Book of Cleopatra is, essentially, a clone of Book of Ra that’s given a Cleopatra theme. And let’s settle it right away – this is a better game, because no Book of Ra version goes above 95.10% RTP while Book of Cleopatra has RTP of 96.21%. Consider this slot game an upgrade of Book of Ra, as it has better RTP, far better graphics, and an option to buy free spins for cash. I’ve played this game for several hours, and you do need longer playing sessions to make the most of Book of Cleopatra as the game has high variance. With the experience of playing the game, let me give you my honest opinion about the pros and cons of this slot machine.
Main game and paytable
The paytable is very good. The five card symbols will give you half of your stake back when you land three-of-a-kind, but if you land five-of-a-kind you’ll get a 10x or 15x your bet prize. The two medium symbols pay 75x each for five-of-a-kind, and the two high-win symbols are incredible in value. If you land five Pharaohs you’ll win 200x your bet, and for five Cleopatras you’ll get 500x your bet. Of course, this is very rare, but this high variance game does give you the potential to win big because of this paytable that has a high ceiling. With the low win frequency, though, it might be a while before you land that five-of-a-kind win. There’s also a Wild and a Scatter.
Three or more Scatters trigger the free spins game, and the prize will be 10 free spins regardless of the number of Scatters. You can gamble, though, and have a 50-50 chance of reducing your free spins count by 5 or increasing it by 5. This can go on and on, you can win 25 free spins or even more than that if you’re lucky, and can Collect at anytime. Before the feature starts, a special expanding symbol will be chosen, which is copied from Book of Ra, and that symbol will expand whenever it lands on the reels and new winning combinations can be formed from that expansion.
The free spins game can be bought for cash, and the price is 80x your bet. So, if your bet is €0.10, the price of buying free spins will be €8. But this isn’t an advisable strategy. Even if you’d gamble your way to 20 free spins and then re-trigger the feature for 10 more, you’re unlikely to win back the 80x your bet you paid for the free spins as the variance is extremely high. Most of the time the game doesn’t even pay, and when it does the wins are small, so you need a lot of luck and a lot of attempts in order to make a profit in this free spins game.
Book of Cleopatra is a good upgrade for all Book of Ra players who would like to play that same game but somehow upgraded in all aspects. That’s exactly what this slot game is, and it offers an almost identical game playing experience as the legendary title. It’s up to each player to decide if this slot game has the magic of Book of Ra or is it just a decent slot game, but you can only find that out if you actually play the game. And play you should, as this is a quality title with good RTP. Just bear in mind this is a high variance slot with a low win frequency, and don’t buy those free spins for 80x as the special expanding symbol doesn’t add that much to the chance of winning big. Until you land a full board of that symbol, of course, which is the goal of the game and which is worth 2000x your bet.