Vicky Ventura Slot
Vicky Ventura is an action and adventure slot released by Red Tiger in April 2019. Much like Play ‘n Go’s Rich Wild or Kalamba’s Ruby Hunter, or even Red Tiger’s own Lora the Explorer from their 2016 slot Golden Temple – the hero of this slot (Vicky) is an Indiana Jones type character. Join Vicky on her adventure through the ancient temple as she seeks fame and fortune.
This is a 5x3 reel slot with 243 ways to pay, extending up to 16,807 during the bonus round. A medium/high variance affair, Vicky Ventura comes with a base game ‘Mystic Totem’ feature which grants wilds and matching symbols as well as a free spins round with unlocking reels.
Vicky Ventura has the potential to deliver a whopping 10,000x the stake win, and can be played from €0.20 to €200 per spin at participating casinos.
Design & Symbols
Red Tiger have upped their game a bit on the design front since Lora the Explorer cracked her whip in Golden Temple. The setting, as with more slots than I could mention, is at the entrance of ancient temple in a forgotten forest/jungle. The game board sits at the entrance of the temple. To the right of the game board is a stone pillar carved into a haunting screaming skull. Above the 5x3 reel set are rows of fixed stone symbols with keyholes – ready to be unlocked. Behind and above the temple, lush green vegetation sprouts from the jungle floor.
Low value symbols are the card suits clubs, diamonds, hearts, and spades. Higher value symbols are represented by a map, a book of spells, an adventurer’s hat, binoculars, and a golden pocket watch. The pocket watch is the most valuable with 5 on adjacent reels paying 15x the stake.
icky Ventura is the wild, and the scatter simply reads FREE SPINS, framed in gold. There is also a Mystery Totem symbol, a blue crystal with a skull, which activates a base game feature.
Vicky Ventura benefits from the Mystery Totem base game feature and a scatter triggered free spins feature with unlocking reels.
Mystery Totem Feature
When the Mystery Totem symbol lands, the Mystery Totem feature is activated. The symbol emits a pulse of blue energy which shoots into the stone skull totem structure to the right of the game board. The totem then fires several pulses onto the game board which will all transform into an identical symbol.
If a pulse hits one of the locked stone symbols on the first row above the regular reel set it will become a wild. This will also open up more ways to win, although once any wins have been counted, the wild disappears.
3 scatter activates 10 free spins. During free spins the number of locked rows above the reel set increases to three, and all can be hit during the Mystery Totem feature to reveal a wild symbol. Also, once unlocked, these positions will remain unlocked for the duration of the free spins, although will not remain wild.
This has the effect of significantly increasing the ways to win. Free spins can also be re-triggered, whereupon a fourth additional locked row come into play. Unlock all four reels for a maximum 16,807 ways to pay.
Our Thoughts on Vicky Ventura
Vicky Ventura has great potential and an interesting, if not totally unique, ways-to-win mechanism. Both features complement each other well when working together, and the base game Mystery Totem feature can bring in some tasty wins outside of the bonus round too.
Inevitably, however, it is the bonus free spins round where the real potential lies – and when it pays, it really pays. I would say thought that from admittedly limited experience, that bonus round is pretty hard to trigger, and it does have a habit of awarding some underwhelming wins compared to the effort it takes to get there.
Mind you, in order to pay out those 10,000x wins, there are going to be lean times for others.
This is a relatively minor quibble though. On the whole this is one of the better temple/adventurer slots with good visuals, engaging features, and a fab reel mechanic. Recommended.
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