Fast forward to 2017 and when I walk into my favorite casinos in Vegas or in London, guess what?
Well, that was pretty much the gold standard until Cleopatra showed up!
Yup..Cleopatra slot still sits prominently alongside a lot of much newer and more sophisticated games.
It's not the only "old timer" to still put in a showing of course: games like Wolf Run or the original Davinci Diamonds slot game are still quite popular in some places (and online) but the Cleopatra slots ( progressive kiosk or on a Game King machine, normally with lower bet limits.
There is little doubt that games ike Book Of Ra and the Pharaoh's Fortune slot get more gameplay in the casinos I frequent but when you consider a standard UK casino licence only allows for 20 slot machines, the fact that Cleopatra is still there in this day and age is quite amazing IMO.
Cleopatra vs Cleopatra II The original Cleopatra slot () and Cleopatra II share the bonus feature trigger mechanism: 3 scatters anywhere in view.
On the original however, when you get the feature you get 15 free spins with all wins trebled (15x3), while on Cleopatra II, you get to pick a number of spins and the multiplier increases by one on each spin.
But it's much harder to hit wins on Cleopatra II in the feature round, compared to the original (but when you do it can be monster because of the increasing multiplier in Cleopatra II's free-spin feature).
One note about the respective expected returns (RTP).
The two versions of Cleopatra you see at land-based casinos (the sit-down IGT slot machine while the other is the upright 'kiosk' version) both have lower payouts than the online versions.
There are two online versions available which differ slightly in appearance, but are both identical in game play.
To be fair, an educated guess says that the Cleopatra slots you see in Vegas casinos have a slightly higher RTP setting than those in the UK because the paytables are more akin to the online version. The version of the Cleopatra slot you find here at Online Casinos Vegas has an RTP marginally over 95% as it does at all online casinos.