It’s an overused term, but Cleopatra really is a classic among slots. Indeed, in many ways, it’s the original slot! Designed and created by developers IGT, it’s hard to overstate this 20-Payline game’s popularity. And it may be long-established, but this one still stacks up well against its modern counterparts.
Based on the last pharaoh to have ruled Egypt, and originally offered in real-life casinos before making its smooth transition online, Cleopatra has five reels. Its intense (if somewhat outdated) video graphics incorporate many aspects of Ancient Egypt into its gameplay, and the seductive voice of Cleo herself can sometimes be heard!
How to play
Cleopatra is a very straightforward game to play, so it’s hardly surprising that it’s often one of the first slots that new players will try. Especially if you’ve played an IGT slot before, you should find the user interface straightforward.
Coin sizes range from 1p to £1, while the top line payout is a huge 10,000 coins, which can potentially lead to some big wins.
The game also has one of the widest bet ranges around, from 5p to £10 a line, meaning both high rollers and beginners alike are catered for.
There are 9, 10, J, Q, K and A icons, alongside the Eye of Horus, golden tablet, flail and crook, lotus flower and scarab, with the latter two being the most rewarding. Five scarabs across a payline give you 37.5 times your stake.
Cleo is the Wild, and she replaces all symbols bar the Scatter to complete a winning combo. She also gives you a double payout of a winning combination is formed.
Land five across a winning line to bag a huge jackpot payout of 10,000 coins.
The sphinx is the Scatter, and landing two of these in any position will double your stake, while three, four and five payout at five, 20 and 100 times your stake respectively.
Free spins feature
This is the main attraction in Cleopatra. Launch it by getting between three and five sphinx symbols anywhere on the reels. Fifteen free spins are awarded, during which all payouts are trebled, apart from for landing five Cleos. If a Wild is part of a win, a 6x multiplier applies.
You can earn extra spins during the round, and these build up in the remaining spins count. The bonus round ends when you’ve used up all your free spins, up to a maximum of 180.
We hate to disappoint, but you won’t find any progressive slots here.
Return to Player (RTP)
The RTP or Return to Player in this medium-variance game is a pretty standard 95.02%.
Well-presented, and with an exciting, adventurous feel, Cleopatra is almost a legal requirement among the slots community!
There have been many imitators and Ancient Egyptian-themed slots since, not to mention the Cleopatra II sequel, but there is only one Cleopatra. You’ll soon realise why it’s one of the most popular slots games ever made.