While games like Book of Ra, Lucky Lady’s Charm and other Gaminator games take up significant floor space in many of Europe’s casinos, you can’t overlook the fact that IGT are also in there. And what’s more, some of the most popular slot machines we’ve ever seen are from IGT, the most notable one of course being another in the line of Egyptian themed video slots, Cleopatra. It was actually inspired by Queen of The Nile and what with Pharaoh’s Fortune
also available, we have several Egypt-themed games to play online now. This is one of the most popular slots to date due to its great gameplay and bonus feature. It can be played for free
or real money across desktop, on tablet and on mobile – and might I say how great it looks as an Android tablet or iPad slot.Everything in the game is gold, from the casing and columns with blue water lilies to the river boat underneath the reels. The slot’s lower value symbols are A, K, Q, J, 10, 9. These playing card icons are adorned with little lotus flowers giving them a nice design. Higher value Egyptian symbols featured in the game are the flail and crook held by pharaohs, the scarab, the lotus flower, the cartouche and the Eye of Ra – all very typical symbols found in several Egypt slots. The Cleopatra logo symbol is the game’s Wild which replaces every other symbol but the Scatter and also comes with a 2x multiplier. The video slot’s single Scatter is the sphinx, which is a very important icon especially as it triggers the bonus and comes with some pretty good multipliers. Two Scatters in any position will double your bet, three will get you 5x your stake and landing four or five could give you multipliers x20 and x100 respectively. The soundtrack is also in line with the theme and as you play, a woman’s voice, presumably Cleopatra’s, seductively eggs you on and wishes you luck. It’s a medium variance 5x3 reel slot with 20 adjustable pay-lines and an average RTP of 95.02%. The minimum bet per line is 0.01 credits and the maximum is 30 credits which is perfect for those players just starting out on slots or those with a small to medium sized bankroll – to be fair, anyone familiar with the land-based version of the slot is sure to want to play regardless of the size of their bankroll. The video slot has a very profitable Cleopatra Bonus feature which is triggered by three or more sphinx symbols anywhere on the reels. Once activated you are awarded 15 free spins plus a 3x multiplier. What’s so great about this bonus is that all your winnings are tripled. What’s even better is that you can retrigger the feature by hitting three or more sphinx symbols to get up to a total of 180 free spins. Landing five Wilds will give you the jackpot, a total of 100,000 credits – a huge amount not typical of a progressive jackpot!Now I’ll just explain the differences between the online version and the versions you play in bricks and mortar establishments. Firstly, there are two main land-based Cleopatra slots: the sit-down ‘Game King’ version and the upright version, normally sporting a Fort Knox progressive jackpot add-on. Both of those versions are usually geared to lower pay-outs than the 95% of the online version (note, that’s a theoretical and ‘long term’ percentage return – you won’t see that in just a few sessions). The Game King version you’ll note doesn’t pay on two scatters or even two nine symbols while the Fort Knox Cleopatra pays on two nines but not two scatters. This makes a huge difference to the pay-outs and it’s most notable in the free spins. The online version pays on both those combinations. There is one other difference between the online version and the land-based Cleopatra. IGT decided to give the game an overhaul in 2012 with fresh graphics and spin mechanism. The old version is way better in my opinion. To be honest, there are an abundance of Egyptian themed slots out there which use the exact same symbols as those found in the Cleopatra online slot. Its graphics are not as high quality as some other modern video slots, however, the colourful game remains a classic in the world of slots. It has some good points which help it stand out from the rest, like its fantastic gameplay, lucrative free spins feature with retriggers and massive jackpot. If you like the game you should check out the sequel, Cleopatra II, which is an improvement of the original.
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