The Good Old Cleopatra Slot!
When I walked into my first land-based casino, Ooh, must have been around 2004 I guess, IGT's "Cleopatra slot" was THE game to play! I have subsequently disovered it was a bit of a
cash-in on Aristocrat's Queen Of The Nile slot but nonetheless, Cleo caught the imagination with her 15 free spins at 3x bonus round, in the days when most slots bonus rounds were "pick 'em" style bonuses rather than the "free spins" concept we love so much today. Remember the Texas Tea slot? Well, that was pretty much the gold standard until Cleopatra showed up!
Fast forward to 2017 and when I walk into my favorite casinos
in Vegas or in London, guess what? Yup...theh Cleopatra slot still sits prominently
alongside a lot of much newer and more sophisticated games. It's not the only "old timer"
to still put in a showing of course: games like Wolf Run or the original Davinci Diamonds slot game are still quite
popular in some places (and online) but the Cleopatra slots (IGT subsequently release Cleopatra 2 which, in
my opinion is a better - and way more volatile! - game) are still the more popular.
Here in the UK as far as land-based games go, Cleopatra is usually found embedded in the Fort Knox progressive kiosk or on a Game King machine, normally with lower bet limits. There is little doubt
that games ike Book Of Ra and the Pharaoh's Fortune slot get more gameplay in the casinos I frequent but when you consider a standard UK casino licence only allows for 20 slot machines, the fact that Cleopatra is still there in this day and age is quite amazing IMO.
Cleopatra vs Cleopatra II
The original Cleopatra slot (which you can play above) and Cleopatra II share the bonus 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 Cleopatra you see at land-based casinos (the 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.
To be fair, an educated guess says that the Cleopatra slots you see in Vegas casinos have a slightly higher RTP setting than those in the UK because the paytables are more akin to the online version. But it's not published. The version of the Cleopatra slot you find here at Online Casinos Vegas has an RTP marginally over 95% as it does at all online casinos.
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.
Cleopatra Slot: My 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 January 2010 at BetVictor's online casino. It was the first (and only!) time it's ever happened to me though!
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