Gonzo is probably NetEnt’s most recognisable mascot and his mush is splashed across all sorts of casino banners, promos, and adverts. He’s not a natural pin-up in the Cindy Crawford sense but he has a certain charm and charisma, which might appeal to the short-sighted or hard of thinking. We don’t mean to do him down at all though, because he’s one of the most lovable casino characters and he’s lent his name to Gonzo’s Quest, one of the best online slots on the market. It’s a bit of an old favourite these days, having been around for a while. But there’s still plenty of mileage in this classic 5 reel, 3 row, 20 payline slot.
WHAT IS GONZO’S QUEST ABOUT?
Gonzo’s certainly an adventurous chap, as you might have guessed from the game’s title. Gonzo’s Quest sees you follow our eponymous hero around the Amazon jungle in search of the lost city of El Dorado. The symbols reflect the theme – Amazonian masks abound – and it’s all played out to the sounds of the rainforest. That’s if you don’t mute the game to avoid Gonzo’s slightly odd grunts of disappointment as he studies his map or celebratory yelps if you hit a win. It’s a great looking game, busy visually but not too distracting, and it boasts some exciting features to boot.
GONZO’S QUEST BONUS FEATURES
The symbols drop rather than spin in Gonzo’s Quest, something that inspires a couple of key features. The avalanche feature appears in other NetEnt (albeit in different guises) and sees symbols fall away when you create a winning line, before being replaced by new ones. If the avalanche creates another winning line, you will start accumulating a multiplier, which can reach x5 in the main game. That’s a pittance compared the x15 multiplier on offer in the Free Fall round. Free Falls are Free Spins but in a different style. You get 10 free falls when you land a winning combination of at least three gold symbols. Last but not least is that old fluffy favourite feature – the NetEnt wild. Taking the form of a mysterious question mark symbol, the wilds will buddy up with any adjacent symbols to create lucrative winning combinations.
HOW CAN YOU PLAY GONZO’S QUEST?
You’ve got NetEnt in one hand and one of the company’s best-loved games in the other. Put them both together and you have a release that could only be available across all platforms. Our natural inclination is to discuss the desktop version of any game but Gonzo’s Quest is one that beautifully translates to tablets and smartphones. We’ve wasted many an hour on the iPhone incarnation of the game, and Android users are just as well looked after. It’s an online slot that suits all types of gaming preferences.
WHAT ARE YOUR CHANCES OF WINNING ON GONZO’S QUEST?
Gonzo’s Quest is an armchair adventure for everyone. It’s a low to mid variance slot; one which rewards both the slow and steady as well as the casino jackpot hunters. The multipliers will pique the interest of serious players because they are readily accessible in both the main game and free spins. In the latter, your chances of winning a hefty sum will increase hugely. The game has an RTP rate of 96% and maximum payout that’s north of €90,000. But we see Gonzo’s Quest as a slot to be paid with small stakes used sensibly as you gradually build your prize pot and wait for free spins.
OUR VERDICT ON GONZO’S QUEST
This was an exciting release when it first hit the market and remains just as interesting now. Its become one of NetEnt’s most recognised online slots thanks to a combination of gently addictive gameplay, a healthy paytable, and a few special bonus features. We love Gonzo in the main, but he can become a bit irritating over time if you keep the sound on, for all the audio also helps immerse you in the game’s jungle theme. Any minor grumbles there are more than compensated for elsewhere, however, and that’s why we always find ourselves coming back to this slot on a semi-regular basis. Gonzo’s Quest is a trip worth taking.