Novomatic had a great deal of success with their slot game based on the great Italian explorer Christopher Columbus. His voyages in the 15th century have gone down in history and he’s been remembered in many a way since then. Jim Dale even played him in a Carry On movie that unlike the expeditions that Columbus went on, pretty much sank without trace.
Such was the success of that first game that Novomatic have put out this deluxe version of the game. This has five-reels, three rows of symbols and a total of ten paylines full hopefully of winning combinations. High rollers will be keen to try their luck on this slot as you can bet £100 on each spin of the reels if you desire. Simply go for a stake you can afford to lose.
Wins are paid on active paylines from left to right unless it’s a scatter symbol. They pay out just for ending up on the reels and don’t need to be on an active payline.
Symbols in the game are the same as in the Columbus game but have a much better look to them, well this is a deluxe version. There’s Queen Isabella of Spain who used to fund his global voyages, a sextant and a gold necklace. We also get the ten to Ace playing card symbols that have a rather strange look to them. These are the lower paying symbols in the game. If you are lucky enough to get five of the Queen Isabella of Spain that pays a 1000x multiplier.
The wild symbol in ‘Columbus Deluxe’ is Mr Columbus himself. He has the ability not just to discover America (though others may disagree on that point of view) but now in the 21st century he can substitute for other symbols to get you some winning combinations. I always love it when that happens because it’s so frustrating to be one short of a decent win.
The wild may be powerful in this game but it doesn’t have the ability to substitute for the three ship scatter symbols. These are the Nina, the Pinta and the Santa Maria which are the most famous ships that Columbus and his crew sailed in. They help get you into the bonus game, more about that in a moment.
If Columbus or Queen Isabella form a winning combination there’s an entertaining piece of animation from them. This all adds to the enjoyment of playing the game.
Before you play the game have a good look through the paytable. You access this by pressing the ‘info’ button situated at the bottom of the screen. This gives you all the information you need about how the game runs, how to get into the bonus round and what each winning combination pays.