Murder Mystery is a Playtech-powered slot with 5 reels, 4 rows and 40 paylines. This murder/detective themed offering can be played from 40p to £80 a spin on all devices including iOS and Android. It benefits from stacked wilds on all reels as well as 5 bonus features – you get transforming symbols as well as 3 free spins features which reward you with wilds, transforming reveals and 3x multipliers.
Visually, Murder Mystery is set against an old English countryside manor and has a soundtrack which adds to the air of suspense. With cartoon style graphics, symbols on the reels include red, blue, purple and green gemstones, poison bottles, knives and guns – you will also see 3 murderer characters (man, big lady and elegant lady).
The elegant lady is the most rewarding give you 12.5 times your stake for 5 across a payline. There is also a wild symbol which substitutes for all symbols bar the scatter – more importantly it appears stacked on all reels. 3, 4 or 5 wilds on a payline will give you 1, 5 or 18.75 times your total stake.
The other symbol to look out for is the question mark – this can appear in the randomly triggered Murder Spins feature. You will then get 2 spins – a Weapon Spin and Murderer Spin where you’re guaranteed a winner on each:
In the Weapon Spin, you will spin to reveal the murder weapon – up to 12 question marks are added to the reels) on reels 1, 2 and 3, which then transform into the same murder weapon to give you a winning combo.
In the Murderer Spin, the murderer will be revealed. Up to 12 question marks are added to the reels on reels 1, 2 and 3 – again, they transform into 1 of the 3 high value murderer symbols.
The main attraction is the Feature Select which can be accessed when 3 or more detective scatter symbols land anywhere on the reels – you then get to choose from 4 bonus features. Here’s more info on them:
- Wild Spins feature – 3, 4 or 5 scatters will give you 12, 16 or 25 free spins. 2 wild symbols will appear on reels 1 through 3 on every single free spin. This is the low volatility option
- Reveal Spins feature – 3, 4 or 5 scatters will reward you with 6, 8 or 12 free spins. Up to 12 question marks will appear on every free spin which then all transform into a randomly chosen symbol (including the wild). This is the medium variance option.
- Clue Hunt feature – here you go on to the hunt for murder weapons in the garden. You will see a screen with 12 question marks – you then pick which each murder weapon giving you a cash prize. Poison bottles give you 1 times your stake, knives give you 3 times your stake and guns give you 6 times your stake. You carry on picking until a puff of smoke is revealed – the total cash prize for each murder weapon in then subject to a 10x multiplier. Finally, this is another medium variance option.
- Multi Spins feature – 3, 4 or 5 scatters will give you 12, 16 or 25 free spins. With all wins subject to a 3x multiplier, the Murder Spins feature can be randomly triggered meaning you can get up to 12 question marks on each free spin which then transform into a randomly chosen symbol. Unlike the other free spins features, 2, 3, 4 or 5 scatters appearing during a free spin will give you 3, 12, 16 or 25 extra free spins. By the way, this is the high variance option.
- I really like Murder Mystery – it may not be the best graphically but I like the fact you can choose your own volatility in the bonus features. I found the Multi Spins feature the most rewarding due to the possibility of extra free spins and the same symbol appearing on 3 reels on every free spin.
That said, the Reveal Spins feature is where I’ve had my biggest wins due getting plenty of wilds! If you like to be able to pick your own variance in the features, Playtech’s Jurassic Island is recommended. If it’s the theme you like, Ace Ventura Pet Detective (also by Playtech) is a good alternative.