First launched in 1997 by Australian casino gaming
manufacturer Aristocrat Leisure, the Queen of the Nile slot
machine has secured its status as one of the most commonly
played titles of all time because of being the first to market
in its theme category.
As the first slot machine to sport an ancient Egyptian theme,
Queen of the Nile inspired several imitators over the years,
including the Cleopatra games released by Aristocrat’s chief
rival International Game Technology, IGT. Today, you can find
dozens of derivatives on the concept on casino floors worldwide,
but Aristocrat broke new ground with Queen of the Nile’s
Queen of the Nile debuted four short years after the Luxor
made ancient Egypt’s unique aesthetic the style on the Las Vegas
Strip. The Luxor’s massive black pyramid and period perfect
décor left gamblers gasping throughout the 1990s, so it was only
natural that the designers at Aristocrat would model a new slot
game after ancient Egyptian culture.
Named after one of the most alluring figures in all of
antiquity, the last Egyptian pharaoh Queen Cleopatra VII, Queen
of the Nile relies heavily on imagery associated with her reign.
Symbols found in the game include Cleopatra herself, along with
classic signifiers of ancient Egyptian culture such as the
scarab beetle, pyramids, hieroglyphs, the lotus flower, golden
jewelry, and even the face of King Tutankhamen.
In addition to game’s creative theme, Queen of the Nile
became a standard title for slot players around the world due in
large part to Aristocrat’s gameplay innovations. Slot
aficionados likely know all about the now ubiquitous 15×3
feature, in which players receive 15 free spins with a 3x
multiplier in place for each, but Queen of the Nile was actually
the first slot machine to introduce this popular bonus game.
In 2011 Aristocrat released a sequel to the original Queen of
the Nile game, and in the five years since Queen of the Nile II
has received a similarly warm welcome from slot machine