Sherlock of London is a graphically rich and feature-packed slot which has been developed exclusively for Microgaming by Austria-based game studio Rabcat Gambling. The title stars the iconic Sherlock Holmes, and whilst this isn’t the first time that the great detective has been seen in online casinos, this new game is definitely one of the most atmospheric. You don’t have to be a serious Sherlock Holmes fan to enjoy this slot by any means, but if you do happen to be one you will certainly appreciate the work that has gone into bringing his world to life in a way that is both authentic and entertaining.
Introducing Sherlock Holmes
For the benefit of the few people who may not be familiar with the star of this new slot, Sherlock Holmes is a fictional detective who first appeared in A Study in Scarlet by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle in 1887. Often accompanied by his loyal sidekick, Dr Watson, Sherlock Holmes appeared in a total of four novels and 56 short stories penned by Conan Doyle, and has since become one of the most famous fictional detectives in history.
The stories of Sherlock Holmes mostly took place in London in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, and the capital city is almost as much of a character in them as the detective himself. The portrayal of Victorian-era London, with its thick fogs, cobbled streets and horse-drawn carriages is admittedly romanticised, but that is part of the appeal, and it makes for an atmospheric backdrop to every one of the detective’s adventures.
Sherlock of London
The fact that this new slot from Microgaming has both Sherlock and London in the title indicates that the game is as much about the world of Sherlock Holmes as the adventure itself. The game has a cartoon style, and the portrayal of Holmes and Watson is very reminiscent of how the characters appeared in the movies of the 1930’s and 1940’s, which starred Basil Rathbone and Nigel Bruce.
The game has five reels, three rows and 25 paylines, with the foggy streets of London serving as the main backdrop. The artwork of the background and symbols is superbly detailed, and you will want to pause at least once or twice to fully appreciate the sight, which includes Big Ben towering majestically in the distance.
Symbols used in the game include nice interpretations of the playing card ranks 10, J, Q, K and A, the door sign for 221B Baker Street (which is where Holmes lives), several villains, Dr Watson and Sherlock Holmes himself, who serves as a wild symbol. Add in a nostalgic soundtrack and adventurous sound effects and you can’t fail to be impressed by the aesthetics of this title.
Multiple Special Features
Sherlock in London boasts several special features which enhance the gaming experience even further. Here’s what you can expect…
Connecting Wild Feature
This feature comes into play whenever you get more than one wild symbol on the reels at the same time. It effectively connects the wild symbols together via the shortest path, and it achieves that by transforming the non-wild symbols on that path into additional wilds.
Double Win Feature
When you get two wild symbols next to each other, they will combine to activate a Double Win feature. This doubles the value of any wins that you have achieved.
Bonus Spin Feature
Should you get just one wild symbol on either the first reel or the fifth reel, that wild symbol will be fixed in place and all other symbols will spin again, giving you another chance to win without spending an additional cent of your own cash.
Free Spin Feature
Get three scatter symbols on the reels at the same time and you will trigger the Free Spin feature, which awards you with ten free spins. Not only can you trigger more free spins, but Holmes and Watson will both appear as expanding and extra wilds for the duration of this part of the game.
Mysterious Atmosphere and Thrilling Adventures
‘Sherlock of London provides a slot experience with wild features that heighten the action in both the base game and free spins,’ said James Buchanan, who is Director of Global Operations at Microgaming. ‘The mysterious atmosphere and thrilling adventures are well represented here, with excellent artwork and an evocative soundtrack.’
Thomas Schleischitz, who is CEO of Rabcat Gambling, is also enthusiastic about this title. ‘We are delighted to bring Sherlock of London to Microgaming’s award-winning portfolio,’ he said. ‘Our team have had a brilliant time pulling together the murky, fog-filled world of criminal rogues and sleuthing geniuses, and we are confident that players will have as much fun exploring the game as we’ve had creating it.’
Sherlock in London can be played at Casino Joy and other venues which offer Microgaming titles.
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