Cleopatra’s Coins Slot from Rival Gaming

I have lost count of the number of online slot games themed around ancient Egypt and Cleopatra in particular. To say this is a crowded niche would be an understatement! The question I asked when reviewing Cleopatra’s Coins from Rival Gaming is ‘how well does this slot stack up against the competition in this niche?’.

This is a slightly older slot in the Rival Gaming portfolio, with 15 win lines, a free spins game with 3x on all wins and a break out bonus game. While the graphics and animations are not the most up to date, the game play is certainly solid enough.

How to Win on Cleopatra’s Coins

Scarab beetles are in just about every ancient Egypt slot out there, and in this game they are the wild symbol. While these beetles create a lot of wins by substituting for the regular symbols (not scatters or bonus symbols), they can also trigger the single biggest win. Hitting 5 on a win-line gets you 5000 coins, with 1000 coins for 4, 100 for 3 and 10 for just 2. This is  lot bigger than the next highest win, which is 500 coins for 5 of the Sphinx / Pyramid combinations.

Caesar, Mark Antony and Cleopatra come next, worth 300, 350 and 400 coins for 5 respectively. There are colored hieroglyphics making up the smaller wins – which makes a refreshing change from the playing card symbols on many similar games.

There are two special symbols on the reels. These are the green free spins symbols, and the gold coins. Both of these trigger different bonus games.

Cleopatra’s Coins Slot Bonus Games

The number of free spins you get depends on how many of the logos are visible on the reels on the triggering spin. 5 of them gets you a huge bonus of 100 free spins, 4 is worth 10 and 3 gets you 10. You can retrigger these spins while the bonus is playing. The game play is exactly the same during the free spins, only all wins have a 3x multiplier – making the highest win a generous 15000 coins for 5 of the wilds.

Hitting 3+ gold coins triggers the break out bonus game. You will be introduced to this by Cleopatra, who happens to be wearing a gold bikini. The game involves smashing Egyptian Urns to win cash prizes, and the more coins you got when the game was triggered the more urns you can smash (minimum is 3 to trigger the game). You then go to a screen with 3 shelves full of urns and click on them to reveal the prize.

Setup of Cleopatra’s Coins

The setup of this game is a very standard 5×3 grid, with 15 win lines crossing from the left. You can choose how many of these lines to play. Rival Gaming slots are flexible with the number of coins and coin sizes – so you’ll be able to choose the perfect spin amount from 15c and up.

For me the design of this slot lets it down. Even taking into account that it is a slightly older game, the feeling is rather dull and drab. This slot also feels quite slow, with what basic animations there are when wins come in taking that little bit too long to keep things flowing nicely.  Sounds for this game are from the basic slots beeps and thuds library – not particularly adding to the theme.

Overall Experience with Cleopatra’s Coins

Even with the unique urn smashing bonus game, this slot does not compare well to the many rivals (topped by IGTs famous Cleopatra slot). Having a 3x multiplier for the free spins does give you some potential to rack up wins, and you can extend this free spins game during play. For me this is not enough to get me coming back, with the slow and plodding feel of the slot and very dated graphics adding to that feeling.

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