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Come rain or shine, we’re always up for a spot of fishing with our favourite Fisherman, in Pragmatic Play partner, Reel Kingdom’s latest instalment in the ‘Big Bass’ series, Big Bass Splash!
The fourth (and probably not the last) edition to the Big Bass family, Big Bass Splash has even bigger and better tricks in its tacklebox. Given the huge popularity of the Big Bass series, it’s not surprising that Reel Kingdom has bought out a fourth, but will it deliver in ways the others didn’t?
There is nothing more exciting than a sequel to one of your favourite slots, but after the second your expectations are naturally quite high. The original Big Bass Bonanza was an instant hit with players, and since then we’ve seen a Megaways and a Christmas version, so what’s different about this one?
To start with, Reel Kingdom has taken out the Fishing Float and swapped it out for a Monster Truck of sorts. You’re probably wondering what this has to do with Fishing, but its a must-have accessory in America, which is perfect for hauling your necessary fishing items around in. Along with a change of scenery, the soundtrack is a lot more chipper, and there’s a few surprises in store for you in terms of gameplay, but we won’t spill the beans on that just yet.
Will we be falling Hook, Line and Sinker for this latest version? Let’s play on and find out!
Big Bass Splash is a 5 reel slot with 10 fixed paylines. In order to form a winning combination, you will need to connect 3 or more (or 2 or more of the highest paying symbol) from left to right, starting from the left-most reel. The minimum bet available is £/€0.10 per spin and the maximum bet available is £/€250 per spin, with plenty of other options in between the two.
In terms of symbols, the highest paying regular symbol in Big Bass Splash is the Monster Truck, followed by the Fishing Rod, Dragonfly, Tacklebox and Fish. Low paying symbols are standard Ace, King, Queen, Jack and Ten. There is also a Wild symbol present, which substitutes for all symbols except Scatters. The Wild symbol only appears in the Free Spins round. In addition to this, Fish symbols are also Money symbols, which take on a random Cash Value that can be won in the Free Spins round.
Although Reel Kingdom hasn’t given it a fancy title, there is an active Feature in the base game involving Scatters and Respins. More on this below.
During the base game, whenever 2 Scatters land in view, you will be given the chance to land the 3rd thanks to a random Feature.
Once active, the reels will Respin and the 2 visible Scatters will move down one position without leaving the reel area. Randomly, a Hook can pull one of the non-Scatter reels back up to reveal another, triggering the Free Spins round.
Landing 3, 4 or 5 Scatters in any position on the reels, triggers the Free Spins round, awarding 10, 15 and 20 Free Spins respectively.
Before the Free Spins round can begin, you will be given the chance to upgrade your current Free Spins with up to 5 Modifiers, these are as follows.
The Free Spins round itself is identical to previous Big Bass titles. During the Free Spins round, each Wild Fisherman symbol will collect all the current values from the Money symbols on the reels. All Wild Fisherman symbols that land are collected and stored in the Progression Meter above the reels.
Every 4th Wild Fisherman symbol collctected retriggers the Free Spins round, awarding an extra +10 Free Spins. A Multiplier is also awarded for each Level, increasing to x2, x3 and x10 for levels 2, 3 and 4 respectively. The Multiplier will be applied to all awarded Money symbols on the reels.
The Dynamite feature may kick in when a Wild Fisherman symbol is present, minus any Money symbols. When this happens, Money symbols will appear in random positions on the reels. Randomly, when there are Money symbols visible but no Wild Fisherman, a Hook can appear which pulls a random reel up to bring a Fisherman symbol to the surface. Finally, if no Wild Fisherman or Money symbols are present, a Bazooka can appear, transforming all the symbols on the reels into different ones.
For those outside the UK, you may benefit from a Bonus Buy option.
The Free Spins round can be purchased for a rather generous 100x your current bet. The RTP when purchasing Free Spins remains the same at 96.71%.
Big Bass Splash is certainly different in some ways to those before it, but in others its exactly the same.
The biggest change here is the modifiers, which serves to enhance and improve the bonus with various enhancements…yet sometimes, it feels as if it’s made little difference. Excitement builds up when you manage to lasso the modifiers, but predictably, the fisherman can be absent from the reels when you need him most, even with the extra fisherman modifier.
The Big Bass Series has certainly made its impression, and you might even argue that it’s more popular than Fishing Frenzy now, but the predictability of it has always been an issue in our eyes. It’s all well and good getting to the x2, level, or even the x3 level, but when/if you do, the fisherman seemingly disappears from existence.
In terms of potential, Big Bass Splash is capable with 5,000x as a maximum win value, which puts it slightly above Bigger Bass Bonanza, which could go for 4,000x.
Overall, Big Bass Splash certainly is impressive, but only when it wants to be. The modifiers can certainly change the game, but the shock of a below average bonus with a setup that feels big can leave you feeling cheated.