Cleopatra Last of the Pharaohs is a Novomatic casino game with an Egyptian theme, similar to Book of Ra, Book of Ra Deluxe, Pharaoh’s Gold 2, Pharaoh’s Ring,
Pharaoh’s Gold 3, Ramses II and many other casino games featuring Egyptian iconography. This is a relatively high-volatility game providing high-risk, high-reward play for interested gamblers.
The premise of the game is an exploratory adventure of Cleopatra’s tomb. The idea is that Cleopatra kept her treasures carefully hidden; by seeking through the tombs, the player can attempt to unearth the buried treasures found in the pyramid.
This simple story line is reflected in the bonus pick game, where you move through multiple levels of a pyramid revealing tiles that add wild symbols to the free spin bonus.
The game’s greatest strength lies in the free spins bonus, when a combination of stacked wilds and a 5x multiplier can create some major wins. However, due to the possible multiplier, the base pays in the regular games are relatively low, especially for two or three-symbol wins. This makes Cleopatra Last of the Pharaohs a fairly high volatility game with the capacity to offer some major wins to a few lucky players.
Cleopatra Last of the Pharaohs is played with five reels of three rows each, with 10 active paylines. The base spin is 40 credits.
The game’s symbols reflect Egyptian iconography and include Anubis, an ankh, a scarab and clay urn. The top symbol is a jade ring, and poker symbols A through J fill out the rest of the spaces. Most symbols pay at three-of-a-kind.
Cleopatra herself is the bonus symbol and also serves as a wild. She appears only on the first, third and fifth reel. If Cleopatra appears in all available spaces, the bonus feature begins.
The free spins bonus occurs when Cleopatra lands in any position on the first, third and fifth reels. When this occurs, 15 free spins are awarded.
During the free spins feature, up to five expanding wilds can occur on the reels. The number of stacked wilds present in the game is chosen through a pick bonus. You will face a pyramid with five levels, each representing an added wild. When you select a space, you will see either an arrow, which will raise you to the next level, or a symbol that ends the pick bonus and initiates free spins. If you make it to the top of the pyramid, you will receive all five stacked wilds.
During the free spins, an ankh symbol may appear on the fifth reel. When this occurs, the spin counter will freeze, effectively providing more free spins. Additionally, the ankh symbol provides a 5x multiplier so that all wins are multiplied by five during spins where the symbol appears. This will stay in place until Bastet appears in the fifth reel, taking the ankh’s place and resuming the spin countdown.
Unlike many other slot games, free spins cannot be re-triggered during during the bonus. However, the locked spin counter and 5x multiplier makes up for this missing feature.
The other possible bonus that can occur in this game is the sand storm bonus. This can occur during regular or free spins. Randomly after any losing spin, Cleopatra may appear in the corner of the screen and take a deep breath, blowing out wind that causes a whirlwind of sand to cross the screen. This sandstorm rearranges the symbols and can change up to five symbols to create a winning combination. However, the rearranged symbols are not always winners; it is possible to receive this mini-bonus without winning a credit prize.
The game is set at the entrance to a tomb or pyramid, with a backdrop the color and texture of sandstone and featuring details of hieroglyphics and sand. Top symbols are enclosed in golden frames, with the wild premium symbol having a unique rounded frame instead.
The music and sound effects in the game are fairly subtle, providing hints of ancient Egyptian culture. The music becomes much more pronounced and upbeat when a free spin bonus may land: after the first two Cleopatra symbols appear on the screen, the fifth reel changes color and slows down as exciting music picks up a tempo to build anticipation.
Aesthetically, Cleopatra Last of the Pharaohs has much in common with other Egypt-themed casino games, but its artistic polish makes it one of the more attractive Novomatic games.
As with many of these games, autoplay is available. These auto-spins can be canceled at any time or modified with a different bet level.
If you enjoy this game, you may be interested in other Novomatic titles like Emperor’s China, Mystic Secrets, Royal Treasures or Lucky Lady’s Charm.