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Cleopatra Review

Title: Cleopatra
Publisher/Developer: IGT / Million-2-1
Platforms: iPhone, iPod Touch
Release Date: 8/3/2009
Number of players: 1

Cleopatra, the world famous video slot game, is now able to be taken with you on the go with your iPhone or iPod Touch. The ability to play some slots while on the bus or whenever you have a few minutes is now in the palm of your hand, where you can experience the thrill and enjoyment as if you were at an actual casino. But just how well is this feeling replicated? Read on to find out.

Cleopatra features two game modes: Instant Play and Tournament Mode. Instant Play is what you would be playing at a casino or other venue. You start with 3000 credits, and try to amass as much as you can. If you happen to run out of coins, then you can just start over again. Tournament Mode on the other hand, has you also starting with 3000 credits, but you cannot gain them back. Instead, you try to get a high score via your wins. When you run out of your 3000 coins, the score you achieved can be placed both locally and globally on the leaderboards.

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Both of these modes are played on the same game board, which features a 5-reel, 20 line board, with an Egyptian theme. This means that there are 3 rows and 5 columns, with a total of 13 different symbols that can show up. You can win by getting a certain pattern on any of the 20 lines, depending on how you bet. These lines are scattered all over the board, from standard horizontal ones, to those that deviate all over the board. There aren’t any rules in the game that say what constitutes a win, but I believe you have to have at least a three-of-a-kind starting at the left-most column to win. Luckily though, there is a large score-table that shows what you will win depending on your bet, from 1 to 5 coins per line.

You can bet on any number of lines, from just a single line, up to all 20. However, you cannot choose which lines in particular to bet on, as they are pre-determined. For instance, if you only wanted to bet on one line, you couldn’t choose which single line to bet on; instead, it would be the center horizontal line. This is very unfortunate, as is the inability to bet different amounts on different lines. I’m not sure if that’s even possible in actual video slots, but it would have been a nice touch that could have added a lot of strategy to the game.

Actually, there isn’t much strategy to be had at all. Obviously, it’s a slot game to begin with, so you can’t expect much, but all you can do is bet on a number of lines and either hit the button or shake the device to spin. You have absolutely no control of the spin or anything, so it just feels like you don’t have much power. Aside from pressing the button or shaking, the other power at your disposal is deciding whether to play it in portrait or landscape view, which can be changed with a simple rotation of the device.

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While Cleopatra doesn’t feature any bonus tables or events, it does have a few bonuses that can come up. One small bonus is having a Cleopatra tile come up, which acts as a wild and doubles the payout for that line. The other major bonus is picking up three Sphinxes, which gives you the elusive Cleopatra Bonus. This delectable, sought-after bonus will reward players with 15 free spins, with all wins during that time racking in triple the value.

The music and audio in the game are mediocre. The only voice work is done by Ms. Cleopatra herself, when her tile comes up. When this happens, she’ll shell out a small phrase, like “Enjoy your rewards,” or “Share in my treasures.” Aside from that, there is a bit of Egyptian-styled music, but that only plays during a spin, and stops very abruptly when the spin has ended. If you happened to win something though, it will be displayed on the board, and then go line by line to show you how much you won and how, which is pretty nice.

The Review

Storyline:
Umm, no. Or, you are stranded in the desert, with the sun beating down on your weary body, when you come across a beautiful oasis. You go to get a drink from a spring, when you see the elegant Cleopatra, who offers you all of her treasures, if, you can happen to unlock the mysterious of a puzzling device. Can you do it or will you perish in the sand dunes?

Game play:
It’s your standard slots game. You bet on some lines, spin the reel, and hope for the best. Then you do that a few hundred more times.

Music/Sound:
The game provides a few Egyptian-themed jingles that it plays when the reel spin is in progress, but once it’s over, that’s it; quiet. Cleopatra also chimes in with a few quotes whenever her tile pops up, but aside from that, it’s pretty bare.

Graphics:
Nothing special. There aren’t any cool graphics or effects; just a slot reel and some colorful tiles. The quality itself is fine and I hear it’s the same as the actual slot machine which is cool.

The Good:
Global leaderboards give you something to fight for, and the fact that it shows you exactly how and how much you won per line is nice. The bonuses also give you something to hope and strive for, even though you have no control over them.

The Bad:
There is only one board to play on, and the two game modes are pretty much the same. There is also no real description of what constitutes a winning hand, so newbies will be a bit lost on how they are winning or why they aren’t.

The Ugly:
You can’t save your progress on the Instant Play? Seriously? WTF.

Overall:
Cleopatra is available on the App Store for a mere $1.99, so it’s not that much of a gamble. If you’re a fan of video poker, then this game will probably satiate your needs, but with only one board and no special mini-games or anything, there isn’t much to it. You can choose from one to all twenty lines to bet on, but you can’t choose which lines you want, which would have added a nice element. Aside from the betting, there isn’t anything else you can do. Just hit the button and hope for the best.

Final Vote:
3.5/5

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