Big Bass Bonanza Megaways Slot Game
Big Bass Bonanza Megaways Slot Introduction
The talented team at Pragmatic released their first ever Megaways online slot game on April 30th, 2020. The name? Great Rhino Megaways. Since then, they have gone from strength to strength in the breadth and depth of the Megaways slots they produce. Today's game, Big Bass Bonanza Megaways (released in November 2021), is no exception, ranking highly among the wealth of other slots that use Big Time Gaming’s proprietary game engine, upping the ante in terms of bonuses, features, and potentially big payouts.
Big Bass Bonanza Megaways Game Details
- RTP (Return to Player):
- Min / Max Bet:
- $0.20 / $50.00
- Hit Rate:
- 1 in 0.0
- Auto Play:
- Diamonds per $:
- Min. 500
Big Bass Bonanza Megaways Slot Game Background
Big Bass Bonanza Megaways is a sequel to Big Bass Bonanza and its immediate follow-up, Bigger Bass Bonanza. Pragmatic Play was looking for a candidate to revamp by adding the Megaways engine, and they settled on their classic online slot from December 2020. The original boasted a 5-reel, 3-row set-up, and a standard 10 paylines. With Big Bass Bonanza Megaways they went above this. As a result, the slot offers a massive 46,656 ways to win alongside other exciting features and design mechanics.
Big Bass Bonanza Megaways Slot Game Design
Big Bass Bonanza Megaways is a 6-reel online slot game with anywhere between 2 - 7 rows, depending on the on-screen action and the size of the symbols in view. As is also usual in Megaways slots, the game has a horizontal reel that sits above the main game grid. What’s not so usual are its 46,656 paylines (reduced from the full 117,649 ways-to-win), and why Pragmatic Play did this is a bit of a mystery. Still, fans of the Big Bass franchise will be happy to learn that not much has changed from its predecessors. The slot still offers a glimpse into a tranquil underwater world full of sea life and filled with shimmying fish symbols alongside the fisherman who’s still trying to get his big catch. However, Pragmatic has also refreshed Big Bass Bonanza Megaways with a few extra features.
The whole game takes place in an ocean setting that will be instantly recognizable to anyone who has ever played a Big Bass slot, with corals and sea strands striving to reach the surface on either side of the submerged reels. So it will come as no surprise to learn that the game’s primary color is a deep, sometimes murky, aquatic blue, as per the previous games. There are also subtle differences between them and this slot, though. The reels in the original game were separated by a string of bubbles that vertically spanned the whole length of the same. Not so here. Instead, the vertical strings of bubbles are placed on either side of the game grid. As a result, the symbols now rest within quasi-opaque squares, so you can see a little bit of the background through them; they are just as colorful, varied, and appealing as ever. What hasn’t changed are the various sound effects (including the wet plopping sound when the reels come to a stop after spinning them) and the bouncy and upbeat soundtrack.
If you loved the design and presentation of the original slot games, then you will be happy with this game's few minor changes.
Big Bass Bonanza Megaways Slot Mobile
Big Bass Bonanza Megaways runs smoothly and responsively on all platforms, including mobile (Android and Apple) and desktop devices. This flexibility means you can play all your favorite games at home or on the go. You can also download the Lottomart app for even greater portability via a stable internet connection or mobile data.
Big Bass Bonanza Megaways Slot Symbols
The game has 13 symbols in total; we’ll start from the bottom and work our way up.
- 10 - A royal playing card symbols = these have a payout of between 0.8x - 1.75x the stake for 5-of-a-kind on the reels.
- Fish Money symbol = each of these symbols features a random cash value. In the base game, these symbols explode and tumble normally. In the Free Spins bonus round, this doesn't happen. Instead of exploding, they fall to the bottom of the screen when a tumble happens.
- Tackle Box, Dragonfly, Fishing Rod symbols = these have a payout of between 2x - 7.5x the stake for 5-of-a-kind on the reels.
- Floater symbol = this has the highest payout of 50x the original stake for 5-of-a-kind on the reels.
- Wild symbol = represented by a Fishing Net, this symbol substitutes for all other symbols apart from the Scatter and Fisherman symbols. However, it only appears on the horizontal reel above reels 2,3,4 and 5.
- Scatter symbol = represented by the eponymous Bass, this symbol appears on all the reels and is the key to unlocking the Free Spins feature.
- Fisherman symbol = appears on all the reels during the Free Spins feature.
Big Bass Bonanza Megaways Slot Bonus Features
Big Bass Bonanza Megaways offers a few bonuses and features sure to get the excitement going! Let’s take a look at them in turn.
If you’ve played other Megaways slots, then you’ll be familiar with the Avalanche or Cascading Reels feature. Here it’s called the Tumble feature, but the idea is the same. Symbols in winning combinations disappear from the reels, creating space for other symbols to fall into the recently vacated positions. These new symbols are the same size as the ones they replaced. Tumbling continues until no more winning combinations appear as a result.
Free Spins Feature
The next feature of note is the Free Spins bonus round, which is triggered by landing at least 3 Scatter symbols on the reels. The more Scatters that land, the more Free Spins are awarded:
- 3 Scatter symbols = 10 Free Spins.
- 4 Scatter symbols = 15 Free Spins.
- 5 Scatter symbols = 20 Free Spins.
- 6 Scatter symbols = 25 Free Spins.
The Fisherman symbol plays an important role in the Free Spins feature. Should any Fish Money symbols land on the reels at the same time as it, all the values of the former are collected and awarded to the player. Also, any Fisherman symbol that lands on the reels during the Free Spins feature is added to a collection meter. Every 4, the bonus round is re-triggered, awarding an additional 10 free spins plus a win multiplier:
- First re-trigger = 10 Free Spins + x2 win multiplier.
- Second re-trigger = 10 Free Spins + x3 win multiplier.
- Third re-trigger = 10 Free Spins + x10 win multiplier.
After the third re-trigger, no more are possible.
Bazooka & Dynamite Feature
During the Free Spins bonus round, 1 or 2 Fisherman symbols might be visible on-screen with no fish symbols in view. In this case, one of two things can happen. First, a Dynamite animation may trigger that makes Fish Money symbols appear on the screen in random positions. Secondly, a Bazooka animation may trigger that explodes all symbols on the screen apart from the Fisherman symbols themselves.
The incorporation of the Megaways engine means that each reel can reveal a certain number of symbols in view, and landing consecutive symbols on all reels after a spin could lead to the maximum 46,656 ways to win! All winning combinations are totaled and payouts are multiplied by the stake.
Big Bass Bonanza Megaways Slot Summary
The Big Bass Bonanza Megaways slot is a solid addition to the ever-expanding catalog of Pragmatic Play’s Megaways titles and the larger Big Bonanza franchise. As a sequel to two already popular games, including the bona fide classic original, Big Bass Bonanza Megaways still managed to break new ground with the addition of Big Time Gaming’s revolutionary engine and several exciting bonus features. It’s just off the hook!
If you enjoy this slot and want to see what else the franchise offers, then definitely check out the original and its immediate follow-up to see where it all started. If you want to play other games in the franchise, try Big Bass Splash, a slot that combines fishing with monster trucks! Or perhaps you want to try something a little different? If so, we recommend other Pragmatic Play titles with diverse themes such as the Wild West (Bounty Gold, Cowboys Gold), ancient Aztec temples (Aztec Blaze, Aztec Gems Deluxe), Ancient Egypt (Book of Golden Sands, the John Hunter series) or gold prospecting (Drill That Gold, Bomb Bonanza). Whatever you’re looking for, we’re sure to have it here at Lottomart!
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