Ace Ventura Basic Information:
Detectives, as we all know, are a very real and very necessary thing in our modern society. Pet detectives, however, do not exist, though maybe they should. Since the first film, Ace Ventura has become a household name in Pet Detection, and and inspiration for many of us who wander the streets under cover of night, detecting and protecting those of our furry or feathered friends. Does this make us closer to batman, or are we more likely to be chased off by a man with a bat? For answers to none of these questions, and actual answers regarding this pokie, keep reading our review…
This pokie was created by the developers at Playtech. While not the biggest name in the business, Playtech still has a strong place within the pokie community. Since 1999 Playtech have established they have the talent to deliver quality, covering a wide range of electronic casino games. This game was released on the 15th of December, 2015.
The Playtech system is compatible with a great many devices which are capable of running Flash. This means most PCs, Apple computers and tablets, along with a variety of other mobile devices. Check if your device supports flash, if it does you should be able to run games from Playtech.
Ace Ventura comes with a total of 243 paylines over 5 reels in a 3×5 layout.
- The minimum coins bet are 0.40
- The maximum coins bet are 100.00
- Minimum coin size sits a 0.01
- Maximum coins size sits at 2.50
- The return to player offered by this game is 96.18%, which is towards the high end of average.
By clicking on the spanner icon towards the upper right of the game screen the player can access the options menu. This brings up a menu with 3 different sections. These are as follows:
- Disable Warning Messages
This option simply toggles various messages from appearing within the game.
- Skip Intro Video
This option toggles the opening video from playing the next time that the player enters the game.
- Disable Multigame View Screen Resolution Warning Message
This toggle turns off the message which appears when the player sets the view screen to a less than optimal resolution.
- Fast Play
Enabling this option speeds up the spinning of the reels. This means that these is less time spent waiting around between the time you click spin and when the reels come to rest, speeding up the entire experience.
A simple slider which allows the user to change the overall volume level.
- Game Sounds
This option toggles off all of the game sounds.
- Background Sounds
This option toggles off all of the game's background sounds.
- Dealer Voices
This option toggles off the dealer voices, which appears to be useless within this game.
Additional options can be accessed by clicking on the autospin button. The basic options here allow the play to select from 10, 25, 50 or 99 autospins. The player can also choose to spin until a feature is won.
The game also comes with a turbo button towards the lower right of the game screen. This toggles works as a simple way to enable quickspin – the speeding up of the reels spinning process.
Other Helpful Additions
Ace Ventura also comes with an info help button. This button opens a page which details all of the symbol worth, the bonus symbols and payline information.
The game can also be muted by simply toggling the sound button located on the lower left of the game main screen.
The character of Ace Ventura is one which is immediately recognisable to anyone who has seen either of the films. Ventura, as played by rubber-person Jim Carrey, has two films in its series – Pet Detective (1994) and When Nature Calls (1995).
The general premise here is that Ventura is, as the name suggests, a pet detective. This essentially means that he is employed by various individuals to solve mysteries relating to animals. Typically these are things such as animals escaping, or being stolen.
Ace accomplishes his tasks by being an unhinged maniac, sane enough that he remains a free man, yet outrageous enough that no person is quite sure whether or not he'll explode at any moment. Combine this with a great script and the natural comedy genius of Jim Carrey and you have a couple of films which have done a great job at standing the test of time.
Other Features and Bonuses
Ace Ventura comes with 3 random features which can be randomly activated during any spin in the main game. These are as follows:
- Jungle Friends
With this feature Ace will appear and summon his friends, which places additional wilds on the board.
- Sneaky Walky
When this feature activates Ace will sneak across the reels, adding random amounts of wild stacks as he goes.
This can respin any losing spin. This will continue, creating and adding to a score multiplier, until a win is finally collected.
The wild symbol in Ace Ventura appears as the above icon. This can appear on all reels and can substitute for any symbol except for the scatter and animal modifiers.
The bonus symbol in Ace Ventura appears as the above rhino icon. These can appear on reels 1,3 and 5. When 3 of these are gained in a single spin the player gains access to 7 free spins with 6 possible animal modifiers. These animal modifiers will appear in the main game, and are collected when they do so. These can then be used in the free spins bonus game for additional rewards. These are listed in the section below.
The free spins bonus game in Ace Ventura is won when the player gains 3 bonus symbols in a single spin. In this game the player is awarded with 7 free spins. They also have the ability to use the animal modifiers which were collected in regular play. Usually two of these can be used at once, though this can increase to 3 when one of these modifiers appears with a key. The different modifiers are as follows:
- Shark Card
When this is used the player will gain additional free spins.
- Elephant Card
When this card is used the player gains the use of expanded reels. This means an additional row of reels will appear on the bottom of the pre-exising reels.
- Gorilla Card
When this card is used the symbols displayed will be upgraded, leaving more with a higher worth.
- Bat Card
When this card is selected the player will gain random wild on every spins.
- Dove Card
When this card is used the player will gain access to a reel 3 wild multiplier.
- Dolphin Card
When this card is used the player will gain access to a mystery win modifier.
Thus by combining the player cards it is possible to create your own bonus system, which is a rare and awesome addition.
How to Play:
Basic play for Ace Ventura is as simple as a player selecting a betting amount and clicking spin.
Clicking the autoplay button allows the player to go through a selection of different amounts of autospins.
Overall Design and Usability:
When you make a game about Ace Ventura you can easily assume than sensibility is going to thrown out the window. The films are so absurd that the designers had a lot of leeway to create their own interpretation, and in this way Playtech have done a great job. Opting for a cartoonish and colourful look, rather than simply relying on an overuse of actual images from the films, Playtech bring a lot of character to this pokie. This is accomplished through the use of light colours, and a few chosen images and caricatures from the films. All told, this creates a look as if the reels are a sort of postcard sent from Ventura, light but fun. It's a tricky thing to get all those factors working so well together, yet Playtech have made it look easy.
When it comes to usability this is a game which performs very well. During our testing procedure we found no issue at all with the game, either in terms of performance or reliability. It is a little bit disappointing that the game does not come with graphics options, though. These can help players on older or less powerful hardware get in on the action, so by missing these they are effectively cutting their player base. We would also have liked for there to be a few more useful options in the autospins function, as those that currently exist are quite limited.
Where to find it:
Playtech may not be as common as the big boys in the business, but they still do very well. Check out the following links for website reviews which offer games from the Playtech framework. From here you can decide which casino works for you, and you can jump right in!
Playtech does it again. Once again we have a pokie from Playtech which would be fantastic even if it wasn't based on films which we are huge fans of. Ace Ventura brings with it a bright and colourful look, combined with a fun and customisable bonus structure into a pokie which can be enjoyed by all manner of pokie enthusiasts. In fact the only thing letting this game down are a slight lack of options, though even that won't prevent this game from doing something special.
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