Cleopatra Coming At Ya
An Egyptian theme means plenty of mystic symbols to play with. But first things first, as ever, we need to consider the playing card symbols. These have been given a rather snazzy facelift, and occupy the base end of the pay scale in Grace of Cleopatra. The Queen, Jack and Ten sit in the same category and pay 5 coins, 25 coins and 100 coins for spinning three, four or five on a payline, while the Ace and the King go a bit further and earn 5 coins, 40 coins and 150 coins for the same numbers.
Then we’re into the Egyptian symbols, and things start hotting up. The first is the golden Cat, and this little fella will pay out even for a pair on your reels (5 coins), as well as the usual three (30 coins), four (100 coins) and five (750 coins). The Scarab Beetle, that sacred artefact, pays at the same rate.
The last two symbols in the main game are the ‘human’ characters: Marc Antony and Julius Caesar. Marc, the sly old dog, pays 5 coins for three, 40 coins, 400 coins and 2,000 coins, while Julius is feeling in a slightly more generous mood and will reward players with up to 5000 coins for the full five, with smaller prizes of 10 coins, 100 coins and 1,000 coins also on offer.
But the main event in Grace of Cleopatra is the delectable Cleopatra herself. She pays 20 coins, 200 coins and 2,000 coins for three to five on an active payline, and she will also substitute for all other symbols to help you create further winning combinations.
And this dominatrix doesn’t stop there. She will also trigger the free spins round for three or more, and here you will be handed 10 freebies. These little beauties are subject to an expanding wild, which is chosen before the feature begins, and when this appears it will cover three positions on your reels. It also pays in any position to, so there are no paylines to worry about.
The free spins round can be re-triggered, and another ten freebies will be added to your tally with the same expanding wild in place. Just imagine the riches on offer here.
And let’s not forget the Jackpot Cards feature. This enables players to get their hands on one of four progressive jackpots, and they are selected completely at random. No triggering requirements, no minimum bet.
You’ll be asked to pick from 12 cards, one at a time, until you have revealed three of the same suit. This will then pay the corresponding amount at the top of your screen, and as you will see these figures aren’t just pocket money. We can reveal that these pay out a pharaoh’ld amount!
Step Up to the Throne
There is enough in Grace of Cleopatra to keep slot gamers of all budgets and experience levels interested. It’s an EGT title, so you know already what you’re going to be getting. The gameplay is smooth and the theme is solid enough. The prizes are so-so really, but these can be accentuated via the gamble feature if you are feeling lucky. I played the game while clearing a casino bonus and I guess I would only play the game again if I got promo free spins for it. It’s not bad – just there are better alternatives out there.
The expanding wild in the free spins round is an added bonus, and Jackpot Cards is one of the most highly sought-after special features today. So you’ll have to take the rough to get to the smooth here.