Sherlock of London

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B. Wright Friday, July 12, 2019

Sherlock of London comes with several special features that should impress even the most seasoned slot players among us. In fact, Microgaming has always brought a lot to the table where special features and bonuses are concerned, but with each passing year, they seem to be getting better and better. A few of the most notable special features that you’ll find with this new slot game are connecting wilds, a double win feature, and free spins with an extra wild (more on those later). You’ll also get to enjoy a few other fan favourites like expanding wilds, and a scatter symbol turning out free spins.


The theme of the Sherlock of London is centred around the famous detective and an old-timey London. The background, the reels, and all the symbols are designed with a modern flare but the classic feel is definitely not lost. Fans of the series will certainly feel right at home with this game.

The symbols, as you might imagine, depict characters and thematic imagery related to the classic story. The Wild symbol, for example, shows Holmes looking through his magnifying glass, while the Scatter symbols shows Holmes and Watson standing back to back. For the Extra Wild we have Watson again, and then for the Expanding Wild, we have a cool Sherlock Holmes smoking on his pipe.

How to Play

Playing Sherlock of London is very straightforward. There are no hidden tips or tricks that you need to uncover to be good at the game. All you need to know is that there are 25 paylines that are fixed, and to register a win you need to line up at least three like symbols on a payline.

Your wagering choices are simple in Sherlock of London. As the 25 paylines are fixed, all that is required is that you adjust the bet amount using the provided arrow keys. The bet is then multiplied by 25 (one for each payline) and then the total bet is displayed.


Anyone who like to play online slots will tell you that the theoretical RTP of a slot game is very important. With Sherlock of London the RTP is set at a fairly standard 96.03%, so winning back a good portion of the money that you put into the game is very likely. The winning potential with this game is all in the special features, though, so pay close attention to those.

Special Features

As we already mentioned, the special features in this game are plentiful.

When it comes to the Wilds, one of the more exciting is the Connecting Wilds feature. This one has a lot of potential to turn the reels into a cash cow. The way it works is simple. Whenever two Wilds show up on the reels at the same time, they connect, turning all the symbols in between into wilds as well.

Then, there is the Expanding Wild. Again, this one is quite simple. Whenever a Wild lands on the reels during free spins, it will expand to cover the reel that the Wild landed on. Additionally, the Watson symbols turn into Wilds whenever they land on the reels during Free spins.

To trigger the lucrative free spins mode, all you need to do is land at least 3 Scatter symbols on the reels. When you get them, you get ten spins for free and the Wilds are there, waiting to help you out.

The Scatter symbol is not the only way to trigger free spins. Getting the Wild on reels 1 or 2 during the base game can also release the reels for a spin or two, free of charge to the player. This feature is called the Bonus Spins feature and was intentionally put there to sweeten the pot.

Want more? You got it! The Double Win feature is yet another special feature triggered by Wilds. During the base game, whenever two Wilds land on the reels side by side they create a 2x multiplier for any wins brought on be the Wilds.

Final Thoughts

As you can see, this game is all about the Wilds and they have been carefully crafted to bring you into luck as quickly as possible. With a classic theme like this it’s a little hard to find a fresh approach, but the folks over at Microgaming and Rabcat Gambling successfully created a fresh approach with classic tools. We think Watson would approve.