Big Bass Christmas Bash

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Big Bass Christmas Bash: Slot Overview

Hey all, have you ever missed out on a party that everyone else you seem to know went to? Kinda sucks. When switching this scenario over to online slot terms, if you missed the last Big Bass Xmas reskin, Pragmatic Play and partner Reel Kingdom have your back with a second chance. This one is called Big Bass Christmas Bash and is basically a reskin of 2022's Big Bass Splash (in fact, it was initially going to be titled Big Bass Splash Xmas), the one with the big-wheeled monster truck. Aside from a festive makeover, the rest is all pretty much bang on the same as before (with additional betting options), so if a repeat bash sounds dandy, why not dip the old lure in and see what happens?

For the new skin, Big Bass Christmas Bash takes place in a snowier environment than before. The water looks iced over up top, while down below, Christmas items litter the bottom of the lake or river or wherever we happen to be. The music, too; if you close your eyes, you can imagine wandering around a shopping mall a few days before Christmas, making sure you've got all the gifts from your list. The earlier the shopping gets done, the better, too, in many ways, to avoid the last-minute rush to grab whatever is left on the shelves. In a nutshell, Big Bass Christmas Bash is a Christmas-coated Big Bass Splash, full stop.

Big Bass Christmas Bash slot
Big Bass Christmas Bash slot - base game

Bubbles separate Big Bass Christmas Bash's 5 reel strips, each one holding 3 rows and crossed by 10 paylines. The volatility is as high as before, while RTP has remained steady at 96.71% - whether betting 10 c to $/€250 per spin, activating the ante bet, or buying free spins. The ante bet, when on, increases the stake by 50%, providing a higher chance of naturally triggering free spins.

Most of the same sort of pay symbols have returned as well. These are 10 to A card ranks as the lows, then fish, a tackle box, dragonfly, rod, and a bulldozer as the highs. Okay, that last one is different. Values equate to 5-10x the bet for a 5 OAK low pay combo or 20x to 200x the bet if 5 matching high pays create a winning line.

Big Bass Christmas Bash: Slot Features

Big Bass Christmas Bash slot
Big Bass Christmas Bash slot - free spins start screen

When 3, 4, or 5 scatter symbols land on the reels, Big Bass Christmas Bash awards 10, 15, or 20 free spins. Here is where fish money symbols may be collected. Fish land with values of 2x to 5,000x the bet, and each Fisherman in view collects their prizes. The Fisherman is also wild, so it substitutes any regular pay symbol, but wilds only appear in free spins. In the base game, should 2 scatters land, there is a chance another scatter is brought into view by these two methods:

  • If the scatters can move down one position without leaving the gaming area, a respin is triggered where the reels with scatters move down one position, and the reels without scatters respin.
  • A hook may pull one of the reels to reveal another scatter.

Before free spins start, 0 to 5 modifiers that apply to the round are randomly selected from this list:

  • More Fish – more fish symbols are present on the reels.
  • More Fisherman – more wild symbols are present on the reels.
  • More Dynamite, Hooks, and Bazookas – the chance of hitting these is increased.
  • Start From Level 2 – the progressive feature starts on level 2.
  • +2 Spins – the round starts with 2 extra free spins, and 2 more free spins are added to every retrigger.

Wild symbols are collected when they land in free spins. Every 4 collected wilds retriggers the feature, awarding +10 free spins and a multiplier for the money collection feature, which is x2 for level 2, x3 for level 3, and x10 for level 4. Retriggered spins are played when the current batch of spins ends, and the multiplier applies to the retriggered spins. After level 4, no more retriggers may occur.

At random, when Fisherman symbols are on the reel but no fish, fish symbols can randomly appear via the dynamite spin feature. Also, if there are fish symbols in view but no Fisherman, at the end of the free spins, at random, a hook may appear, bringing the Fisherman into view. Also randomly, when Fisherman symbols are in view but no fish, a bazooka changes all the symbols on the screen except Fisherman symbols into something else.

Lastly, free spins may be bought for 100x the bet. This causes the round to be triggered with 3, 4, or 5 scatters.

Big Bass Christmas Bash slot
Big Bass Christmas Bash slot - free spins

Big Bass Christmas Bash: Slot Verdict

Where will it end? Seriously, where will it end? It won't, will it? We're going to be inundated with fishing slots until human beings stop gambling or the heat death of the universe occurs (if that particular theory pans out). Certainly, it won't be Pragmatic Play or Reel Kingdom pulling the plug on the whole fish movement. Let's not forget this is the team that has already given us such festive slots as Christmas Big Bass Bonanza and Big Bass Halloween. Now they're hitting us with another seasonal slot, Big Bass Christmas Bash. If you've played Big Bass Splash, there really isn't much new to add other than wrapped gifts, jingly music, extra betting options, and so forth.

For fish slot enthusiasts who missed Big Bass Splash, well, there still isn't a whole to add, either. Big Bass Christmas Bash is a slot that lacks masses of base game excitement since pretty much all of its extra features are reserved for when free spins trigger. Yep, it's got a classic money collection mechanic going on and some rather sizable fish symbol values, too, it must be said. Like Big Bass Bonanza, the Fisherman collector symbol gets collected too, in order to hopefully throw some cash collection multipliers into the soiree, along with extra spins. Big Bass Christmas Bash ups the winning potential from Big Bass Bonanza, more than doubling the figure to 5,000x the bet (or 3,334 when the ante bet is active), plus you get all those modifiers, or not, depending on what's awarded before free spins start.

A few days before crossing paths with Big Bass Christmas Bash, we reviewed Nolimit City's Ugliest Catch slot, a bit after that was Yggdrasil Gaming's Nice Catch 2 DoubleMax, and the previous month had its share of fish, too. The point is, there are a lot of fish slots, and while Big Bass Christmas Bash is an okay Xmas version, it was a bit of a chore at the same time, too.


Big Bass Christmas Bash is another playable but unmemorable fishing remake to stuff in the catch box.

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