If you aren’t familiar with the atmosphere of Victorian London, then allow me to paint you a picture. Think cobbled streets, horses pulling polished wooden carriages, wrought iron sign posts, and a deep mist covering everything with an aura of mystique and bad ventilation. The street in question is presumably Baker Street, and even Big Ben makes an appearance in the distance.
The design is second to none, complemented by background music that isn’t just music at all. Instead, players are treated to the ambient noises of the time. Imagine the clip clopping of horse hooves, bells and the general hubbub of people going about their business set to the enjoyable thrums of a piano and violin. It works really well to immerse the player into the spirit of the slot. Sherlock himself is very well designed, but don’t expect any Robert Downey Jr style eye candy. This interpretation is probably a lot closer to what Sir Arthur Conan Doyle had in mind all those years ago.
Across the reels are a series of incredibly well crafted symbols, crowned by the Wild, which is represented by a squinting Sherlock Holmes with magnifying glass held aloft. He’s joined by Watson, 3 different villains, and a Baker Street address plaque, and a very elusive gold fob watch which signifies the jackpot. There are also the generic A, K, Q, J, 10 in use but this is one of the rare occasions where I’m not annoyed by it. Each symbol has been beautifully crafted to fit in seamlessly with the theme.