I don’t know about you, but any time I get my teeth into a pizza I feel like I’ve won a prize. While pizzas hail from Italy, it has proved up to legendary Aussie outfit NextGen Gaming to further immortalise America’s favourite food. At least we can be sure there’s been a multinational effort gone into the development of this particular five reel online slot.
Wild Tony’s pizza place boasts more prizes than toppings, and I should jolly well hope so too because the only toppings I can see are the tomatoes, pepperoni, onions, mushrooms and garlic that appear randomly across the reels. I think that’s also gooey melted cheese topping the Queen symbol (read into that what you will). To be fair, that’s a damn fine collection of pizza ingredients if ever there was one.
Tony is as Wild as he claims, substituting for all other symbols when we land him to complete one of the game’s possible 25 paylines. Tony also brandishes a steaming pizza in one of the game’s cute little animations, though judging from the size of him that’s not the size of pizza he usually eats. Anyway, Tony’s a nice enough guy, as is his his nerdy-looking delivery boy. The music they spin to is a fine attempt at a traditional Little Italy score, which will have you swaying in your seat like a gondolier.
While Scattered Pizza sounds like a messy business that may make you wonder who’s going to do all the cleaning up, it’s exactly what we’re after here. Three or more Scattered Pizzas anywhere across the five reels launches Pizza Prize’s bonus game. Ovens appear above the reels, and when any pizza lands on the reels the relevant oven opens to reveal a mystery prize. “Ooh!” we sooth like we’ve just seen the dessert menu. Fortunately, it’s not the kind of bonus you might find from an actual pizza takeaway place, like a free can of cola or a clean bill of health. Oh, and all wins are doubled during the bonus game.
If you eat at a takeaway pizza place you’d normally expect to gamble if you ordered the fiery hot pizza with the extra spicy beef, but there’s no need for a health inspection at Wild Tony’s. NextGen’s trademark Gamble feature make this the only gamble we need to take, offering the possibility to choose the correct colour or suit on the flip of a card. Choose correctly and we shall double or quadruple our win, which we can then reinvest in more pizza. Yum.
This game is most definitely cheesy, but in no other circumstance could that be considered a good thing. It’s also tomatoey, pepperoniey, oniony, peppery and doughy. Oh, and it will make you slobbery over the tasty winnings that are on offer for starter, main and dessert.