Cleopatra - Arrows Edge
Egyptian-themed online slots are nothing new. It seems like every software provider out there has one, and Arrow's Edge is no exception. This game has average graphics and a top-heavy pay table along with multiple bonus features, so it's definitely centered more around players who like a good gameplay experience instead of looking for over-the-top graphics. None of Arrow's Edge's games are really known for their graphics, but most of them have above-average gameplay, and that's the story here as well.
Format and Layout
This game has a pretty typical format with five reels, three rows and 20 paylines. The bet sizes aren't decided with multiple controls like they are in most games. Instead of choosing coin sizes and how many coins you want on each payline, you just choose your total bet size from a single control instead. This simplifies the bet size decision and makes it clear the exact amount that you're spending per spin without any confusion whatsoever. This is a nice feature that we wish more online slots would take, but we understand why they don't. Along these lines, players can choose bet sizes ranging from $0.20 to $240 per spin.
The wild Cleopatra symbol is the most important symbol in the game. She shows up on all five reels, and she helps you to get payouts you wouldn't have received otherwise. What's important to note is that she's also responsible for the largest payout in the game, and that's a 10,000x line bet win for five of her on an activated payline. It's also important to point out that getting this win virtually guarantees other wins since you'll have multiple wilds on the screen that will line up on other paylines. Four of a kind also gets you 1,000x.
The pharaoh symbol is worth 500x for five and 100x for four. This is the same set of payouts for the sphinx symbol. The wild, pharaoh and sphinx symbols are the only non-scatter symbols that pay out for just two of a kind, and that helps to tone down the volatility of this game a small amount, but not much.
The circular mummy and black cat symbols are both worth 250x for five of a kind and 75x for four. These are a couple of good mid-range symbols.
Low-End Symbols and Payouts
There are six total low-end symbols broken up into three payout tiers for this game. The A and K symbols will get you 125x for five of a kind. You an also pick up 100x for five of the Q or J, and five of the 10 and 9 will give you a 75x win apiece. It's pretty cool that they've decided on some reasonably sized payouts for five of a kind even in the lowest symbols in the game.
Scatters and Features
The square mummy symbol is scattered in this game, and you can pick up multiples of your total bet size for two or more on the reels. Two gets you a 1x win, three picks up 2x, four gives you 5x, and five will award you 20 times your total bet, which is the same as a 400x line bet.
Three or more of the scattered square mummy symbol will give you a set of 15 free spins. During these free spins, all of your wins are hit with a multiplier of three. This type of multiplier was first made popular by the Microgaming title Thunderstruck, and it's been used regularly ever since with this game's use of it being a good example. The free spins can be re-triggered.
The final bonus game is activated if you get the pyramid bonus symbol to show up on the second and fourth reels at the same time. This is basically a pick-a-box style game, and you'll pick up instant wins across as many as seven different stages. The further you get in the stage, the bigger the payouts you'll be awarded.
As we mentioned above, Cleopatra isn't ever going to win awards for having excellent graphics, but it does provide solid gameplay. If you're the type of player who prefers the quality of the gameplay over the quality of the graphics, then you'll have a pretty good time with this game as long as you don't mind the high volatility. Overall, it's a solid game with multiple bonus features and a high top jackpot.