The original Queen of the Nile slot by Aristocrat was one of their most popular live casino titles. The sequel adds a couple of extras on top, though by today’s standards it is very much in the retro slots camp. Queen of the Nile II is based on the ancient Egyptian Cleopatra theme, and is available to play online as well as at live casinos around the world.
Compared to the original, the key difference is an element of choice when it comes to the free spins feature round. You can opt for bigger multipliers with fewer spins. The graphics are pretty plain, though bright and easy on the eye. The hallmark click-click of the reels and beepy computer noises for wins will be familiar to anyone who has played Aristocrat slots before.
This slot has 25 win lines, not making use of the 243-ways system known as ‘reel power’. You can select the number of lines used, and even gamble your wins on a random flip of a playing card.
First up, you’ll need to select your preferred number of lines and coin sizes. I recommend all the lines (after all, there are wilds, so why not maximize the number of lines they can be included in?). The smallest coin size is 2c, giving you 50c per spin with the max at $4 for $100 per spin. There is an autoplay feature, which allows between 5 and 500 spins to be selected.
The top paying symbol in this game is Cleopatra, the queen herself. She is also the wild symbol. 5 Cleopatra’s wins you 3000 coins. In addition, any win line which contains this symbol has the prize doubled. The next best symbols are the sarcophagus mask and the golden ring, which are both worth 1500 coins for 5. The scarab, eye and flower are the other unique symbols. The standard ace through nine playing cards, which are the same on all Aristocrat slots, make up the remaining winning symbols.
Pyramids are the scatters in this game. Three or more triggers the feature and they pay up to 100 coins for all 5 in any position on the reels.
The only thing that really makes this slot stand out is the choice of free games when the bonus is triggered. You can pick from 20 spins with a 2x multiplier, 15 spins with a 3x multiplier, 10 spins with a 5x multiplier or 5 spins with a 10x multiplier. The returns for each option will be the same over the long run – your choice is between the potential for a very big win, or a bigger chance of getting a smaller to mid-sized payout.
You can re-trigger this feature while playing it, which can add significantly to your payouts.
With several different Egypt themed games to choose from in the Aristocrat range, it can be a tough choice between the games. This game does advance the game-play from the original Queen of the Nile, but how does it compare to the other titles.
King of the Nile is broadly similar, only with a unique option after the free spins round to either keep your prize or gamble for a random amount – or even re-run the spins again. Love on the Nile includes both the King and Queen, which are both wild. This game lets you collect pyramids during the free spin rounds, and will give you a lot of wilds if you get the target number – resulting in big wins. Both of these games are more interesting than Queen II, though in different ways.
This is a good successor to the popular original, though it does not really add much beyond the ability to choose the volatility level of the bonus round. Graphics are plain, and though the game-play is solid enough, there is not really any compelling reason to choose this slot compared to other ‘Nile’ titles.