Coral present Game of the Day: Viz
Welcome back for more Game of the Day where we review the latest, greatest, weirdest and most wonderful slots around. Today’s title definitely falls into the “weird and wonderful” category – it’s Viz; a 5 reel 20 payline slot designed by Blueprint Gaming.
For the uninitiated Viz magazine, founded in 1979 is a peculiarly British magazine which publishes a bizarre mixture of comedy, satire and pure nonsense. Wikipedia sums up the comics raison d’etre quite neatly by as “a parody of British post war comics; but with vulgar language, toilet humour, black comedy and surreal humour”. Readers will be keenly familiar with the regular cast of characters and columns including “Sid the Sexist” “Roger Mellie, Man on the Telly” and “Viz top tips”.
So a British institution but not the natural setting for a popular slot game, you might have thought. In fact Blueprint gaming have done a wonderful job of transporting the comedy and character of Viz into a slot game, and also added a huge progressive jackpot, seeded at £50,000. The animation style is reminiscent of Viz’s faded inks and a host of foul mouthed characters have come to populate the symbols and bonus games.
There are no less than 3 bonus rounds – each featuring a Viz character. Trigger the Roger Mellie bonus by landing 3 or more “FTV” symbols across the reels. You’ll be taken for a slot on Roger’s Bonus Game Show and play a Deal or No Deal style game where you select TVs, each with a number of free spins. As you select TVs and reveal their values you’ll be given offers to accept or reject. If you find 5 Sid the Sexist cards behind TVs, you’ve instantly triggered the progressive jackpot.
Next up is “Wheel of Fartune”, triggered by finding 3+ Johnny Fartpants symbols across the reels. Each reel with the appropriate symbol changes to become a “Wheel of Fartune” and reveals a multiplier, which are added together to calculate your final prize. Finally, by landing 3 or more “Usual Suspects” scatters you unlock a bonus game where you pick Viz characters from a police line up, revealing a win multiplier of up to 500x your bet.
Viz is a truly wonderful slot and its great to see a well worked adaptation of an offbeat cultural phenomenon. Of course if you’ve never enjoyed the original strips you may feel a bit lost at first – but the bonus games and style are engaging and offer a lot of engaging gameplay. However, If you are a Viz fan, you’re probably already playing!