Gonzo’s Quest Slots
Gonzo’s Quest is a visually stunning game based on the Spanish conquistador Gonazalo Pizzaro and his expedition in search for the lost city of El Dorado. This NetEnt game is a platinum award winner and you can see why right from the word go. The intro film looks like a Hollywood made animation and the in-game graphics are first class.
You’ll find detailed coverage of NetEnt Gonzo’s Quest Slot game in this review. First below is an explanation of how to play and the basic setup. This includes the number of coins you can spin with and the key winning combinations too. The cascading tablets feature is the big attraction in this game, and this is covered in detail next below. Finally, my summary at the end of the page includes an overview of how this game compares to other NetEnt titles.
How to play Gonzo’s Quest Slot
The first thing you see is the intro and once that is over Gonzo appears on your screen, which has a rainforest backdrop complete with Inca pyramid. You don’t have the usual spinning reels like with other slot games but instead there are cascading reels. When you click “spin” the symbols drop into place and if there is a winning line the symbols crumble and are replaced by new ones – potentially creating a cascade of wins.
All of the symbols are square tablets with a series of Inca type masks and faces on them. They are all colored differently and have different values. The symbols are blue, green, yellow, purple, brown, red and turquoise. You should look out for 5 blue faces that have gold earrings because they pay 2500 coins. Most of the other symbols are smaller payouts, with the 5 of a kind wins being 1000 for green, 500 for brown and 200 for purple.
When you start the game you can choose your coin value range which is from 2c up to $1 and you can bet 5 coins per pay-line which means that the minimum bet in Gonzo’s Quest is 40c and the maximum is $100 as the game is has 5 reels and 20 pay-lines. It is not possible to adjust the pay-line in this game – you have to play with 20 lines on each spin. The number of coins per line and size of the coins should give you plenty of flexibility.
There is a scatter symbol in the form of a gold circle. This has pay outs attached and will also trigger the ‘Free-fall’ round (see below). There is also a wild symbol, which has a question mark on it, this substitutes for any symbol except for the scatter.
Gonzo’s Quest Slot Bonus Features
The main feature in Gonzo’s Quest is the free-fall round, which is triggered by hitting 3 or more scatter symbols anywhere on the reels. This is like a free spins round, with the added extra of cascading wins. Gonzo himself will catch the wins in hat. Winning lines will explode and disappear, with the tiles falling down to replace the gaps they leave. You’ll start off with a 3x multiplier for all wins during this round, and will be able to hit 6x, 9x and up to 15x respectively. With the top prize of 2500 coins, a 15x multiplier could turn this feature into a big win. You can also re-trigger this bonus by hitting 3 more scatter symbols while playing it.
Other than this, the avalanche of wins that can come from the regular wins exploding and getting replaced is the other notable reason to check this slot out.
Gonzos Quest Summary
This was NetEnts’ first Platinum award winning slot and is more than worthy of the accolade. Like many of the NetEnt titles, the graphics, smooth game-play and attention to detail are first class. For me, this is different enough from regular slots games to make a refreshing (and very entertaining) change.
The avalanche wins will keep you interested while playing. Many of these do not result in many extra win-lines. However a wild symbol or two can make a big difference and cause the exploding tablets to continue for 4 or 5 rounds – a great boost to your bankroll.
It is possible to win big on this game via the free-fall round. Most of the wins will be mid-sized, which is not going to appeal to the Jackpot seekers out there. There is always Mega Riches to play at all casinos which run the NetEnt software.
Gonzo’s quest stands out from many other Aztec-themed titles which have been put together by other slots software providers too. If you have not experienced the top-quality NetEnt slots, or simply feel like a change from the usual games, then Gonzo’s quest is one for the shortlist, check it out for yourself soon!