Columbus Deluxe Slot from Novomatic
Columbus Deluxe is an upgrade of the original and very popular Columbus game designed by Novomatic. The only changes between this game and the original are in the sound and graphics, which are both more polished. The gameplay remains the same, with the same free spins bonus round as a feature, where you’ll find a bunch of extra wild symbols. The famed explorer Columbus is of course the central character on the reels, joined by Queen Isabella and a number of nautical themed objects, including the 3 ships that make up the scatter symbols.
How to Win on Columbus Deluxe
Christopher Columbus represents the highest paying symbol on the reels, worth a very impressive 5,000 coins when hitting the maximum five in a row on a win line, while even four in a row pays the joint second payout of the slot at 1,000 coins. As well as being the highest paying symbol, you’ll also find Columbus is the wild, meaning he will substitute for every other symbol on the reels apart from the scatter.
Queen Isabella who looks resplendent in front of a red and white flag with a gold crown atop her head is next on the pay table, worth the same 1,000 coins for five in a row, as you gain for the four wilds in a row. A golden necklace pays 500 coins, while a sextant is worth 250 coins. The standard symbols are completed by the playing cards 10, J, Q, K and A. Like the vast majority of the Novomatic range, you’ll find a gamble feature available after any win. This is a straightforward gamble based upon the turn of a card.
Discover the Columbus Deluxe Feature Round
The final symbols you’ll find on the reels are the three scatters, each showing a ship at sea. These appear on reels 1, 3 and 5. The ship on reel 1 sails to the right, the ship on reel 5 sails to the left and the ship on reel 3 sails straight ahead. If you manage to land all three in a single spin you’ll enter the feature.
This feature is a free spins round where you’ll find yourself with 10 free games. However, each of these spins is potentially much more profitable than your usual spins as the three ship scatter symbols now also become wilds, meaning wins will become much easier to come by. These three scatters can also re-trigger the feature meaning that you’ll gain an additional 10 free spins added on to your current total if you do land them again.
Updated Design and Setup
As stated earlier, this is an update of the original game, so offers an improved experience in terms of sound and graphics. Each of the symbols has been given a makeover, while you’ll find some impressive animation, especially when Columbus himself is part of a win line, the symbol transforming to show Columbus on the shore standing in front of an armada of ships. Upon entry to the feature round you’ll find that the scatter symbols showing the ships change from a daytime scene with a blue sky, to a sunset scene, the sky now a nice blend of yellows and oranges.
Just like the original real money casino game this is a five reel slot, although there is a very subtle change in the fact that you now have 10 win lines as opposed to just 9 in the first game. This number of lines can be changed to any number between 1 and 10, while you’ll also choose the bet per line to give you your total stake for each spin.
If you enjoyed the original Columbus game, there is no reason not to upgrade to this version. The gameplay is exactly the same (apart from the small matter of the extra win line) while everything else about the game has been improved. Whether the deluxe version is good enough to become one of your favorite slots is open to question however, as the game does lack some originality. Nevertheless, the free spins feature with the added wilds is well worth landing, as wins can be plentiful.