Ancient Egypt has long been a popular motif in the online slots world. All across the world and inside our own games lobby, you’ll find tributes to one of the most iconic empires in history.
Standing proud at the top of this genre of slots is IGT’s Cleopatra. Otherwise known as the Queen of the Nile, Cleopatra has become a hit in the slots kingdom.
Like all great rulers, Cleopatra’s influence stretches far. She’s a familiar face to online and offline gamers. The Egyptian queen was first brought back into life across IGT’s network of bricks and mortar casino slots. This game gained a reputation for excellence on both sides of the Atlantic before it was taken to the next level. With her roots established in the mid-noughties, Cleopatra found her way online in 2012.
Since then, Cleopatra slots have become go-to games for thousands of players. In fact, such is the popularity of Cleopatra that IGT has developed a whole series based around its original concept. From the classic to the modern, the bloodline runs deep.
We’ve put together a complete history of Cleopatra slots. Starting with the original, and concluding with the 2020 release Cleopatra Gold, this guide will spin you through one of the leading dynasties in the slots world.
2012 – The Original Cleopatra Slot Game
Features: 15 free spins, wilds, scatters, doubled and tripled wins
Where better to start than at the beginning? When IGT’s creators took Cleopatra from into online slots lobbies, they stayed true to their original design. That means you’ll be welcomed to the game with a flourish of trumpets, tambourines and drums. This opening ditty sets the scene for what’s still a well-presented slots interface.
The ruins of Ancient Egypt sit in the background and provide a great base for the gilded reels. Inside the golden monument are five reels and 20 paylines packed with equally ornate icons. Card symbols (9, 10, J, Q, K, A) will unlock the lowest value payouts when you match three or more on a payline. Again, in line with the regal theme, each symbol is decorated with tassels and jewels.
The Eye of Ra, crook and flail, gold tablet, and tassels are next to appear on the payout ladder. Finally, the scarab beetle acts as the second most valuable symbol, just behind Cleopatra herself. Any time you match two or more Cleopatra symbols, you’ll pick up a prize worth between 10x up to 10,000x your stake.
To ensure the Cleopatra slot is a fitting tribute to Ancient Egypt’s famous queen, the creators endowed her with special powers. As well as being the highest paying symbol, Cleopatra is a wild. This means she can substitute for any other symbol except the scatter (the sphinx). But she isn’t any old wild. Each time you create a winning combination that contains one or more wilds, your payout will be doubled.
Finally, to help push the Cleopatra RTP to 95%, scatters trigger the free spins round. Before the bonus round kicks in, two or more scatters will release a prize worth between 2x and 100x your total bet. From there, three or more scatters will also trigger 15 free spins. If Cleopatra contributes to any winning combination during the bonus round, all wins are tripled.
2015 – Cleopatra Megajackpots
Features: 15 free spins, wilds, scatters, doubled and tripled wins, progressive jackpot
The best way to take a classic slot and give it some added appeal is by throwing extra cash into the pot. That’s exactly what the team at IGT HQ did when they created Cleopatra Megajackpots. Released in 2015, this game takes the original and plugs it into the Megajackpots network. If you scrolled through the slots lobby at LiveRoulette, you might have seen the Megajackpots logo a few times before.
The system is simple. Megajackpots is a progressive payout network that spans multiple games and online casinos. Any game that’s connected to the network will contribute to its prize pool. So, when you play Cleopatra Megajackpots, a small percentage of your bet will go into the communal pot. Similarly, if you’re playing Monopoly Megajackpots, an equal percentage will go towards the same progressive jackpot.
This dynamic means that any game linked to Megajackpots has the added bonus of an ever-increasing jackpot. What’s more, because it’s an add-on, the fundamentals of the slot remain the same. So, when it comes to Cleopatra slots, the Megajackpots edition is almost identical to the original. The only difference is the addition of the progressive jackpot.
From a practical perspective, this means there are five reels, 20 paylines, and all the symbols you’d see in classic Cleopatra slots. Bets start from a penny per payline and three or more scatters can trigger 15 free spins. However, unlike the original, Cleopatra is absent. In her place, you’ll find the Megajackpots logo, which acts as the wild and the jackpot symbol.
Two or more Megajackpots symbols will unlock prizes worth up to 10,000x your line bet. But, and this is the crucial part, if five Megajackpots symbols line up across the centre of the reels, you’ll win a progressive jackpot worth at least €500,000.
2016 – Cleopatra Plus
Features: Up to 30 free spins, Level up
In 2016, the creators at IGT decided Cleopatra needed some company in the form of a handsome prince. As before, the sights and sounds of Ancient Egypt create an engaging atmosphere. The great pyramids loom large in the background as the sound of drums and flutes fills the air.
In the foreground, a new streamlined set of reels provides a gateway to prizes topping 1,500x your stake. In this game, a stake of at least €0.40 will set the five reels and 40 paylines in motion. From there, you can line up three or more of the following symbols to unlock one a variety of fixed payouts:
- Card symbols (9 – A)
- The ankh
- The ornate tassels
- The Eye of Ra
- The scarab beetle
- The Ancient Egyptian deities (Aset, Bastet, Hathor, Amun, Ra, Anubis)
- Cleopatra (jackpot symbol and wild)
As well as spinning for cash prizes, Cleopatra Plus allows you to level up. By attracting followers, you can unlock new areas on the prize map and, in turn, release extra bonus features. Each time the prince appears in view, you’ll receive one follower. Each time the prince and Cleopatra appear in the same symbol, you’ll gain two followers. Finally, if the prince and two Cleopatras appear in the same symbol, you’ll get three followers.
Each new level will activate prize multipliers, bonus symbols, and added super spins. The prince and his female compatriots also act as scatters. Two or more of these will earn you a prize worth between 1x and 50x your stake. Three or more will also trigger the free spins bonus. The number of spins you receive will depend on your level and can range from three to 30. When you piece all of these elements together, the Cleopatra Plus RTP comes out at 96.5%.
2020 – Cleopatra Gold Slots
Features: Wilds, scatters, free spins, gold spins
Cleopatra Gold is one of the latest slots in this Ancient Egyptian dynasty. In many ways, it’s a modernised version of the original. Overall, the gameplay is the same. However, to bring things in line with today’s top slots, the developers at IGT have added some important extras.
For starters, the interface has been given a facelift. There are still five reels and 20 paylines, but this time the setting is different. Now, you’re inside an ancient tomb and Cleopatra is there to guide you. Peering over the top of the reels, the Queen of the Nile is a constant reminder of what could be if the right symbols roll into view.
Bets start at €0.60 and three or more matches from the following symbols will release payouts topping 1,750x your line bet:
- Card symbols (9-A)
- Eye of Ra
- Crook and flail
- Gold tablet
- Scarab beetle
- Cleopatra, Cleopatra Blue, Cleopatra Gold (all act as wilds and jackpot symbols)
As before, Cleopatra symbols will substitute for anything except the scatter (the sphinx). Moreover, anytime a wild contributes to a winning combination, the prize will be doubled. Two or more scatters will release a prize worth up to 20x your total bet. Three or more scatters will also trigger 10 free spins (additional scatters during the bonus round will activate more free spins).
To make Cleopatra Gold stand out from the rest of the series, there’s an extra feature known as Gold Spins. Any time the Cleopatra symbol rolls into view it can nudge up or down and turn gold. When you turn a full stack of Cleopatras into Cleopatra Gold symbols, the bonus round starts. Here, a new reel window opens up and you’ll receive some special free spins. Due to the presence of Cleopatra and the game’s 94.96% RTP, the Gold Spins round has the potential to release prizes worth thousands of Euros.
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