Legend of Cleopatra
If your “happy place” in slot play involves joining a rollicking game in a bygone age then Playson and Microgaming’s Legend of Cleopatra slot might transport you into just the right regal era- to coin in some serious money .
This sumptuous looking slot game with a twist, whisks the player away to the times of history’s greatest queen- the one and only Cleopatra. Here in her royal court you join her devoted minions who worship her beauty and total power. Would I be able to walk like an Egyptian- all the way to the bank or would this just be yet another addition to the Egyptian genre of games which includes the Gods of Giza slot and all time classic Cleopatra?
And we haven’t even mentioned the Cleo’s Wish slot machine (oh hang on, we have now). There must be treasure in those pyramids!
Look and feel
The reels are found in the intimate setting of the Queen’s bathhouse, where flowers float in a dreamy looking spa, the background of the reels are grandly framed by palatial pillars. The first thing you notice is that the reels are actually arranged in a totally unique way, not in a conventional row and reels but stacked up as if they are disappearing into the depths of this steamy haven. This is a colourful game- not quite at the level of the 1 Can 2 Can slot (what is), but it’s certainly not black and white!
The sound to accompany play is a perfect match to the theme of the game, helping to set the scene with its exotic and hypnotic notes.
This is a 6 reel game with a varying number of rows- these are arranged in rows of 2, 3, 3, 4, 5, 5 which makes for more ways to build those all-important combos, meaning that there are 100 pay-lines up for grabs, quite a few more than the likes of the King Tusk slot machine and others which clock in with a more average 25.
The high value icons are as you’d expect from the Egyptian playbook, there’s hieroglyphics a plenty with Anubis, the jackal-headed god, Bastet, the cat-headed god and the hawk-headed Ra being the big scorers of the piece. Keep your peepers open for a Cleopatra icon with her perfect profile and the game’s icon both of which have a high value if you can land six in a row. The lower value icons are the Ace through 10 of the card deck in fancy golden script.
The game’s Wild is a massive golden “Wild” with a jewel, this subs for all icons except the Scatter which is a blue and turquoise scarab beetle jewel, straight out of Cleo’s jewellery box!
This game comes with a lucrative free spin feature, you simply need to capture 3 or more of the scarab Scatters to unlock. During the base game the Scatters only land on reels 2-6. 3 scatters earn you 5 free spins, 4 scatters, a generous 10 free spins and 5 scatters get you a very attractive 15 free spins. There’s also a neat bit of action in this mode where the reels flip over to change direction so that they effectively reverse! And this feature can be re-triggered – now that really is the top of the pyramid! And there’s more, if you can lure a further two Scatters to the reels during this feature, then you can gain more freebie spins- what’s not to like?
For those of you who love the extras, then the Legend of Cleopatra comes with a nifty second feature. Watch out for the single 4 row reel which is lavishly gold-edged, if you can land a reel of Wilds here then you unlock a Double Wilds feature, where a second reel becomes all-Wild at random creating a lucrative duo of reels to take your winnings to the next level.
Microgaming have put together a respectable addition to the crowded genre of ancient Egyptian slots, with the set-up of the reels providing something totally different to peak the players interest. While this game looks and sounds the part with some none too shabby features, including those generous free spins, this isn’t a game that’s going to set your world ablaze with excitement but it’s a pretty healthy new kid on the block.