I have played Holmes and the Stolen Stones for a few hours to be able to give you a detailed review, so you know is this slot game worth playing or not. Obviously, it’s designed for fans of Sherlock Holmes, but it has little connection with the character. The game offers several bonus games and several ways to get to that big win. Theoretical return to player (RTP) is 96.80%, which is excellent and is an indicator that this game is payline well. Variance is medium.
Although the game was released relatively recently, in 2015, and it’s by Yggdrasil, a developer well known for quality graphics, Holmes and the Stolen Stones doesn’t have very good graphics. The two main characters just vaguely resemble Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson, in cartoonish form, and the card suit symbols are given unnecessary detail that lets them dominate the reels. There is indeed nothing special about this theme.
Main game and paytable
The game is played on a standard 5×3 board with 20 paylines so there are no surprises there, and all players will be familiar with this setup, especially because there are no extra features during the main game so it’s just a matter of spinning the reels until you reach the bonus games. The game revolves around collecting shards of diamonds, and you collect diamond of one color for each reel. Diamonds can trigger the free spins game in which a jackpot can be won.
The paytable does have a very powerful symbol in Sherlock Holmes, who pays 4000 coins for five-of-a-kind, which is in stark contrast to four card symbols, which pay between 125 and 200 coins. There are three more medium-win symbols that complete the small paytable of eight symbols.
One way to trigger the free spins game is to land three or more Free Spins Scatters, and in all cases you’ll get 10 free spins but with four and five Scatters you’ll also get 1000 or 10000 coins respectively. Prizes during the free spins game are tripled. Another way to get to the free spins game is to collect five pieces of diamond of the same color, and in this case you enter the Jackpot Free Spins mode where all prizes are tripled as well, and where one of jackpots can be won.
The game has five local progressive jackpots. If five diamonds are collected in Jackpot Free Spin mode, the jackpot for that reel is won. A lot of theoretical payout contributes towards the jackpot, 3.8%, leaving only 93% for the rest of the game. Jackpot start values range from €40 to €10,000 and there is no upper limit for jackpot values. 0.8% of RTP contributes to the largest jackpot. The probability to win each jackpot is proportional to bet size, so a bet of €40 will give you the greatest chance of winning while a bet of €0.20 will carry the smallest chance.
There is another bonus game that is triggered when you land three or more Bonus Scatters, and you’ll get three, four or five Bonus games for three, four or five Bonus Scatters respectively. During the bonus game you can find a bag of coins or missing shards of diamonds. The shards will be transferred to the main game.
Holmes and the Stolen Stones is a good game for fans of Sherlock Holmes and for players who like to take a shot at jackpots that are actually winnable. If you don’t like jackpots taking away a large chunk of RTP then this game isn’t for you, especially if you intend to play with the minimum bet, which virtually gives you no chance to win the jackpot. But those who do like to have the chance of winning a jackpot will love this game, it’s a bit out of the ordinary but it’s a quality title by Yggdrasil.