Review of IGT’s Cleopatra Slots Game
Have you ever heard of the famous Egyptian queen, Cleopatra?
If so, then you’re already familiar with the theme of IGT’s Cleopatra slots game.
It might sound like a weird theme for a video slot machine, but it’s actually in keeping with International Game Technology’s approach to slot machine games. It’s easy to play, and it doesn’t take long to learn how to play. In fact, if you’re a fan of auto-play games, Cleopatra slots are probably perfect for you.
The only (admittedly minor) drawback is that the game is more expensive than some other slots games, but unless you’re a committed low roller, that’s probably not a big deal.
IGT’s Cleopatra Slot Machines
IGT is the oldest and largest gambling machine manufacturer in the world. They’ve been creating one-armed bandits since the 1960s, and they expanded into the Internet market in the late 19990s. (It was clear by then that a lot of money was going to be made with the Internet gambling scene.)
IGT is arguably more notorious for their land-based casino games, but their online games are becoming better-known every day. IGT started out as a brick and mortar designer. When a game becomes popular, they translate it into an Internet game and add it to their Internet library of games.
That’s exactly what happened with Cleopatra slots.
This is an old-school slot machine game, but in this case, that’s not a big compliment. Old-fashioned games are fun, but they’re not as interesting as some of the newer games with more features and more available wagers.
It’s not an especially compelling theme. The graphics see dated, too.
Cleopatra slots have 5 reels and 20 paylines. You can wager in denominations of between 50 cents per spin up to $50. You can only wager one unit per payline, so the available betting range is effectively $.50 on the lowest end and $1000 on the highest end.
Of course, that low amount is for the mythical gambler who only bets on a single payline. Good luck finding someone who plays slots like that. With 20 paylines, you’re really looking at an effective minimum of $10 per spin. Many players don’t have the budget for that kind of action.
And some land-based casinos have Cleopatra slots in versions with a $1 or $5 minimum. These are especially common on the Las Vegas Strip and in Atlantic City.
The only two symbols that you really need to worry about in this game are:
- The Scatter Symbol
- The Wild Symbol
The Sphinx’s face is the scatter symbol. In case you don’t read directions before playing, the manufacturers have emblazoned this symbol with a flaming sword with the word “Scatter” written on it. If you get 3 or more scatter symbols on a spin, you trigger between 15 and 80 free bonus spins.
Queen Cleopatra serves as the wild symbol, which substitutes for any other symbol you need to making a winning combination. The wild symbol does NOT combine with the scatter symbol for purposes of triggering bonus spins, though. The Cleopatra symbol also acts as a 2X multiplier.
The biggest jackpot in the game is triggered when 5 Cleopatra symbols appear on a payline. This jackpot consists of 10,000 credits. (It’s doubled because of the wild symbols.) You also get a bonus round where you can win up to 100X your original wager.
So if you’re betting $1 per credit, you automatically win $20,000 and a shot at an extra $100.
The other reel symbols are only vaguely related. One is a scarab beetle. The other is the Eye of Ra figurine. The other symbols are playing card inspired, the 9, 10, jack, queen, and king. I’m always disappointed when I see those symbols on a game, because they demonstrate a lack of originality on the part of the designers.
But they do have one perk:
Everyone is familiar with them.
This isn’t the most exciting IGT game I’ve ever played. When I tried the game, I wagered $20 per spin, and I went broke in 20 minutes. I only saw a single decent-sized win of $250 during my session.
Sadly, I didn’t even see a single bonus round.
Keep in mind that this is just an anecdote. This might be the slot machine with the highest hit ratio in the casino; it’s entirely possible that I just hit a losing streak.
This game is perfect for players who miss the games of the 1980s and 1990s. If you have a huge bankroll, you can probably stand the lower hit ratio easily.
I love IGT slots, as a general rule. I’m especially fond of the games based on licensed entertainment properties like Ghostbusters, Star Trek, Michael Jackson, and Wheel of Fortune. But Cleopatra, while fun in a limited sense, doesn’t measure up well to those other games.