Sails of Gold slot was created by Play’n Go, a software development company from Sweden, the creators of such video slots as Aztecs Idols, Wild Blood and Tower Quest. The slot is inspired by Christopher Columbus and his quest for new worlds and hidden treasures.
The visual sensation follows the theme, as well as the music, so it almost seems you are one of those experienced seamen accompanying the famous explorer. Symbols used in this five-reel, 10 paylines slot are the Captain, Ancient Sailboat, Emblem, Broach, Compass and a Golden Ship, which only appears during the free spins, while the rest are playing card symbols..
What We Love
The soundtrack is rather good and it gets you in the correct mood from the very beginning, as well as the graphics. Even though there is a lot of features to adjust before starting to play, you do not have to be an experienced sea dog to stir this ship, since the developers took their time to list all the needed information regarding betting, rules of the game and the paytable, so those with less experience with these kinds of games will have no trouble at all to play this video slot.
Lack of any special features in the bonus round is compensated with the Gamble Round, in which you gamble the winnings in a rather interesting card game, which can bring you a solid amount of money, if you play your cards right, keeping you in the game for the entire time, rather than just spinning the reels. Also, during the free spins the Wild symbols can award additional free spins and provide the opportunity to boost your winnings.
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What We Do Not Like
Even though the graphics part is rather good, a little more effort in replacing all the playing card symbols with authentic symbols of the described era could have given us the complete impression that we were actually on the boat with Columbus, but for some reason, Play’n Go did not find this as an important part of their game, even though there was more than enough material for such a venture.
The Scatter symbol combination needed for free spins does not occur as often as we would have liked and when it does come, you cannot expect to earn much during the bonus round. Lady Luck could help in the subsequent game of cards, but bumper payouts will only come once in a great while, since the winning pattern is rather unpredictable. Concerning the Golden Ships in the free spin feature, they also come as seldom as possible.
Sails of Gold is not a slot for those who aim to strike it rich, even though you can earn a solid amount of money in the betting round, while risking to lose all your winnings on cards.
The betting round is actually the most interesting part of the game, as it keeps you on the edge and the combination of spinning the reels, betting in the card game and the free spins round can provide you with a lot of fun while playing this video slot instead of just pressing the spin button over and over again.