Explore the new world and hope to fill your ships full of treasure in Columbus Deluxe, a 5 reel, 10 payline historical-themed slot from Novomatic. This seafaring adventure comes with a bonus feature that offers 10 free spins and potential payouts of 5,000 coins per payline. Start your voyage from 20p to £50 per spin.
Christopher Columbus was of course the explorer who discovered America – can he help you discover a treasure trove of coins too? The likeliest route to securing those riches in the slot that bears his name comes from the Free Spins feature. To trigger it you’ll need to land 3 of the sailing ship scatter on reels 1, 3 and 5.
In that happy event, you can look forward to 10 free spins. If the scatters sail onto the reels again, those free spins will be re-triggered giving you a total of 20 free spins. The scatters are also wild during the free spins, offering even more chances to create a winning combo or two.
There are opportunities to pouch a decent haul of coins in the base game too – the playing card symbols are the usual lower value offerings. For the higher value symbols, landing just 2 in a payline will secure a payout.
The sextant offers between 5 and 250 coins and the necklace between 5 and 500. Queen Isabella comes next, delivering payouts of between 5 and 1,000 times your line bet. Top of the lot is of course Columbus himself who awards 10, 100, 1,000 or 5,000 coins for a 2, 3, 4 or 5 symbol combo. Columbus is also a wild, substituting for everything bar the scatters.
Novomatic slots aren’t usually things of beauty and Columbus Deluxe maintains that tradition. It’s functional rather but doesn’t deliver many visual thrills. Likewise, the backing track which owes little to seafaring, swashbuckling adventure.
This isn’t the most volatile slot from the Novomatic stable either. The variance is somewhere in the middle meaning you should get plenty of play from your investment. That said, there’s still enough to enjoy here to make it playable. The base game payouts are decent and the bonus feature can deliver in style.
Get lucky and you can still sail away into the sunset with a decent haul of booty. Saying that, there are better Novomatic video slots out there with Lord of the Ocean and Book of Ra Deluxe 2 of my favourites.