Cleopatra’s Gold Slot Review
Cleopatra’s Gold Game Details
|Jackpot:||50,000 x Stake|
|Auto Play Feature:||Yes|
Where To Play Cleopatra’s Goldvideo slots to play online then you needn’t worry any longer; Realtime Gaming’s Cleopatra’s Gold joins the list of the hundreds of similar games – and aside from putting their own spin on the graphic and game symbols, the slot offers very little differences from the multitude of other games we’ve seen that follow the same kind of format.
In this Cleopatra’s Gold slot review I’m going to give you my (brutally) honest review of the game – and what you can expect if, for some reason, you decide to give it a try for yourself.
Themed, of course, around Cleopatra herself, Cleopatra’s Gold is built around a 5-reel, 3-row and there are a total of 20 adjustable paylines in play here. (Adjustable means you can choose how many you want to play – so, you can, if you like super high volatile machines, choose to play just one line in the hopes of hitting the bonus round.)
Assuming you play the standard 20 paylines, the slot can be played from as little as 20p per spin and as much as £20 – although, technically, you can spin the reels from as little as 1p each spin if you choose to play just one line.
How To Play
Thankfully, RTG has made it pretty simple to begin playing Cleopatra’s Gold. There are only two things you need to do; first, you’ll need to select the number of lines you want to play. Personally, I’d always recommend playing the maximum number of paylines available (most games base the RTP on the max number of lines being played), and second, you’ll need to select your stake size.
Once you’re comfortable with your selection you’re ready to begin playing, and then, it’s simply a case of hitting the spin button and crossing your fingers hoping for a win! RTG have also built an autoplay function into Cleopatra’s Gold, so you can set up to 100 spins to play automatically, saving you from having to click the mouse on each and every spin.
Symbols and Payouts
There’s a total of 10 different paying symbols in Cleopatra’s Gold, and like virtually all of RTG’s slots this doesn’t just include playing card values, including 10, jack, queen, king, and ace; you’ll also find the “” in there too, which is, as you can imagine, the game’s worst-paying symbol.
To be completely honest with you, the slot’s lower-paying symbols really aren’t worth much – even when you manage to form a line of them all the way across – although during the bonus round they can start to pay a bit more thanks to a multiplier which I’ll tell you about shortly.
The game’s higher-paying symbols are, thankfully, a little more lucrative to hit – and they’re also all theme-specific, ensuring they keep up with the Egyptian theme Realtime Gaming have been going for. You’ll see a number of higher-paying symbols on the reels including a Sphinx, a Cat, an Anubis, the Eye of Horus and a Scarab Beetle.
Cleopatra herself makes an appearance too, acting as the game’s wild symbol. She substitutes for all other symbols (aside from the Pyramid scatter symbols) and also applies a multiplier to wins she helps forms, which I’ll tell you about later too.
Unfortunately, as you may expect from a fairly basic game like Cleopatra’s Gold there isn’t a huge amount going on in terms of bonuses and features. There is one main bonus round – which I’ll cover below – but there also some wild multipliers which I feel are with pointing out.
During the base-game, any wins formed using one of the wild symbols will be subject to a 2X multiplier. So, while it’s not a bonus feature per-se it is a little “extra” and can help you make some fairly decent-sized wins, especially if you manage to line a full 5-of-a-kind combo using one of the 2X wilds.
Cleopatra’s Gold’s only main bonus round is a Free Spins feature and this is triggered by landing 3, 4, or 5 of the scatter symbols anywhere in view. Do so and you’ll be awarded at least 15 free-spins. The scatter symbols are the Pyramid symbols, and they appear on all five reels; from my experience it’s very hard to land more than three.
During the bonus round, all wins are automatically subject to a 3X multiplier – so the chances of hitting big wins does increase somewhat anyway. However, things get really interesting when you manage to form a win using the Cleopatra wild symbol, as, during the bonus round, wins made using a wild will be multiplied by 6X as opposed to the 2X that was found in the base-game.
This is where the game’s real win-potential lies, and if you can line up the top-paying symbol with just one wild symbol you’re going to walk away with a very nice profit.
I should also point out that you can re-trigger the free-spins feature an unlimited number of times and this is achieved by landing another 3, 4, or 5 of the scatter symbols anywhere in view. Do so, and you’ll be awarded an additional 15 free-spins.
Jackpot and How To Win
With a maximum payout of 50,000X per line on each spin, Cleopatra’s Gold offers some fairly significant win-potential, and the fact that it also includes RTG’s famed progressive jackpots means there are multiple ways that you can end up walking away with healthy pay days.
However, remember that the game is classified as being a medium variance slot, so while you may end up hitting 50X wins semi-frequently, those big wins (250X+) are going to be exceptionally rare – so it’s something to bear in mind before playing.
There are also no ways to improve your chances of winning – and if anyone tells you there are strategies to “beat the slots” or “tilt the odds in your favour” they’re lying to you.
The only real advice I can give you when it comes to improving your chances of winning whale playing Cleopatra’s Gold is to give the slot at least 200 spins. The longer you play the game, the more likely you are to trigger the free-spins bonus – although, of course, this can work both ways, and you could find yourself busting out early on to.
If you’ve read any of my other Realtime Gaming slot reviews here at Mobile Betting Site you’ll probably have seen that I’m very critical of RTG when it comes to mobile-friendly slots.
Unfortunately, it appears as though mobile-optimized games just haven’t been a priority for the software provider – and it’s only really over the past 2 or 3 years that we’ve seen them start “porting” their titles from Flash to HTML5.
I think the major driving factor behind this decision is that the US is quite a different market to that found in Europe. Downloadable online casinos are still quite common – and, indeed, desired – and Flash games do lend themselves more towards downloadable casino clients than HTML5 games do.
Because of this, titles like Cleopatra’s Gold aren’t massively well suited for mobile devices, and while it is possible to play the game from certain phones and tablets, I’d personally recommend you try to use a desktop computer or laptop where possible to improve speeds and minimize the chances of “lag” or in-game errors during gameplay.
If I’m completely honest, Cleopatra’s Gold isn’t one of my favourite slots – although I should point out that I do appear to be in the minority here. It’s one of RTG’s most successful video slot releases in history, and it’s available at virtually every online casino powered by Realtime Gaming’s software.
From what I’ve been told, it continues to be one of the most commonly-played online slots, particularly for players from the US. I guess it’s well-suited to those used to land-based casino slots as the wins are frequent (but small); I just wish RTG would release a graphical update as I feel it would compliment the game significantly.
I think it’s fair to say that when a game developer – especially as big as Realtime Gaming – takes on a theme as commonplace and “overdone” as Ancient Egypt/Cleopatra there really needs to be a special USP of the game. In fact, Cleopatra’s Gold is pretty much an identical clone of IGT’s Cleopatra.
So while there’s nothing wrong with game developers releasing their own versions of popular slots (we’ve seen almost all software providers do it with Novomatic’s Book of Ra Deluxe) it’s still nice to see some creativity coming from the game studio. Still, Cleopatra’s Gold isn’t the worst game in the world – I just think RTG could have done a much better job in my honest opinion.
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