Ace Ventura Pet Detective Slot
Alrighty then! Ace Ventura Pet Detective is a five-reel, 243 'all ways pays' online slot from Playtech. Way back in the mists of time the movie world had never heard of Jim Carrey. Some movie lovers would have preferred it if things had stayed that way, but in 1994 the Canadian-born comedian and comic actor burst onto the silver screen in Ace Ventura: Pet Detective. Carrey has since made a stream of movies using his rubber-faced over-acting persona, some of which are actually bearable to watch. He has also made several movies in which he displays his more serious acting chops – perhaps most notably his criminally-authentic portrayal of the legendary off-the-wall comedian Andy Kaufman in 'The Man in the Moon'.
In Ace Ventura: Pet Ventura Carrey plays the title character – a pet dick whom is called upon to solve the mystery of the kidnapping of Snowflake, the Miami Dolphins' mascot (whom of couse just happens to be a dolphin). Ace has two weeks to recover Snowflake before the Dolphins play in the 1994 Superbowl.
This game from Playtech uses the original movie (there was a single sequel in 1995) as its theme. The symbols used are the playing card values jack to ace, plus several scenes of Ace behaving in the over-the-top manner that made Carrey famous. All possible pay lines – all 243 of them – are in play at all times, and whatever you select as your coin value is multiplied as your wager upon each spin.
Payout & bonus rounds
Payouts in normal play start at 5x for any three identical playing card symbols, and max out at 200x for five 'Ace Ventura Pet Detective' police badges.
A pic of Ace holding a business card which states 'Ace Ventura Wild' is the wild symbol in this game. It substitutes for all other symbols aside from the scatter symbols and the animal modifier symbols.
The 'backside of a rhino' bonus symbol acts as the scatter symbol. If you land this symbol on reels one, three and five during your game, you are awarded seven free games with animal modifier bonuses.
You collect animal modifier symbols during the game, and the last two you collect become active during your free games. There are six possible animal modifier symbols:
- 'Not Snowflake' (Shark) – Extra free games
- 'Ellie' (Elephant) – Expanded reels
- 'Cuddles' (Gorilla) – Symbol upgrade
- 'Winged Spawn of Satan' (Bat) – Random wilds
- 'Albie' (Albino pigeon) – Reel three wild multiplier
- 'Snowflake' (Dolphin) – Mystery win multiplier
During normal play you may also find the special 'key' symbol. If you do manage to land a key, you unlock an extra 'animal modifier' so that you enter free spins with three modifiers as opposed to the usual two.
There are also three bonus features that are triggered randomly during normal play:
- Jungle Friends: Ace summons his jungle friends to give you extra wilds
- Sneaky Walk: Ace sneaks across the reels to add stacks of wilds
- Loser: Ace respins a losing spin, increasing a multiplier until you win
No matter what you may think of Mr Carrey's movies, this is a mighty fine game from Playtech. The graphics and animations are perhaps not the best, but the gameplay is truly excellent with some decent, inventive features. Why not take Ace Ventura Pet Detective out for a spin and see if it can help you to detect some tasty jackpot payouts?