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Big Bass Bonanza Megaways™ slot review

Added by Pragmatic Play. Information last updated: 30/11/2021

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Expert rating:

2.7 (1)

Game information

Game supplier: Pragmatic Play

Release date:11/2021

RTP:96.7%

Volatility:High

Max. win:bet x 4000

Mobile version:Support all devices

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Max. lines

Freespins

Cascading reels

Multiplier

Wilds

Themes

Sea & shore

Nature & animals

Cartoon

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RTP (Return to player):
96.7%
Volatility:
High
Max. win:
bet x 4000

Bojoko score (compared to other slots on Bojoko)
98
Pragmatic Play score (compared to other slots of supplier)
100
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Expert's review Trystan Michielsen

Slot tested

Big Bass Bonanza Megaways is the altered version of the original Big Bass Bonanza, this time with a special popular feature. Again, we are spending our time fishing as the game entertains us with free spins, wilds and multipliers.

Just like its predecessor this game was developed and released by Pragmatic Play. This iteration came onto the scene in 2021, offering players the opportunity to enjoy this slot with perhaps the most popular feature currently available. The game takes place on a 6-reel playing field but now has a random number of rows per reel every spin between 2 and 6. As a result, players can have anywhere between 324 to 46,656 paylines on the screen at a time.

The appearance of the slot is largely unchanged and those familiar with the original slot will immediately recognize it. The colours are bright and almost neon, making it a bit too garish for my taste. However, it does help keep the different symbols apart. There are no real animations to speak of except some swimming fishes in the background. The symbols look somewhat basic but they do their job well enough.

When it comes to the music all I can say is that it’s fine. It has an upbeat song playing that feels appropriate to the setting. Larger wins get a special jingle and when you’re about to activate the free spins mode a celebratory tune starts playing. Other than that, the sound effects are what you’d expect from a regular slot. It does what it’s supposed to do without going overboard.

Symbols

Big Bass Bonanza Megaways uses the same symbols as the original slot, which means the usual division of low- and high-paying symbols. While card letters are used to represent the symbols with the lowest value, different fishes and fishing implements represent the high-paying symbols. All of these have small animations when part of a win which makes it a bit more interesting visually.

Players should prepare for a slot with High Volatility. If you were expecting the Megaways feature to improve the number of wins you would get to see I have to temper your expectations. I found it increasingly difficult to get wins, and there would be times I would spin dozens of times without seeing a single one. This can obviously be different for other players, but be aware of it all the same.

If you want to play this game you have the opportunity to change your bet according to your preference. Players can pick a bet between £0.20 and £100 per spin. This is the common spread for slots like this. There is a maximum win of 4,000x your bet which is a bit below average for games with high volatility.

The game has the following symbols, roughly based on their importance:

  • Scatter: Get 3 or more Scatters on the screen to activate the free spins mode.
  • Fisherman: During the free spins mode, the fisherman collects all coin values on the screen.
  • Wild: Wilds substitute all other symbols in the game except the Scatter.
  • Bobber: Max. 50x your bet with six-of-a-kind on a winning bet line.
  • Fishing Rod: Max. 7.5x your bet with six-of-a-kind on a winning bet line.
  • Bait: Max. 2x your bet with six-of-a-kind on a winning bet line.
  • Tackle Box: Max. 2x your bet with six-of-a-kind on a winning bet line.
  • Fish: Max. 1.75x your bet with six-of-a-kind on a winning bet line.
  • Ace: Max. 1.75x your bet with six-of-a-kind on a winning bet line.
  • King: Max. 1x your bet with six-of-a-kind on a winning bet line.
  • Queen: Max. 1x your bet with six-of-a-kind on a winning bet line.
  • Jack: Max. 0.9x your bet with six-of-a-kind on a winning bet line.
  • 10: Max. 0.8x your bet with six-of-a-kind on a winning bet line.

Features

Big Bass Bonanza Megaways obviously has a very distinct feature to separate itself from the original. The Megaways feature means that every reel has a variable number of rows every spin. This means the number of paylines also changes. While reels 1 and 6 can be between 2 and 6 rows high, reels 2 through 5 can only be between 2 and 5 rows high. However, those reels have another row above them, meaning they always have an extra tile to use.

