Slot Wars – Eye of Cleopatra VS Barn Festival
Pragmatic Play is one of the busiest providers in the iGaming industry, launching up to 5 new slots each month. April saw some amazing releases by this brand, including Eye of Cleopatra and Barn Festival.
Now it’s time for these two games to face each other in yet another episode of Slot Wars. Which one will prevail – the adventures of the great Egyptian queen or an exciting trip to the countryside?
Let’s find out – start the slot war!
Round 1: Winning Potential and RTP
When considering which slot to play, many players first look at the game’s winning potential. Of course, this feature alone doesn’t guarantee the fun gameplay whatsoever, but it is still one of the most important traits of any slot.
The Pragmatic release revolving around the queen Cleopatra comes with more than a solid winning potential of up to 4,000x the bet. Although hitting this max prize is the dream of many, Barn Festival comes with much higher winning potential, rising up to the incredible 20,000x the stake, making it a champion in this segment.
Regarding the RTP, it is almost the same – 96.5% for the Egyptian release and 96.45% for the farm-themed game. Gameplays of both slots are at the highest level of volatility, ranked 5/5 by the provider.
Another thing these titles have in common is the betting range of €0.20 to €100, as well as the number of paylines. Both offer 20 winning ways, but the 6×5 grid of Barn Festival offers a larger game field compared to the classic 5×3 grid seen in Eye Of Cleopatra.
Round 2: Bonus Features
The mysterious life of Cleopatra is filled with adventures so makes sense the slot dedicated to her is filled with enticing bonus features as well. Here Wilds take the spotlight, starting with Random Wild Patterns.
Located on the right side of the grid, the Random Wild Patterns device with the eye of the Cleopatra symbol in the center can light up randomly at every base game spin. Whenever a pattern lights up, all Wilds on the screen copy themselves based on the pattern to all adjacent positions, replacing any other symbols in those places. After the transformation, wins are evaluated.
Hitting 3,4 or 5 Scatters anywhere on the screen at the same time activates the free spins feature. When triggered, players have a choice between 4 free spins modes, different by the number of awarded spins and active patterns.
On the other hand, Barn Festival focuses more on multipliers and money symbols. If exactly 3 money symbols land during a tumble, their values are transformed into win multipliers. These multipliers are added together and applied to the total win at the end of the sequence.
However, if 3 money symbols appear before tumbling and there’s no win, their values are added and stored. After this, symbols respun until a win occurs so that a multiplier can be applied to it.
The Money Respin feature is played on a 4×5 sized grid and triggered when 4 or more money symbols land together, awarding 3 respins. Triggering money symbols are locked in place, as well as any new money symbols that hit the reels.
Besides money symbols, other cards able to appear during respins are special symbols including multiplier, persistent multiplier, add value symbols, etc. When respins end, the win cap is hit or all positions are filled, the round stops. An additional 500x the bet is added to the total win in case all positions are filled.
Bonuses in both slots ensure thrilling gameplay. Eye of Cleopatra features an interesting concept with light patterns and Wilds, but Barn Festival takes the win once again merely because it offers a bit more special features.
Round 3: Visual and Audio Effects
Visuals and themes of these games can’t be more different. One features the Ancient Egyptian theme, while the other is set in the countryside, featuring barns in the background and fruit and vegetables as symbols.
Symbols in Barn Festival might look plain at the first sight, but there’s actually quite a detailed design when you look closer. It is a vibrant, colorful game with quite eye-pleasing visuals.
Eye of Cleopatra is just what would you expect – pharaohs, Bastet, Scarabs and Cleopatra herself are spinning on reels. While it is a nice-looking game, it doesn’t actually bring anything new to the table when it comes to appearance.
A slight advantage is given to Barn Festival because of its theme. Although it is seen before many times, it is still fresher than Ancient Egypt – one of the most popular slot themes. That’s the only reason this game is a winner here too since the graphics and animations are superb in both titles.
And The Winner Is…
This episode of Slot Wars ends up with the festive Barn Festival being the absolute winner. It would have been a close call if the difference in winning potential isn’t so big. Since it is, this slot came out victorious. But if you love Egyptian-themed games, do not miss out on Eye of Cleopatra as it is an excellent representative of its genre and a super fun release.