Inspired by a combination of The Pink Panther’s Inspector Clouseau and Sherlock Holmes, Inspector Clueless is a comical 3-reel slot from Magnet Gaming. As the hapless detective, it’s your job to rid London’s streets of crime while earning yourself a hefty payday in the process.
The drama takes place at night on a Victorian-style London street, but set sometime in the 20th century. In the background, an ambient soundtrack of passing cars and barking dogs sets the mood. The detective, complete with deerstalker hat, squints through his magnifying glass, inspecting the reels as they rotate.
With each spin, lights in the terraced houses in the background flicker on and chimney smoke drifts across the face of the moon. As always, Magnet Gaming’s eye for fine detail has made this slot a thing of beauty. There’s a lot going on in this game – and that’s just the visuals.
Magnet Gaming prefer not to depict the actual reels, allowing the symbols to hover against the backdrop. This allows the detail of the background to shine through, seamlessly merging the dynamic and static elements of the game. Towards the top of the screen, the value of Inspector Clueless’ two jackpots are displayed against the signage of a shop, with both pots progressive. The starting value of the regular jackpot is 500 and for the super jackpot 10,000.
The total number of credits can be viewed in the bottom left of the screen and the value of each one on the bottom right. Click on the gear wheel icon and a menu will open with a pair of arrows. Click on these to adjust the level, from 1 to 10. At the lowest setting, each spin is worth 0.20 and at the highest setting it’s worth 10. The 3-reel slot has 8 paylines which run horizontally, diagonally and vertically. There are controls for auto spin and max bet too and a home icon which leads to a menu where you can deposit more credits and view the playing guide.
In addition to its two progressive jackpots, Inspector Clueless contains 3 bonus games. The value of the game’s symbols will vary depending on the level you’ve set the bet per spin at. With everything cranked up to the max, 3 meat cleaver symbols are worth 1,500, while 3 crowns command the maximum 12,500. Any time you win a prize by matching 3 symbols on the reels, you’ll be awarded an additional spin with a multiplier attached. The value of the multiplier starts at 1, but can ultimately rise to 5 with each prize you win.
Inspector Clueless’ main feature is called Game Flash and it serves as a gateway that opens the door to the 3 bonus games. Land 3 Game Flash symbols on a payline to activate this feature. At this stage, the detective’s notepad will appear along with a series of 3 prizes and 3 bonus games. Succeed in activating one of the game’s bonus features and you’ll be presented with a chance to scoop some major money.
Case File is the name given to the first bonus game, which can be activated by landing 3 Case File symbols in a line or via Game Flash. 20 free spins will be awarded here, followed by another 20 if you land another 3 Case File symbols while collecting the spins. During this feature, clues will appear; collect anywhere from 4-6 to solve the case and win a prize.
Stop Thief! is the next bonus game, activated in a similar fashion to Case File – via Game Flash or by landing 3 Stop Thief! symbols on a payline. This game involves pursuing a criminal across a game board, with 10 free spins awarded to kick-start the pursuit. It’s cat and mouse game, with the thief, controlled by the computer, trying to stay one step ahead of the pursuing detective.
The final bonus game, The Suspects, sees the detector delve into his filing cabinet in a quest to solve cold cases. Complete the puzzle pieces of each suspect to crack the case and win a prize.
Inspector Clueless is a highly entertaining game from Magnet Gaming, one whose premise, features and animations are top-notch. Despite using only 3 reels, this slot crams a lot into a small space.
Thanks to its moody sound effects and cute graphics, coupled with some great bonus features, this game should go to the top of your wish list. Give it a spin and see how many crooks you can catch.