Windows - 1996
Description of Ace Ventura
One of 7th Level's most obscure releases before fading into obscurity, Ace Ventura is a decent cartoon adventure starring the wacky cartoon series of the same name which was popularized by a Jim Carrey movie.
Despite featuring some hilarious voice acting and excellent animation, Ace Ventura is ultimately little more than an average adventure game that's disappointingly short and easy. GameSpot has the lowdown on this one:
"Dude, pull my finger. Did that make you laugh? Then you're probably going to like Ace Ventura.
Borrowing from the Ace Ventura cartoon series, the game features all the same gags, mannerisms, and obnoxiousness from the world's famous pet detective - the kind of stuff that's so stupid, you have no choice but to laugh. And it's the humor that keeps the game afloat. The gameplay you've seen a dozen times before. Once again, Ace is on the case, this time traveling the earth looking for a lost creature. Masters of click-and-solve games will be able to finish the entire game in no time flat. In fact, a lot of it is so simple, you'll figure out that the game is partly designed for young children.
The objects and scenes have that bright, bulky Fisher Price quality. And if you ever actually get stuck, a special button on Ace's watch delivers audio clues that take out most of the guesswork. There's even a setting that lets parents edit out some of Ace's choice phrases, although even without the parent setting on, Ace's language barely goes beyond third-grade bathroom humor.
The various puzzle-filled scenes are sporadically broken up by arcade-lite action. Slightly challenging tasks like swimming through the murky waters of the deep, avoiding trash and oil slicks, and getting in a basic laser fight are a nice way to mix things up. Although Ace Ventura doesn't claim to break new ground, it possesses one nice feature that all developers of endlessly-clicking adventure games should take note of. When you click on an object that you don't need, Ace pipes up with such witty things as "Yeaaaahhhh righht!" and "not enough upper body strength." That alone saves hours out of wandering around, which is usually nothing more than absolutely frustrating.
All told, it's Ace's lowbrow humor that makes this a fun game to play. As in a lot of adventure games, long, drawn-out stories are told in between each level. But refreshingly, the scenes are actually entertaining - a good thing, since there's no way to skip them. You'll likely cruise through this title with ease, but you'll have plenty of fun getting there."
The humor, albeit sophomoric in some places, and hilarious animations make the game well worth the huge download, although expert adventure gamers will find the game disappointingly easy. Two thumbs up!
Review By HOTUD
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Comments and reviews
Struggler 2022-07-15 -1 point
I'm following all these different guides to open this with dosbox, but nothing works. all guides seem to jump over some steps. can anyone help? I have the dosbox program on the desktop and the game in a folder on C, called DOSGAMES
OK MILLENIAL 2022-03-25 -3 points
Something has went really wrong when the actor that played the Private Detective that loves all animals plays now the Mad Scientists that wants to robotize all of them.
Oh, and about the game... Yeah, I don't care too much. Play it if you want some of that late 90's that has aged like milk. Then again, pretty sure things that are being made now will probably age worse.
Rig 2022-01-20 1 point
Hey guys so after trying to get this to work without crashing on xp and windows 98 emulators, or dealing with horrible audio lag. I finally found the best way to play it
You can install windows 3.1 inside dos box, then launch the game from there.
There are tutorials on how to get windows 3.1 to work in dosbox. you will need to hunt down the soundcard drivers aswell.
Vincent 2020-03-29 4 points
Tested it out with Lutris on Popos 19.10 and both picture and sound works. The settings i have is wine version "tkg-osu-4.6-x86_64" and i have also on Dxvk 1.6 and d9vk 0.40.1 on. The virtual desktop is activated at 1920 x 1080. and that was the RIP version. It is also virus free i checked it with Clamav.
Sid 2019-07-20 -2 points
Tried this in Dosbox with Wind 3.11
Installation work fine with both Rip-version and ISO but sound is broken. Whenever the game starts only noise comes out of the speaker. The Games seems to work except for the sound. Holy Grail and Waste of Time works in same windows setup.
Gerald 2018-09-15 0 point
Works perfectly in Windows XP using the full RIP English Version. You do have to follow the instructions in the folder though.
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