Slot players have a way into players’ hearts. Besides offering big wins, they choose themes that are close to people’s hearts. I loved the recent Family Guy slot, because I recognized all the characters and laughed along. Monopoly Roulette was a good one, since every one of us has played that classic board game through childhood. Today, there’s a new mobile slot that can evoke a serious case of 90s nostalgia – Ace Ventura. Ace Ventura was one of the most quoted comedies of the 90s, starring Jim Carrey and a lot of cute dogs. It’s been revived by Playtech and transformed into a quirky, cartoony mobile slot.
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|Release Date||December 2015|
|Slot type||Video Slot|
|Platform||Android App, iPhone App, Browser|
|Return to Player (RTP)||96.5%|
|Slot Reels/ Paylines||5 reels/ 243 paylines|
|Min/ Max Bets||20p – £100|
|Free Spins||Up to 10 free spins|
|Features||Wild Symbols, win multipliers, free spins|
|Pros||Fun theme, amazing graphics|
|Cons||Lack of interesting features|
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Ace Ventura Pet Detective has 5 reels and 243 ways to win. Bets range from 20p to £100 per spin. I wouldn’t recommend betting too much per spin though. It’s a medium variance slot, so winning paylines don’t come by in sizeable portions too frequently. You’ll also want to pace yourself so you can try out all those bonus features packed into the game.
The base game itself is packed with lots of random features:
- Ace Ventura’s Jungle Friends pop by with Random Wilds, increasing your chances of hitting winning combinations
- Losing spins can be turned into winning ones, with free re-spins and an extra dash of multipliers on top!
- Ace Ventura does a Sneaky Walk across the reels – where he stops, the entire reel becomes a pile of Stacked Wilds
There is never a quiet moment in this game with so many random features. Sometimes, these features are just annoying visual gimmicks to distract you. Other times, they result in some quite decent wins. I managed to increase my bank balance by about 30% within 10 minutes of playing this game.
The most notable feature in this game would definitely be Ace Ventura himself dancing across the reels. The animations alone were stunning, but watch it more than once and you may not fancy it anymore. Somehow, the animations felt too long at times.
In this game, you’ll get to play the role of Pet Detective yourself. You’ll have to collect posters of missing animals. There are lots of these posters floating around the reels. Each animal represents a different type of modifier. For example:
- The white bird, which gives some nice wild multipliers on Reel 3
- The bat, which gives random wilds
- The gorilla, which gives a symbol upgrade
Once you gather three of these, you’ll unlock free spins with those combined modifiers. You will definitely win a lot of cash during these free spin rounds, with so many modifiers influencing your game. Of course, you need to experiment a couple of times to collect the best combination of Animal Modifiers.
The game tossed in a good handful of zany catchphrases that the original movie made popular – “God, I’m Good!” and “Loo-hoo-zuh-her!” The music is a good throwback to the 1990s era as well, with the happy-go-lucky, uplifting tunes playing in the background throughout the entire game. The game is brightly coloured and positively zany, which I’m guessing, is a nod to the original movie style.
Playtech has cashed in on branded games more times than we can count. They are responsible for the famous Marvel jackpot slots series – a brilliant portfolio of games that brings those superhero characters to life. They’ve produced Top Gun, Britain’s Got Talent, Deal or No Deal and many other TV show-themed titles. For every branded slot, there is a small niche market that gets a real kick from seeing their favourite TV show or movie in slot format.
Whether or not you’ve watched the movie series, Ace Ventura Pet Detective is an entertaining mobile slot. The features are good fun and the wacky theme is bound to amuse you. My favourite feature was collecting the Animal Modifiers and testing out the different combination of bonus features. Just be sure to manage your budget while playing, you don’t want to blow your entire budget hunting down animals instead of cash!