Columbus Slot Game
Christopher Columbus was an Italian explorer whose voyages led him to America, the first explorer to have a lasting contact with the continent. Columbus is the key character on the reels of this Novomatic designed slot, appearing in a brown tunic and a purple hat, acting as both the highest paying symbol and the wild. He is joined by Queen Isabella on the reels, who famously sponsored Columbus’ voyage to the Americas, as well as nautical symbols and jewelry. The highlight of this 5-reel free video slot is certainly the free spins feature round, activated by landing three ships on the reels.
How to Win on Columbus
Columbus himself is the highest paying symbol on the reels, worth a very impressive 5,000 coins for the maximum five in a row. Columbus is the wild symbol also, meaning that he will substitute for every other symbol on the reels apart from the scatter. Queen Isabella is second on the pay table, paying 1,000 coins for five in a row. A golden necklace is worth 500, while a sextant is worth 250 coins. Each of these four symbols all give you a win when you can hit two or more in a row, while the subsequent symbols playing card symbols (10, J, Q, K and A) pay out when you hit three or more in a row.
Set Sail on the Columbus Bonus Feature
To enter the feature you’ll need to land the three ship symbols which appear on reels 1, 3 and 5. The left most ship sails to the right, the middle ship sails straight ahead and the rightmost ship sails to the left. If these three ships do land on all of these three on an active win line, you’ll now find yourself with 10 free spins. These free spins are much more profitable than during the base game as the three ship scatters now also become wild symbols, meaning wins will be that much easier to come by. Not only that, but should you land these three scatters again, you’ll also re-trigger the free games, meaning you’ll add 10 free spins to the existing total.
Design and Setup
The game is designed to look like it is played on a traditional looking casino slot machine, complete with the large LED style buttons which you’ll press to control the action on the screen. The symbols do look a little basic, but this is somewhat deceiving at first, as when you land a win you’ll find some excellent animation. The best animation sees a silhouette of a man placing a flag in the ground after a ship lands on the shore – this the animation for the Columbus symbol. All of the playing card symbols are designed in different colors with an ancient font, so you certainly cannot miss them. The only slight disappointment is the accompanying sound, which is somewhat generic and doesn’t realty represent the historical theme at all.
Despite being a 5 reel slot, perhaps surprisingly there are only a total of 9 win lines. You’ll see on the control panel however that you’ve got buttons to set the number of lines at 1, 3, 5, 7 or 9. You’ll also choose your bet per line and the coin value, which together will set the total stake for each spin. Like all of the Novomatic range you’ll find a very straightforward auto play option. Simply hit the button and the slot will play along merrily at sea until you hit the button again.
Columbus is an engaging slot, although it does struggle to hit the heights at times. Firstly, the game is lacking a little in originality, with just your usual base game, a single wild and a free spins bonus round, with no action away from the reels (aside from the gamble feature). Visually, the slot is plain, though to be fair the animation does make up for this somewhat. Nevertheless, the feature is a good one, especially as the scatter symbols act as additional wilds, this being the only unique aspect of the game. This feature might just be reason enough to give Columbus a spin or two.