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We often see slots based off of popular movies or television series. Baywatch, Jumanji and Ghostbusters come to mind. Joining the ranks recently is Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy, an SG Digital creation based on the 2004 movie of the same name.
While the movie may be old, there has been a sequel and the character himself is timeless, as are his cohorts and the theme of underdog coming out on top. Let’s see if this slot makes it to the top of our list.
Overview: Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy
This new slot features your favorite characters from the movie, played by Will Ferrell, Steve Carell, Paul Rudd and Dave Koechner. Even Baxter the dog is included! Other symbols include a tumbler of booze, Champ’s cowboy hat, the infamous van and Fantana’s sunglasses. And, so there is no mistaking, the bonus symbol is a big bright Bonus and your wild is labeled This Is A Wild. Captain Obvious rules in this game….
The game itself is a barrel of fun, full of features and bonuses. The background music is reminiscent of the ‘70s, the era the movie takes place in, and you’ll get different songs with each of the different bonuses too!
Who will Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy appeal to?
The most obvious target is fans of the Anchorman movie and the stars themselves. Certain features or clips will have them reminiscing about the movie and the hilarity of it all. And the actors that portray the characters are well known Hollywood stars. But even if you haven’t seen the movie, this has enough features and bonuses to keep you around for quite a while.
Given the amount of fun features, a return-to-player percentage of 96.3%, and the option to bet as little as 75 cents, this game is great for those wanting more bang for their buck and those that enjoy bonus games.
Gameplay: Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy
Your base game begins with determining your bet, which can range from 75 cents to $150. There’s a handy + and – sign next to the bet amount that allows you to easily increase or decrease your bet prior to any spin.
You’ve got a standard 5×5 reel with 25 paylines. Prior to any spin, the reels may convert to Mystery Stack Reels or Ron Reels.
Mystery Stack Reels randomly stack symbols on different reels, increasing your chance for a win. With Ron Reels, only 5 symbols are in use: This Is A Wild, Ron, Baxter, booze, and the cowboy hat. Similarly, this increases your chance for a win.
You’ll also find Baxter Wilds, a symbol that appears randomly only if 3 or more Bonus symbols do not show up. Three to ten Wild symbols will be placed on reels 2, 3, 4 and 5, making for some hefty wins.
As if those three features weren’t enough, there is the Bonus. Get 3 scattered Bonus symbols on reels 2, 3, and 4 to get a spin on the Big Bonus Reel. First you’ll get a film clip—always hilarious—and then you’ll hit the button to stop the reel on one 5 bonuses available to play or win:
- Ron’s Giant Free Games
- Whammy! Free Games
- Brick’s Weather Wheels
- Sex Panther Pick Feature
- Cash: You can win one of three Jackpots Nice Jackpot, Very Nice Jackpot or Really Good Jackpot)) or 50x-1000x your bet.
- You’ll get another film clip before and after the four character bonuses, and some cool music to keep you entertained while the reels spins.
Special features: Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy
Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy does have an Autoplay features, access by clicking on the circular arrows to the left of your Spin button. This one is fancier than most. It gives you the option of:
- Number of Spins: 10, 50, 100, or 200
- Step When Lost More Than: 7.50, 37.50, 75.00 or 150.00
- Stop on a Single Win Over: 3.75, 7.50, 15.00, NEVER
Ron’s Giant Free Games
During this bonus, the reel expands to 19 rows and uses an alternate payline structure. You’ll get 6 free spins.
Whammy! Free Games
You’ll get 12 free spins and a WHAMMY! added to the symbols. For each WHAMMY! that lands on reels 2, 3, or 4 you move up one step on the 12-step ladder, winning a different prize amount each time.
Brick’s Weather Wheels
With this feature you’ll get 1 spin on the Blue Wheel. The Wheel contains prizes of 75x to 1,000x your bet and a Level Up feature. Land on the Level Up and you’ll get 1 spin on the Green Wheel, with higher prizes (200x to 2,000x your bet) and another Level Up feature. Land on the Level Up and you move to the Red Wheel for a 2x to 10x multiplier that is applied to all wheel wins.
Sex Panther Pick Feature
This pick bonus starts with 15 bottles, each of which represents a prize or a +1 pick. You’ll get 3 picks. Once all picks are complete, you move to packets, of which there are 5. Pick 1 to reveal your multiplier (2x to 10x). Your final win is based on the prize amount multiplied by your packet pick.
True to the movie
Many of the comedic nuances of the movie are here, in symbols and bonuses, plus there are the music and film clips that come with the bonus features. The background is reminiscent of the studio background where the guys work. If you’ve seen the movie, it definitely enhances the play.
Sheer number of features and bonuses
You’ve got 3 features alone during the base game. Then if you spin the Bonus, there are 5 possible bonus features. Not only does it make it more fun, you definitely want to try and hit all the different ones just to see what they are!
Enhanced Autoplay features
This is something that we haven’t seen before and adds more of a comfort to using the feature, knowing that it will stop at a certain predetermined point, based on spins, amount loss or amount won.
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It’s not often we can’t find fault with a slot. This game has a fun theme, whether or not you liked the ‘70s or the movie, lots of bonuses, great music, a good RTP and max payout ($250,000). Whether you’re a gambler on a budget or have a bankroll, you can make a bet to suit your budget. What’s not to love?
Graphics & soundtrack 5/5
The game looks, feels and sounds both like its namesake movie and what you would have found in the 1970s. It’s got some great tunes in the background and during bonuses, lots of film clips, and vibrant colors.
Originality & creativity 5/5
They’ve taken the main characters and given each a prominent role in the game, along with bonuses and Wild plays. Every piece of this game reeks Anchorman, from the background to the symbols to the features. Again, nuance plays a big part, taking specific pieces of the movie to integrate into the game for hilarious effect.
Play value 4/5
This is a medium volatile slot with a range of betting options. Due to the 3 features during base play and the bonuses, you’ll see a fair amount of wins, many of which can be substantial. An RTP of just over 96% reinforces the play value.
Jackpot potential 3/5
There are lots of ways to win larger amounts of money. The max jackpot on this slot is $250,000.You can win one of 3 jackpots during your spin on the Big Bonus Wheel. Of course, there are other larger prizes also available during all of the bonus feature rounds.
Repeat play 5/5
This game is so much fun to play, that we can bet that players will go back again and again, and spend significant time testing out all the features and bonus games.
Total score: 22/25
Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy is one of the best slots we’ve seen of late, with a cohesive theme, plenty to entertain, and bonuses galore.