The game does come with additional features, including:

  • Cascading Reels: Whenever there’s a win, the winning symbols drop away to make room for new ones. These can also trigger a win. This continues as long as new wins are created.
  • Wilds: Wilds substitute all regular symbols in the game.
  • Multipliers: During the free spins mode, if enough fisherman symbols appeared it can increase the multiplier on all subsequent wins.
  • Free Spins: With 3 or more Scatters on the screen the free spins mode is activated.
  • Coin Win: The Fisherman symbol appears during the free spins mode and collects all coin values on the screen.

What was the main focus of the original game comes back in this game. Fishes each have a coin value associated with them, shown on the screen. This value can change every time. These coins are not awarded unless there is a Fisherman symbol on the screen. He only shows up during the free spins mode. For every 4 Fishermen that appear during the free spins mode, a multiplier is applied to the subsequent wins.

I thought this was an interesting feature but it does not work well. I never got 4 to show up during any of my free spins and that meant I never got to enjoy the multiplier.

In Conclusion

Big Bass Bonanza Megaways is clearly just an adapted version of the original slot. Barely any of the features are changed at all. The graphics are also still largely the same. The only real change is the inclusion of the Megaways feature itself. The cascading reels are another new element, but it feels like a part of the Megaways feature.

If you were a fan of the original slot you will most likely enjoy this version as well. People who are drawn to the Megaways feature might want to keep looking. I felt like there are other slots that use this feature in a more engaging manner. The limited number of rows means the impact on the gameplay is reduced, making it feel almost redundant.

A few players might get something out of the free spins mode and the added multipliers but I found that to be rather disappointing. Obviously, everyone’s mileage will vary. The coin wins do pay out frequently in the free spins mode, making it almost always a beneficial part of the game.

Overall rating:

2.7

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  • Features

    Wins and bets

    RTP (Return to Player):96.7%

    Volatility:High

    Max. win:bet x 4000

    Min. bet:£0.2

    Max. bet:£100

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    Reels & playlines

    Reels:7

    Rows:6

    Non-standard layout:

    Max. lines:46656

    Min. lines:324

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    Languages

    You can play Big Bass Bonanza Megaways™ in English, Finnish, Swedish, German and 17 other languages.

    All supported languages:
    English, Finnish, Swedish, German, French, Spanish, Italian, Russian, Polish, Norwegian, Portuguese, Romanian, Serbian, Turkish, Korean, Japanese, Indonesian, Thai, Vietnamese, Chinese

    Currencies

    Big Bass Bonanza Megaways™ supports GBP, EUR, USD, CAD

    Stats

    Release date 11/2021
    The newest on Pragmatic Play 15th newest on Bojoko
    RTP 96.7% 0.66% > average
    3rd highest on Pragmatic Play 146th highest on Bojoko
    Win up to 4000 x your bet
    22nd highest on Pragmatic Play 594th highest on Bojoko
    Paylines 46656 233180% > average
    2nd highest on Pragmatic Play 63rd highest on Bojoko
    Min bet £0.2 per spin
    13th lowest on Pragmatic Play 625th lowest on Bojoko
    Max bet £100 per spin
    14th highest on Pragmatic Play 287th highest on Bojoko
    Rated 0 by 0 members
    2nd most rated on Pragmatic Play 38th most rated on Bojoko
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    Trystan Michielsen

    Trystan Michielsen

    Trystan Michielsen is a Dutch native who started his career as a content writer for various small businesses who were interested in creating an online presence.

    When the opportunity arose to move to Malta and work in the iGaming sector, Trystan didn't hesitate to make the plunge. Here he worked as a Content and SEO specialist for different companies before moving back home.

    Now acting as a freelancer he maintains his connection with the online slot community by playing and reviewing the wide variety of videoslots that are released.

    Trystan enjoys playing the slots that offer a full experience, focusing on more than just the technical details but keeping an eye on its presentation. Graphics, music and style can create a game that's more than the sum of its parts.

    A writer at heart, putting thoughts to paper is something he's done for as long as he remembers. In his free time, he enjoys writing fiction as well as watching and reviewing movies.

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    Game supplier:Pragmatic Play

    Release date:11/2021

    RTP (Return to player):96.7%

    Max. win:bet x 4000

    Mobile version:Yes

    User rating: 0
    Expert rating: 2.7

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