Released: April, 2019
Software: Red Tiger
Paylines: 243 – 16,807
Vicky Ventura slot is Red Tiger’s homage to retro adventure flicks, with a strong visual resemblance to iconic Indiana Jones series and other movies that belong to the genre. The centre character and the Wild icon is Vicky Ventura, a cross between Dr. Henry Walton and Lara Croft, who is on a mission to discover hidden treasures. To understand the atmosphere and the inspiration behind Vicky Ventura, you only need to recall every adventure blockbuster ever released, and you will have a pretty good idea what to expect…
The number of paylines is volatile thanks to the extra rows added on the top, unlocking up to 16,807 betways and significantly improving the player’s winning odds. At the same time, Vicky Ventura developers have displayed a certain degree of restraint with bonus features. Aside with the extra locked row at the top of the grid, the slot introduces only two more bonuses – Free Spins and the Special Feature.
Vicky Ventura symbols can be classified as high-value, medium-value, low-paying, and the special set of icons – Wild and Totem Crystal, which triggers the bonus game. The featuring character, Vicky Ventura, is the Wild symbol which can substitute all other icons and complete the winning string. The Compass and Binoculars carry the highest payout value (up to x15 or x7.5 player’s stake, respectively), while the Hat is close behind with x6 bet multiplying value.
The Book and the Map symbols are next in line generating x4.5 or x3 for a combination of 5 icons. As always, card suits have the lowest payout potential, increasing the stake by x0.2 for a combination of 2, x0.5 for a combination of 3, and x1.5 for a string of 5 consecutive icons.
Vicky Ventura slot is played across 243 betways in the base game and up to 16, 807 lines when the additional positions are unlocked. There are 10 betting levels which can be selected from the side menu with the list of available bets, ranging from £0.20 to £200 per spin. The spins can be automatised via the Auto Play feature, enabling the players to select the number of consecutive spins and determine the parameters that will deactivate the Auto mode, such as bonus feature activation or loss limit.
Another way to speed up the gameplay is by using the Turbo mode option, which increases the spin speed without affecting any other aspect of the game. A similar effect is achieved when you click and hold the Spin button, which initiates high-speed spins until you let go of the command tab. The expected return to the player percentage is estimated at 96.16% while the volatility varies from medium to high.
Every time a player lands the blue Totem Crystal, the bonus feature is initiated, during which the blue energy beams reveal Wild icons hidden under the locked reel positions. The power rays can also generate extra Totem Crystals or even transform the icons on the unlocked reels.
The Free Spins symbols will activate 10 bonus rounds with more locked rows on top. While the Free Spins are in progress, extra rounds can be won if a combination of 3 or more triggering icons land on the reels. This will add 10 more spins to the total number of free rounds and an extra row with the locked tiles.
The maximum number of locked rows can only be reached during the bonus spins – in the man game, only one locked row is present, while a total of 4 can be activated in the free session of the game. All revealed tiles will be locked again as soon as the spin or the bonus rounds are completed.
The maximum payout that can be generated on a single spin is x10,000 player’s bet, which means that Vicky Ventura is one of those games that reaches its full potential on pressed bets.
Should you decide to go for the maximum wager, the total payout may reach £100,000 on a single spin. The base game hit frequency is high, so the chances of draining your budget, especially if you stake moderately, are comparatively low.
Well-designed and fairly generous, Vicky Ventura slot is not one of those games that will take the world by storm, but it will make a lasting impression and stay at the back of your mind as a go-to release when all else fails. The extra rows and the volatile number of paylines make the game extremely dynamic and boost the winning odds, especially with the Free Spins in progress when 4 new rows are added to the grid. In short, Vicky Ventura may not be crammed with bonuses, but it will keep you engaged without drying out your balance.