About Holmes & the Stolen Stones
Sherlock Holmes has always been a popular subject for slot developers, as they know players around the world are always looking forward to seeing how the best detective ever will solve the mystery as to their missing money. Yggdrasil's Holmes and The Stolen Stones slot is Sherlock's newest adventure, and it brings about an interesting presentation, although a lack of features keeps the game from being truly great.
Holmes & The Stolen Stones is a 5 reel, 20 payline video slot that takes punters back to the Victorian era where Sherlock and Watson work to solve the latest mystery. The game's symbols do a good job of mixing in traditional slot symbols alongside images of crime and mystery. Game images include clubs, spades, hearts, diamonds, a magnifying glass, a book, Watson, and Sherlock. There are also locks that serve as Wilds and bonus symbols.
There is another symbol in the game that can award one of five different progressive jackpots if you're lucky enough. This symbol is a diamond, and five diamonds of the same colour will net you the progressive jackpot for that corresponding reel.
Feature wise, the game includes free spins, wild symbols, a pick'em bonus, and the above-mentioned progressive jackpot. The game also has a posted RTP of 96.8%, which is very respectable for an online slot.
Having spent some time with Holmes & The Stolen Stones, I feel that the game is solid, but not great. I went way too long without having any features or wins hit for me. The game thus became not much fun, and I was quickly looking for something else to do. Of course, there will be a large number of punters that will love this game for its theme, and those players will play it no matter what. So hop on board and prepare to solve a mystery and hopefully win big with Holmes and The Stolen Stones.
While appearing easy at first glance, this game is actually quite a persistent money eater and not at all the jackpot machine like you'd think from examining the mechanics.
This is mainly due to the fact that there are no wilds, which makes assembling multiple line or 5-of-a-kind wins staggeringly rare, and also because to compensate for the free spin accumulation system (the diamond shards) which will occasionally provide you with free spins, the chance of getting the Bonus or Free Spin game through normal reels has been vastly reduced, to the point where this game has more "near misses" (2 bonus or free spin symbols which get you nothing) than any other game I've ever played. The chance of rolling 3 Bonus or Free Spin symbols on the reels is simply abysmal, around 1/500.
Once you enter the jackpot round (free spins), each reel has 5-10% chance of rolling a gem per spin, so getting 5 of the gems (even if you start with one due to accumulation) will be a nigh impossible task.
While the game's concept is very fun, its variance is enormous and, in the end, makes the game not much fun at all.
I'm not generally a fan of Yggdrasil games but this one I quite like. The game has a cool detective theme and it has decent winning potential. In my sessions I've reached a few 200x bet wins but nothing more significant. One of the better games from Yggdrasil.