Playtech has created a superbly designed title here. With a creepy looking country house in the background you’ll see 4 lower value gemstone symbols, 3 murder weapons – a dagger, poison and a gun, all of which pay up to 3.75 times stake per payline – and 3 higher paying suspects. The best of these is the glamour puss in red who pays 12.5 times stake if you land 5 in a line. There’s also a wild that pays up to 18.75 times stake per payline – the wild can appear stacked on all 5 reels.
There are plenty of extras to get stuck into here, starting with the Murder Spins feature which can trigger at random in the base game or the bonus rounds. First, you’ll get a Weapon Spin – up to 12 ? symbols are added to the reels. These all transform into the same murder weapon and a new payout is made. A Murderer Spin then follows – the process is repeated, this time with the ? transforming into the same suspect symbol. A second payout then follows.
Land 3 or more of the moustachioed detective symbol on the same spin to trigger the Feature Select – you’ll then have the pick of 4 features which offer different levels of volatility:
- Wild Spins feature – depending on the number of scatters from the triggering spin, you’ll be awarded 12, 16 or 25 free spins with 2 wilds appearing on reels 1-3 on each free spin. This is the lowest volatility option.
- Reveal Spins feature – 6, 8 or 12 free spins are awarded here. Up to 12 ? symbols appear on each of them – these can transform into any value symbol including the wild. This is a medium volatility option.
- Clue Hunt feature – this is a picks round. Choose from the 24 objects to reveal murder weapons. The poison pays 1x your total bet, the dagger pays 3x and the gun 6x. You could also get a multiplier of up to 10x in this medium volatility round.
- Multi Spins feature – choose this and you’ll get 12, 16 or 25 free spins with all payouts boosted by a 3x multiplier and trebled. The Murder Spins feature can trigger during this feature. Land 2 or more scatter to trigger more free spins (up to 50 in total). This is a high variance option.
We really enjoyed Murder Mystery – the visuals are terrific and there’s a good variety of features. The Murder Spins feature sharpens up the base game but the best winning chances come via the bonus features. The fact that you can vary the volatility here is a positive too.
I would always opt for the Multi Spins feature due to the potential 50 free spins on offer with a 3x multiplier and up to 12 of the same symbol on each free spin. If you’re a fan of classic Sunday night TV dramas or enjoy a good Agatha Christie yarn then Murder Mystery should hold plenty of appeal. I would also take a look at Jurassic Island (also by Playtech) as you can choose the volatility in the features too.