Journey back to Ancient Egypt and win the favour of Cleopatra in IGT’s mobile slot. Adapted from the land-based casino slot of the same name, it has proven so popular with gamblers that IGT have already made several sequels.
The game is one of several based on the Queen of the Nile, but IGT’s remains the first and the best. The original game translates to mobile platforms, where the last ruler of the Ptolemaic Kingdom casts her eyes over the reels, hopefully bringing players good fortune.
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|Release Date||November 2012|
|Slot type||Video Slot|
|Return to Player (RTP)||95.02%|
|Slot Reels/ Paylines||5 reels / 20 paylines|
|Min/ Max Bets||£0.01 / £100|
|Max Win||10,000 coins|
|Features||Free Spins, Wilds, Scatters|
|Pros||Classic fun slot game|
|Cons||Looks a bit dated|
Cleopatra has 5 reels and 20 paylines. The game has a fixed jackpot of 10,000 times the original bet if players are lucky enough to land a full payline of Cleopatra’s own symbol. She is also the Wild symbol, replacing all others except the Pharaoh Scatter symbol. Any winning combination that features the Egyptian Queen doubles in value.
The stakes on Cleopatra go from 1p up to £100 depending on how many coins and paylines you put on. If you want to impress the Queen of the Nile by betting big, there is the handy maximum bet button to use.
To spin the reels just strike the golden jewel encrusted at the bottom of the board. As the Egyptian symbols spin, including icons like the Eye of Ra, scarab beetles, or a crook and flail, a brief interlude of harps, lyres and lutes plays. If you score a winning payline, a fruit machine jingle will announce it.
Cleopatra is a prime example of an early video slot, with the reels set within a stone cenotaph etched with Egyptian hieroglyphs. At the foot of this you can easily find all the game information, such as the number of lines you are betting, the line bet, the total bet, your winnings and balance. The music adds to the overall Egyptian theme, but only plays when the reels are spinning, so if you stop you are left with the eerie silence of the desert. Software developer IGT has retooled the slot for mobile devices, with touch controls, crisp graphics and smooth animation on the reels, breathing new life into this classic game.
Gameplay and Features
Many players enjoy Cleopatra because it finds a balance between classic slot play and bonus features, but is not overloaded with them to make it too complicated. The main focus is on the gameplay, with players hoping to land the Cleopatra Wild to double their wins.
The bonus comes when players land the Sphinx, which is the game’s Scatter symbol. Triggering three or more of these will gift players with 15 free spins. Any winning payline hit during the bonus round will be tripled in value. Not only that, the free spins can be re-triggered during the bonus round, so if you are lucky you could find themselves with a maximum of 180 free spins.
As well as these special symbols, the highest paying symbols are the blue and gold scarab beetle and the blue lotus flower. These two symbols will give out 750 times the wager. However, hitting a full payline of these symbols pales in comparison to the Egyptian Queen herself, who offers 10,000 times the bet. The more common symbols are the traditional letters and numbers of card games: 9, 10, J, Q, K and A. A full payline of any of these pays 100 times the bet, except for the A which pays 125 times.
This retro land-based slot has been given a new lease of life on mobile devices. Even though the game has spawned several sequels, the original still commands your attention with its Egyptian theme and music that complements the setting. With a tomb of free spins to be found, players should revisit this IGT classic on their phones and tablets.