Queen of the Nile, Aristocrat’s classic Egyptian casino slot game released in 1997, has been replicated in an online version of the game. Staying true to the original casino slot game, nothing has been changed or updated for online players. This could be good news for fans of the land-based casino slot game, or the dated design and minimal bonus features could disappoint modern online players. Either way, Queen of the Nile has remained relevant on casino floors for over 20 years.
|Number of paylines:||20|
|Game theme:||Cleopatra, Ancient Egypt|
|Min/Max bet:||$0.01 / $20.00|
|Coin denominations:||$0.01 – $0.10|
|Maximum standard win:||$9,000|
|Free spins:||15 per bonus game|
Theme and visuals
Perhaps the most striking aspect of Queen of the Nile’s dated look and feel is the uninspired background. Despite the proliferation of Egyptian themed slot games on the market, there are plenty of original and aesthetically appealing images that could be featured on the slot game interface. Instead, the game screen sports a plain brown background with only a hint of a hieroglyph in the corner.
Queen of the Nile is over 20 years old so we can cut it some slack; however, the console design would have been lackluster even when it was first released. The rest of the graphics like the reel numbers and symbol designs are more appropriately retro, as expected. We can’t fault the game for that, given that Aristocrat intentionally kept the online version of the game authentic to the original casino slot game. The game console design, symbols, payouts, and features are all the same as the original casino slot game, with zero upgrades made for online players.
The reels are filled with Egyptian symbols including Cleopatra, the Queen of the Nile herself, whose image graces wild symbols that are the highest paying symbols on the reels. Win a whopping 9,000 credits for a five-of-a-kind Cleopatra combination on a one-credit bet. All winning combinations completed with a Cleopatra wild symbol are doubled (x2) as well.
Egyptian pyramids are scatter symbols that trigger the free spins bonus game. King Tut’s gold mask and gold bangle bracelets are the highest paying regular symbols, followed by gold Scarab beetles, and the Eye of Horace and Egyptian flowers. Generic playing card symbols ranging from number nine cards up to aces are also mixed in as the lowest paying symbols on the reels.
The game design and reel layout remain the same throughout the game, and free spins are played on the same reels as the base game. The sound effects include strikingly retro Atari-style sounds, loud buzzers, and unexpected tribal background music with some Egyptian flourishes.
Betting options and paying combinations
Queen of the Nile features five reels and three rows (5×3 configuration) of action, with your choice of up to 20 paylines. Use the line buttons on the game console to choose 1, 5, 10, 15, or 20 lines and the “Bet One” button to play 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, or 10 credits per line. Coin value options are $0.01, $0.02, $0.05, and $0.10 in free play mode.
This equates to a bet range of a minimum of one penny ($0.01), playing one line and one credit at $0.01 per credit, up to a maximum of $20.00, playing 20 lines and 10 credits at $0.10 per credit.
The payouts for regular symbol combinations in the base game range from $0.02 – $90.00 with a one-credit bet (at a $0.01 coin value) up to a maximum of $2 – $9,000 with a 10-credit bet (at a $0.10 coin value). Plus, the payouts for winning combinations are doubled when a Cleopatra wild symbol is part of the winning combination.
The symbol combinations and payouts in the online paytable are small and difficult to read on the screen. The paytable values show the payouts for one credit bets on both straight winning combinations and winning combinations that contain a Cleopatra wild symbol, which pay out double.
The payout values are not updated in the game when you change your stake. You’ll need to multiply the values in the paytable by the number of credits you want to play to see the payouts for higher bet levels.
For example, the paytable shows that a one-credit bet on five King Tut symbols pays out 750 credits, or 1,500 credits if the combination includes a wild. If you are playing with 10 credits, multiply by 10 and the payouts would be 7,500 credits (750 coins x 10 credits) or 15,000 credits (750 coins x 10 credits x2 multiplier) if the combination includes a wild.
The “Auto Start” button sets the reels into perpetual motion instead of a defined number of auto spins. You must click the Auto Start button again to stop the reels, which can make it easier to run down your balance. The auto spins also can run fast, making it difficult to see the total win on the screen before the next spin starts.
The RTP (Return-To-Player) percentage for this game is 94.88%, which is roughly average compared to other Aristocrat games.
What jackpots are available?
Like the original Queen of the Nile casino slot game, the online version of this slot, unfortunately, does not offer any jackpot options.
