From the trip deep into space and visiting a strange alien planet to the darkest mines of the Wild West – this episode of slot wars combines the adventures all players can enjoy immensely. Root for Cosmic Cash if you want to experience action out of this world or put your bets on Bomb Bonanza and its gold fever extravaganza.
Once again we have two great slots by Pragmatic Play, so let’s see which will take the throne.
The slot war begins now!
Round 1: Winning Potential
As one of the most important features, winning potential is a big part of determining which slot to play. These days, there are games that can produce massive wins, but the winning potential alone doesn’t necessarily guarantee fun gameplay.
Both of these slots have decent winning potential, but Cosmic Crash slightly bigger one. This 5×4 slot with 20 paylines comes with a maximum prize of 2,650x the stake. On the other hand, Bomb Bonanza has a larger playing field with a 5×5 grid and 50 paylines, but its winning potential rises up to 2,000x the bet.
The high volatility is present in both games while the RTP is almost the same. When nitpicking, the space adventure is victorious on this front as well due to its RTP of 96.56% compared to the mining slot with an RTP of 96.46%.
Regarding betting range, you can play Bomb Bonanza in real money mode from just €0.25 up to €125 bet per spin. To expirience Cosmic Cash’s real money gameplay, you’ll need a higher initial bet of at least €0.40 bet per spin, but the upper limit is also higher to a maximum of €200 stake per spin.
Round 2: Bonus Features
In the mining-themed slot, bomb symbols are Wild and as such substitute for any regular symbols to help complete winning lines. Furthermore, whenever a Wild lands in the base game, there is a chance it will expand and cover more positions on the reels.
If the expansion happens, the Wild can take a random site of 2×2, 3×3, 4×4 or 5×5. However, bombs don’t stay still – these Wild symbols spread by moving in any of the four main directions, so they may expand off the grid.
Besides this random feature, there is also a progressive bonus round with free spins. Three Scatters together on reels trigger it, awarding 6 free spins. Here the scenery changes, moving the action deep inside a mine.
Another change entails a random appearance of Nugget symbols. When they fall onto reels, they are collected on a meter located at the top right of the grid. Enough gathered Nuggets move the player up levels to guarantee the size of Wilds.
The bonus round starts on Level 1, with Wilds in normal 1×1 in size. They remain in that size until you move to the higher levels where they spread:
- Level 2 – awards Expanding Wilds of 2×2 size, plus 4 free spins
- Level 3 – awards Expanding Wilds of 3×3 size, plus 2 free spins
- Level 4 – awards Expanding Wilds of 4×4 size, plus 2 free spins
- Level 5 – awards Expanding Wilds of 5×5 size, plus 1 free spin
Cosmic Cash also has interesting features, but they are a bit less elaborate than in the Bomb Bonanza slot. Nothing special happens randomly in the base game, but when 6 or more Money symbols land together, they activate the Cosmic Respins feature.
During 3 additional respins, only Money symbols or blanks can hit. All money symbols remain sticky in their positions while all the new ones award 3 more respins.
Next to reels are various rewards that can be won for the duration of the feature like free spins, cash prizes of up to 250x the bet, multiplier of up to 50x or one of the jackpots – Mini, Minor, Major or Grand worthy 20x, 50x, 250x or 2,500x the bet respectively. Prizes are awarded when the reel next to the perspective reel is filled with Money symbols.
Next, there is a bonus round with free spins, triggered when 3, 4 or 5 Scatters appear at the same time, but free spins also can be won as a prize in the Cosmic Respin feature. During free spins, more stacked Wilds tend to appear on reels 2, 3 and 4.
While both games have solid bonus features, the ones found in Bomb Bonanza are a bit more engaging to players. So, this slot is the winner of this category, mostly due to its progressive and tiered free spins round.
Round 3: Visual and Audio Effects
When it comes to theme, none of these games features the original one that players didn’t see before. The Cosmic Cash shows you the pinkish world of an unknown planet with a friendly space alien as your guide, while Bomb Bonanza revolves around mining in the gold fever era.
Since they are so different, it could be said that themes are equally interesting, but the mining adventure does have a slight advantage – it is more detailed and better put together, so its theme is more followed through.
Also, the difference is noticeable in visuals too. Although both releases feature Pragmatic’s signature high-quality graphics, the space slot has a much simpler design.
On the contrary, it seems like the designers took a lot of time and thought when creating visuals of Bomb Bonanza as they are vibrant, precise and completely complement the theme. All of this makes this slot a better-looking one design-wise and a winner of yet another round of this slot war.
And The Winner Is…
When it comes to visual appearance, these slots are different like fire and water, but not so much regarding gameplay. Both feature a bit mellow, simpler gameplay enriched with exciting bonus rounds.
Still, there has to be a winner and in this episode of slot wars, that honor belongs to the Bomb Bonanza slot. It does have a lower winning potential compared to Cosmic Cash, but compensates it with other strong features, especially thrilling progressive free spins round. But don’t miss trying out both of these games as they are quite worthy of your attention.