Whether you’re mummy-mad or just a fan of the ancient Egyptian genre of slot games crowding the slotosphere, you will want to take a spin on NextGen Gaming’s latest venture into those bygone days of hieroglyphics and serious mascara. This is a pretty, traditional kind of game along with the like of the Silver Lion slot and King Tusk. If you want lots of gizmos and mind bending graphics then try games like the King Kong Fury slot machine or Guns n Roses.
Let’s see is Cleo’s Wish would deliver me into a world of ancient charm, pyramid-side or would I find myself chasing mummies and trying to hang on to my loot? I took a tentative step into the dramatic world of ancient wonder and pharaohs to find out if I could walk like an Egyptian!
This is a game that comes loaded with a world of fun in the base game alone so prepare yourself for the high jinks ahead, after all Cleo does wish us all her regal luck…
Look and feel
Cleo’s Wish is a game all about the famed Queen herself, who looks less stateswoman and more cartoony gal next door. This is a game loaded with bright colour and an upbeat vibe. It’s still got that classical feel about it though- not like the God of Storms slot, we were thinking more Flintstones (another cracker of a game by the way).
Here the reels are set on the terrace of the royal palace overlooking a backdrop of a perfect blue sky, pyramids and the Nile River. The semi-transparent reels are set in an elaborate gold frame, and on their left is the generous Cleo of the game’s title.
There’s some jaunty background music with a combo of lift music and plinky plonky jazz to keep the slot’s vibe light and fun or maybe it’s just a brain fry!
Cleo’s Wish is a 3 row, 5 reels and 25 paylines slot in the sun.
The high value icons of play are the game’s logo, a bejewelled scarab beetle, a golden ankh cross symbol, and a golden cuff bracelet. The lower value icons are the Ace to 9 of the card deck.
The Wild is our smiling pal Cleo and the word “Wild”, this symbol substitutes for all icons except the Scatter which is a pyramid with the word “Bonus” but this only pops up on reels 1, 3, and 5.
While you’re just in the base game there are a host of delectable distractions to get this royal romp underway including Wish Upon a Wild and Sands of Fortune side games.
Sands of Fortune
You can search for your fortune in this game, the themed icons bring a welcome gift in the base game because as land they transform into one icon, potentially making you a fortune in the process.
Wish Upon a Wild
This is where this slot gets crazy about the Wilds with two elements on offer centred on the Wild action. First up there’s the Guaranteed Wild, this is a great addition to the game, in this mode up to five of the reel positions can turn Wild for a spin- simply watch that dosh roll in.
And then there’s Added Wilds, this is as the title suggests, a useful gift from Cleo herself where Wilds are added at random to the reels making for more chances for winning combos.
Here Cleo’s Wish enters its royal flush of fun with two bonus games that are money spinners, and show all the creativity of NextGen. Simply land three Scatter pyramids on reels 1, 3 and 5, and you will trigger two cards, you pick between them and trigger one of the two bonus games.
First up there’s Cleo’s Parade- she is the Queen after all!
Cleo’s Parade kicks off the first free spin with the fifth reel full of stacked Wilds, each free spin then budges the stacked Wilds towards the left of the reels and towards our Queen. And there’s more, if Lady Luck is smiling on you and you land three Scatters on reel five, then more stacked Wilds than these will move left across the reels, joining the parade towards Cleo too until the last stack hits the first reel. This side game has some real money spinning potential with all that stacking turning your coins in gold at Cleo’s Wish.
Or you might activate Eternal Riches, this free spins game comes in two stages. Firstly you get between 5 and 10 free spins, during this mode Wilds land and these add up to three to the Super Spins Multiplier, up until it hits a cracking maximum of x20. Landing a Scatter in this mode will give you three spins to the Super Spins Metre- 3 more Scatters starts all this fun again!
The second part of the feature is Super Spins. The Super Spins Metre will give you the number of free spins that is determined by the multiplier and this will be used to assess your wins too. If luck’s on your side, landing three more Scatters will trigger this mode again, making for more cash making combos.
Although the game looks like happy go lucky fun, it actually has some seriously good money making potential with all those juicy multipliers on offer. The graphics are great and Cleo’s a generous regal mistress. This is a game stacked with fun extras- if you can handle the strange musical soundscape to play!