Sails of Gold

sails of gold slot logoSails of Gold by Play’n GO is a rework of an older Novomatic video slot, Columbus Deluxe. The game is a foray into the adventures and travels of the Age of Discovery, when European sailors braved the winds and currents to find new lands beyond the seas, lands where they could trade, settle, or expand their monarch’s dominions.

Sails of Gold improves on the graphics of Columbus Deluxe, but the overall designs remain the same. This game’s reel symbols feature the traditional ones, A, J, Q, & K, and also some other ones drawing inspiration from Columbus’ journey, like the navigator himself, the Queen, jewels, a simplified version of the coat of arms of Castilla, and so forth.


Play’n Go describe themselves as a group of computer nerds that were doing consulting work for the big firms in the mid 90’s, but then decided to strike out on their own and start developing products by themselves instead of simply telling other how to do the job. They claim to be the first developers to bring their games into the mobile arena, a claim that is disputed among several other iGaming firms.

Regardless of whether that is actually true or not, they are pioneers in the mobile field, and their great games optimized for touchscreen devices show that. The small group of techies has grown since then, now having fifty seven employees and a portfolio of ninety one games.

How to Play It

Sails of Gold has a 5×3 set of reels, as is the standard nowadays, and has 10 pay lines. As with all mobile optimized games, the user interface in this game is greatly simplified.

The regular spin button is located on the right hand side of the screen, and a smaller menu button below it lets you adjust your bet level, set up auto play rounds, and make other minor adjustments.

The decluttered screen thanks to the mobile optimization is definitely a godsend for players like me, who prefer simpler interfaces with as little doohickeys as possible.

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Special features

Sails of Gold has a gamble feature, an increasingly common sight in the slots world nowadays. After landing a winning combination, you can choose the go double or nothing with your win money. You’ll have to guess the color of a card being drawn, at a 50-50 chance. Some other games do this with a coin flip, but the standard seems to be guessing a playing card’s color.

Sails of Gold has a Free Spins mode, perhaps the biggest attraction it has. It is activated by landing three ship symbols, on reels 1, 3, and 5. You’ll get 10 free spins, and the ship symbols will turn into wilds, greatly increasing your chances of getting the juice 5 wild combinations.

Ship symbols still award free spins during free spin mode if you get three of them in the right reels, which really boosts your chances of making free spin rounds big win rounds. Landing the three ship symbols will award an extra 10 free spins.

Maximum Payouts

Sails of Gold boasts a jackpot of 5000 coins, a fairly respectable amount. Coin value is adjustable, as normal, so do set your expectations in line with how much money you’re putting down. RTP value is 96.25%.


Sails of Gold is essentially a remake of an older game. The visuals have been greatly improved, but that’s about it. This game is pretty basic, with very little frills gameplay-wise. The very small amount of paylines greatly diminishes this game’s appeal, since its special features simply are too common in today’s video slot market.

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