Most Italian slots I have played focus on ancient Rome. Viva L’Italia from 888 Games takes a different route, using a diverse selection of buildings and even some bottles of Italian white wine. This is a simple game, though the production values are high. Around the reels you’ll find a collage covering a lot of Italy’s history – along with some jolly music while you spin.
Wild symbols play an important role in this game. These multiply any wins they are a part of by 3. There is also a free spins bonus round (along with scatter prizes) which is triggered when you land 3 or more of the wine symbols.
This slot uses the regular 25 pay lines, going from left to right over the 5-reel, 3 row grid. You can bet from 1c a spin, with 3c, 5c and up all possible. You will also be offered the option to play automatically. Up to 100 auto spins can be set.
The higher paying regular symbols are the historical buildings. The colosseum and the Milan opera house are the top symbols. These are worth 750 coins for the max 5. The colosseum pips the opera house for 4 of a kind, with 200 coins compared to 100. Both of these pay all the way down to 2 from the left. The leaning tower of Pisa, an impressive fountain, and a view of a Venice canal make up the remaining top symbols.
Playing cards are in use for this game, these have been given a curvy, renaissance type make-over. Aces down to nines are in play.
Logos are used as the wilds. These have an important role to play. They are the best paying symbol, worth 9000 coins if you line up 5 on a win line. These wilds will also triple any wins which they create by substituting for other symbols. The only symbol that this wild does not replace is the Italian wine (scatter) symbol.
Scatter symbols show 5 bottles of white wine. These have two roles. First, they pay a prize based on a multiplier of your bet. If you hit 2 anywhere on the reels, you win 2 your bet. 3 will get you 5x, 4 bring you 20x and 5 the top prize of a generous 400x your bet. Scatter prizes are paid in addition to any regular line wins for that spin.
In addition, you’ll get 15 free spins with 3 or more of these in view. These free spins are at the same bet amount as the triggering spin. The reels are the same, though you’ll get some lively music while you play. You will see your wins accumulating above the reels, along with the number of spins you have remaining. These spins can be retriggered with 3+ scatter symbols.
The intro video for this game shows you some of the important historical perspective of Italy, and is very impressive. Behind the reels you’ll see an equally impressive collage of many of the icons. By contrast, the reels are plainer. Behind them is a blurred blue view, which shows the orange / rust color of the playing card symbols starkly.
All the historic buildings are created with a lot of detail. For me the tower of Pisa stands out. This is set against a sunset of reds and oranges. There are no real animations connected with this game. Flashes of light and lines will connect your winning combinations.
For the first 10 minutes, the music when you spin is lively and a little different to what you’d expect from a slot. After a while, this did get a little too jarring for my personal tastes!
While this slot does not stand out from the pack in terms of game play and features, there are still some good reasons to check it out. The fresh look at Italy is one reason. The only reference to ancient Rome is the colosseum ruins symbol. The multiplier wild does pop up to bring you bigger line wins at times. Topping these are the free spins, where you can enjoy 15 free shots at those big line wins. Check out Viva L’Italia for yourself today.