If adventure is your cup of tea, you will enjoy this explorer-themed slot. Since it features nine simple pay lines, you may be familiar with the setup if you have played Book of Ra, which is also from Novomatic Casino. Columbus takes you on a quest to faraway lands where you can discover your own coin treasure. There are five reels and three rows. If you like all types of adventure themes, you may also enjoy Columbus Deluxe, Jungle Explorer and Marco Polo.
The graphics are clear on the reels. Each character tile features an exploration theme that looks like an old painting. There is a simple black-and-white background behind the reels, and pay lines are lit up as you select them or spin a winning combination. The game runs smoothly but may take a few minutes to load on a mobile device. You can play Columbus on most browsers as long as you have Adobe Flash Player enabled. The game is also compatible with most computer and mobile operating systems.
Betting gives you plenty of choices in this game with a wide range of coin values. You can bet on any odd number of lines between one and nine. The minimum coin value per line is a single coin, and the maximum coin bet per line is 50,000 coins. This means that the minimum possible bet per round is one coin, and the maximum per-round bet is 450,000 coins. Once your bet is set, click start to spin the reels. You can change your bet between rounds if you wish.
To view all symbols and their detailed lists of values, click the paytable button. There are three different ships, and each one serves as a scatter symbol. Scatters trigger free spins. The high-value characters can earn you between five and 1,000 coins depending on the character and multiple spun. Columbus is the wild symbol, and he substitutes for all other symbols. These are the high-value characters in order from highest to lowest value:
Low-value symbols correspond with the higher values on a standard card deck. You may win between five and 150 coins depending on the symbol and multiple spun. These are the low-value symbols from greatest to smallest worth:
Spinning three or more scatters on a pay line triggers free spins. The ships become animated and appear to be sailing away as celebratory music starts. You win 10 free spins. When your free spins are activated, the sky background of the ships turns yellow instead of blue. If you spin more ships during the free spins, you can activate additional free spins.
The bonus gambling game activates when you spin a winning combination on a pay line. There is a face-down card, and you must predict its colour. Click the black or red button to see if you chose correctly. If you guessed correctly, your current win is doubled. You can collect the win or gamble it to double the amount again.
For example, if you win 100 coins from the reels and gamble your win, you may win 200 coins. If you choose the card colour correctly and win the 200 coins, you can gamble that win for a chance to gain 400 coins instead. This continues for several rounds or until you lose, and you forfeit the entire gambled balance if you lose.
You can turn the background noises off or on by clicking the speaker icon at the top of the screen. If you want the reels to spin faster, click the arrow button next to the speaker icon. This game features auto mode. Click autoplay to spin the reels automatically. You must click stop to exit auto mode, and there is no option for setting a specific number of rounds for automatic spins.
You can play Columbus in practice mode until you want to wager real money. If you run out of your credit balance, you can refresh the page to practice more. The previous win is displayed on the lower right side of the screen, and your current credit balance is displayed on the left side.
If you like themed slots, there are plenty of other fun games from Novomatic. Polar Fox, Lucky Rose and Sizzling Hot Deluxe are just a few of the popular choices. To enjoy higher stakes and the thrill of chance, you can also try Novomatic’s electronic table games. There are several variants of roulette, blackjack and poker as well as some other games.