Review of Ace Ventura Pet Detective Slots
When I first saw Ace Ventura in the movie theaters, I was doubled over in laughter for the entire two hours; I had never seen a comedy like that before. Jim Carrey was fresh off of his departure from the hilarious “In Living Color” sketch comedy show and was anxious to prove himself as a leading actor….and boy did he succeed.
As you can probably already tell, this review is going to be a little biased. However I feel it is both deserved, and to be expected. Who doesn’t love Jim Carrey? Oh wait – anyone who saw The Incredible Burt Wonderstone is probably not too happy with him, but how do you stay mad at a comedic king? As far as I’m concerned, this is just another reason to relive his glory days from the mid 1990s, and remind ourselves just how funny this guy actually was.
The game screenshots below just scream out “MIAMI” with all of the bright, neon colors and outrageous designs. There simply isn’t enough room on this page to post screenshots all of the game’s features, so you’ll just have to believe me when I say that this game is totally action-packed.
One of the driving forces behind the success of this movie is its unique storyline and lead characters. Ace is a private detective for missing animals, and as such, he has trouble getting respect from most of the people in his life – especially the local police department. However, once he proves himself to be a hero by rescuing Snowflake the Dolphin and his sidekick Dan Marino from a deranged ex-football player, the city of Miami embraces the lovable hunk.
This game basically walks you through the general themes of the original movie, without diving too deep into any specific part of the plot. The movie clips and sound bites do an excellent job of transporting you back to the first time you saw the film in the 1990s and should put a smile on your face.
All of the unique symbols in Ace Ventura Slots are bright and fun and come directly from the film. It should be noted that Ace’s hair looks fantastic on all of the six symbols that he is on, although some might argue that six is Ace-overload. I would kind of be inclined to agree, and suggest that maybe they could have included a few more animals from the movie as symbols.
Oh well, I’m perfectly fine with what we got.
- J (Jack)
- Q (Queen)
- K (King)
- A (Ace)
- Ace in a Blue Car
- Ace in a Jeep on Safari
- Ace in Tutu with Football
- Ace with Asparagus Hanging from Mouth
- Ace with Monkey
- Ace Ventura Pet Detective Badge
- Ace Ventura Holding Wild Card (Wild)
- Rhino (Bonus)
Most 243 payline slots have lower payouts for each symbol, and Ace Ventura is no different. The highest paying symbol in the game is Ace’s Pet Detective Badge, which pays 200 coins for 5 of a kind. The next highest paying symbols are Ace with his Monkey, Ace with Asparagus, and then Ace in a Tutu paying 150, 120, and 120 respectively for five in a spin.
Due to the 243 ways to win in this title, if you hit three or more of the same symbols on consecutive reels, regardless of their placement, that is considered a winning payline. This is only going from left to right, however.
It should be noted that in Ace Ventura your total bet each spin is your coin value multiplied by 40 coins, not coin value multiplied by each payline. As is common with 243 and 1,024 Ways games, there is a minimum wager each spin.
There aren’t any jackpots offered in Pet Detective Slots, however the crazy amount of free spins that Ace Ventura dishes out almost makes up for it. There is literally non-stop action in the regular game mode, so I didn’t even notice the omission.
There are no traditional bonus rounds in Ace Ventura Pet Detective Slots, which is an absolute shame when you consider the amount of comedic material they had at their disposal. I feel like Playtech could have created some hilarious bonus features that really would have put the game over the top. Since the rest of the game is so darn entertaining, I’m going to give them a pass on this one.
There are technically two “mini bonus rounds” via the in-reel features, though. First there is “Jungle Friends” where Ace calls upon the various animals in the game to drop extra Wild symbols on the reels.
Secondly, there is the “Sneaky Walk” mini-bonus where Ace shuffles onto the screen and throws stacked Wilds onto every reel he stops at, which usually leads to you hitting five of a kind. Both of these in-reel features give you a little bankroll boost, so I guess we can technically consider them bonuses.
