When it comes to fictional detectives, they don’t come much bigger than Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes. And his fabled London address has to be one of the best known in English literature. Merkur Gaming’s 221b Baker Street Slot draws you into a fog-filled world of pipe smoking, horses and carriages, and Holmes and Watson and the former’s nemesis, Professor Moriarty.
Played across five reels and three rows, there are up to 20 Paylines, which you can play in bundles of five, from 1 to 20. Look forward to entertaining gameplay, bonus rounds and some great crime-based adventures. Prepare for some old-school graphics capturing Victorian London to perfection and straightforward playing experience as Holmes takes on his arch-enemy.
How to play
Playing certainly isn’t as hard as cracking one of the famed sleuth’s fiendishly baffling cases. Make your stake from a penny to £40 a line.
If you’re already a hardcore Holmes fan, the symbols need little introduction. The chillum (pipe), a glass of wine and ‘face cards’ J, Q, K and A all feature among the lower-paying symbols. Other symbols include the poison bottle, magnifying glass and pistol.
221B Baker Street slot special features
Sherlock is the Wild, replacing symbols on any active Payline. There are no fewer than three Scatters including Moriarty, the Duel symbol showing hero and villain back-to-back, and Big Ben in a pea-souper. These pay in both directions, while the Duel icon only displays on Reels 2 through 4.
Settle the score once and for all with this feature! Land three of the Duel icons to trigger (excuse the pun) this bonus and receive between three and five ‘duels’ as Moriarty and Holmes ‘enjoy’ an exciting shoot-out. Press the button for the characters to shoot at various prizes.
Holmes takes aim at cash prizes, which you can collect or use to progress to the next stage. Meanwhile Moriarty (boo, hiss!) eliminates prizes with his shots. Carry on until you reach the maximum prize, or all wins are collected.
Collect, ladder or card gamble?
Bag a winning line to see three choices on your screen:
- Collect your winnings and spin again
- The ladder gamble
This depicts multiples of currency doubling at each rung. Hit Gamble to climb and reach higher rewards, or collect half or all of your winnings at any point.
See a pack of cards, one of which is facing upwards. Predict whether the next card will be red or black. Repeat, if your guess is right until you have reached the maximum win.
Land at least three Big Ben symbols on an active Payline to trigger this. The number of free spins is decided randomly, but:
- Triggering the feature with three symbols lands you between 2 and 6 spins
- Four symbols land you 6 to 14 freebies
- Five symbols win you 10 to 20 spins
This game does not feature a progressive jackpot.
Return to Player (RTP)
The RTP or Return to Player is pretty average here at around 95.39-96%. Nothing spectacular, but not too shabby, either.
There’s plenty to like in 221b Baker Street Slot, which is a great game for beginners, and you will enjoy it if you like your slots stripped down and non-flashy. And there’s certainly enough to raise the old heart rate if you also enjoy the thrill of the occasional risk!