Big Bass Bonanza Megaways Slot Review
Fishing may not be the first theme you think of when it comes to popular slots but fishing does seem to be very popular. Joining the likes of Fishin’ Frenzy in the sea of games that you play at UK casinos is Big Bass Bonanza. This 5×3 10 paylines video slot from Reel Kingdom powered by Pragmatic Play is the latest game to get the Big Time Gaming treatment and join the Megaways club. Big Bass Bonanza Megaways boasts 46,656 ways to win but is it the catch of the day or one you’ll quickly want to forget about.
46,656 Ways To Win!
Big Bass Bonanza Megaways is a 6×7 slot which features all the popular symbols from the original game. Like many other Megaways the slot is designed with 6 columns with an extra row above columns 2 to 5. The background is an underwater scene with bubbles rising from the deep blue ocean on either side of the slot. Wagering on the slot starts at 20p but this can be increased incrementally up to £24 (although the maximum may depend on the site hosting the game). As is standard for new slots in The UK Big Bass Bonanza doesn’t offer any autoplay features.
The symbols on the reels are fishing related and include floats, fishing rods, flies, tackle boxes and the catch of the day. These are joined by the playing card symbols 10, J, Q, K and A. The float is the highest paying symbol and pays x50 for six of a kind. Joining the symbols on Big Bass Bonanza Megaways are a wild that only appears on reels 2, 3, 4 and 5 – including the top line. Look out too for scatter symbols which activate the bonus round provided you get three or more on the reels during a spin. Big Bass Bonanza Megaways features a tumble feature which means any winning symbols are removed from the reels and replaced. Tumbling continues until no more winning combinations are formed.
If the bonus round is activated then you win between 10 and 25 free spins (determined by the number of scatters). During free spins the fisherman symbol can crop up on the reels. If the fisherman does appear then any fish on the reels will be caught and you’ll win their cash values. If no fish are on screen but there is a fisherman then there’s a 50/50 chance of a dynamite bonus which explodes some symbols into fish. There’s also the potential for a bazooka feature that will change all symbols except the fisherman. Extra free spins can be won for every fourth fisherman symbol collected during the bonus round.
For this review we played the original Big Bass Bonanza and then tried the Megaways version. Other than the Megaways engine which means you can create up to 46,656 winning lines there’s nothing different in terms of the game mechanics. Interestingly we found that wins materialised a lot more often on the standard game including the bonus round cropping up a couple of times and the catch of the day appearing on win lines. With Megaways we didn’t get one bonus round and wins were few and far between. In fact the Megaways game felt like chucking cash into the water with little or no chance of catching anything. The fishing theme is good and it’s understandable why the slots are popular. Try them both and decide which you prefer.