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Bomb Bonanza Slot review

Pragmatic Play

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In Bomb Bonanza slot by Pragmatic Play, you get to join a bearded miner and use dynamites to  hopefully find some precious gold underground. Finding a treasure is not necessarily easy but Bomb Bonanza offers expanding wilds and gold nuggets to assist players along their way.

Betting Options and Bonus Features

Bomb Bonanza opens with a fairly peculiar layout: a perfect square of 5 reels and 5 rows, creating a total of 50 paylines. The default RTP here is 96.46% and the max win potential is 2,000x. In addition, the game is classified as highly volatile so you have to be a little more patient in waiting for those big wins.

There are 8 normal symbols in the game, 4 of which are the usual J, Q, K, A. The premium symbols include a pickaxe, a tray, a bag of gold, and our protagonist miner himself who pays out 12x the bet for a full line. The wild symbol comes in the shape of a bomb, an essential tool for gold-mining. Whenever a wild hits, it can randomly expand in whichever direction in a square of 1x1 to 1x5.

Land 3 free spins symbol to enter the prestigious bonus round starting with 6 spins. The round has a progressive meter on the top right of the reels, and players fill this meter by collecting gold nugget symbols. The meter starts at level 1 where wilds don’t expand and each time the meter is filled, a new level is unlocked:​

  • Collect 5 gold nuggets = level 2: players get 4 free spins and wilds expand in a 2x2 pattern
  • Collect 5 more gold nuggets = level 3: players get 2 free spins and wilds expand in a 3x3 pattern
  • Collect 5 more gold nuggets = level 4: players get 2 free spin and wilds expand in a 4x4 pattern
  • Collect 3 more gold nuggets = level 5: players get 1 free spins and wilds expand in a 5x5 pattern

Roshtein’s Take

Bomb Bonanza has nice graphics and promising gameplay, but unfortunately it doesn’t create as much explosion as its theme seems to suggest. It’s a cool game in my opinion but the winning potential of only 2,000x is the biggest downside of the release in my opinion.

As for the free spins feature, it has its shining moments especially when the wilds start to expand in a 3x3 pattern. However, 6 free spins to start is way too little even if you get more free spins when the meter is filled. The first few spins likely won’t produce anything significant since wilds don’t expand yet. And if you don’t manage to unlock level 2, the bonus is pretty much over in a flash.