Will you be tuning to the Sherlock New Year’s Special in a few days? I’m buzzing with excitement, along with 11 million fans across the UK! As usual, mobile casinos are very quick to catch on. There is always a new slot accompanying every festive season, football World Cup and TV premiere so it's no suprise that mFortune Casino has released a new mobile slot titled “Sherlock: Murdered to Death”. Firstly, this terrible title was a betrayal to our favourite detective! Did they really let the villain, Moriarty kill Sherlock in this slot? Whilst you'll have to play the game to find out more, mFortune’s games have never let me down, so I was looking forward to trying it out!
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|Release Date||December 2015|
|Software Provider||In Touch Games|
|Slot type||Progressive jackpot slot|
|Platform||Android App, iPhone App|
|Return to Player (RTP)||96.7%|
|Slot Reels/ Paylines||5 reels/ 15 paylines|
|Min/ Max Bets||2p – £10|
|Free Spins||Up to 9 free spins|
|Features||Gamble feature, Clueless and Find the Lady mini games|
|Pros||Thrilling little mini games|
|Cons||Relatively small wins, about 10-20x your bet|
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Sherlock is a 5 reel and 15 line slot. The game accepts wagers from 2p to £10 per line. Before you start playing, you’ll have to select two things: the size of your wager and the number of paylines. For example, you can bet 50p on 5 lines, which gives you a total bet of £2.50. I maxed out the number of paylines with a 10p bet, for a £1.50 spin.
It is a fairly low variance slot, which means that you’ll get small wins on almost every spin. However, there’s the promise of winning the progressive jackpot – a healthy four-figure win!
You can also gamble every win that you score during the regular game mode. Here, you can multiply your win up to 12 times! You get to select the multiplier you’d like to aim for – the higher the multiplier, the slimmer the chances of winning. It’s a thrilling little feature that really makes for a fun gaming session!
Of course, there are Wild symbols and free spins tossed in too. The landlady, Mrs Hudson is the Wild symbol. She can replace any other symbols to complete winning paylines. Meanwhile, the newspapers can trigger up to 9 free spins.
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All of mFortune’s games are packed with mini games and Sherlock is no exception. There are two mini games to explore: Find the Lady and Clueless. Both mini games are fashioned to fit the theme and storyline. Let’s walk through them one at a time.
Find the Lady is your classic “click me” game. There are six clues scattered across the moors and your task is to pick them up to reveal prizes. These six clues are made up of multipliers and a special gold coin. If you correctly identify the gold coin, you get to play a game of “flip the coin”. If it lands with the hounds side facing up, you’ll lose all of your accumulated multipliers. However, if the coin lands on the woman, you’ll pick up an extra enormous multiplier!
So, the thrill of the game is to decide: do I leave the game with the multipliers in hand, or do I keep playing in pursuit of the lady and bigger fortunes? It’s the perennial question on all gambler’s minds. I triggered this mini game twice in my 10 minutes of gameplay and it was just as fun both times.
The second mini game is titled Clueless. This game’s a mini slot machine with 3 reels. You have to match the criminal, weapon and victim colours on the reels. Spin correctly and you’ll win a huge multiplier bonus. You’ll spin one reel at a time, which adds to the suspense of the game. Double thumbs up for a truly innovative mini game!
I’m not a huge fan of the artistic direction of this slot. The illustrations look nothing like the characters and the background music is really annoying. The bright colours also do not match the actual Sherlock Holmes series. I imagined something slightly darker and more mysterious.
The game is available on mobile phones only. You’ll have to download the app onto your phone, through a link that mFortune sends over via SMS. The app runs smoothly even on my old Samsung phone, so no complaints in this department.
mFortune is famous for weaving thick storylines into its slot games. I love how each mini game merges the detective theme with the thrill of slots. The mini slot machine in Clueless is simply brilliant! Quite like playing Cluedo, the board game, don’t you think? I haven’t quite figured out why the game is so oddly titled “Murdered to Death”.
Sherlock is fantastic little slot. It's suited for all types of players, with wagers starting at 2p! Don’t let the small scale fool you though, the mini games and the Gamble feature can be quite lucrative and are really unique and lots of fun to play. I have never really seen anything quite like it. This indie casino proves itself once again with a unique and innovate mobile slot. Download the game at mFortune Casino today and play with a free £5 bonus.