Shamrock Holmes

by Microgaming
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Game features
January 2021
Bet Size
€0.20 - 20
Max Win
Collapsing Reels, Extra Reel, Extra Spins, Free Spins, Increasing Multiplier, Megaways, Multiplier, Respin, Scatter, Wild
Irish, Myths

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Pros and cons
  • More paylines than other MegaWays games
  • Medium volatility, ideal for all players
  • Re-triggered bonus with uncapped multipliers
  • Long process of opening all bonuses
  • Low cost rates of symbols

Shamrock Holmes Slot Review

A partnership between Microgaming and All41 Studios led to the creation of this masterpiece of a game that seamlessly combines the classic tale of Sherlock Holmes and Irish culture!

The game takes place deep inside a magical forest hence the tree-filled background. As expected, the green color can be found everywhere you look, ranging from the grass to the reel set, many symbols of which feature the same color. The reel set occupies most of the interface as it includes an extra row of symbol indicators located right above it. The logo of the game can be found near the top left corner.

As for the gameplay, the slot utilizes the MegaWays engine. The reels can display a different number of symbols that randomly changes at the start of each spin. Matching symbols are destroyed and replaced with new random ones.

First released by Big Time Gaming back in 2011, the MegaWays engine has since been used by multiple developers to create exciting and action-packed games. Some of the best ones are still to this day Bonanza and Who Wants to Be a Millionaire, both released by BTG. For now, though, let’s focus on the game in review!

How to Play Shamrock Holmes

The game consists of 2-7 rows and 6 reels with up to 117,649 ways to win. The controls are found at the right side of the interface allowing the player to adjust the bet size, enable the autoplay, enter the in-game menu, or simply spin.

Regarding the stakes, bets start at $0.20 and are capped at $20 per spin making it an excellent choice for players on a small bankroll. Shamrock Holmes is a medium volatility title so small and big wins are equally probable to occur. The maximum exposure is 28,000x and the game’s RTP is 96.44%.

Shamrock Holmes features 6 low paying and 4 high paying symbols. The first come in the form of card values 9-A followed by a flower, a shamrock, a pot of gold, and the game’s protagonist, Shamrock Holmes himself.

The game’s special symbols are:

  • Wild – The wild symbol substitutes for all regular symbols except for the scatter and symbols participating in a respin trigger.
  • Scatter – Represented by the gold shamrock coin, getting 4 scatters triggers the free spins feature.

Game Rules

Shamrock Holmes Features

The game might look a bit complicated at first but it actually is extremely easy to learn and play. Once you get the hang of how MegaWays works you’re going to have a blast even after playing for lots of time. The game has some pretty amazing features to offer so without further ado, let’s jump right into the action!

Extra Reel

The extra reel is technically an extra row of symbols located above reels 2 to 5. This extra reel adds one symbol at the top of reels 2, 3, 4, and 5. These reels can only display up to 6 symbols while reels 1 and 6 can display up to 7 symbols.

Extra Reel
Magic Forest Re-Spin

Based on the number of scatters and certain high paying symbols that appear on the extra reel, a respin can be activated with the following characteristics:

  • 3 Scatters and pot of gold symbol on extra reel – Respin with 10,000 guaranteed MegaWays;
  • 3 Scatters and Shamrock Holmes on extra reel – Respin with 32,400 guaranteed MegaWays;
  • 3 Scatters with both Shamrock Holmes and pot of gold on extra reel – Respin with 117,649 guaranteed Megaways.
Free Spins

Getting 4 scatters will trigger the feature awarding 10 free spins. Every additional scatter adds 2 free spins. These start with a 2x multiplier and each rolling reel triggers an increment of the win multiplier by 1x. There is no cap on the multiplier.

3 scatters on the extra reel during the feature award 3 free spins while 4 scatters on the extra reel award 4 free spins.

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