Game of the Week – Sherlock & Moriarty
There are few more iconic rivalries in all of literature than Sherlock Holmes and Professor Moriarty. The pair are equals intellectually and make for some of the best stories in the Sherlock Holmes series of novels. Sherlock & Moriarty is the latest 5-Reel, 20 payline slot game from Microgaming and Just for the Win Studios. It features iconic characters, Mystery Re-spins, a great free spins game, and the WOWPot! progressive jackpot.
Sherlock & Moriarty Face-Off On Your Screen
Sherlock & Moriarty brings the classic rivalry to your computer or mobile device. The 5-reel, 20 payline online slot game is full of mystery, intrigue, and big prizes.
The pay symbols for this game are elementary (see what we did there?) You have Royals, Irene Adler, Constable Clark, Dr. Watson, and Sherlock Holmes. You will only turn a profit on four of a kind or higher on any symbol. The Wild symbol substitutes for everything except for scatters and the Mystery Symbol.
Let’s learn more about the features in this game that can help you win big.
The Mystery Symbol is a question mark and can become any base game symbol other than the scatter. They appear at random on the board and appear in almost every spin. These can help you complete a line win or trigger the Mystery Respins feature.
If you land five or more Mystery Symbols on the board, it will trigger the Mystery Respins feature. All Mystery Symbols and wilds will lock in place and you’ll get a re-spin. If you land another wild or Mystery Symbol, you will get another re-spin. If you don’t get one of those symbols, a Final Re-spin will trigger.
During the final spin, the Mystery Symbols are revealed and the winners paid out afterward. I was able to trigger this feature and got about 4 more symbols. Overall, I won about 45x my initial bet in this feature.
Free Spins Game
Moriarty is the Free Spins scatter for this game. Land three or more in this game to unlock the free spins game. You can land up to 7 scatters on board, awarding between 10 and 18 free spins. If you land three or more scatters during your free spins, you will get 2 additional spins.
During this game, the Mystery Symbol will one of three possible features:
- Sticky Wilds – Wild symbols will remain in place for the duration of your free spins.
- +1 Multiplier – Overall multiplier for your wins is increased by +1 and it is retained for the remainder of your spins.
- + Spins – You’ll get from one to three free spins for each of these landed.
Note that if you land Mystery Symbols on the final spin of the free spins rounds, you will automatically get additional free spins.
During base game spins, you can collect progressive tokens that can give you a chance of spinning the Jackpot Wheel. If you happen to trigger the Jackpot Wheel, you will spin to win one of four prizes. The Mini and Minor jackpots trigger the most frequently with amounts ranging from 50 to 150 credits. The Major jackpot is a nice prize, winning from 50,000 credits and up. The WOWPot progressive jackpot starts at 2 million credits and grows from there.
Your chances of hitting the jackpot grow with your bet size. As such, don’t expect to trigger the largest jackpots at lower stakes.
You can tell the quality of a game when the demo plays exactly like the real money game. I was able to trigger the Jackpot Wheel and win a Minor jackpot. However, since I was testing in Demo mode, I didn’t win the actual jackpot.
Sherlock & Moriarty Medium Variance By Bad RTP
Sherlock & Moriarty is one of the rare instances where we recommend a slot game with a low RTP. The RTP for this game is just 92.1%. That’s much lower than most slots we recommend. The only reason we recommend this game is for those that like to chase jackpots or don’t mind variance.
The game is classified medium variance and based on our testing, we can see why. We actually finished up in our testing despite not triggering the free spins game. However, be prepared for some losing sessions with this one due to the low RTP.