Sheerluck Holmes is a £100 jackpot fruit machine from JPM, and is one of their latest attempts to rejoin to pub fruit machine market which they once dominated in the late 1990’s and early 2000’s. Sheerluck Holmes has been branded under the lesser known Crystal company, with the fruit machine looking very similar to those produced by Reflex gaming, such as Alice’s Wonderland and Double Agent.
The three stakes are those common on all machines nowadays, with 25p, 50p and £1 all been available. With a jackpot of £100, and a potential of one repeat also available on this non-random, percentage controlled fruit machine. Feature entry on Sheerluck Holmes is via criss-cross symbols on each of the three reels, giving a 27 way combination, with enhanced game entry with feature symbols landing on the winline.
The Sheerluck Holmes fruit machine has also brought back the Barcode feature, with triple, double and single bars awarding enhanced feature entry. This barcode also works in reverse, so is certainly something to look out for. The barcode is not available on 25p stake, and activating the bonus features on £1 stake further enhances the barcode’s value, activating the mega top game.
The game-play now uses the common Deal or No Deal type feature to offer unknown winning values hidden behind a dark panel. The values are not selected at random, so it should increase the hidden value the more money that is played through.
Sheerluck Holmes has also taken various other features and bonuses from a variety of other fruit machines in an attempt to increase player appeal. These include the accumulative streak, which increase with each horseshoe collected. Cash or bust, which is self-explanatory, and a ‘bank-it’ feature which will allow you to bank your progress at certain times.
There is also an accumulative cashpot that increases during game play and can be offered at certain times.
The main super feature is the now standard rip off of the Deal or No Deal game. This feature also has the double chance option which will help you narrow down the prediction of the hidden value, and may also help you increase your winnings.