Sails of Gold is a five-reel slot containing three rows and up to ten paylines; it has a very regal design that encompasses the reels, and in the backdrop, players can see the sun dropping over the calm sea and palm trees on a beach.
Christopher Columbus was the Italian explorer who longed to colonise of the New World during four courageous voyages in the 15th century. Sails of Gold is an online video slot themed on the great adventurer.
The year is 1492, and the known world is about to get a whole lot bigger. Christopher Columbus sets sail due west in search of a new world. All players have onboard their ship to show them the way is a compass and a telescope, and the hope of finding some dry land.
Playing Sails of Gold
Before players join Christopher Columbus on his ques for New World discovery, they should adjust their settings first.
There are up to ten "Lines" players can bet on.
The coin values range from 0.01 to 1, whilst the number of coins is from one to five.
"Autoplay" spins the reels without interruption for a limited number of times.
Once a player is ready, hit "Spin" and begin the game.
This game imitates the epic adventure of the seafaring explorer with a range of intricately designed icons that appear on luxuriously gilded reels.
What's more, the slot machine gives a good impression of the renaissance era with ornate calligraphy to depict the lower-value playing card symbols of Ten, Jack, Queen, King and Ace whilst the Christopher Columbus character himself is decked all out in the grand attire of the day.
There are three theme-related icons including a naval badge, a brooch and a compass; the telescope-wielding Colombus is the wild icon, and he will replace for all others except the scatter symbol which is the white-sail ship, the Santa Maria, and it's critical to the main bonus round.
Bonus features of Sails of Gold
This feature is activated by landing three of the ship scatter icons anywhere on the first, third or fifth reels; players can re-activate further spins by repeating this combination during this feature.
Furthermore, an extra golden wild ship is added to the reels during the spins to form more winning combinations. When the feature is over, players will be returned to the original game.
Any win can be gambled by pressing the 'Gamble' button below the reels after a success; a player now has the chance to double or quadruple that win by correctly guessing whether the next card drawn is the correct colour and suit.
Sails of Gold is a low to medium variance game – players can win up to 5,000 times their bet stake in the game. Design-wise, Sails of Gold is superb, and the gameplay is entertaining.
Waiting for the big wins Sails of Gold will take patience. However, gamers can boost their winnings by opting to gamble their wins for more significant bounties. Just be warned, an incorrect gamble will cost you all your winnings.
Words: David Bailey-Lauring