Ciao! If you have ‘una passione’ for all things Italian, Viva L’Italia Slot (long live Italy) could be the game for you. Powered by Random Logic software and offered by 888 Games, you’ll be transported to the architecture, weather and vino of il bel paese (as the locals call it, ‘the beautiful country’) – without leaving home.
Set against a backdrop including famous landmarks like the Leaning Tower of Pisa and the Colosseum, all under a gorgeous-looking Italian sky, the slot involves the standard five reels with three rows plus 25 Paylines. And you can listen to some suitably Italian-sounding background music as you play.
Meanwhile, the colour scheme of red and olive recalls both the flag of Italy and many of its national cuisine’s most famous cooking ingredients.
How to play
Viva L’Italia Slot suits gamers of all experience levels and playing it is straightforward enough. Coin sizes range from 25p to £250.
Use the Bet button at the bottom of the screen to adjust your bets – you can also use the Autoplay function if you tire of spinning manually.
The standard 9, 10, Jack, Queen, King and Ace constitute the lower-value icons, and these don’t pay so much but crop up quite often. Higher-paying symbols include the landmarks mentioned above, plus a cathedral, fountain, the Vatican and Venetian canal. The famous Duomo of Milan also features.
Symbols animate when they are part of a winning line. Paylines are fixed, so remember you need to bet on all 25 for each spin.
The Wild is the game logo, the Scatter is Italian wine in traditional, Chianti-style bottles. (These look slightly different in the mobile and desktop versions.)
No other symbol in this game pays more than the Wild, which replaces any of the standard symbols. Land five on a winning Payline to grab a whopping 9,000x original stake for that line. Also, if at least one Wild forms part of a winning combo a 3x multiplier applies.
No fewer than 15 free spins can be yours if you land three or more of the Scatter bottle icons at any point on the reels. What’s more, all wins get a 3x multiplier treatment, including those which have already been trebled via a Wild.
What’s more, you can trigger even greater winnings by bagging more free spins as you play the feature. So it’s this round where the best wins are to be had.
Return to Player (RTP)
This is one downside to this game – RTP is really quite low at 91.80%.
Viva L’Italia Slot is a fitting celebration of the land of Verdi, Michelangelo, passata, pesto and pizza that plays very smoothly indeed. There’s also some potential to win big in the free spins round assuming you can live with the rather low RTP. (We should also point out that there’s no progressive jackpot here.)
Otherwise, it’s brillante fun to play. There are some sleek and realistic-looking graphics and beautiful design, plus a generally good atmosphere. Give it a whirl, and remember to share your thoughts with us afterwards.
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