Columbus Deluxe Slot Machine
So many other historical events have been made into slot games, that it is surprising that Christopher Columbus has not been a more popular title. With the exception of the original Columbus slot from Novomatic, I believe this is the only game featuring his epic voyage. This slot does mimic the original mechanical games from land-based casinos, judging by the look and feel of the game.
At the same time as keeping the mechanical roots in mind, the graphics have obviously been the subject of a lot of attention. Many of the items are animated. For me the smile and turn of the head of the Queen in this game has a sinister edge to it. Then again, maybe I have watched too many TV thrillers. Christopher himself comes to life, and his trusty compass is also involved. Most of the sounds are mechanical or early electronic slot noises from the Novomatic library. These are interspersed with some epic sounding trumpet calls and short quasi-classical tunes. They do help bring things to life, though the mechanical sounds and theme do not gel too well together for me.
There is only one interesting feature on this game – a free spins round. This moves the voyage of the Mayflower from day to evening, and can be retriggered. There are no advanced or flashy games involved with this slot. What it does do is a great job of recreating the early mechanical 5 reel slot games from live casinos and putting the result online.