Slots based on famous characters from history or myths and legends usually enjoy a great popularity with the players. Perhaps that’s one of the reasons why we have so many games themed after ancient Egypt.
Two games we’ll be looking into today belong to this group. The first one is Amazon Queen by WMS Gaming while the other is A Night with Cleo by Proprietary Games, a company that many of you probably haven’t heard of.
Graphics & audio 4/5
Reels of the Amazon Queen slot are aptly set on the backdrop of the Amazon forest, with symbols such as the queen herself, a gorilla, a tiger, a snake, and a parrot. We wouldn’t call the graphics outstanding, but they are pretty decent, and the designers took time to make sure the warrior queen looks sexy in her revealing outfit. As far as the audio is concerned, WMS uses the same melody for many of its games, so if you enjoy playing WMS/SG slots, it isn’t hard to get tired of it.
In-game features 3.5/5
Amazon Queen isn’t particularly rich in features. The gorilla symbol pays from left to right and from right to left, which helps increase your winning chances. Other than that, three or more Amazon Queen scatters trigger free spins.
Players can win up to 100 free spins if they land all five scatters, but there are no special features active during the bonus round (no multipliers or anything of the sort). So, you just get some spins free of charge. Potentially, there are more gorillas on the reels, but this hasn’t been made official anywhere in the slot documentation.
The Return to Player of the Amazon Queen slot is 95.94%, which is pretty good. Additionally, since free spins don’t have any extra features, you can pretty much count that the game will have fairly consistent returns throughout.
Winning potential 3.5/5
Players can play on up to 20 paylines on Amazon Queen. Gorilla is the highest paying symbol and it is stacked on the reels, so it is possible to get all 20 lines filled with gorillas. One full line pays 37.5x the total stake, so the maximum a player can win on a single spin is 750 times the stake.
Clearly, this slot isn’t going to make you rich, but it is also easier to land these wins than some of those 3,000x hits.
Overall value 4/5
Amazon Queen is an entertaining slot but it isn’t for everyone. If you like a game that you’ll get excited over when you finally get a feature, this isn’t it. Furthermore, the winning potential is somewhat capped. However, if you like to spin some reels and enjoy your time without huge expectations, then this WMS game is a solid choice.
A Night with Cleo
Graphics & audio 4.5/5
Set on the backdrop of a desert during a beautiful night filled with stars, with pyramids lurking in the background, Proprietary Games’ A Night with Cleo sets the right mood. And, if you thought the game’s name is suggestive, you weren’t wrong. Apart from setting up the romantic atmosphere with the background, nice, slow music is there as well. In terms of what the game wants to achieve, the designers did a pretty good job.
In-game features 4/5
If it wasn’t clear, Cleo from the game’s title is Queen Cleopatra, and it is the player who gets to spend the night with the mighty Egyptian ruler. The folks from Proprietary Games weren’t particularly subtle about the main idea behind this game – it is what it is.
Unlike most slots, the main feature in A Night with Cleo is the Double Up feature. After every win, players can decide to gamble it up. This will take them to a different screen, where Cleo is holding two lotus flowers in her hands. Pick the right one, and you won’t just double up your money, but Queen will also remove one of her clothing items. Do it five times in a row, and Cleo will show herself to you in all of her beauty. Of course, there is also the free spins feature, where you get 15 free spins with all wins tripled, except for the full line of Cleopatra (wild) symbols.
There doesn’t seem to be any official statement as to what RTP is for A Night with Cleo. While this can be a simple omission on the part of the developer, not announcing an important bit of information such as this probably means that the RTP isn’t particularly high. If we had to guess, it’s probably somewhere around 92%-93%.
Winning potential 5/5
Strangely enough, this game does feature a progressive jackpot, which usually awards a low six-figure amount about once a week. So, you can actually win big on this one if you get lucky.
Overall value 3.5/5
A Night with Cleo features a bold idea and its designers probably thought this would be enough to keep players interested. The problem is, once you get the double up game all the way to the end a couple of times, the mystery is gone. Other than that, there are certainly more interesting slots featuring Cleopatra, and most of them actually don’t try to hide the RTP.
Our verdict and where to play
In this battle, Amazon Queen is a clear winner if you’re interested in playing slots. If you’re interested in something else, there are other internet outlets where such entertainment can be found. That said, A Night with Cleo does feature a progressive jackpot, which somewhat redeems it.
A Night with Cleo is available exclusively at Bodog Casino, so if you want to try your luck with the fabled Egyptian queen, that’s where you’ll have to go. Amazon Queen is featured at a number of casinos hosting WMS games such as Videoslots and LeoVegas.
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