Columbus Deluxe needs little introduction. Many players will be familiar with Christopher Columbus and his adventures as a slot theme, with the classic version of the game having been available in online casinos for a number of years. However, that nine win line game has now been improved with an additional win line, enhanced graphics, animations and sounds. It is the same great Novomatic gameplay with a more immersive twist, perfect for players that like to really lose themselves in their slot of choice's storyline.
As before, players are tasked with joining Columbus on his travels in search of new lands and, of course, wealth. In terms of game symbols, Columbus himself is joined by the Queen, his trusty compass and a valuable necklace that represents treasure in general. These higher value symbols are joined by the lower value 10, J, Q and K. The comparative values of matching each symbol can be seen by accessing the pay table directly from the game screen.
Before deciding how to approach the slot, players are offered the choice of either free or real money play. Free play is recommended for a short learning experience, where players can get used to the respective symbol values and how the bonus features work. However, the real game begins after the player makes a deposit, collects their sign up bonus and loads the slot for real.
The player then has a few options to take care of before spinning. First is the coin amount, and is basically the amount of the chosen currency placed on each win line as a bet. The other variable is the number of win lines in play. Players can choose between five and ten win lines, with more lines obviously offering more chances to win on a single spin, but increasing the total stake. If players are angling for the top prize the game offers, then they would want to use the highest line bet. In Columbus Deluxe, this is €2.00, and offers the player a shot at a €10,000 top prize. For those playing at smaller stakes, they are always in with a chance of winning 5,000 times their line bet, with line bet prices starting at only €0.04.
When all of the variables are in order and set to the player’s preferred values, play can really begin, with the player finding out what it’s like to find treasures with one of the greatest explorers in history.
Columbus himself makes regular appearances along the way. As mentioned, his symbol is the key to winning the game’s top prize, but it is also the game’s wild card. He will jump in between other symbols in an effort to increase the number of successful win lines in a spin and can operate as more than one symbol at once.
The ships most associated with Columbus were the Nina, Pinta and Santa Maria and they of course make an appearance in the game. They live on the first, third and fifth reel respectively, and appear as randomly as any other symbol. However, when all three appear on the same spin, the player wins ten free spins, the main bonus game of the Columbus Deluxe slot. The free spins use the same stake, win lines and prize payouts as the normal game. However, the ships continue to appear and there is no upper limit on the number of spins that can be won during the bonus phase itself. The ships also become more valuable on their own, with every one joining Columbus as a wild symbol, often making the ten free spins extremely lucrative.
The gamble feature is present in Columbus Deluxe, and is similar to many of Novomatic’s other gamble features. They have selected the ‘pick a card’ gamble feature for this particular slot, where the player chooses a card from a choice of two in an effort to double their win. They are of course under no obligation to gamble their prize from a winning spin, instead possibly choosing to collect it immediately. A successful gamble takes the player back to the option of gambling or collecting. A collection or a losing gamble returns the player to the standard slot interface, where they can continue playing the slot as normal.