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| Stacked Wilds
| Expanding Wilds
| Scatter Symbol
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|| Vegas Slots
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Christopher Columbus managed to do many a thing in his life. The most famous Italian (that most people think was Spanish) has been featured in books, movies (including the worst Carry On film) and now a slot game from Novomatic.
History lovers will of course remember Columbus as the explorer who sailed the seas and discovered America and some people haven’t yet forgiven him for that. This is a five-reel game that has three rows of symbols and a total of just nine paylines for you to try and win some money on. Those paylines aren’t a fixed amount so it’s entirely up to you how many you activate one each spin of the reels and your stake. All you have to do is just make sure that the amount you are gambling is one that you can afford to lose.
There’s a dramatic introduction to the game that really gets you in the mood. We get really dramatic music and the sight of ships sailing looking for new lands and hoping the earth isn’t flat. Also we get to see the main characters of the slot flash up.
Symbols in the game have an historical link. There’s Queen Isabella who helped fund his voyages, Columbus of course, a gold necklace, a sextant and three ships linked with the great explorer, namely the Santa Maria, the Nina and the Pinta. We also get the nine to Ace playing card symbols which is a little bit of a waste really, why not chuck in some more theme-related ones?
Seeing as the game is named after him, Columbus can add being a wild symbol to his long list of achievements. He can substitute for other symbols in the game to get you some winning combinations. Getting five of the wild symbols will earn you the 5000x jackpot in this game. It can’t substitute for the scatter symbols; they are the three ships that I mentioned in the previous paragraph. They are really important in this game as they help unlock the bonus games here.
Playing the game is reasonably straightforward with all the control buttons easy to locate and use. Before you start pumping some cash into the slot, have a good look through the paytable and learn about all the winning combinations and their values and how to trigger the bonus games. Then have some free games and see just how everything works.
To get 10 free spins you need to have the three scatter symbols end up on the first, third and fifth reel on an active payline at the end of a spin. When those free spins begin the ships now work overtime and become additional wild symbols as well as scatters. If they appear on those three specific reels again then you re-trigger those free spins.
Also in the game is a gamble feature. When you get a winning combination in the base game, the opportunity to gamble it is given to you. It’s entirely up to you whether you want to accept the challenge. If you want just forget it and go onto the next spin. If you do accept the gamble the task you have is to decide if the next card will be red or black. Five chances to boost your winnings but get it wrong once and you lose your win. A nice touch is that the playing cards have an American symbol on them to mark the achievement of Columbus.
An attractive looking game that has proved very popular for Novomatic. The soundtrack is a dramatic one that didn’t have me rushing for the mute button. The bonus round isn’t the easiest to trigger but can be profitable once that has been achieved. Definitely recommended.
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