Book of Cleopatra is StakeLogic’s attempt to crack the Ancient Egyptian-themed mobile pokie market. As any seasoned pokie player will note, this game contains similarities between two much loved Ancient Egyptian pokies – arguably the most popular two in the business.
There are elements of Novomatic’s Book of Ra, and IGT’s Cleopatra in this game, right down to the title fonts, although the former is by far the greater inspiration for this game’s look and special features. That’s a little cheap on StakeLogic’s part, but is the gameplay on offer in this newly launched mobile pokie any better than those two famous rival games?
How to play
Just like the Novomatic release, there are only 10 paylines straddling the 5 reels of this game. The downside to this is that the game doesn’t offer too many ways to win.
The upside is that wagers are most certainly cheap. At its most affordable, players can expect to play the mobile pokie for as little as $0.10 a game. Crank up those bets, and you can wager as much as $50 a game on this Ancient Egyptian pokie machine.
Scatter Wild symbols: Again, just like Book of Ra, this StakeLogic mobile pokie features scatter wilds. These scatter wilds can not only substitute for all other symbols in the game, but they can also trigger the pokie’s primary bonus round, a free spin feature, when 3 or more appear anywhere on the screen during a single base game spin. Players will also net instant win cash prizes worth up to 200x their bet for doing so.
Instant free spins: Should a player not want to wait to trigger the free spin feature in this game, they do have the option of buying the bonus round. Doing so can be costly, though. On each spin, a meter will tell you just how much buying the bonus is going to cost. At most, purchasing the bonus round directly can cost up to 80x your stake. Even on a cheap-to-play mobile pokie, that is expensive.
Free spins bonus: After triggering the free spin bonus, players are rewarded with a total of 10 free spins. That is a rather paltry amount, but not exactly surprising since this is what many rival developers’ pokies also offer. A new set of reels appears for this bonus, and a symbol will be chosen at random as an expanding icon. Land it on the reels, and it will expand to cover an entire reel. The bonus round can also be retriggered via more scatter wilds.
Cleopatra herself appears as this mobile pokie’s best-paying icon. Landing her 5 times on any payline in the game will see players snap up wins worth as much as 500x their total bet. The mobile pokie itself has a return to player (RTP) rate of 96.21%, which is the industry standard nowadays.
Let us not pretend that Book of Cleopatra is anything other than a cheap knock-off of Novomatic’s Book of Ra, because it is. However, if you can’t play the latter (perhaps your chosen casino doesn’t offer games from that provider), then this mobile pokie will suffice as a suitable substitute.