Columbus Deluxe is the second version of the brick and mortar slot Columbus by Novomatic. Novomatic initially transformed the original Columbus into an online slot, but decided that it needed an overhaul to bring it up to more modern standards, and thus we have Columbus Deluxe.
Columbus Deluxe is a five reel ten payline slot that differs from the original which only had nine paylines. The game has the same special features as the original, boasting only a free spins round and a wild symbol to keep players interested. Wager limits are between 10 and 500 per line, and the coin values are 0.01 up to 50. This means that this slot can be played by players of all budgets. Columbus Deluxe is a low to medium variance game, which means that small to medium wins pay out often.
Sound and Graphics
Columbus Deluxe has better graphics than the original, but they are still done in typical slot machine style. Which is to say that they are drawing based but not cartoony. There is not a huge amount of detail in the symbols or the background. It does have a background though, which the original did not. Behind the reels can be seen an ancient looking map with the games name in old looking font super imposed above it. The sound track is still the same basic Novomatic one that sounds like a brick and mortar casino and has nothing to do with the theme.
Christopher Columbus was an explorer that supposedly discovered America, although there is now some contention about that. He was actually trying to find India, and missed completely. Columbus Deluxe reflects this rather epic mistake with some theme based symbols and some non theme based symbols. The basic ones are taken from a deck of playing cards, namely 9 to Ace. These are pretty basic, done in different colours and in the same old timey font as the online pokies name. The rest of the symbols are indeed theme based, and we can find the likes of a sextant, a gold necklace and a queen that is presumably Queen Isabella.
Columbus Deluxe Special Features
The main feature in Columbus Deluxe is a free spins round that is triggered by finding three scatters on lines two three and four. These scatters are represented by his three ships that he took on his voyage to find India and instead found America. The Nina, Pinta, and Santa Maria together will give you ten free spins. During the free spins round all ship symbols become wild as well, which can lead to decent wins. Columbus Deluxe being a low variance slot these does get triggered quite often. The free spins can also be retriggered during the free spins round, potentially leading to many more free spins and wins.
The second feature is the wild symbol. This is Columbus himself and he can be found on any active payline. He has two main roles in Columbus Deluxe; the first is to replace any other symbol in the game except for any of the ship scatters. His second function is to provide the games standing jackpot by being the most lucrative symbol in the game. Five of him on an active payline will net you 50 000 coins.