IGT’s Cleopatra slot is a 5-reel 20-line game with an ancient Egyptian theme, a 10,000X and an iconic bonus feature. It was a huge success in land-based casinos and has a cult following online too.
✔ Wild wins pay double
✔ Prizes tripled during Free Spins
✔ 10,000x max win
Χ Design over 10 years old
Χ Less features than other Cleo slots
“Very, very few slots are popular enough to spawn a hit series, and Cleopatra was arguably the first”
Dan Grant, casino expert
Is Cleopatra right for you?
Cleopatra slots have been a mainstay of the online slots world since the first game it was released in 2012, and even after the release of other IGT slots like Cleopatra 2, Cleopatra Diamond Spins, MegaJackpots Cleopatra and many others, this one’s still thrilling slots fans the world over.
As the Cleopatra slot machine has 20 variable win lines, you’ll have to choose how many lines to play first, as well as your line bet amount. You can play 1, 5, 9 15 or 20 win lines, and bet between 1p and £10 per line.
It goes without saying (but I’ll say it anyway!) that Cleopatra is an Egyptian slot and the genre and iconic design are very much part of its appeal.
From the ornate middle eastern lettering for the low value symbols to iconic symbols such as scarabs, ankhs and Egyptian gods found in the likes of Eye of Horus, Cleopatra may have been overtaken by more modern video slots, but I give it huge credit for being one of the first to establish the Egyptian slot category.
Cleopatra herself acts as the Wild symbol, substituting for all other symbols except the scatter. If you hit a win using the Wild, it will be doubled. She is also the most valuable symbol, with 2 earning you 10 coins and 5 of them awards the game’s 10,000 coin jackpot.
Here, the sphinx is the bonus symbol. Land 3 anywhere on the reels to trigger the Free Spins bonus feature. You start with 15 Cleopatra Free Spins, and any wins are tripled.
You can also retrigger more Free Spins if you hit 3 or more scatters, up to a maximum of 180 Free Spins. During the bonus game, sphinxes also pay additional instant wins, with 2, 3, 4 or 5 sphinxes earning you 2x, 5x, 20x or 100x.
Tips and strategies
The first decision you have to make when you play the Cleopatra slot is how many lines to play, and how much to be on each line. There are two things to consider – your volatility and your money management.
Why would I play 1 line, as opposed to 20? Surely it’s better to have more ways to win? Well for starters, on Cleopatra your line bet is multiplied by the number of lines you play, so it affects your total bet size.
But what’s the difference between playing 1 line with £10 line bet and 10 lines with a £1 line bet? They both cost £10 per spin, but you’ll get a very different playing experience. The less lines you play, the higher your volatility. My advice when playing Cleopatra is to hedge your bets by playing the maximum 20 lines, but reducing your stake so that your total bet is affordable. Max out your chances to win, minimise your risk, play safe and enjoy the ride.
Other games like this
There are 8 Cleopatra online slots in IGT’s iconic series, so there are loads of alternatives if you love the theme but want to explore some other features.
Cleopatra Diamond Spins
Clone the original Cleopatra slot game, add 3 progressive jackpots and this is what you get. Spin 3 diamond symbols to enter the Diamond Spins Bonus, a respins feature with multipliers of up to 10x plus the Grand, Major and Mini jackpots are up for grabs.
Play exactly the same Cleopatra online slot but with the added bonus of the chance to win IGT’s epic progressive jackpot. When I was playing this game recently, the jackpot was a whopping £800,000.
Eye of Horus
For another top Egyptian slot to suggest, it was a toss-up between Book of Dead and Eye of Horus, two giants of the genre. Although Book of Dead is the slot you get 50 Free Spins for with your OJO welcome bonus, I’m choosing Eye of Horus. It’s a direct competitor to Cleopatra with its own incredible bonus feature.
Cleopatra is an award-winning slot that has maintained its popularity for over a decade since it was made. It’s hard to put a finger on the reason why. Maybe it just came first before the thousands of copies. Maybe it’s the combination of 2X Wild wins and 3X Free Spins wins.
Whatever it is, you can’t really call yourself a slots player unless you’ve at least give it a spin. Try the Cleopatra demo or pony up the dosh from 1p per spin.
If you’re up for trying this or any of PlayOJO’s 3,000 online slots, you can get 50 free spins (worth 10p each) on the Book of Dead slot when you make your 1st deposit (terms apply).
What is the Cleopatra RTP?
The Theoretical Return To Play for the IGT Cleopatra slot is 95.02%, which as slots players will know, is roughly the average slots RTP these days. At PlayOJO, we give you real cash back in real time while you play this Cleopatra game, through our OJOplus loyalty feature. No sneaky small print – just money back on every spin with no strings attached.
What is the jackpot on Cleopatra?
The maximum paytable win on our Cleopatra UK online slot is 10,000 coins. However you can win more than that during a single game, thanks to the game’s bonus features. As a result, the maximum win on Cleopatra is £250,000.
Can I play the Cleopatra slot for free?
To play any of our free Cleopatra slots including the original Cleopatra slot demo, simply create your PlayOJO account, find the game in our online slots section and choose the Try For Free option - no deposit needed. To play for real, deposit £10 or more using one of our many safe, secure and instant payment methods and you’ll automatically get a nice welcome bonus too.
What other Cleopatra slots are there?
There are at least 7 other Cleopatra UK slots at PlayOJO, from the closely related Cleopatra II, Cleopatra PLUS and Cleopatra Gold, to games like Cleopatra Diamond Spins and my favourite, Slingo Cleopatra.