Play ‘n Go has taken some high-profile suspects from Sherlock Holmes’ mysteries and turned them into the high-paying symbols in Riddle Reels, a mystery-themed 9 pay-line slot. The iGaming murder mystery unfolds on the dark streets of London as depicted in the background. This is where you get mightily paid to catch the criminal.
With 3 reels and 3 rows, the game has a classic machine environment. The slot features low value weapons symbols like ropes, wrenches, knives, and pistols. The high-paying icons in the game are the shadowy suspects in famous Sherlock Holmes mysteries like Charles Augustus Milverton, Iren Adler, Eugenia Ronder, and Professor Moriarty. There are three wild symbols in the game. The primary wild is Sherlock and his friend Watson, which can replace all the symbols to help make winning combinations, just like the joker in a card game. The wild cannot substitute for the scatter symbol, however. The other two wilds pay out in multipliers of two and three.
The magnifying glass with the question mark lurking on all suspects is the game’s scatter symbol. Land at least three of the scatters and this will activate the bonus round. The game is quite complex compared to most other slots from Play ‘n Go. The game is all about the ‘Cases of Riches’ Feature where you become Sherlock and put the pieces together and solve the mystery with a dice to literally guide you through the steps. With so many cases to solve, the game can give you lots of re-spins, free spins, and wins.
Unlike most Play ‘n Go slots, Riddle Reels is a mid-volatility game with a return to player rate of 96.22%. This means you can get decent pay outs in the base game, while the higher wins are always reserved for the bonus games. The developer has struck the right balance with an interesting base game and a number of bonus features. The multiplier wilds in the main game can combine to give you a maximum of 27 times your bet, which is pretty attractive.
The slot’s lower paying symbols are the rope, wrench, knife, and pistol with the firearm paying $1.50 per line on landing on all three reels. The highest paying icon is Professor Moriarty who will give you 12 times your stake if caught on all three reels. When multiplier wilds are part of a winning combination, the multipliers themselves are multiplied. For instance, if a 2x and 3x wilds help in making a win combo, the payout will be multiplied by six times your stake. The maximum multiplier is 27 times your original bet, as stated above.
Of course, these are the base game figures. The real fun begins in the Cases of Riches Feature, which is the only main bonus of the game. However, it has five different features of its own. This feature is full of re-spins, free spins, retriggers, and more wild multipliers. This is where you solve different cases and can win up to 5,000 times your initial bet.
The main bonus feature is triggered when you land three question mark scatters anywhere on the reels. If you get two scatters, you get a re-spin where the two scatters are locked and a third reel spins for another chance to get the third scatter. This is another way of activating this feature. However, if the third scatter does not land, you play the Mystery feature where the two scatters duplicate themselves on the reels and transform into random symbols.
The Cases of Riches feature consists of five sub-features, where you collect clues and solve murder cases with Holmes and Watson. Each sub-feature conceals five clues – you get one at the start and the other four by rolling a dice.
It can be quite fun to solve murder mysteries while on the move. The game is coded in HTML5, which creates and interface for cellular operating systems like Android, Windows Phone, iOS, and the like. Hence, the game can be played on all smartphones and tablets that run on these platforms. HTML5 also enables the software to adjust to the small screen so you can enjoy it in full HD and audio quality. Just make sure you have stable internet connectivity, and play the game in landscape mode for better viewing.
Play ‘n Go has balanced its offerings of high-variance slots with this mid-variance suspense thriller. The game play seems inspired by Monopoly, but is effective for collecting clues. The Sherlock Holmes angle is very interesting, particularly with prominent characters of his stories as the main symbols. That you cannot miss a slot with a max win potential of 5,000x your stake is elementary, to say the least.