Since 1979, UK adult comic book Viz has been delighting fans with its broad humour and relentless satire. Launched at the height of the punk era, by the mid 1980s Viz was an established feature of the anti-establishment, and it remains popular to this day, with a market expanding through its availability online.
Blueprint Gaming, a fairly small software developer, has produced an online digital slots game based on Viz, which is proving popular among slots enthusiasts who also enjoy the comic book’s irreverent humour. Apart from poker symbols rendered in bright, cartoony colours, the icons feature famous imagery from the comic book.
Beloved characters like TV host Roger Mellie, the rude and unapologetic Sid the Sexist, and the foul-smelling Johnny Fartpants (accompanied by an appropriate parp every time his icon appears), feature as part of Viz gameplay. Viz slots plays on five reels each displaying three rows, with 20 bet lines and a one-coin maximum per bet line played (although players can set the coins value between one penny and 25 Pounds).
Standard Viz Icons
The poli poker symbols 9, 10, J, Q, K and A are the Viz low-value icons, and players require at least three of a kind, in unbroken sequence from Reel 1, to win a prize. Payouts for low-value matches range from 25p for three 9s, 10s or Js, up to 12.50 Pounds for five A’s.
There are four higher-value symbols; three featuring iconic Viz covers and logos, and a Super Wild logo that not only helps complete winning bet lines, but is also capable of a win of 500 Pounds in its own right for five of a kind.
Wild and Four Bonus Options
The Super Wild logo can substitute for any icon except the four Bonus symbols, and a Super Wild logo in a winning bet line doubles the value of the win. Viz boasts four bonus features, each starring regular characters from the comic book. 3, 4 or 5 Roger Mellie Show icons trigger various free spins rations, up to a total of 200.
Winning combos in this round pay the same as they do in standard play, but the super reel bands that stack icons increase the chance of more wins. 3, 4 or 5 Johnny Fartpants symbols starts a Johnny’s Wheel of Fartune round, in which all the reels turn into spinning wheels of fortune to add a combined multiplier to the total win. This multiplier can be as high as 100X. The Usual Suspects Bonus requires 3, 4 or 5 icons from the Usual Suspects strip, after which the player has to pick one of the characters to reveal a random multiplier of the previous spin’s prize. This multiplier can be as high as 500X. The progressive jackpot, aka Sid’s Progressive Sexpot, is triggered by the Sid the Sexist icon. Five Sid the Sexist icons, appearing in any position on the reels during a free spins round, will win a progressive jackpot that could make a player an instant millionaire.