The Original Cleopatra Gets a Complex Upgrade!
IGT set the standard for pokies themed on ancient Egypt. Their original Cleopatra machines are still the most played games in this niche. While they have spawned many imitations, nothing has yet come close to the appeal of the original. Cleopatra Plus takes the graphics, voice-overs and basic game-play of the original – and adds several new elements. There is now a progressive element, where you go through 3 levels, unlocking locations for the picks part of the bonus. The picks game is new too. This is map-based and decides on how your free spins will work.
What Sets Cleopatra Plus Apart?
With wild symbols and plenty of potential for big wins, Cleopatra Plus is close enough to the original game to appeal to its fans – yet modern at the same time. Here is a quick summary of the highlights:
The progressive ‘Level Up’ element will influence your free spins. This section covers the basics, with the finer details and changes explained below.
You need a minimum of 3 of the pharaoh symbols anywhere on the reels to trigger the free spins. The first time this happens, you will see a screen with 3 locations; Alexandria, Nile Valley and the Pyramids. Only Alexandria is available until you gain enough ‘followers’.
When you click this location, you are shown a detailed map of the ancient city, with different buildings named. You get 5 free spins, and one follower for each scatter symbol you triggered the bonus with. You get to click on the locations, dropping one or more followers on each.
Once your followers are in place, one of 3 things get revealed from each location. This could be a win multiplier up to 3x, extra free spins or a cash prize.
You then return to the reels and enjoy your free spins. Those multipliers apply to every spin – with the 2x wins for wild symbols still in play – giving you plenty of opportunity for bigger wins.
Each time you get a scatter on the reels, you see glowing gold move to the top right of the reels. This increases your follower count. As you progress through different levels, the god (displayed on the top left) changes – and you get extra features which improve your payback and overall winning chances.
More locations will be unlocked for the free spins bonus game as you progress. You will also get new symbols which award multiple new followers each time they appear. This speeds up your progress as you play. New winning symbols (in the form of gods) also appear stacked on the reels, giving you some big win opportunities. Finally, you get a boosted multiplier for your final free spin in any bonus games won.
This game uses a 40 win-line setup over a regular 5×3 reel grid. You can spin for just 40c, or multiples of that amount.
As in the original, wild symbols play an important role. These are stacked, they will double any win they help to create. You will sometimes find more than one entire reel wild, creating multiple line hits. Golden deity symbols have the biggest wins, paying up to 400 coins for 5 of a kind. After this come scarab beetles, the eye symbol, flowers and the ankh symbol – with playing cards making up the smallest wins.
While this pokie is recognisably a Cleopatra title, the design is much sharper and the animations more recent. Some classic elements remain from the original. These include the black background for the reels and animations of the wild symbols. You will also hear Cleopatra speaking after most wins and scatter / follower additions.
When you get to the map bonus, the graphics are excellent. There are detailed city / pyramid views with pathways between them. You will also find new golden gods add some sparkle to the classic graphic setup.
This is an excellent pokie. IGT have managed to add to the Cleopatra concept, while maintaining the enjoyable elements of the original. It would have been easy to create a whole new game – though anyone who enjoyed the original will undoubtedly like this version. Cleopatra Plus plays best for longer sessions. As you collect followers and move up levels, your bonuses become more interesting – and the payback improves too.