New Game Reviews: IGT’s Cleopatra Gold & Everi’s Blue Ribbon
Check out Cleopatra Gold, one of IGT’s most popular games retooled for online, with the Queen of the Nile serving up “Gold Spins” re-spins. If you like classic slots, you’ll love Everi’s Blue Ribbon, a patriotic explosion chock-full of fun, familiar 3x3 elements.
This is the online version of one of IGT’s most legendary casino games. Cleopatra Gold features the classic Cleopatra game play, but includes the added feature of “Gold Spins” re-spins.
The base game is a five-reel, 20-line slot. Cleopatra and Cleopatra Gold symbols are both wild, doubling any win where they appear in the base game, and tripling any win where they appear during the bonus.
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When a full stack of Cleopatra Gold symbols lands, the re-spin feature is triggered on a special set of reels that appear stacked on top of the triggering reel window. Keep an eye on those Cleopatra Gold symbols—every time they land in a partial stack, there’s a chance they’ll all nudge to fill the reels and trigger the Gold Spins feature.
As long as full stacks of Cleopatra Gold symbols continue to land, the Gold Spins feature continues to award re-spins on up to three stacked reel sets for the potential of huge wins.
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Cleopatra Gold: Five-reel, 20-line slot; continuous re-spin feature; slot; payline configurations vary with base game; two-level mystery progressive jackpot
Denomination: .01 to 50.00
Max Bet: 600
Payback Percentage: 93.06%-95.97%
Hit Frequency: Approximately 50%
Top Jackpot: 35,000 times denomination
This is an online version of one of Everi’s classic three-reel mechanical slot. The base game is a three-reel, three-row setup, available in a nine-line version in New Jersey. It features the timeless bar and 7 symbols you’ll instantly recognize.
The central feature of this game is the same as the most popular classic reel-spinners—multiplying wild symbols. In this case called the “Doubling Wilds” feature, 2X Blue and Red Ribbon symbols are wild and substitute for 7 and Bar symbols to complete winning combinations. One Blue Ribbon symbol landing in a winning combination pays double, and two Blue Ribbon symbols will multiple the line award by four.
The grand prize in this game happens when 3X Blue Ribbon symbols land on payline 9, awarding the top jackpot of 10,000 credits.
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Blue Ribbon: Three-reel, nine-line slot; multiplying wild symbols
Denomination: .25, .50, 1.00, 2.00, 5.00, 10.00, 25.00, 50.00
Max Bet: 90 credits
Payback Percentage: 85%-98%
Hit Frequency: Approximately 20 percent
Top Jackpot: $10,000
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- “Payback percentage”—also known as return to player or RTP—refers to the percentage of wagers that are returned to all players over the active life of a game. A 94 percent payback percentage does not mean you will get 94 percent of your money returned to you every time. It means there is a 6 percent house edge on the game. (Even a 100 percent payback doesn’t guarantee you’ll win—it means there’s no house edge. It’s like the flip of a coin.) Manufacturers offer operators a range of percentages, and it’s up to the operator to pick which to offer players.
- “Hit frequency” refers to the percentage of all spins that will result in a win of some kind. Remember that these wins can often be less than your bet. (If that happens too often, you should find another game!) Some manufacturers do not provide this statistic; in this case, we estimate based on the volatility of the game program
- “Volatility” refers to the manner in which wins are distributed on a slot machine. Low volatility means there will be lots of little hits, with wins of some kind very frequently (again, watch for too many wins less than your bet). High volatility means the hits are fewer and farther between, but there are many more huge wins—the kind that can turn a losing session into a winning session.
- “Ways to Win” refers to a game in which there are no paylines. In this style of game, adjacent like symbols on the screen register wins, and the number of spots on the entire reel set determines how many ways the player can possibly win on each spin.
- “Cost to cover” refers to the level of wager required to activate all the paylines on a screen. The good advice was always to wager enough to activate all the paylines, but these days, most games use this figure as a minimum bet. (Too many people were betting a penny on a penny game in the past.)