Slots revolving around the theme of ancient Egypt have been around for decades as this seems to be a historical period that slot makers find particularly interesting and convenient for their games for whatever reason. Players have grown accustomed to it, so we don’t really question reasons behind it any more – it’s just how it is.
The latest game to join ranks of Egyptian-themed slots is The Asp of Cleopatra by Red Rake Gaming, a Spanish game developer that’s been making some noise in the world of online gambling lately. So, what’s The Asp of Cleopatra all about?
Ancient Tale in a Modern Setup
The slot, as you could guess, is based on the story of Queen Cleopatra and her untimely demise at teeth of a small and extremely poisonous North African snake known as the asp. However, although this is a centuries-old tale, Red Rake has decided to tell it using very modern graphical elements and a 3D setup with some powerful animations.
Set on a backdrop of an ancient temple, the game features the grid with symbols designed in very bright colors. All the usual suspects are there, from Queen Cleopatra herself, who is wild and stacked to fill the entire reel, black cats and unavoidable scarabs, to snakes, sphinxes, scrolls, ankhs, and more.
The gameplay is accompanied by tense, powerful music, which fits well with the atmosphere and adds up to the overall experience, making The Asp of Cleopatra very enjoyable to play.
The Queen Can Bring Some Big Rewards
The Asp of Cleopatra slot features a fairly standard setup of 5x3 and 25 paylines. However, the game comes with some interesting features that bring with a lot of potential for big wins and the reason to be excited on nearly every spin.
The slot features exploding symbols, as all symbols creating a win are removed from the reels, creating space for new ones to drop in (the feature similar to the one found in Gonzo’s Quest, for example). With every win in a sequence, the player moves up one spot on the golden cobra located to the left of the reels. Making four consecutive wins awards 10 free spins, five of them awards 20, and the maximum of 50 spins is won with seven successful consecutive drops.
During the free spins round, the cobra symbol becomes wild, adding another wild onto the reels. Players can win more free spins during the bonus in the same fashion as in the base game, but the task is made easier due to these extra wilds. The maximum number of free spins is capped at 1,000, so there is practically no cap.
In addition to this, there is also a special Wheel of Gods bonus round triggered by three Anubis bonus symbols. Players get to pick either Anubis or Horus and then spin the wheel to win multipliers. If your chosen god wins, you get the multiplier applied to your bet and spin again. If the other one wins, the multiplier is applied, and the bonus ends.
More Ancient Egypt on the Reels
All in all, The Asp of Cleopatra brings us another exciting game that manages to take an old theme and make it exciting and enjoyable thanks to great graphics and some really powerful features that can really keep you on your toes. The slot has an RTP of 95.3%, which is a bit lower than some of the most popular slots, but it is still fairly decent and should provide for a good amount of play.