iPhone Game Review: Cleopatra
Cleopatra for iPhone (and iPOD Touch) is based on a well known real slot machine game and it is developed by IGT, the company that, in fact, makes real slot machines.
IGT has a reasonable and attractive catalogue. One of their technology approach (as seen in their video presentation) is a digital slot device with an analogue look and feel.
That sounds really great but hold your breath a bit. The iPhone version is a bit shy, with far less glamour than their real products. Maybe it is just the beginning.
For those gamers that already have played the real Cleopatra this version surely have a great appeal. It is always nice to have a mobile version of the real thing.
Cleopatra is a 5-reel slot machine that provides two game modes: Instant Play (no high score or resume feature) and Tournament (local and online high score with resume enabled).
In Tournament you have 3000 credits to achieve a high score. It is a fixed value and it does not change so every gamer has basically the same odds.
However, you can bet up to 5 credits along with up to 20 lines. Here you will have a space for strategy.
Although the game does not include Hold and Nudge features it has a Cleopatra Bonus that is an interesting 15 free and automatics spins.
The online high score shows the big winners and, at bottom, your rank and score so you will not have to browse a lot in order to locate yourself. It is a good approach for sure.
Finally, the game does not replicate the odds of winning of the real Cleopatra machine which can make things less interesting for those that use to play it in a Casino.
The game has a polished interface but the game graphics are a bit shy. There is no depth or even the impression to see spinning reels.
In addition, there is no special effects or something that could create a captivating atmosphere. It is very basic.
Sound effects are OK and the music makes the game a bit more enjoyable.
Note that the game supports iPOD music but the sound effects are disabled which is not good.
A slot machine based on the real thing
Good sound effects
Online high score
Simple graphics and animations
Partially supports iPOD music
I really hope to see an elaborated or more polished slot game from IGT in the future. For now Cleopatra may appeal more to those that used to play the real version of Cleopatra. The Tournament mode has a good replay value because you are always competing online for the best score out of the fixed 3000 credits.
Ratings (scale of 1 to 5):
Graphics: -2- too simple
Sound: -3- good sound effects and background music
Controls: -5- you can also shake to spin
Gameplay: -4- Tournament is a nice addition
Playing Hints and Tips:
Check the game Help to learn about Cleopatra slot machine details
Release Date: Aug 3, 2009
Size: 4.7 MB
Buy Game: iTunes App Store
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