Christmas Big Bass Bonanza

Christmas Big Bass Bonanza Slot Review

Slot Provider: Pragmatic Play

RTP: 96.71% | Variance: High | Maximum Win: 2,100x

Our Score: 7.6

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About Christmas Big Bass Bonanza

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Published Date: 9th November 2021

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Big Bass Bonanza, coming to us from Reel Kingdom in partnership with Pragmatic Play, is a game that’s been reworked a few times, with enhanced payouts in Bigger Bass Bonanza or on the expanding reels engine in Big Bass Bonanza Megaways, so it’s no surprise to see it rolled out once more, this time as a Christmas game due for release at slot sites in the UK in the first week of December 2021.

Theme and Design

In keeping with the original Christmas Big Bass Bonanza is a colouful slot in a cartoon style. It’s set under the sea in what looks like the Alaskan wilderness and has a strong festive vibe that will put you in the mood for presents and parties if nothing else! It’s fair to say, of all the Christmas slots we’ve reviewed, none have been inspired by a day’s fishing before but despite the unusual festive angling theme Pragmatic Play does well with the design and it works in a tongue-in-cheek way.

Once you load up the game you’ll find a classic layout of 5 reels and 3 rows of symbols along with 10 active paylines. The background is attractive with a bubbly blue sea forming the backdrop, along with starfish, sea horse, snail and even some underwater lichen decorated with bright coloured baubles, acting as a Christmas tree! So, although the theme is undoubtedly bizarre we love the bold quirkiness of it. Where some might find Christmas Big Bass Bonanza comes up short however is in the payouts, which when capped at just over 2,000x suggest Santa is not best pleased with us this year!

Christmas Big Bass Bonanza Game Information

  • Release Date: December 2021
  • RTP: 96.71%, 95.67%, 94.62%
  • Variance: High
  • Maximum Win: 2,100x
  • Progressive Jackpot: No
  • Reels: 5
  • Rows: 3
  • Paylines: 10
  • Minimum Stake: £0.10
  • Theme: ChristmasFishing
  • Features: Free Spins, Multipliers, Wilds
  • Format: 5-Reel
  • Series: Big Bass Bonanza

What We Liked

  • Quirky Christmas fishing theme
  • Free Spins with up to 10x Multipliers
  • Random money prizes in bonus round
  • Collect Santa Wilds to re-trigger spins

What We Didn't like

  • Too similar to the original
  • Low top payout
  • Not manny features

Christmas Big Bass Bonanza Review Scores

  • Theme and Design 8
  • RTP and Variance 8
  • Maximum Win 6
  • Symbols and Paytable 8
  • Features and Gameplay 8

What Our Reviewer Says ...

"Not really a festive cracker, but more of a low-budget slot to roll out each December!"

Overall Score: 7.6

RTP and Variance

Our Score 8

What is RTP?

RTP (Return to Player) refers to the amount a game will pay out in cash prizes expressed as a percentage of all the money wagered on that game. For example, a 96% RTP means a game will pay out £96 for every £100 wagered. This is an average number and will vary from one session to the next.  Read more here.

What is Variance?

Variance refers to how far a game will deviate from its RTP over time. High variance games deviate a lot and produce uneven win distributions and unexpected windfalls. Low variance games provide a more stable and even distribution of wins. Read more here.

Big Bass Bonanza in its various forms made its name as a high-risk slot and this Christmas version is no different. Pragmatic have it as a 4/5 which is in the medium-high range suggesting that it will be a tough little nut to crack.

In the UK, the game has an RTP of 94.62% at most casinos. We have verified this at Temple Nile, a UK-licensed slot site, which you can see in this screenshot of the game info screen.

Christmas Big Bass Bonanza RTP
Christmas Big Bass Bonanza RTP – 94.62% verified at Temple Nile

At the same time, the 10p minimum bet keeps it playable and gives you a good entry point to start spinning and get used to the gameplay before cranking up the stakes. In short, although there are plenty of ups and downs in payouts, it’s a decent spinner for all players.

