Fri, Dec 21, 6:12am by Ethan Anderson
Last Updated Mon, Oct 7, 11:33pm
Classic Ancient Egypt Action with 3x During the Bonus Feature
There is no shortage of Ancient Egypt themed pokies. Queen of the Nile from Aristocrat feels like their answer to the super-popular Cleopatra slots from IGT. You’ll find the game-play is almost identical. Queen of the Nile does not have those sultry voice-over effects which the IGT machine is famous for. On the reels are all the classic symbols. These include scarab beetles, the eye of Ra – and of course the pyramids.
Key Reasons to Choose this Pokie
Classic Aristocrat game-play is enough for many players, though Queen of the Nile has some extra reasons to spin:
Pyramid symbols play differently to the others. These are scatters. That means you’ll be paid out based on the total number in view – and do not need to line them up on win-lines. If you get 2, you’ll win 2x your total bet. This rises dramatically for 5 of them, which gets you 400x your total bet.
Three or more of these pyramids will get you 15 free spins.
Other than a dramatic switch-up in the music score, the free spins bonus plays the same as the base game. The big change is that all wins are tripled. This gives you the potential to hit 27,000 coins if you line up 5 of the cleopatra symbols. Wins with this symbol are doubled, giving you plenty of potential for 6x wins too.
This is not the newest gambling machine from Aristocrat (there is a newer version: Queen of the Nile 2). You’ll see its age in both the graphics quality and the setup. There are 20 win-lines this time, and you can adjust those if you want. Those lines cross a regular 5×3 set of reels. You can bet from just 1c a line and up – a true penny pokie.
Cleopatra appears on the reels, you will see the sun rising behind her when she gets involved in a win. As a wild symbol Cleopatra substitutes for everything except the bonus pyramids. When she is involved in creating a win, you’ll get double the prize listed on the pay table.
Wins from this symbol are big. I already mentioned the 9000 coins for 5 of a kind. You will also get 2000 coins for 4, 200 for 3 and 10 for just 2 from the left.
Plenty of references to the rich history of Egypt appear on the reels. The next best symbol shows a sideways view of the mask of a pharaoh, this is worth 750 coins for the maximum 5. Next comes a golden bracelet, followed by the eye of Ra, a scarab beetle and a picture of some flowers.
This would not be an Aristocrat pokie without those playing card symbols – which make up the smaller wins.
Around the reels you will see sandy orange stone, with designs carved into it. The backs of the reels are also decorated, looking like ancient parchment. While the symbols are smart, they are certainly not made recently! The pharaoh’s mask stands out – not least because this has a sideways profile, rather than the usual front on view.
Some small animations play out on the reels. These include the sun rising behind Cleopatra, and the pyramids with flashing lights.
There is a slow atmospheric background track playing while you spin. This includes distant drumming and wind noises. It is a big contrast to the reel clicks and beep-heavy tunes you’ll get for your wins. When the free spins bonus kicks in, the music becomes darker and more dramatic – like something from a movie.
If you like the original Cleopatra slots (from IGT), then you’ll notice just how similar the game-play is. Queen of the Nile belongs firmly in the ‘Classic Pokie’ category. It is not fancy, instead relying on solid game-play, and the potential for big wins.
Things move up a level during the free spins bonus. Here you get 3x wins, in addition to the 2x boost from the wild symbols. With a retrigger or two, that pharaoh’s fortune could be yours!