There’s a certain charm coming from Pragmatic Play’s bass-fishing slots. No matter how many times they re-release their critically acclaimed title, fans both new and old find enough interest in the legendary series to keep it going. The latest installment, Big Bass Splash, comes packed with new features, a new fishing location as well as a decent touch-up on the visuals. On top of that, the massive reward of 5000x the bet is still up for grabs.
Betting Options and Bonus Features
The first thing hardcore fans of the series will notice is the change of scenery. This time around, Big Bass Splash favors shallower waters near the shore over the vast deep ocean. Pragmatic Play did a good job with the graphics! The monster truck, the only non-aquatic element, is standing out and pays some serious sum of 200x the bet for a 5-of-a-kind.
Big Bass Splash plays on a 5x4 grid with 10 paylines. There is nothing new here, but fans of the original might appreciate it. The RTP is surprisingly high at 96.71%. Not to mention, the game is rated a 4 out of 5 on the volatility scale. All of this is hinting at Big Bass Splash being an action-packed, fishing frenzy slot it’s destined to be.
All the fun still lies in Big Bass Splash’s bonus round. Landing 3, 4, or 5 Scatters rewards players with 5, 10, or 20 free spins respectively. Landing 2 Scatters, however, can randomly trigger the Extra Chance feature. If this feature comes into play, the scatters will move down one step on their reel without falling off the grid. Then the non-scatter bearing reels will respin. Alternatively, a hook might drop down and pull up one of the reels to find the third scatter.
Before the bonus round starts, a lasso is thrown down in the water, in hopes of fishing out something even more exciting that will make free spins even more rewarding. The feature ends when the lasso gets caught up in an anchor. However, thanks to the lasso feature, players can get anywhere from 0 up to 5 rewards from the list below:
- Extra Fish symbols: Adds more fish to the reel strip in the bonus round.
- Extra Fisherman symbols: Gives more fisherman wilds to the reel strip.
- Extra Dynamite, Hook, and Bazooka: Increases the chance of triggering these events.
- Start from level 2: Start players off the bonus round on level 2.
- +2 Free Spins: Add 2 free spins at the start as well as when retriggering the feature.
During the Free Spins, the Fisherman symbol can appear on the grid, which will substitute for all non-scatter symbols and contribute to winnings. Like in previous games, the fisherman symbol will collect all the fish symbols in view when they land at the same time. These symbols are also collected on a bar on top of the grid, gathering 4 of them to advance to the next level as well as getting another +10 free spins. Each level comes with progressive multipliers. Players will get 2x, 4x, and 10x multipliers on levels 2, 3, and 4 respectively. The maximum level achievable is 4, however, at this time, players should be well on their way to the jackpot.
There are two more random features in Big Bass Splash. During the bonus round, when there is a fisherman symbol but no fish, the Dynamite or Bazooka mechanic might trigger. On the other hand, when there are fish symbols but no fisherman in sight, a Hook might drop down to pull up a fisherman. Finally, a bonus buy option is available for non-UK players for 100x the bet.
The Big Bass Bonanza series has tons of fans, including me so Pragmatic Play adding another variation is not a surprise. This version has proven to be the best one in the series so far and it’s most definitely a game a player is bound to come back to. How could you not?! With so many exciting bonus features, Big Bass Splash has amazing entertainment value and great winning potential. The possibility for a big prize is around every corner of the gameplay and it’s this element of surprise that keeps you hooked!