The Basics of Detective Work
Well, alrighty then! It’s hard work being a pet detective but you’ll need to be at your best to solve the mystery of how to win money on this slot.
There are 5 reels in the base game and these are configured in the standard 5×3 layout that players will be so familiar with. There’s no traditional paylines as Playtech have opted to use the more contemporary style of 243 ways to win instead.
Not everyone will have played this style of slots yet although it is becoming increasingly common. Advocates of this style say that it’s easier to follow without complex payline patterns to remember. There are also a greater number of opportunities to get a winning combination compared to when playing on paylines, especially when they’re fewer in number.
Of course there’s an impact on the budget, but this slot allows players the choice between betting low and high with a min bet of 0.20 and a max bet of 100.00.
There’s no published RTP but this slot is notoriously unpredictable so may not be well suited to beginners who could easily become discouraged by the lack of easy wins.
Regular players on the slots look for games that will pay out good prizes but also for a degree of entertainment; spinning the reels in the same old style becomes less interesting after a while. There’s no danger of that with Ace Ventura because the array of bonus plays and features is quite simply mind-boggling.
In the base game you can win free spins if you land the rhino on reels 1, 3 and 5 and this is where you’ll have the chance to play with animal modifiers too.
This is a unique feature and refers to the modifiers which can be “collected” when you land certain animals on the base game on reel 5. All of the modifiers have different features and can even be combined for optimum effect.
The Red Shark hands out free spins; these are awarded randomly with no fixed number on offer.
The Pink Elephant makes the number of paylines even bigger, giving you 1024 ways to win rather than the standard 243. It manages this by adding an extra row onto the board.
The Green Gorilla chooses a random symbol in the game to be upgraded; this could result in a much larger win than original spun.
The Yellow Bat distributes wilds on the reels in a random pattern. The Orange Pigeon adds extra benefits to the wild appearing on the centre reel, giving multipliers which attach to any win.
The Blue Dolphin is particularly valuable as this provides a random multiplier which is applied to all of the wins within the free spins feature.
More, More, More!
The bonus features which are included in the free spins are impressive but there’s three extra bonuses which you could see in the base game too.
Jungle Friends provides extra spins, Sneaky Walk adds on stacked wilds while Loser isn’t quite as bad as it sounds, as you’ll get handed another free turn and a multiplier. If you lose on this last feature, you’ll get another go – and will get to keep continuing until you win a prize.
And of course, there are wilds and scatters too, as well as the aforementioned free spins making this slot as volatile as the detective himself.
Crazy Animal Fun
Ace Ventura by Playtech is an online video slot which closely follows the spirit of the film, with madcap antics and a fun approach. Both in the base game and in the bonus turns, there’s an enormous amount of extras which can be triggered, amplifying possible prizes and giving much better chances of a win. For total newbies, this overwhelming selection of features is probably a bit too much to start with so Ace Ventura is recommended for intermediate and advanced slots players.