Cleopatra: From the History Books to our Screens Cleopatra: From the History Books to our Screens
There was once a time where women were told what to do and where to go and according to the history books, it was... Cleopatra: From the History Books to our Screens

There was once a time where women were told what to do and where to go and according to the history books, it was forbidden for a woman to leave the home without a male chaperone! The now outdated rule book also stated that the place for women was always in the home where her chores would include bringing up the children, cleaning the home and warming her husband’s slippers by the fire, but how times have changed, all thanks to the suffragette movement. Founded in 1903, the suffragettes are famed for scores of women having had enough, taking to the streets to bring about change under the banner “Votes for Women”, but there must have been some sort of break-down in communication or devolving over the years because there was once a strong woman leader who was feared throughout the lands and her name was Cleopatra.

Between 69BC and 30BC, Cleopatra was the last active ruler of the Ptolemaic kingdom of Egypt where she would tell both men and women what to do. As a member of the Ptolemaic dynasty, Cleopatra is renowned globally for being the lover of one Julius Caesar before becoming the wife of Mark Antony. While very little is known on her appearance, her traits revealed her to be a strong outspoken woman who had more brains than beauty, but this portrayal of her has been marred ever so slightly over the years, especially when it comes to the movies. After the Roman armies of Octavian defeated the combined forces of Cleopatra and Antony’s armies, the pair committed suicide and to this day, she is still remembered as a powerful, romantic femme fatale.

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When it comes to the silver screen, Cleopatra is portrayed as a sexy, raven heard vixen who is addicted to being noticed by the opposite sex. Wearing very little or next to nothing at all, and not just because it was exceptionally hot in Egypt, the ruler who is rumored to have bathed in the milk of donkeys was just as beautiful as she was powerful. Legend has it that it was Medusa, a mythological character so beautiful, that all it took was one look from her to turn her victims to stone, and in remarkably similar style, Cleopatra would lure many men with her gaze, the only difference is she would seduce them not kill them!

And this same theme is found with online slots, the most iconic being Cleopatra by IGT which dates right back to 2012. Boasting iconic symbols such as eye of Horus, Hieroglyphics and of course the pyramids, the 5-reel gaming engine houses free spins, multipliers, wilds, scatters, regular base game wins and a medium volatility engine. Due to the success of IGT’s release, further titles followed with Cleopatra Plus, Mega Jackpots Cleopatra (the progressive paying slot game!) and the 2020 masterpiece – Cleopatra Gold, and in this one, she is even sexier than ever with true life-like features! Sitting pretty to the top of the reel engine is Cleopatra with her crown of dazzling jewels. As the reels spin, she blinks and offers messages of wisdom. When stacked of game logo symbols appear, additional reel engines open and the thrill level is ramped up even further!

But you’ll find it’s not only IGT on this site who have tried their hand at producing an attractive Cleopatra themed slot, Pragmatic Play have too with their Ancient Egypt title. The 2018 hit game follows the success of the 2017 Queen of Egypt release and essentially picks up where she left of only with even better bonus features and win potential. Known as Egypt’s most beautiful queen, she expands to cover even more positions on the 5×3 grid during the free spins, but you will need to be lucky if you’re to land the free spins because they like to remain hidden for as long as possible!

Let us go back to Mega Jackpots Cleopatra by IGT, the 2015 release packed with way more cash than you’d probably expect! Unlike traditional slots where the jackpot is one by lining up the symbols on a win line, a progressive jackpot slot can erupt life-changing cash randomly on any spin, of any value, and it’s this mechanism that has drawn players back time and time again! But how do you win the cash? If you’re lucky enough to spin in a 5×3 reel engine entirely of jackpot symbols, that sum you see listed, will be credited instantly to your bankroll!

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Jon Dingle Editor

A film journalist, writer and a filmmaker in business for over 20 years. I am passionate about movies, television series, music and online games.