Gonzo’s Quest is the renowned video slot from NetEnt that follows intrepid explorer Gonzo in his search for Eldorado. Having landed by ship near Peru, Gonzo disappears into the jungle in search of Incan treasure.
Whilst the Gonzo in the game is a loveable and excitable rogue who watches you play and celebrates your wins, the real life Gonzo wasn’t such a stand up guy. Named Gonzalo Pizarro y Alonso, he lived from 1510 to 1548, and was a Spanish conquistador and the younger half-brother of Francisco Pizarro, the conqueror of the Inca Empire.
He accompanied his brother on his third expedition for the conquest of Peru and whilst in South America built a reputation as one of the most ruthless conquistadors of the New World. In 1541 Gonzalo would hear rumours of a rich native city and begin an ultimately unsuccessful quest to find the mythical city of Eldorado. He would later go on to rebel against the Spanish King and eventually meet his end by way of beheading.
In the slot version, we find Gonzo safely arrived in Eldorado searching for riches, and is a far more fun proposition than rebellion and beheading! As well as the desktop version, Gonzo’s Quest is available on mobile, in a version called Gonzo’s Quest Touch. There’s also the pioneering Gonzo’s Quest VR too. Whatever version you play, the game features high variance and the opportunity to hit big wins relatively quickly.
The Gonzo’s Quest slot features 3 rows, 5 reels and a compulsory 20 paylines. Players can select from coin values of 0.01, 0.02, 0.05, 0.10, 0.20 and 0.50 and then choose from the number of coins per line, 1-5. You can therefore bet coin totals of 20, 40, 60, 80 and 100. This gives a minimum bet per spin of .20, whilst the maximum bet available is 50.00.
Getting started in the game is straightforward and you can even try a free play version before committing your cash. This slot is easy to use and features the usual controls found in video slots. You’ll also find options for “Autoplay” and a “Max Bet” button. The RTP for Gonzo’s Quest slot is 96%.
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Everything about the layout of Gonzo’s Quest is great. From the reels, which are located in the depths of the jungle with Inca style constructions in the background, to Gonzo himself, who is stood beside the reels, watching on in the hope of finding riches. Gonzo will react to each win, getting particularly excited when you enter the free falls feature! The graphics are bright and colourful, and the game as a whole is fantastic to look at.
The reels setup in Gonzo’s Quest is quite unique, because instead of the standard spinning motion found in most slot machine games, tiles fall from the sky. Hence the use of terms like free falls and avalanche.
All symbols in the game are wonderfully animated, with the base symbols taking the form of tiles adorned with heads of mythical creatures, whilst the free fall symbol is a golden tile adorned with the face of a sun god. The wild symbol is a silver tile with a golden question mark and will substitute for all other symbols, except the free fall symbol, to form winning combinations.
The main feature of Gonzo’s Quest is the Avalanche Feature, which is similar to the tumbling reels features found in other slot games.
The Avalanche Feature comes into play every time you form a winning combination across the reels. You’ll get your pay out from the winning icons, before they’ll split apart and proved space for new tiles to drop down in their place. Should you from winning combinations from the new layout of tiles, the feature will repeat. But that’s not all.
A multiplier is visible at the top right hand side of the screen. This multiplier will rise with each concurrent winning line, giving the potential range of 1x-5x multipliers on you win.
The opportunity for the biggest wins in the game comes courtesy of the free falls feature. The feature is is triggered by getting 3 Free Fall symbols on 3 consecutive reels. This will award 10 free falls (or free spins) and change the values on the multiplier meter. With every winning spin, the multiplier value will raise, giving the potential for 3x-15x multipliers!
This feature can be activated again, within the free falls feature mode. So there is the opportunity for some monumental wins to take place.
With Gonzo’s Quest touch, you can play this outstanding game on your mobile device. The game has been optimised for small screen use, with an almost identical layout and graphics, so you lose none of the features or fun of the desktop version when transferring to a hand held device.
This video slot comes with a high variance, so it will suit players who want the opportunity to hit big wins out of nowhere. Thanks to the Avalanche Feature, every win provides the opportunity for an even bigger win with the next spin. Hit the free falls feature and you could reach a multiplier of 15x! Once you get on a roll, it’s possible to steamroll your way to huge wins in this slot.
In the summer of 2018 NetEnt are raising the bar and introducing Gonzo’s Quest VR. Yes, you can experience the game in full and glorious virtual reality whether playing via a desktop casino or mobile casino. It’s set to be an immersive slot experience like no other.
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