The various features of the free spins are unlocked as you hit game modifiers on the reels during a spin in regular game mode. These are the symbols of the lost posters of the missing pets that you must help Ace find.
The Rhino bonus symbol on reels #1, #3, and #5 will give you 7 free spins, but there is a twist. If you hit two or more of the “Amazing Animal Modifiers” in the regular game, those bonus modifications will be applied to your free games. Remember that these game modifiers will be saved with the bet amount that you hit it on, and if you hit the same game modifier twice, you will simply win a cash bonus instead.
The Amazing Animal Modifiers are:
- “Cuddles” the Ape (Symbol Upgrade)
- “Ellie” the Elephant (Expanded Reels)
- “Winged Spawn of Satan” the Bat (Random Wilds)
- “Albie” the Pigeon (Reel 3 Wild Multiplier)
- “Snowflake” the Dolphin (Mystery Win Multiplier)
- “Not-Snowflake” the Shark (Extra Free Games)
My favorite modifier is Ellie the Elephant because when you get expanded reels during Free Games Mode, the number of paylines goes up to an insane 1024, which basically guarantees you cash winnings every spin. And when this mode also has Random Wilds added to it courtesy of the Bat modifier, your bankroll gets jacked up significantly. Yes, you understood the previous sentence correctly – you can actually combine modifiers during free games as long as you have collected some modifiers with keys during the regular game mode. These will arrive at random and unlock locks in the top left corner of the screen.
In addition to the above, the “Loser Re-Spins” are a great way to turn lemons into lemonade. This happens randomly when you have a losing spin and Ace shuffles out to give you a re-spin. He’ll also continue to increase your win multiplier until you cash it in.
This game has excellent graphics when compared to other titles, and no, I’m not exaggerating. For example, the Rhino Bonus symbol becomes animated once two of them have landed on the reels. The word “Bonus” disappears to reveal Ace trying to climb out of the rhino’s rear end! It makes me laugh every time I see it…it’s just so ridiculous! All of the other animations are both fluid and silly.
Overall the game is bright, warm, and colorful and the designers at Playtech succeeding in giving us a “South Beach” vibe in every feature. I guess pink and teal have that effect on the eyes.
Audio & Soundtrack
The music that plays in the regular game of Ace Ventura is quite annoying and always restarts from the beginning each spin, which makes it even more painful. I believe that this tune is basically an instrumental version of “The Lion Sleeps Tonight” which was featured in the movie. I’ve always hated that song. Also it has whistling in it, and I hate whistling. Moving on…
The song that plays when in the game’s Information Mode is a great synthesizer-heavy jam that sounds like it’s straight out of the mid 1980s. In fact, I would say that it borrowed heavily from Sheena Easton’s hit “Strut”, (for those of you who are old enough to remember that song).
The animal audios during the symbol animations are entertaining, like when you hit three Ace with a Monkey symbols and the monkey screams and laughs. However, the best audio in the game has to be the “Allll righty then!!” that Ace shouts out after hitting 5 of a kind.
Also, Ace screaming “Damn I’m good” when you hit a big win in Free Games Mode is always entertaining, as is the “Can you feel that?!?!” he exclaims when you get a “Super Big Win“. He also cries “Yes! Yes! Oh ya!” for a Mega Big Win.
Fans of the original Pet Detective movie should be very happy with this slot game since it features tons of Jim Carrey, with lots of images and clips from the film, as well as giving you 243 ways to win on every spin. Gamblers worried about their bankrolls will be happy that the game constantly pumps out free spins, with the ability to add extra bonus features on top of them.
Although it loses a few points for not having a proper bonus round, Ace Ventura Slots is definitely worth checking out – if only to see that clip of him and the rhino! It is easily one of the funniest things ever put into an online slot machine.
Now where the heck did my capuchin monkey run off to?
Bonus Video of Ace Ventura
Well I just wrote a bunch of words talking about how funny Ace Ventura is, so I think it’s time we actually watched a little video of him to see if I’m right. Here are his Top 7 funniest moments from the films, presented in no particular order. Enjoy!