Those familiar with the Spanish invasion of Central America and the Mayan culture will recognise the specific story this game is based upon. Gonzo’s Quest is a slot game reincarnation of iconic adventurer Gonzalo Pizzaro’s hunt for the lost golden city of El Dorado. In a way, this is a perfect story for a slot game to be built around, as there are many shared qualities such as luck, the unknown and the search for wealth. This game was created by NetEnt and is played on a 6-reel board with a Megaways playing mechanic. There are 117,649 ways to win. To form wins, you must match the ancient Mayan stone tablets in configurations across the various pay lines. Bonus features for Gonzo’s Quest are plentiful and various. They include an Avalanche feature, an Avalanche Multiplier feature, unbreakable wilds, and what the game calls their Earthquake and Freefall features. Bets for Gonzo’s Quest range from 10p to £100 per spin. The maximum win for this game is 21,000 x your stake. Gonzo’s Quest is a high variance slot from the heart of the jungle with a return to player percentage of 96%.
Graphics and Theme
NetEnt have created a visually magnificent slot game here from top to toe. For example, the background is a crumbling ruin of a Mayan temple, through which Gonzo is currently picking his way. More cleverly, NetEnt has hidden the lost golden city of El Dorado in the board itself. It becomes visible only as symbols are destroyed, giving players a glimpse of the promised land of wealth they wish to reach. The board has been incorporated seamlessly into the surrounding architecture, giving the impression that the game is somehow part of the beautiful stone construction. Symbols are a collection of tablets that depict classic Mayan gods in various colours. There is also the mystery symbol which is shown as a question mark. Gonzo will run around collecting coins in his helmet in ecstatic joy if you get a big win. The music is like a tribal drumbeat from an Indiana Jones movie.
As has been mentioned, this game has plenty of features, a total of 6. You will notice the first feature playing Gonzo’s Quest is the Avalanche feature. It means that symbols fall into new positions like Tetris instead of getting a new set of symbols from reels spinning each time. Winning or matching symbols are destroyed with each turn and leave spaces for new symbols to fall into. This gives you more chances of winning with each spin as new combinations can be formed with the freshly replaced symbols.
The Avalanche multiplier feature is also in play for Gonzo’s Quest. This feature is triggered every time an Avalanche occurs. With each consecutive Avalanche that falls, the multiplier grows up to a ceiling of 5x (five avalanches).
The Unbreakable Wilds feature concerns the question mark symbol’s playing mechanics, which is the wild in this game. This symbol and substituting in for any other symbol, if part of a win, will also not explode, meaning more chances to form wins with that wild.
The Earthquake feature can randomly come into play at any time. When it does, it destroys all low-value symbols on the board. Therefore, only high-value symbols will be left for the following spins. This means more lucrative wins.
Lastly and perhaps the most complex is the Free Fall Feature. To trigger this feature, players should be on the lookout for the Free Fall scatter symbol which looks like a gold coin. A win with three or more of these symbols will trigger the feature. You can also trigger it by landing two Free Fall scatters and a wild. Each symbol involved in a win will give you three free spins. For example, if you were to trigger the feature with three scatters, you would receive nine free spins.
Once activated and the number of free spins is totalled, a Royal Wheel will appear on the screen. You can choose to gamble from this wheel to win more free spins or stick with the ones you have already earned.
The Avalanche multiplier is in play during this feature, but the multiplier values (because you are in the Free Fall feature) are 3x higher. The multipliers are as described below:
1st Avalanche = 3x multiplier
2nd Avalanche = 6x multiplier
3rd Avalanche = 9x multiplier
4th Avalanche = 15x multiplier
If you should land more free fall scatters in the feature, this will result in more free spins being added to your total. There is no upper limit to the number of free spins you can be given. When the feature terminates, you will return to the base game. However, the multiplier that was active on your last free spin is applied to all of the avalanches that form wins.
NetEnt makes setting up and playing Gonzo’s Quest easy with a range of betting options provided along the bottom of the screen. Using this menu, players can set the bet per spin and win and loss limits. Once these parameters are set, players may spin the reels. This can be done either by using the manual spin button or by setting up automatic spins. To win, players must match symbols across pay lines from left to right.
Gonzo’s Quest Megaways on Mobile
Gonzo’s Quest Megaways can be played on all mobile platforms and is optimised for Apple and Android software.