For once, we get a female adventurer and not another version of Indiana Jones. And Vicky isn’t even just another Lara Croft, for instance. She’s a heroine in her own right. Sensibly clothed and with a hat on her head, she’s out for adventure in the jungle, trying to find treasure.
The game looks great and showcases what Red Tiger Gaming is capable of in the graphics and arts department. We’re in a dark jungle, looking at temple ruins that are just begging to be explored. The background music is surprisingly light, however, but some drums add to the atmosphere.
Vicky herself is the wild symbol. The compass is the most valuable symbol, paying out 15x our stake for a win of 5 of a kind. The binoculars pay out 7.5x our stake for such a win. The hat pays 6x our stake for 5 of its kind and the notebook 4.5x. The scrolls still pay out 3x our stake for such a win. The remaining symbols are card suit symbols (hearts, clubs, diamonds and spades).
You can play this game from 0.20 to 10.00.
The base game is all about the Mystery Totem symbol. The totem crystal randomly appears on the reels and will fill the empty spot inside the totem on the right-hand side. It’s a nice little effect when that happens. It’s as if the totem is recharged to now add a wild to the top of the reels, where a row of locked symbols is visible. And additionally, random symbols on the reels are transformed into other symbols, hopefully to create a winning combination.
With any unlocked reel symbol above the main set of reels, the number of ways to win climbs as well. With just one unlocked symbol you get 324 ways to win, for instance.
We were lucky enough to see this feature fairly regularly, but it’s possible to go dozens of spins without much happening except for the regular wins.
You need three free spins scatters to unlock 10 free spins. Now you get a set of reels where the 5 reels and 3 standard rolls are available and above, we get 4 more rows of locked symbols. Whenever the totem crystal is activated, it is almost guaranteed to unlock another symbol anywhere among those locked symbols and also transform other reels symbols randomly.
Initially, a wild will land among the locked symbols, but once the reels start moving again, any other symbol may appear here as well and count towards unlocked ways to win. Indeed, it is possible to unlock 16,807 ways to win.
Also, another 3 scatters will give you another 10 free spins and it’s not that difficult to get those. You could get more and more of those as long as you keep collecting 3 scatters. It’s possible to win 10,000x your bet in this game.
The theoretical RTP (Return to Player) of Vicky Ventura is 96.16%, which is a little above average and quite alright. The game can be very volatile, so you may want to budget more carefully here. Whilst we found that dry spells are possible and you can easily play a dozen spins without a win, sometimes we were lucky and got several wins in a row and were also lucky enough to see the totem crystal activated regularly.
It can take a while to trigger the free spins, though it’s less difficult to retrigger them once you’re going. It takes quite a bit, however, to unlock more than three or four additional symbols during the free spins and we never won much more than 50x or 60x our bet here.
The slot is entertaining enough as long as the features keep coming. The theme and graphics are very good and captivate for a while. If you budget carefully and can get over the dry spells, Vicky Ventura has a lot of potential, especially for big wins. But you will need a little stamina to get there.
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