Sat, May 4, 4:34am by William Brown
Last Updated Mon, Oct 7, 11:25pm
Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy has been voted one of the best comedy films of the 2000’s. This is based on the members of a TV news room, and stars Will Ferrell. Bally has now created a pokie which involves clips from the film, themed bonus games and symbols showing the main characters.
You’ll find this game a lot of fun – whether you have seen the original film or not. This page gives you a detailed review of the Anchorman gambling machines. This includes the differences between the original live pokie and the new online version. Here are the highlights:
Your objective is to get 3 bonus symbols on the middle 3 reels. These show yellow arrows pointing upwards. These will trigger a clip, followed by a chance to spin a ‘wheel’ which is a long strip of cellulose film. On that strip are cash wins, bonus features and (in the live casino version) jackpots.
Those jackpots are divided into the ‘nice’ jackpot, ‘very nice’ and ‘really good’.
For me the best bonus is the Ron Burgundy free spins. Here the full size of the tall cabinet comes into its own. Instead of the standard 5×3 reel setup, the reels now stretch way up above you. There are 19 rows of symbols in play. Not only do you get a lot more win-lines, there are extra stacked symbols on the reels too. Ron is the highest paying symbol – and comes in stacks on every reel.
The sports reporter has his own free spins bonus. If you trigger the ‘Whammy!’ free spins, you’ll get 12 tries to get as many special ‘Whammy!’ symbols as you can. Each time you get them the value goes up for next time. If you are lucky enough to reach the top, each special symbol is worth $20.
A clip of the weather man (missing his map) is followed by a wheel bonus game. You can spin up to 3 times, with upgrades possible on the first 2. You win cash amounts, which are based on the size of your triggering bet.
Sex Panther picks is perhaps the funniest of the bonuses. This involves choosing from 15 bottles, which reveal ‘hooded guest’ packets, cash prices and extra picks. After you complete your picks, you get to pick a packet – which gives you a win multiplier of up to 5x.
You might see a clip from the start of the film, where Ron is explaining that he is a ‘big deal’, before a regular spin. When this clip ends and you return to the reels, you can expect to see a big win.
Wilds appear on every reel in the base game. I like the humour with these. They simply say, ‘this is a wild’.
Back to the base game, the setup is standard. The 5×3 reel grid uses 25 win-lines, and bets are in multiples of 75c. If you are playing online, you’ll find an auto-play option which lets you sit back and enjoy the show!
Each time you spin, one symbol is picked at random to appear on long strips on the reels. This does give you the opportunity for multiple win-line hits.
Character symbols pay best, followed by the dog. Other winning symbols are props from the film including a tumbler of whiskey and the news van.
As soon as you start to spin, you’ll see how well this film works for pokie bonus games! It is the cringe-worthy clips which really bring it to life. Iconic moments come before each of the bonus games, with the features that follow including voice-over and animations too.
The spectacular Ron Burgundy extended reels have that ‘wow’ factor, though all the features are entertaining. Symbols on the reels come to life in small animations, and 70’s lounge music plays while you spin.
Should You Tune in to the Anchorman Pokies?
If you have not yet seen Anchorman, then a spin on this pokie will certainly have you going to watch the film. If you have seen it, then you’ll appreciate those clips and character tie-in bonus games all the more. There are a lot of entertaining features on this Bally pokie, with the chance of some big wins, I’d ‘stay classy, San Diego’ and go take it for a spin!