Love is Blind
“Venetia” is a word most commonly heard in the context of Venetian blinds, so named because they originated in Venice, right? Wrong. The distinctive window blinds actually originated in Persia, and today the French still refer to them as “Les Persienes”. What has all this got to do with video slots? Not a whole lot, other than to acknowledge that GameArt’s Venetia is about as authentically Venetian as the blinds whose name they share.
If you want to truly experience Venice then – spoiler alert – you’ll need to travel there. The trouble is that costs money and involves dealing with the millions of other tourists who throng to the littoral city every year. Far easier and far more profitable to sit at home spinning the reels of Venetia. The 20 payline slot has a line bet that can be set between 0.01 and 0.5, making for a maximum bet of 10 per spin.
Waterway to Win
The backdrop to this slot, featuring one of Venice’s most famous bridges, makes for quite a spectacle in a game that isn’t short of spectacles, from the symbols to the animations. GameArt’s slots are usually tasteful affairs, and they’ve certainly come up with the goods in Venetia. Symbols of note include a pair of kissing turtle doves, a masked woman, a golden lion and various landmarks from Venice’s streets and waterways.
Wild is an elaborate silver mask that would cover the wearer’s entire face, while scatter is played by a traditional gondola with a pair of lovers sat inside. It’s worth 5,000 for five, with wild falling just shy of that at 4,500 for five. This is assuming that you’re playing with the bet levels set to a maximum of 0.5 per line, which seems a sensible approach.
Venice the Menace
The wild symbol actually looks quite menacing and yet strangely beautiful at the same time. This curious juxtaposition only adds to the allure of Venetia. The real money lies in the hands of scatter, three or more of which in view will trigger free spins. While your 15 free spins are doing their thing, each win will be accompanied by a 3x multiplier.
This feature can also be triggered again during free spins if you’re on a roll. Venetia has a card gamble feature too, just like all of GameArt’s slots. If you don’t see it after recording a win on the reels, make sure that the feature hasn’t been disabled in the game settings. It’s a simple 50/50 bet on the colour of the next card that can be made up to five times in a row, providing another way to bolster your winnings.
Venetia follows a format that’s almost identical to GameArt’s other slots, so if you like the way this baby plays, go immerse yourself in their other games; the historical themed ones are ideal, while the likes of Thai Dragon operate in a near identical fashion. For something similar to Venetia in terms of theme, the obvious contender is Venetian Rose by Gamesys. It’s a 25 payline slot with an RTP of 95% and the potential to win up to 10 free spins.
A Good Looker
Venetia comfortably ranks as one of GameArt’s best looking slots to date. The symbols and the backdrop are both beguiling, as you’d expect from a game based on one of the most beautiful cities in the world. Because the game is heavily dependent upon free spins, the base game can get pretty boring. Persevere though and you’ll be rewarded with beauty and riches in equal measure.