Given the amount of Egyptian themed pokies out there, and indeed the amount that focus on the life and time of the legendary Cleopatra, it takes a lot for a particular Egyptian pokie to really stand out. Queen of the Nile 2 made a valiant effort in that regard. The blue background inlaid with hieroglyphics set the tone for the player. Against this the beige reels, representing the sands of Egypt stand out. On the reels the symbols bring to life the lands of Egypt with Cleopatra herself, Pyramids, a scarab beetle, a golden ring, a golden pharaoh, a pharaohs eye, a lotus flower and the standard high card values from 9 to A which have been spruced up to look like ancient Egyptian relics. The sound track is distinct and fans of Aristocrat Leisure will appreciate their unique flavour that can’t be missed when stumbling into their games at online casinos out there
Reeling through the Nile: Wild of Egypt
The Queen of the Nile 2 Pokie runs with 5 reels, 3 rows and 25 pay lines. This means more pay lines to look out for and more chances for winning, as the number has been upgraded from the original game which only had 20 pay lines. Each symbol carries its own win values while the symbol of Cleopatra herself acts as the wild symbol. She will substitute any other symbols, besides the scatter symbol, and complete winning combinations. Added to that, any win with Cleopatra as a substitute is doubled. The scatter in this pokie is the symbol of the pyramids. Landing 2 scatters provides a nice scatter pay bonus while landing three or more scatters open up the free spins bonus game. Players can choose how many lines to play on, from 1 to 25. They can also choose how much to bet per line, from 0.02 to 4. This makes the bet range run from 0.02 to 100.
A Pyramid Maximum: Where is the Max
There are no jackpots available for players of Queen of the Nile 2. Indeed there is no actual declared maximum up for grabs. Rather, a hypothetical maximum can be reached by landing three or more scatters while playing on a maximum bet. This provides the scatter multiplier and opens up the free spins bonus. Considering the fact that the free spins are subject to a multiplier, depending on the choice of the player, and that the bonus can be re triggered within the bonus game, there is theoretically no maximum as a player lucky enough to continually re trigger the free spins bonus will watch their balance grow and grow.
A dynasty of Specials: Four options for the Bonus Game
Landing three or more symbols of the pyramid opens up the free spins bonus game. Here, players have four options to choose from. Players can choose either 5 free spins with a 10 multiplier, 10 free spins with a 5x multiplier, 15 free spins with a 3x multiplier or 20 free spins with a 2x multiplier. Those mathematically includes will note that either the 5×10 or 10×5 seem to be the most appealing options by sheer value of numbers, however many players have claimed that their highest playing experiences were from the 15×3 choice. It really is up to the player and their gut to decide. On top of this the pokie offers a gamble bonus game accessible after every winning spin. Like many other gamble bonuses, the player will view a face down card and can either guess the colour or suit of the card. A correct guess of the colour provides a double on the winning earned while a correct guess of the suit provides a quadruple bonus to the winnings. Those feeling extra lucky can chain this gamble option up to five times, thus giving a potential 20 x bonus on the original winning. Be wary though, as a single incorrect guess will lose all the winnings of the spin.
Overall, Queen on the Nile 2 is a decent game. Fans of the original will certainly appreciate the changes and upgrades and will find themselves glued to the game. Others however can tend to find the game dull after a while. The lack of any jackpots and the sometimes repetitive soundtrack take away from the game and leave some gamers wanting more. It comes down to personal preference. Queen of the Nile 2 is great for beginners learning their way around online gaming but those with a desire for more of a thrill will find their time better spent elsewhere.