If you’re familiar with the earlier stages of rock and roll music in the United States, odds are you have heard of Jiles Perry ‘J.P’ Richardson. Maybe not under that name in specific, but under his stage name, the Big Bopper. He began his music career as a disc jockey for a Texas radio station, and it was through this career that he found his stage name, naming himself The Big Bopper after seeing some college students doing a dance called The Bop.
While Richardson would go on to author popular songs such as White Lightning and Running Bear for other authors, his own career was launched by the song Chantilly Lace, which became a major hit, reaching the #6 spot on the pop charts for 22 weeks in the national Top 40. Sadly, no more great song would come out of him, as he died in an airplane crash shortly after his song released.
RTG’s The Big Bopper is a nice call-back to the legendary musician, and brings him and his greatest hits back to life for one more performance of a life time, only this time around, you have the chance of being paid for attending if you’re lucky enough. The slot was released back in 2016, and while it’s not the most gorgeous game currently on the market, it looks quite good.
And the Crowd Goes Wild!
The Big Bopper is played on a 6×3 playing field with all ways win. RTG has not released the RTP information, so we can’t tell you what to expect going into the title. Gamblers cannot change active paylines or the amount of coins, they can simply change their total bet, which can range between $0.30 up to $300 per spin.
There is an Autoplay option available for players who decide to make use of it. At first, the title only allows you to set the amount of automated spins you want to play, but clicking the gear icon takes players to the settings, where they can set things like win thresholds, loss or win limits, as well as allowing them to pick if they want auto spins to stop on any win or when a feature is triggered.
As this is an all ways win title, payouts are rewarded when three or more of the same symbol are in adjacent positions on the reels, going either left to right or right to left. The payout depends on the value of the individual symbol, and whether the Wild is present in the winning combination with them. The highest paying symbol is white lightning, followed by a golden record, a jukebox, a microphone, a red radio and a gramophone disc, an acoustic guitar and a green radio, and finally, a telephone and a musical note, which pay the least.
Re-Spins, Free Spins and Instant Wins, Oh My!
This RTG release has three special features, all of which are activated when Scattered Bopper occurs across the reels.
Each Scatter symbol is a gramophone disc with a different letter written on it, spelling out the word Bopper. If players only have three, four or five Scatters going left to right or right to left, they’re rewarded with a re-spin. If the re-spin expands the Bopper combination, another re-spin is awarded. If six Scatters are reached, one of three different bonuses activates.
The first one is the instant win we mentioned. The song Chantilly Lace will begin players, and the longer it lasts, the larger the cash prize reward is. It starts at 20x, and goes up to 250x.
The second bonus activates in much the same way. The song Chantilly Lace plays, and the longer it keeps going, the more rewards gamblers get. This time around, the reward are free spins and multipliers, with the maximum being 45 extra turns and a 10x multiplier.
The third bonus plays the song White Lightning. So long as the song keeps playing, gamblers keep getting more free spins, which end as soon as the music does. For the duration of this bonus, the top paying White Lightning symbol replaces the Bopper Scatters.