Holmes & the Stolen Stones Introduction
Holmes & the Stolen Stones is an online pokie from Yggdrasil Gaming, starring the world's most famous fictional detective, Sherlock Holmes. Holmes' latest mystery involves a set of lucrative and stolen precious gems. Accompanied by his faithful companion Doctor Watson, the two will embark upon a journey of dangerous discovery, looking through empty warehouses in search of the elusive stones.
This is a five reel pokie with 20 paylines, with prizes awarded for three, four and five-of-a-kind matches. In addition to regular symbols and matches, there are three types of special symbol to look out for that carry a number of different rewards. The bonus symbol is the key to unlocking the bonus round, and is represented by a keyhole.
The free spin round is also a keyhole, and both have substantial top prizes for four and five-of-a-kind matches, in addition to the extra features they add to the game. Also available are diamond shard symbols that come in blue, red, gold/yellow, green and pink. Finding enough of these can add up to a potentially huge jackpot, and can also be used to trigger the free spins round.
This game uses the standard pokie symbols derived from playing cards, with a number of thematic additions. Sherlock Holmes himself is unsurprisingly the most valuable symbol in this game, and finding five of him in a winning configuration will award you with 4000 coins. Next is his loyal partner Watson, with a maximum prize of 2000 coins for a five reel match.
At the other end of the scale are the diamond and club symbols, both of which offer a top prize of only 20 coins each. However, with a high likelihood of winning often, and the possibility of getting a free spins multiplier, this can soon add up.
Finding three or more bonus symbols triggers the bonus round, but the game also rewards four and five symbol matches with some of the highest prizes available, with a maximum prize of 10,000 coins for finding five in a winning configuration. The bonus round takes place in a different screen and is set inside a warehouse, wherein you are tasked with opening a number of crates to inspect the contents within.
During your search of the crates, you will either find bags of coins of varying values or shards of the stolen diamonds. These will be transferred back to your main game after the round is finished, which is triggered by finding a smoke bomb inside a crate. Three or more free spins symbols will trigger the free spins mode, wherein you get 10 free spins and all winnings are multiplied by three.
Additionally, matches of four and five will also award you with the same size prize as the equivalent bonus symbol match. The eponymous diamonds are central to some massive jackpots. Shard symbols will appear randomly and sit above the reels after being found. Finding five shards of the same colour will trigger a fluctuating jackpot that increases enormously depending on the reel.