Holmes & the Stolen Stones Overview
When it comes to famous detectives, Sherlock Holmes and his sidekick, Dr Watson, are arguably the world's greatest sleuths – and Holmes and The Stolen Stones slot is definitely a case that needs solving fast! In fact, with five local progressive jackpots up for crime solvers, it's no surprise that this super-themed slot has become a favourite since its release by Yggdrasil in 2015. Read through the case files with our exclusive Holmes and The Stolen Stones slot review.
Holmes and The Stolen Stones has a 5 x 5 reel format with 20 paylines, offering a classic payout format in the base game, when you land 3-5 like-symbols on a line. However, that's where normal cascades into something really exciting – five local progressive jackpots. As you play the regular game, 3.4% of your bet is siphoned into the Jackpot Pool... potentially ready to burst when it hits the expected fallout level!
RTP levels & base game payouts
Holmes and The Stolen Stones slot has a return to player level of 96.28%, with a volatility rating of 26 – making it a potentially good option if you're looking for plenty of value sessions. The hit frequency in the base game is 25.4% - typically producing a winning combo more than twice every 10 spins of Holmes and The Stolen Stones. The net result is plenty of action whether you spin with €0.20 or are a very rare €100 high-roller.
The Base game payouts in Holmes and The Stolen Stones are won by landing 3-5 of the same icons, across one or more of the 20 paylines. The character symbols are Inspector Sherlock Holmes, Dr Watson, the Holmes' Notebook, and the Magnifying Glass. Holmes is the most valuable symbol, paying out x70, x250 and x4000 coins for matching three, four, or five symbols. Watson is worth between x60 and x2000 coins, while the Notebook and Magnifying Glass can reward you with payouts ranging from x40 to x1000 coins. There are also four lower paying Antique Card Suit symbols, paying x20 to x200 coins for 3-5 icons. All base game payouts are multiplied by the coin size of the trigger bet – meaning a x4000 coin win could range from €40 to €20,000!
For a game that has a solid base game RTP and low volatility – the slot's bonuses are impressive. When you manage to trigger a bonus feature, the mystery really builds, whether you enter the Jackpot Free Spins, Shard Collection or Warehouse:
The super bonus in Holmes and The Stolen Stones is the JACKPOT FREE SPINS – triggered by spinning-in 3+ Free Spin symbols in the base game. The five-levelled jackpots, range from €40 up to €30 000+ across Yellow, Red, Green, Blue and Purple (one on each reel). During Free Spins. you need to collect five Diamonds of the same colour. If you fail to hit the jackpot, you can still enjoy regular wins with a x3 multiplier.
Building the jackpots: Every time you spin, 3.4% of your stake enters the jackpot contribution pool, seeding the vaults with funds until they reach the minimum fall levels (€40, €200, €600, €1500, €10 000). Once filled, the expected fallouts are €108, €500, €1600, €4000 and €30 000. Once won, the jackpots reset and build-up again. While these are modest jackpot sizes compared to huge progressives – they build-up faster, giving you plenty of chances if you play regularly.
Along with the Jackpot Free Spins, the SHARD COLLECTION bonus can also reward you with free spins – awarded when you land x5 Jewel Shards of the same type. You get 10 Free Spins with one Diamond already collected – boosting the chance of triggering the Jackpot Free Spins. As an extra bonus, your Jewel Shards collected are saved between sessions.
Last but not least in the bonus ranks of Holmes and The Stolen Stones, is the WAREHOUSE BONUS GAME – activated when you land 3+ bonus symbols. Your task is to carefully select from the 18 boxes. There are Jewel Shards, coin wins and the dangerous smoke bombs that will wipe you out and stop you collecting more prizes!