About the Cleopatra Slot
Any 5 reel slots fan who's been to a land casino in Las Vegas, the UK, or just about anywhere for that matter, will probably have seen or played IGT's Cleopatra slot, an IGT game that is arguably the most popular 5 reel slot of all time. That's not to say that other slots like Wolf Run or the original Davinci Diamonds slot game don't give Cleopatra a good run for her money - and I am ignoring the popularity of progressive jackpots too! But you get my drift.
IGT have launched an online version of this Vegas classic. It's faithful to the original Cleopatra game found in land based casinos (but with a better RTP of 95.01%) and has the same bonus feature with 15 free spins at 3x that was first introduced to us by Aristocrat's Queen Of The Nile game and has become the benchmark for slot feature rounds ever since.
The version above is the original version and it's by far the most popular game here on Online Casinos Vegas. It was the first of two Cleopatra slots released by IGT - the other being Cleopatra 2 (which personally I prefer). While I write this, it occurs to me that the Egyptian theme has also become something of an enigma - some of the biggest slot games in history have Egypt as the central theme: the Cleopatra slots, aforementioned Queen Of The Nile and subsequent follow-up plus the very popular (in Europe and South America) Novomatic slot game, Book Of Ra. Egypt, Rome, Greek Gods - must be something about the mythology we all love.
Anyway, back to Cleo: the original Cleopatra slot (above) and Cleopatra II share the feature trigger mechanism: 3 scatters anywhere in view. On the original however, when you get the feature you get 15 free spins with all wins trebled (15x3), while on Cleopatra II, you get to pick a number of spins and the multiplier increases by one on each spin. But it's much harder to hit wins on Cleopatra II in the feature round, compared to the original (but when you do it can be monster because of the increasing multiplier in Cleopatra II's free-spin feature).
One note about the respective expected returns (RTP). The two versions of Cleo you see at land-based casinos (one's a sit-down IGT Game King slot machine while the other is the upright 'kiosk' version) both have lower payouts than the online versions. There are two online versions available which differ slightly in appearance, but are both identical in game play. The version you see here has a 95.02% expected return at all of the online casinos listed above. The key difference between the online version and the land-based versions of Cleopatra that account for the payout percentage differences is that the online version pays out for two scatter symbols (unlike when you play Cleopatra slot machines using the 'Game King' boxes) and also for 2 9's, unlike both the GameKing and the upright versions at land based casinos.
For those of you who enjoy playing Cleopatra but want some variation, you may also be interested to know that IGT have now launched the Pharaoh's Fortune slot for online play! It's a hard task-master but you can't have missed it in land-based casinos...even now you see more Pharaoh's Fortune slot games around than you do Cleopatra slots which is a measure of it's popularity.
Cleopatra 5 Scatter Win
I thought you might be interetsted to see this screenshot of 5 scatters that I hit playing the original Cleopatra slot back on 31st Jan 2010 at BetVictor's online casino. It was the first (and only!) time it's ever happened to me though!
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