Gonzo’s Quest is a 5 reel and 20 payline 3D slot powered by software developing giant, NetEnt. Think about The Road to Eldorado, the story is about a conquistador that invaded a hidden city in the Aztec jungle in search of treasures and riches. Rumour in Spain was that this hidden city contained endless treasures of Gold and Silver and other gems.
This conquistador took a detour on the original trip he was planning because he couldn’t wait to get a hold of those treasures. And who could blame him, if I heard about a hidden city with endless treasures I’d have my bag packed and be ready to hit the road within minutes.
The blue symbol is worth keeping an eye on as it could potentially score you some great winnings. It has the icon of a face and large earrings on it and is worth 2,500 coins if 5 of them appear on the reels. It has a coin value that ranges from $0.02 up to $1 and minimum bets are $0.40 and go all the way up to $1000.
Look and Feel
NetEnt has done an absolutely terrific job with the graphics of the game. It is vibrant and portrays a mystical land in which the story unfolds – it bears a lot of similarity to the animation movie of The Road to Eldorado.
It plays off in an Aztec jungle filled with temples and rocks with symbols and signs on them. Gonzo’s Quest begins when they take a detour from the original map to find extra treasures and artefacts.
The icons are beautifully designed to look like they’re carved into the stone squares which make up the reels. One thing you will notice is that the rocks/stone slabs fall when you spin them. This gives Gonzo’s quest a unique feel that breaks away from the traditional spin motion seen in most classic casino slots.
Some of the mythological idols on the symbols include: Fire Idol, Health Idol, Moon Idol, Snake Idol, Fish Alligator Idol and the Bird Idol.
The nice thing about this slot is the change in the way of which the icons fall. Unlike other slots, the icons literally drop into place instead of just spinning. As soon as a winning combo is formed the symbols will disappear making room for new symbols to take its place.
Sounds and Score
The sound of the slot transports you into a jungle. You can hear the birds and along with some mystical sounds and blocks breaking. NetEnt has done an excellent job of keeping the sound crisp and clear.
Another fun thing about the sound is that you hear some fun little ancient tune when something happens such as the multiplier going up or your scoring.
The soundtrack of the slot includes thuds of falling rock slabs in the Aztec jungle so prepare yourself for a truly well designed online casino adventure.
The character is also given quite a personal feel with his grunting noises. It’s almost as if you are on an actual adventure with this Spanish Conquistador.
Overall I would say that the sound adds a hundred percent to the game. It gives just enough of an extra effect without overpowering or overselling the game.
Gameplay and Features
In this rather unique game, you can expect three different scoring features namely Gonzo’s Quest bonus, the Avalanche feature, wild symbol as well as the Gonzo’s Quest Jackpot.
Free Falls Round:
Three or more golden icons activate 10 free spins. During this bonus round, a 3x multiplier is added to each win. Multipliers of x6, x9 and x15 are also possible during this round. Gonzo will be a real gentleman and catch the winnings in his hat once the bonus round is over. The freefalls round can also be re-triggered during the Free Fall gameplay.
The wild symbol:
The wild symbol of the slot is a grey stone with a question mark on it. As with all other casino games, the wild can substitute for any other symbol on the reels. When the wild icon is used the game will only pay-out the highest win per bet line and it only pays out on wins that occur from the left to the right of the pay line.
The Avalanche feature:
The Avalanche feature enables you to take more than one win from any spin during the game. This feature is triggered once the icons have dropped onto the reels. When you have a successful win on a payline the symbols disappear and new ones drop on top of the existing ones. If this causes another win then the payout is higher because of the multiplier involved. The Multiplier can lead up to x5 when winning consecutively.
The multipliers during the Free Falls Round is slightly different than the multiplier in the Avalanches.
The Gonzo’s Quest jackpot:
The jackpot in this slot is 2,500 coins and can be won when five of the blue face, large earrings stones appear on the reels. This jackpot can result in an almost limitless amount of jackpot winnings if the jackpot is won numerous times with the use of the avalanche feature.
Is it worth playing?
Yes! NetEnt definitely has a talent for producing games that not only bring back great childhood memories but incredibly fun, well designed and thoroughly thought out games. Gonzo’s Quest is definitely one of the best and is most certainly very rewarding. Pack your bags as I believe a journey to El Dorado, the lost city of gold, awaits you.