symbols gets 10 Free Spins
- 4 Scatter Symbols gets 15 Free Spins
- 5 Scatter Symbols gets 20 Free Spins
- 6 Scatter Symbols gets 25 Free Spins
During free spins, each Fisherman symbol will be accumulated with a counter. At certain levels, the accumulation of these symbols will retrigger free spins with an incrementally higher multiplier. This happens with every 4th symbol exposed. The levels are designated as follows:
- 1st Retrigger gets a 2× Multiplier
- 2nd Retrigger gets a 3× Multiplier
- 3rd Retrigger gets a 10× Multiplier
That's not all that happens during free spins. There are also the Dynamite and Baziika features of note. If a Fisherman lands on the matrix with none of the fish symbols exposed, the Dynamite feature will randomly blow up certain symbols, creating money fish symbols as replacements. The Bazooka feature is similar except it blows up all the other symbols, excluding the Fisherman, and fish symbols with money attached will be used as replacements. That's where the big wins appear.
The Magaways feature is always intriguing, and it plays well on Big Bass Bonanza Megaways. The audio and video features are good with nothing exceptional.
The best part of this slot is the free spins feature, which offers an extraordinary array of ways players can win more and more money.
What doesn't play well in this game is the slot's high volatility. Players will need to be patient and stay the course if they want a chance to hit big wins.
The betting limits are appealing to players at all levels. Because of the free spins feature and betting limits, this reviewer feels comfortable recommending this game to anyone who is willing to show a little patience.