Following the success of Big Bass Bonanza, Pragmatic Play and Reel Kingdom released a Christmas version of the slot called Christmas Big Bass Bonanza. This doesn't really come as a surprise given the fact that iGaming providers usually remodel popular games for the holiday season or/and upgrade them with Megaways mechanics. Either way, fans of the original fishing slot adventure will have a blast spinning these cheerful and snowy reels.
Betting Options and Bonus Features
Aside from a few changes to the appearance of the slot to fit the Christmas theme, Christmas Big Bass Bonanza is almost the exact same as the original slot. So players familiar with the original will know exactly what to expect: 5 reels, 3 rows and 10 standard symbols. This time there are symbols such as a sleigh and a Christmas bubble which pays 200x the bet.
The stats also remain unchanged with 96,71% RTP, 4/5 volatility and 2,100x max win while bet range goes from $0,1 to $250. The scatter symbol is a fish on a hook, this time with an obligatory Christmas hat. Land 3, 4 or 5 of them and you will be endowed with 10, 15 or 20 free spins respectively.
Players will soon notice that there is a lack of wild symbols in the base game, plus there are fish symbols with cash prizes attached to them. This is because in the bonus round, the fisherman wild symbol will come into play and aside from acting as a normal wild, this symbol will collect all the prizes from all money symbols appearing on screen.
Normal slots use scatters to retrigger the free spins feature, but not Christmas Big Bass Bonanza. In this game, every fourth wild that appears will give players 10 bonus spins and a multiplier that applies to money symbol values. Although you can't retrigger the bonus game more than 3 times, the multiplier will be bigger every time: from x2 to x3 and then x10.
It's quite a dilemma to come up with a fair assessment of Christmas Big Bass Bonanza. On the one hand, this game retains all the classic elements from the original, which makes it so fun to play. On the other hand, I don't want to encourage slot developers to slap Christmas hats on an old slot and release it as a new one.
That's what Christmas Big Bass Bonanza basically boils down to: an old classic slot where everything (from fish to fishermen) wears Christmas hats. So if you haven't tried the original, this slot is wickedly fun to play. But if you have, there's not much to look forward to here.