NextGen brings its own vivacious brand of online slots play to ancient Egypt with its Cleo’s Wish Slot. Yes, the Egyptian theme has been done before. But has it been done with the same fun, sass and sheer number of bonus features? NextGen’s Cleo’s Wish boasts five reels, 25 pay-lines, three randomly-triggered bonus features and two Free Games variants. Not only was Cleopatra one of the most beautiful women who ever lived, but on this evidence she was also one of the most generous.
The eponymous Cleo joins us along for the ride, appearing as a 3D sprite to the left of the reels. It’s the fashion in online slots nowadays, and seemingly back in ancient Egypt, too. When we score wins across the game’s 25 pay-lines, Cleo grins and twirls her baton high above her head (was it documented she invented cheerleading?). The overall vibe is one of fun and frivolity – if you’re after a NextGen comparison the tone is very much in the same vein as its cheerful Witch Pickings slot.
Classic symbols of Egypt make up our top-paying game symbols, with the Ankh, Scarab and Bracelet paying out the most. More standard 9s through Aces do the business as our low-payers, while Cleo herself proves that girls have all the fun as the game’s Wild symbol.
At any point during the base game, Cleo can make our wishes come true with her Wish Upon A Wild feature. She can also trigger Guaranteed Wild Reels, which sees up to five reels transform into Guaranteed Wild Reels, which guarantee a Wild will appear on those reels for a single spin. Similarly, Cleo can add any Wild into any spin during the base game, or grant us the Sands of Fortune. This feature will see all high-paying symbols transform into the same symbol.
And on top of all this comes the Free Games feature. We trigger the bonus game when we land three Scatters anywhere across the reels. We flip a golden card to reveal either the Cleo’s Parade Free Games or Eternal Riches Free Games.
Cleo’s Parade sees a Stack of Wilds appear on reel 5 and walk their way across the reels back towards reel 1, creating Wild wins along their way. But when we land another three Scatters, another Wild Stack appears on reel 5 to make that same parade across. There is no limit to the number of Stacked Wilds and spins we can land, as long as those Scatters keep coming.
The Eternal Riches variant sees us win between 5-10 free games. Any Wild that now appears adds up to 3 to the Super Spins Win Multiplier, while any Scatter that appears adds up to 3 to the Super Spins Spin Meter. Super Spins are played at the end of the standard spins, to the tune of the amount we have won and the multiplier we have earned.
Cleo was clearly the most generous of rulers, showering us with not only riches, but epic hospitality and feature-rich game-play. She also has a penchant for jazz, as the playful ditties that run through Cleo’s Wish suggest. And any down to earth ruler with a grin this big and a love of jazz has got to be alright in the book of any online slots fan.