Pizza Prize, from NextGen Gaming, is a 5-reel Video Slot game with 3 rows and 25 potential paylines. The game has a betting range of 0.01 to 50 per spin, and a theoretical return to player percentage of 95.38. It can be played for free, so players can try it out and get comfortable before staking real money, and offers an AutoPlay mode. This keeps the reels spinning and potentially nets wins for players as they carry on with different activities, so they don’t have to miss a beat of the action anywhere.
Game Design and Layout
Pizza Prize is set in a traditional Italian restaurant, complete with red-and-white striped awning, with typical Italian music in the background helping to set the scene. The backdrop is of an evening street scene, with the reels set against the sides of a pizza oven.
The 4 higher-value symbols in the base game are a sliced Sausage, chopped Vegetables, Pizza Dough with a rolling pin and a Pizza Delivery Boy. The playing card signs for 9, 10, J, Q and A make up the lower-value symbols, and are presented in a cheerful font. Each playing card sign is also decorated with something related to the game’s theme, such as the chef’s hat adorning the Ace. Special animations and sound effect celebrate wins on the reels.
The Pizza Prize Wild Symbol is a picture of Tony, who owns the restaurant. His picture can substitute for any regular symbol on the reels to create winning configurations and when 5 appear on active payline players are awarded a Jackpot of 10000x their stake.
The Scatter Symbol, which is the only icon that Tony’s face can’t replace, is a square Pizza. When 3 or more of these appear anywhere on the reels the Free Spins Bonus Round is triggered. Players are awarded 15 free turns of the reels, and anything that is won during this round is doubled. Tony stands next to the reels in this round, cheering enthusiastically.
It is not possible to retrigger the Free Spins or to land 5 Scatter symbols at once during the Free Spins Round, but there is an additional feature. A small Pizza Oven also appears above each reel and if the Pizza Symbol lands on the reel, extra prizes are awarded according to which reel it is. A Pizza on Reel 1 will turn Wild and award 2x, 3x or 5x the total bet. The same amounts can be awarded on Reel 2, but the Pizza will not turn wild. On Reel 3, the Pizza alone might turn Wild, or all 3 of the symbols on the reel will turn wild. When a Pizza is seen on Reel 4, the multiplier for the spin is increased by 4, 5 or 8 times. Lastly, landing a Pizza on Reel 5 will get players 1, 2 or 4 more extra spins.
To round off a successful spin, players can choose to activate the Gamble Feature. Directly after winning a round, they will be offered the chance to guess the colour or suite of a playing card. This will double or quadruple their takings respectively if the predictions are correct, and result in a prize forfeit if players are wrong. This uncertainty adds another element of gambling to the Pizza Prize game.