Sherlock Holmes The Hunt for Blackwood is an IGT-powered slot game which is available to play on desktop, mobile and tablet devices. With 5 reels and 30 paylines, it’s playable from 60p to £300 a spin. The game is based on the popular Sherlock Holmes character with a focus on the 2009 film which became a worldwide blockbuster hit. You need to join Sherlock Holmes and John Watson in their quest to make Lord Blackwood pay for his crimes.
When it comes to bonus features, this game has plenty – you have the Mystery Multiplier feature which is triggered after any spin in the base game that doesn’t trigger a bonus feature. A multiplier ranging from 2x to 10x will applied to that spin.
Then there is the Teamwork feature which again triggers randomly in the base game – all Holmes and Watson symbols are then combined to become a Holmes/Watson symbol thus increasing your winning potential. If you’re lucky, you can trigger both the Teamwork feature and Mystery Multiplier feature at the same time resulting in even bigger wins.
Then there is the Picker Puzzle feature which is played from you get 3 bonus scatter symbols on reels 1, 3 and 5 simultaneously. You have 5 picks initially as you choose objects in Sherlock’s room to reveal clues – these can lead to cash prizes and to 1 of 2 bonus features.
If you collect 3 wheels, you will trigger the Blackwood Wheel Bonus feature – collect 4 and the wheel becomes richer and includes a Sherlock wedge. You will begin with 3 points. Anyway, here you spin the wheel to collect prizes as you attempt to elude Blackwood. You have 10 spins of the wheel by the way.
The wheel changes after the 4th and 8th spins with bigger prizes on offer, Sherlock wedges and more Blackwood wedges. When a pointer lands on a Blackwood wedge, it’s deactivated with all pointers disabled leading to the feature to end. Now if your pointer lands on a Sherlock wedge, all pointers are reactivated with the Sherlock prize for that wheel won! Finally, if a minimum of 1 pointer is active after your 10 spins of wheel, all prizes are doubled.
Back to the Picker Puzzle feature – if you collect 3 maps, you will trigger The Hunt Bonus feature and begin with 10 free spins (for 3 maps) or 15 free spins (for 4 maps). There’s a map of 5 locations where Blackwood’s crimes have taken place.
Look out for the Holmes or Watson wilds symbols as landing on any of these locations will turn them into locked wilds which remain for the duration of the feature. If Holmes and Watson lock together on all 5 crime scene locations, your winning amount will be doubled!
Sherlock Holmes The Hunt for Blackwood has a lot going on but it’s an entertaining slot with good bonus features – its medium variance meaning it’s nicely balanced with the bigger wins coming in The Hunt Bonus feature. If you want to play movie slots, you can’t go wrong with Microgaming’s Jurassic Park or Playtech’s The Avengers.