Queen of Alexandria Wowpot! : Slot Overview
Microgaming’s hugely successful Wowpot! network of slots gets a taste of hot bygone days with the release of Queen of Alexandria Wowpot! from partners Neon Valley Studios. Not only is the jackpot network growing in slot option, but its prizes are reaching truly epic proportions. Attractions like multi-million Euro paydays certainly make games like Queen of Alexandria Wowpot! more marketable. Without the jackpot attached, it would be easy to dismiss Queen of Alexandria Wowpot! out of hand, as it’s basically NetEnt’s iconic Starburst, jazzed up for the Ancient Egypt crowd.
Graphically, the standard is pretty good, if completely generic at the same time. Behind a semi-transparent 5-reel, 10-payline grid is a classic view of old Giza, made up of pillars, palms, pyramids, and the like. All of that’s a sideshow compared to the info displayed on the right-hand side of the screen. Here is where you can bask in the razzle-dazzle of 4 jackpots, including a Wowpot! capable of posting some outrageous values. A stock Arabic-inspired number stands in for the soundtrack which is about as unimaginative as the rest of the game. Yet, taken together, there is a physical cabinet feel about it all, which might appeal to some players.
Hitting Queen of Alexandria Wowpot!’s monster wins are possible on any device from desktop to mobile, offering bets from 10 p/c to £/€200 per spin. As often is the case with jackpot slots, the bigger the bet, the more likely you are to trigger a spin on the jackpot wheel. Outside of the jackpot, the game’s stats don’t make for the best reading. The RTP is low for one, as you’d expect for this type of slot, boasting a figure of 92.5%. Medium volatility makes it feel like the game was designed for as general consumption as possible, spitting out a win every 4.61 spins (21.69% of the time) to keep the action going.
With the gameplay heavily inspired by Starburst, the game pays both ways, essentially doubling your chances of landing a winning combination. This occurs when 3 or more matching symbols land left to right or right to left, starting from reel 1 or 5, which adds a fun dynamic. Even the symbols mirror those that came before them. The first 5 are glowing crystals with Egyptian icons on them; then there’s a lucky 7s and a golden cat with the word ‘BAR’ written on it. Winning combinations 5 symbols in length trigger payouts ranging from 2.5 to 25 times the stake. Since the game is bidirectional though, you can double these amounts due to the fact full lines pay twice - once each way.
Queen of Alexandria Wowpot! : Slot Features
Cleopatra was the Queen of Alexandria, and she shows up on the wild symbol. Wilds land on reels 2, 3, or 4, and when in view, they expand to cover their respective reel. Not only do wilds substitute for regular pay symbols, but they also trigger a respin. For the respin, full reel wilds are sticky. Landing additional wilds during a respin awards another respin. It’s possible to have 3 successive respins, meaning all three middle reels are wild.
Teeny diamond icons are the progressive trigger symbols, which may appear on any tile except wilds. These symbols are available on reels 2, 3, or 4 only. Progressive symbols are collected when they land, possibly triggering a spin of the progressive wheel. Spinning the wheel guarantees winning 1 of 4 jackpots. These are the mini, minor, major, or Wowpot! which have minimum seed values of €10, €100, €50,000 or €2 million respectively. One minor point is that progressive trigger symbols do not land on respins.
Queen of Alexandria Wowpot! : Slot Verdict
Starburst on the Nile with a jackpot on top sums up Queen of Alexandria Wowpot! Though, to be fair, it is a sizeable jackpot. Taking the easy road by copying someone else’s massively successful slot while using a completely commonplace theme doesn’t involve a whole lot of imagination. Yet, while Queen of Alexandria Wowpot! might lack originality, it is unlikely keen jackpot chasers could care less as long as they get the chance to hit it big. And by big, Wowpot! has exploded. At the time of writing, the top jackpot was worth an 8 figure sum, higher even than its brother progressive, Mega Moolah, for the record.
If we are going to dig for compliments, Queen of Alexandria does look glitzier than its predecessor with bright, flashy visual effects, accentuating the pay-both-ways mechanic. The copycat nature is so complete, it’s hard to tell if Queen of Alexandria Wowpot! is a humble homage to a classic slot or just lethargic design.
Who knows, and to be fair, it’s unlikely your regular punter looking to score two million bucks (or more) will worry about it too much either. The gameplay is as fluid as it ever was, though non-jackpot wins are modest where a full screen of cats will net you 500x the stake. Starburst was never known as a mega paying slot, and neither will Queen of Alexandria Wowpot! be outside of its jackpots.
For players focused on scoring multi-million Euro prizes, Queen of Alexandria Wowpot! is as entertaining as any other. Better if you’re the kind of player who digs old-school gameplay. Of course, if the jackpots weren’t attached, Queen of Alexandria Wowpot! would barely raise an eyebrow, but they are, so the game is sure to pull in wide-eyed punters to feed an ever-growing prize pot.
Queen of Alexandria Wowpot! is a fairly uncreative game that relies on features borrowed from an old classic and an admittedly massive jackpot for its appeal.