You probably think you’ve got it all figured out when we say that Cleo’s Wish is an Ancient Egypt themed game: Spooky tombs, creepy music, Egyptian gods and statues with glowing eyes. However, you couldn’t be further from the truth, and when you start playing this bright, vibrant and sunny slot you’ll see why. Join a little cartoon Cleopatra on a tour of her ancient home, and maybe even pocket a chunk of her treasure in the process in this fun and exciting game by NextGen Gaming.
But will this game be an ancient treasure or a bit of old junk? Let’s take a look in our Cleo’s Wish slot game review.
You’ve probably never seen Ancient Egypt presented this way before. We’re used to seeing it as a shadowy place full of the faded glory of the past, but in Cleo’s Wish slot game it’s a bright and airy place full of lush plants, gold, jewels, and the peppy little character of Cleo herself who accompanies you on your spins. The soundtrack reminds you of a daytime game show, which is a change from the mournful Middle Eastern fare you usually hear, and while the low-value symbols are the standard 9 – A, the high-value symbols look gorgeous. Golden ankhs, jewelled scarabs, ruby studded arm bracelets and a couple of special symbols make up the most valuable symbols in the game, adding a touch of sparkle to proceedings. Cleo herself is a delight, looking very cute in her Ancient Egyptian outfit, and reacting to your wins as you play.
But just like in real life, Cleopatra is far from just a pretty face: During the game she’ll wave her magical sceptre to give you any one of three effects at random, including turning whole reels wild, adding extra wilds at random and turning all the high-value symbols into the same symbol. These are all sure-fire ways to create wins, which is a generous touch from the game. The slight downside is that you’ll need as many of these random gifts as you can get because neither the maximum bet nor the RTP are much to shout about. The most you can wager is £/€/$60 per spin, while the RTP of 95.15% is distinctly average. Thank goodness there are a couple of bonuses on top to boost your winnings!
As in many slot games, the bonuses are triggered pretty simply, by landing the Pyramid scatter symbol three times in one spin. This gives you the choice of two bonus games: Cleo’s Parade and Eternal Riches. Cleo’s Parade features walking wilds and the tempting offer of unlimited free spins! A full stack of wilds appears on the rightmost reel, then jumps one reel to the left with every spin until it falls off the reels, while every wild that lands during your spins also becomes stacked and does the same thing. The spins continue until no more wilds remain. Eternal Riches is also tempting, giving you 10 free spins in which every wild that lands add to a multiplier, while every scatter adds three spins. Once your initial 10 spins are done, you’ll then play the number of free spins you collected with the multiplier you built.
We were delighted to play a game about Egypt that was a little different to the norm, with its sunny, happy protagonist lifting the usual gloom that lies over these games. Cleo’s Wish is peppy and fun, and packed with good features, though beware because you’ll definitely need to hit these often to make any money due to the stingy main game.