Gonzo’s Quest is what we in the online gaming community call a stone cold classic. This tale of a greedy conquistador in search of Aztec gold has become one of the all-time favourite online slot games.
This game was released in 2013, a golden year for developers NetEnt as they also released Starburst in the same year. Since then both games have remained among the most popular in the world, appearing high in more casinos than just about any other games.
This is a high variance game which plays out on 5 x 3 reels. There are 20 winning paylines and a maximum jackpot of 62,500 coins. With a return to player of 96%, you can class Gonzo’s Quest as right there in the middle of the pack in that regard.
Select your bet value using the level and coin value meters to choose a per-spin wager of between 20 cents and €50. Autoplay allows you to spin the reels automatically up to 500 times.
Gonzo is the hero of this game, and as the introductory video makes clear, he is not exactly a knight in white armour. Our anti-hero is on a ship full of conquistadors, come from the Old World to try and conquer the New World and to find some treasure along the way.
Gonzo gets hold of a treasure map and jumps ship, deciding to go on a quest of his own to try and locate the fabled City of Gold. We follow Gonzo on his quest, and we are looking for a way into that golden city too, as that is where riches lie.
We find Gonzo standing next to a wall of blocks, each carved with a separate design. There are seven different carved blocks, all of slightly different pastel shades and each with a different Aztec-style design.
There is also a silver Wild block with a golden question mark, and this can stand in for any other symbol. The feature that made this game so unique upon its release was the wonderful avalanche reels.
There are many games which utilise variations of this mechanism now, but at the time Gonzo’s Quest was the first. If you are not familiar with the format when a winning combination is formed, all of the symbols which were part of the winning line or lines disappear.
They are then replaced with new stones dropping in from above. This avalanche (or tumbling) reels feature means that one win can become two, three, four or more if new winning lines are formed.
In Gonzo’s Quest, the first avalanche is multiplied by one, the second by two, third by three and any further consecutive spins are multiplied by 5.
As those blocks fall and in between the spins, we get a tantalising glimpse of the golden city which lies behind the wall. We just need to find the key to getting there, as we know that fabulous riches await.
That key comes in the form of the golden blocks which serve as the scatter symbol. Find three of these and the wall will open up to let you enter the city of gold. However, there is a catch.
Unlike most games where the scatter symbols can be anywhere on the reels, in Gonzo’s Quest they must form a winning payline from left to right, which makes them much harder to find than in other games.
Once you do finally unlock the bonus game you will be granted 10 free falls (or spins). You can win ten more if by some miracle you manage to get another three scatters in a winning line, but don’t hold your breath on that one.
The advantage of the free falls – apart from the fact that they are free – is that the multipliers are much larger. Now your first win is multiplied by three instead of one, the second consecutive win is multiplied by six, the third by nine and any after that by a fabulous fifteen. This means that a good streak of luck can make you a big winner.
The little guy dances applaud and sometimes even moonwalks across the screen to celebrate your better winning combinations.
You will be doing something similar if you manage to unlock the key to that golden bonus round of free spins. Gonzo’s Quest can be a frustrating game in the sense that finding the combination of scatters to unlock the bonus round can take a long, long time.
You could easily spin the reels a few hundred times without finding your way to the City of Gold. However, the beautiful animations, perfect music and sound effects and fantastic avalanche reel gameplay make this slot game hard to beat.
|Game Name||Gonzo’s Quest||Software||NetEnt|
|Win Both Ways||No||Max Coins per line||10|
Gonzo’s Quest Review 2019
- Overall - 8.8/108.8/10
Play this game for any length of time and you are sure to become a Gonzo fan.