The legendary crime buster is back, this time with Sherlock Mystery, one of the newer addition to Playtech stable of games. Sherlock Holmes lovers would love this game, but me, I love any game that pays well, Sherlock, Warlock, Whateverlock it may be. The entire scenario is very well presented with a dark brownish hue, probably to reflect the centuries old atmospheric conditions that Sherlock was accustomed to, and with acceptable music and sound effects to go. Nothing to complaint about. 0 star down/up.
Rather unexpectedly, the Wild symbol isn’t Sherlock himself, but a ninja-like criminal instead, with a lovely 10,000 x line bet win for 5 of them. The ‘221b BAKER St’ Scatter symbol pays 200 x bet, awarding 10 free games at the same time, Sherlock pays 2000 x line bet, Watson 1500 x, whilst a combination of Sherlock+Watson icons pay 3 x bet. The Bonus symbol does not pay anything besides awarding a Bonus Game. Paylines are 20. A very good Playtech paytable, as always. 0 star down/up.
The 10 free games come with an Extra Wild, the Pistol, has a random win multiplier of x 2, x 3 and x 5, and of course, can be retriggered infinitely. Anything less wouldn’t be Playtech! Activation of the free games is by getting a scatter on reels 1+3+5 at the same time. A Bonus symbol on reels 1+3+5 at the same time activates the Bonus Game, whereby you pick items from the crime scene, a bedroom, and get cash rewards. Pick ‘collect’ and the picking ends. Get a Pistol on reels 1+3+5 at the same time and you win nothing, unless they make a winning combination, hehe. 0 star down/up.
Only 1 thing is lacking in Sherlock Mystery…Expanding Wilds on reels 2, 3 and 4, which could bring about huge payouts that all players love. Still, the Extra Wilds in the Free Games are doing a pretty good job by appearing quite in numbers regularly and creating lots of wins, big and small, so that covers a bit for the absence of Expanding Wilds. Picking items in the bedroom, or anywhere else, has never been a big hit with me, purely because the cash rewards are hardly ever big, usually within 20 x to 30 x bet amounts, but they do come quite often though, so it’s better than nothing. The Sherlock+Watson icons combination comes quite regularly too, but only paying 3x bet amount, with Sherlock saying “Elementary, my dear Watson”. Hmm. I would prefer “Consolation, my dear Watson”, referring to the 3 x bet win. Ah well, another better than nothing win. Other than that, the game plays well, pays reasonably good, but I like the Free Games the most, because they usually pay more. What I’ve got so far are all within 30 x to 70 x bet amounts, but I haven’t played enough of Sherlock Mystery, so those big wins are probably hiding under the bed in the bedroom, waiting to be picked out! Just you wait you 5 Wilds…I’ll get you with that x 5 multiplier one of these days! Hehe. A very satisfying game with very good win potentials, although not as massively as some games could. 1 star down.