iSoftBet are back with another release in their Twisted Tale series, and this time players are being transported to Baker Street in London, to assist Watson and Holmes as they sleuth for Professor Moriarty, experiencing a host of features, including maximum Megaways and mystery symbols, along the way, in Moriarty Megaways™. iSoftBet are once again offering players stellar audiovisuals, with a dark, dreary image of Victorian London acting as the backdrop, with only a few street lamps and the low glare of the moon providing any form of light. So often, providers that attempt to add a “dark” theme to a slot end up with something verging onto boring, but Moriarty Megaways does perfect justice for what we would expect from Sherlock Holmes and his sidekick. Ominous music rings throughout, with the occasional siren in this high volatility, 95.98% RTP slot.
Moriarty Megaways Base Features
Detectives can get straight to work across a range of stakes between 0.20 and 20 on this 6 reel Megaways release, with up to 117,649 ways to win. Wins are formed by matching 3 or more symbols beginning at reel 1, with winning combinations removed from the grid, allowing for new wins to drop down in their place. Symbols begin with 9, 10, J, K, Q and As making up the low paying end, with the top tier devoted to all things Holmes. This includes pawn chess pieces, king chess pieces, Moriarty rings, and Moriarty himself, worth 50x stake for 6 of a kind. Wild pocket watches substitute for all symbols except scatters, only available on reels 2-5 or the top tracker, which always contains 4 symbols.
Central to the story are Watson and Holmes, who have each been given their own features which can randomly trigger in the base game:
- Sherlock Max Megaways triggers the maximum of 117,649 Megaways for one spin, remaining until no more wins are formed. An incrementing multiplier works alongside this feature, increasing by +1 for each win.
- Watson Mystery Symbols randomly adds special mystery symbols to the reels, to guarantee a win. Any mystery symbols that land in view then transform into the same symbol. An incrementing multiplier works alongside this feature, increasing by +1 for each win.
Moriarty Megaways Bonus
Landing 3 or more gold scatter symbols triggers free spins. 3 scatters awards 15 free spins, plus an extra 5 free spins for each additional scatter, up to a maximum of 30. Free spins continue the cascade mechanic, and also have an incrementing multiplier, increasing by +1 each cascade. Alongside the regular reels, there are two smaller reels at the bottom of the screen, locked until a certain amount of symbols are collected. As players land Watson or Sherlock symbols during free spins, these symbols are collected, and then unlock the relevant features. 3 Watson symbols are required to spin Watson Reels, and 3 Sherlock symbols are required to spin Sherlock Reels. Once the features have been played, the counter resets to 3. Landing 3 extra scatter symbols in the top tracker awards 5 extra free spins. Scatters can land in the regular free spins, Watson Reels or Sherlock Reels.
Watson Reels: Players are awarded one spin with special mystery symbols in play. Any mystery symbols that land in view transform into the same symbol. Each cascade continues to add to the incrementing multiplier, which also works alongside wins in this feature.
Sherlock Reels: Players are awarded one spin with maximum Megaways (117,649). Each cascade continues to add to the incrementing multiplier, which also works alongside wins in this feature.
A feature buy, or Moriarty Bet is available to players in appropriate regions, at the cost of 150x stake. Once purchased, a minimum of 3 scatters will land, triggering free spins. RTP in Moriarty Bet increases from the regular 95.98% to 96.46%.
Moriarty Megaways is a great addition to the already popular Twisted Tale series from iSoftBet. Although the main complaint from players seems to be two smaller reels designated to extra features within free spins rather than features being awarded on the main reels, audiovisuals are superb and the overall design has been executed so well it's hard to argue over a minor detail. RTP is an impressive 95.98%, increasing to 96.46% when Moriarty Bet is activated, and volatility is high, which leads to the potential for wins up to 37,500x stake in size.
Each feature within Moriarty Megaways is not necessarily new, having been done by iSoftBet themselves before, however these tried and tested features remain popular with players across the globe, and when incrementing multipliers work alongside maximum megaways, we know this forms a recipe for some huge wins. Add to that the attention to detail to really feel as though you're in Victorian London when playing Moriarty Megaways, and this becomes a slot to be enjoyed by players of all stakes.
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