Additional features and bonuses
Queen of the Nile offers minimal bonus features in the base game including wild multiplier symbols and a gamble feature. The main action is in the free games feature, which awards free spins where all wins are tripled.
All payouts are doubled when the Cleopatra wild symbol is part of a winning combination in the base game, thanks to 2x multipliers. The Cleopatra wild symbol is also the highest paying symbol on the regular reels, paying out a whopping 9,000 coins for five matching wild symbols and 2,000 coins for four wild symbols.
Landing at least three scatter symbols (pyramid symbols) on the reels triggers the Free Games Feature, which awards free spins and multipliers on all wins. At least three scatter symbols on the reels during free spins retriggers the Free Games Feature.
Free Games feature (free spins bonus game)
The Free Games Feature awards 15 free games (free spins). All win values are tripled during the free games, thanks to x3 multipliers. The Free Games Feature can also be retriggered.
The gamble feature is activated after each winning spin. You can skip it and continue to spin the reels, or you can gamble your win on a face-down card. Guessing the card color correctly doubles your win and guessing the card suit correctly quadruples your win. You can collect your total new win or keep gambling it up to five times. An incorrect guess means you lose your total gamble amount, including your initial win, and the Gamble feature ends.
Who is this game ideal for?
This game is ideal for fans of the original Queen of the Nile casino slot, given that the online version is identical, as well as fans of Egyptian and Cleopatra themed slots. It could also appeal to retro slot lovers and beginners that are looking for an easy game to play with straightforward features.
Similar games from Aristocrat
Queen of the Nile fans can also play Queen of the Nile II by Aristocrat. Queen of the Nile II features a similar, though slightly more updated gaming console, with 25 lines instead of 20. The symbols and payouts, including double payouts for Cleopatra wild combinations, are the same in both games.
The exception is the wild Cleopatra symbol that only pays out 3,000 credits for five-of-a-kind combinations in Queen of the Nile II instead of 9,000 credits in Queen of the Nile.
On the flip side, Queen of the Nile II boasts the choice of four different free games options that award different numbers of free spins with different multiplier values. Choices range from five free spins with a x10 multiplier on all wins to 20 free spins with a x2 multiplier on all wins, whereas Queen of the Nile awards a straight 15 free spins with a x3 multiplier on all wins.
Free Spins Bonus Game – The Queen of the Nile free spins bonus game can be lucrative thanks to triple payouts (x3 multipliers) on all wins. Retriggers on 15 spins can also add up.
Multipliers – Wild symbols double the wins during the base game and all wins are tripled during the free spins bonus game. These multipliers can make the wins in this game much more interesting.
High-value Symbols – The payouts for four or five Cleopatra wild symbols are surprisingly high, helping to make the payout potential in the base game more enticing.
Authentic Retro Casino Slot – Fans of the Queen of the Nile casino slot and retro slot lovers should appreciate this authentic online version of the original game.
Low Stakes – Perfect for penny slots players.
Easy To Play – The options and features are simple enough for beginning players.
No Jackpots – No chance for big jackpot wins can be a turn-off.
Limited Bonus Features – Most bonus features are focused around the free spins game bonus, which basically awards free spins on the same reels as the base game (with multipliers), and there are no interactive bonuses.
Dated Graphics – Authentic design, but dated and dull looking.
Fast Auto Play – The auto spins run fast and the win counter is often interrupted by the next spin.
- Graphics and Design- 1.75/5: Despite its retro status as an online adaptation of a circa 1997 casino slot, the Queen of the Nile graphics are uninspired at best. Our rating reflects our appreciation for the authentic online representation of the original game, but the low quality of the original game design drops it well below average.
- Sound Effects- 2/5: The sound effects in the online version of Queen of the Nile are the same as in the casino slot version, making the sound effects dated but authentic. We gave this game a slightly lower than average rating because the background music during the free spins doesn’t compliment the theme.
- Jackpot Value- 0/5: There are no jackpot options in this game.
- Replay Value – 2/5: We’re giving Queen of the Nile a slightly below average replay rating, despite being particularly dated and a very basic Egyptian themed slot, due to the multipliers in the base game and free spins game. We also appreciate the exceptionally high payout values for the Cleopatra symbol combinations compared to other Aristocrat games. For players that aren’t already fans of the Queen of the Nile casino slot, these upsides can help to encourage repeat players. Having said that, when playing the game for this review we ran through three rounds of credits before we finally hit the free spins bonus game.