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Big Bass Christmas Bash Slot review

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Everybody loves a Christmas time of the year when people start putting up colorful trinkets and thawing Mariah Carey from her deep cryogenic sleep. It is also the perfect time for the Big Bass series to make a grand return with the Christmas Bash edition. With high-paying bonuses, dozens of free spins, and an onslaught of features, Big Bass Christmas Bash is here to embrace the holiday traditions. Let’s find out why this game is worth all the hype it generates and how one can conquer the big jackpot of 5,000x the bet.

Betting Options and Bonus Features

Big Bass Christmas Bash takes place in a frosted lake surrounded by a snowed-in town where people are cozy and secure in their homes, preparing for a busy time of cheer. The familiar fisherman switched out his outfit and truck for something festive because no one ever truly lived if they hadn’t gone fishing fully kitted in an Elf costume on top of their John Deer snow dozer 3000. Reaching deep into the icy lake, players can find the many slippery residents still sloshing around despite the weather and the equipment to catch them on the 5x3, 10 payline grid. From tackle boxes to fishing rods and the fisherman symbols, these items are worth anywhere from 20x to 200x the bet for five on a winning line.

Coming from Pragmatic Play’s treasured halls, Big Bass Christmas Bash is a highly volatile slot, while the RTP remains at a steady 96.71% on its best day. These numbers predict an eventful experience full of ups and downs but can ultimately pay big. Furthermore, the game provides plenty of tools to win hard and potentially hit the grand reward worth 5,000x the bet.

When 3, 4, or 5 Scatters land on the reels in Big Bass Christmas Bash, the game awards players with 10, 15, or 20 Free Spins. During this phase, fish money symbols become collectible, with fish appearing with values ranging from 2x to 5,000x the bet. Each Fisherman visible on the screen collects these prizes. 

Fisherman also acts as a Wild, substituting for any regular pay symbol, but are only present during free spins. In the base game, if 2 Scatters land, there's a chance another Scatter may come into view through two methods:

  • If the Scatters can move down one position without leaving the gaming area, a respin triggers. The reels with Scatters move down, and the ones without respin.
  • A hook may pull one of the reels to reveal another scatter.

Before the start of Free Spins, the game randomly chooses 0 to 5 modifiers to apply to the round from this list:

  • More Fish: Additional Fish symbols appear on the reels.
  • More Fisherman: More Wilds are present on the reels.
  • More Dynamite, Hooks, and Bazookas: Increased chances of hitting these symbols
  • Start From Level 2: The progressive feature begins at level 2.
  • +2 Spins: The round starts with +2 Free Spins and +2 more with every retrigger.

Wilds collected during free spins activate a retrigger when players collect at least 4, awarding +10 Free Spins and a multiplier for the money collection feature (2x for level 2, 3x for level 3, and 10x for level 4). Retriggered spins play after the current batch, and the multiplier applies to them. After level 4, no more retriggers are possible.

Randomly, when Fisherman symbols are on the reel without fish, fish symbols may appear through the Dynamite Spin Feature. If there are fish symbols but no Fisherman, a hook may randomly appear at the end of free spins, bringing the Fisherman into view. Also randomly, if Fisherman symbols are present without fish, a bazooka changes all symbols on the screen, excluding Fisherman symbols, into something else.

Lastly, players can purchase Free Spins for 100x the bet, triggering the round with 3, 4, or 5 Scatters.

Roshtein’s Take

Pragmatic Play consistently delivers with their Big Bass games, and Big Bass Christmas Bash lives up to expectations. The combination of fish money symbols and free spins provides an ever-entertaining loop. The gameplay flows smoothly, offering the potential for big wins. The excitement builds as you rack up a string of wins, triggering dynamites and bazookas, all while earning more Free Spins, which is nothing short of satisfying. In summary, Big Bass Christmas Bash is an excellent game with some incredible moments that I highly recommend.

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