Queen of Colour
We’ve become so accustomed to seeing golds and muted tones when playing Egyptian inspired games, that we forgot what colour looked like; Cleopatra Queen of Slots changes that immediately. It bursts onto the screen filled with various hues, adding a rich tapestry with which you interact.
The graphics aren’t as HD as seen elsewhere, and in truth the animated tiles look to be more dated than what we would have hoped, but these are small prices to pay in the grand scheme of things. At the end of the day, the slot plays well and looks good, even though there are some rough edges still to be found every now and again.
We’d much rather have a game with a few bumpy bits than one that appears smoothly finished, and then it gives the worst gaming experience of all time. And trust us, that happens a lot with brand new slot machines.
A Tricky Lady
As seen in other titles, Cleo takes on a prominent role in the gameplay, but in this one there seems a lot more challenge to overcome. Although she’s only the wild symbol, she can still hurt you greatly if she doesn’t get what she wants; allow us to explain.
When the wild appears, it can both substitute other icons and apply a multiplier in this instance, however that multiplier won’t always be activated. And why? You need to have more than an all wild win. Have a combination of wilds and other symbols and the x10 multiplier should come into effect, but line up five wilds (no small feat) and no multiplier will be given. That seems a tad harsh to us, especially given how tough it is to actually line up that many wilds in one try.
A book symbol has been used many times in Egyptian themed slots, and so Cleopatra Queen of Slots becomes a bit of a cliché by adopting the same tactics. However, we found the way the free games are delivered is much more imaginative than most brands deliver, which counteracts that issue.
Initially you need to simply get between three and five of the book icons, but once you’ve got them you need to read a couple of them up. Pick whichever you like, though each one holds a different number of free games; the most you can win is 50, though we sadly never unlocked that amount.
After you’ve got your number, don’t stop reading just yet, for another of the books needs to be read in order to find your bonus wild. The symbol is chosen from those already seen upon the paytable, but it will now have the x10 multiplier that the base wild has.
Not so Merciful
We always had this loving image of Cleo in our heads, that she was a merciful ruler when dealing with her subjects, but having been on the receiving end of her ‘charms’, we’re starting to see her differently. The case in point being the 5 reels – they’re so difficult to form a win on.
We tried for numerous rounds and only ever got one or two wins, both of which were low paying. High volatility is welcome on occasion, but in this case we feel that a medium difficulty level would have been better suited to the gameplay of this real cash slot.
Cleopatra Queen of Slots is a mouthful to say and a nightmare to type, but it’s a decent slot machine that shows great promise. It has its issues, like the taxing nature of its reels, as well as a limited variance paytable, but we can overlook those features because of the depth of design delivered.
If we had to give a rating, we’d be giving this a four stars; a couple more tweaks and it would have been a four and a half, which is pretty damn close to perfection.