In terms of potential, the maximum payout of 2,100x stake isn’t all that high, but this is apparently the biggest haul available from the ocean over the Christmas period! It can be reached by aiming for some big fish symbols and getting lucky with wilds and a progressive multiplier that can deliver up to 10x on top of your base win as we will see in a moment.

Symbols and Paytable

Our Score 8

Amidst the crazy winter scenes, on the 5×3 reel set the symbols in Christmas Big Bass Bonanza include brightly coloured high cards from 10 through to Ace for the lower payouts, along with fish, boxes of Christmas presents, sleighs, baubles and Santa for high payouts. These premium symbols can award from 20x to 200x stake for 5 of a kind.

Look out for Santa who is the Wild symbol, available to substitute for all the other symbols in the game to create more potential wins. And finally, you’ll need the scatter symbols to trigger the Free spins round where prize potential increases significantly.

Features and Gameplay

Our Score 8

This game is all about landing wilds, free spins and those all-important multipliers which will get you close to that 2,100x jackpot. It’s not a game that is as feature-packed as others on the market right now, but still there are some fun moments.

Free Spins Bonus

Landing at least 3 Scatters will trigger the Free Spins Bonus round, which awards 10, 15 or 20 Free Spins, depending on the number of Scatters that triggered the round. During the bonus round, a different set of Fish symbols can appear, each one with a money value shown beneath it. To claim the prizes you need the Santa wild to drop simultaneously. When this happens he collects all the fish prizes in his sack!

Santa Wilds

During the free spins, Santa acts as Wild and can substitute for the other symbols in the game to create more potential winning combinations as normal. But now there is more … each wild that drops is collected, and every 4th Wild collected will trigger more Free Spins and an upgraded Multiplier applied to all wins during the round. So, on collecting 4 wilds you get a 2x multiplier and 10 more spins, with 8 wilds you get a 3x multiplier and a further 10 spins, and with 12 wilds you get a massive 10x multiplier and 10 more spins.

Finally, there is an addendum to these two features – when only one Wild symbol appears on the screen on your last Free Spin, then money symbols can appear and be collected for a final random payout.

The Final Verdict

Where Christmas slots are concerned it is a common gripe amongst players that studios are lazy – they simply re-skin an existing game with no new features in order to squeeze a bit more cash out of it. Cynical commercialism at Christmas eh – who’d have thought it? Well it’s not always the case – regular readers of this site will know that we recently reviewed Relax Gaming’s excellent Cluster Pays festive grid slot, Santa’s Stack, a truly original offering.

Unfortunately, Pragmatic Play appear to have missed that memo and have stuck to the tried and tested, re-hashing an old, if popular title for a few weeks of Xmas fun. That leaves us a little cold about this game. There are some parts to enjoy – Christmas Big Bass Bonazza is undoubtedly a fun slot with cheery cartoon visuals, and the combination of angling and Christmas is a weird one, but the humorous edge works well with the colourful imagery to create an upbeat game with plenty of character. However, if you can see through all that you’ll know that you’re just playing Big Bass Bonanza again! Except with Santa for company! This, plus the low top payout of 2,100x stake make things feel a little underwhelming.

And although Christmas BBB is attractive, vibrant and playful, there aren’t many bonus features here either and it all feels a bit lazy. So, unless you’re a big fan of the original game, this festive version might make a slightly disappointing Christmas present!

Ready for something different instead? For an alternative festive slot, you could try Play n Go’s Moon Princess Christmas Kingdom.


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Who Made Christmas Big Bass Bonanza?

  • Name: Pragmatic Play
  • Established: 2015
  • UK License: Remote 046683-R-325951-014
  • Total Games: 500 +
  • Known For: Wide range of themes and styles, live casino including gameshow formats, and bingo
  • Popular Slots: Fruit Party, Dog House Megaways, Big Bass Bonanza, Release the Kraken
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