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The most famous Egyptian Queen of all time, Cleopatra may be famous for her dalliances with Mark Anthony and Julius Caesar, not to mention being rolled up inside a carpet, she's also famous for bathing in asses milk, and being killed by a bite from a deadly snake.
As one of the worryingly few female leaders of those times, Cleopatra remains something of an icon today and unsurprisingly, she has been the inspiration of many a different slot game, some of them absolute crackers, others of them less so.
What you have here is Rival Gaming's attempt at a game based on the famed Queen of the Nile. It is a 5-reel offering, with 15 selectable lines in play and offers medium to higher variance. As you would expect, the setting is Egypt with a soundtrack which I can only assume is what Rival Gaming's think sounds somewhat elegiacally Egyptian (more on that later).
So does this slot go straight to the top of the Egyptian slot pyramid as the pinnacle of achievement, or is this more wearing than the Sphinx's now eroded nose? Let's take a closer look at Cleopatra's Coins and find out.
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What can I say about the Presentation of the Cleopatra's Coins slot? Well first off, you get a nice, basic but amusing introduction to the slot, which depicts the Romans, including Julius Caesar, turning up in Egypt via boat to meet with the Queen (who for some reason, seems to have an aversion to wearing many clothes, it must be that Egyptian heat I can only assume).
The slots are simply displayed with the 15 pay lines available outlined down the outside of the five reels and hieroglyphics adorning the parts of the reels not covered by the symbols. It's a 5x3 reel set and all the main controls are at the foot of the reels. You can wager from 1 to five coins per line and play up to all 15 lines each spin, which gives you a very nice bet range from 0.01 to 75.00.
Graphically, the slot is a little dated but I can cope with that. But what I cannot cope with is a tiny snippet of what someone at Rival Gaming thinks is Egyptian music. It's dreadful, but what makes it worse is that the same 4 seconds of music are played on a loop over and over, so it sounds like you have a stuck record repeating itself ad infinitum.
Five minutes of playing the game with the sound on and I was wanting to jump into the bath of asses milk and drown myself to be honest, so hit the mute button and you should at least preserve your sanity and be able to enjoy what is going on in the game without the added audio distraction.
What's on the reels?
One of the nice touches about the Cleopatra's Coins slot is that we have no playing card low symbols on the reels. Instead, the lower value symbols are a number of hieroglyphics all linked in some way to the famous queen. There's five of them in total and they are decorated in an assortment of colors to make them easier to distinguish. Wins range from 3 coins up to 150 coins, but the lower value wins will often be less than your bet (especially if you play the full 15 lines).
There are four higher value symbols, Julius Caesar is the first, Mark Anthony the second, Cleopatra the third and the Pyramids and Sphinx are the highest value symbols. These offer better value wins starting at 15 coins and going up to a maximum of 500 coins per line. The higher value symbol also pays out for just 2 on a pay line (though the prize is just 5 coins).
The graphics of the symbols are somewhat basic and do look a little dated, but to be fair, so is the tales of Cleopatra and her Roman lovers, so I can't really hold that against them.
The Scarab beetle symbol is the in game Wild and this is used in the game in two ways. Firstly, it is the highest paying symbol on the reels by far. You win 10 coins for landing 2 Scarab Wilds in a row but for each one more you land the prize increases by 10x, so 3 Scarab Wilds on a line is 100 coins, four is 1,000 coins and if you land five then you win the 5,000 top prize.
In addition, the Scarab Wild also can replace all other symbols apart from the Scatter symbol, however while it can assist in landing a few wins, it does not offer a multiplier though which is a bit of a disappointment.
Free Spins features
The Free Spins bonus is triggered by landing three four or five of the Scatter symbols across the reels to trigger 10, 20 or a massive 100 Free Spins respectively. Somewhat oddly, the game designers have chosen to use a King Cobra (native to India) as their choice of snake, rather than the Egyptian Asp.
I can only assume this is because the King Cobra, with its fangs and hood make a more dramatic look than the rather plain looking Asp, but it remains an odd choice. The free spins bonus rounds can be rewarding and while that 100 Free Spins sounds tempting, it is very difficult to land and as such, you'll be mainly playing 10 or on occasion 20 Free Spins. You can however re-trigger the Free Spins bonus from within the bonus round itself, which is a positive.
The only change to the standard game during Free Spins is that you get a 3x multiplier on the standard wins, which increases the maximum win to 15,000 and if you can land Wilds on all symbols on the reels, that gives you the theoretical 225,000 jackpot.
Other bonus features
The final symbol on the reel is the Gold Coin bonus symbol. This doesn't award a cash prize, but if you land three or more of these Gold Coins on the reels, then you launch the Bonus Round.
In this bonus feature, you are presented with a number of Egyptian urns which you can then select to reveal instant cash prizes and you can keep picking the urns until you select the one that ends the feature. While there are not megabucks to be won in this bonus feature, it is nice to have another bonus to play through other than Free Spins.
Best feature of the Cleopatra's Coins slot
For me the best feature of the Cleopatra's Coins slot is without doubt the Free Spins bonus round. Although it isn't massively different to the base game, the fact that the wins come with that 3x multiplier does make a difference. Triggering the 100 Free Spins is fiendishly difficult however, but triggering the smaller numbers are easier and you can always re-trigger more Free Spins from within those bonuses. Wins in the Free Spins round do differ a great deal, but it is possible to land some sizeable wins alongside those lower value ones.
What does the Cleopatra's Coins slot lack?
The first thing is a proper soundtrack and to be honest, this is the big issue with the game for me. The music is dreadful, and the sound effects used in the slot when the reels spin sound like an aircraft flying overhead, rather than wheels spinning around. It's a pity as other aspects of the slot are nicely done, but it appears that the sound was simply tacked on as an afterthought and it really does detract from the impact of the game.
Cleopatra's Coins actually plays fine, the slot has some nice features, a couple of decent bonus rounds and the fact that it is medium to higher variance means that among those lower value wins there is always a chance of landing a bigger value win, even in the base game. It's a pity the soundtrack of the slot is so poor as it detracts from what is otherwise a very solid game. This is one that is well worth a play, but hit the mute button before you start.
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