Gonzo’s Quest is 5 reel, 20 payline pokie from NetEnt and is one of NetEnt’s most popular games. The pokie is based on the conquistador Gonzalo Pizarro – that’s Gonzo – and his adventures in search of the city of gold, El Dorado. One of the first things you’ll notice is that the reels don’t spin – NetEnt has introduced the Avalanche feature, where all the symbols are blocks that fall into place like a Tetris game, and on winning spins the blocks explode to make space for new ones. As with the majority of NetEnt pokies, Gonzo’s Quest is a delicious visual experience paired with some pleasant financial rewards.
HOW TO PLAY
After the intro animation, Gonzo lands in the jungle. To begin with, you will set the coin value, and the bet level – which is the equivalent of coins per line in other pokies. Once these are set, you’re ready to hit the spin button – the bet lines is fixed at 20, so there’s nothing to adjust there.
Gonzo’s Quest is a fairly simple pokie – there’s the Avalanche feature and the Free Fall feature, both of which feature multipliers, but otherwise there aren’t too many special things about it. However, the pokie has frequent, albeit usually small, payouts – and when paired with the beautifully animated exploding wins, Gonzo’s Quest does an excellent job at keeping players entertained. Bet sizes are relatively low so it’s great for beginners learning the ropes, as well as for the pros on break.
BETS AND PAYOUTS
Coin size starts at $0.01 and goes to $0.05; bet value, aka coins per line, ranges from 1 to 5 coins. There are 20 paylines and you must always bet on all of them. A quick breakdown gives you minimum and maximum bet per spin at $0.20 and $5 respectively. Compared to other pokies, bet sizes in Gonzo’s Quest are relatively low, so it’s a perfect game for players watching their budget.
Gonzo’s Quest is a medium volatility pokie. Multiplier goes up to 15x and you’ll run into those rather often. And while payouts are sufficiently frequent, they are rarely big.
Gonzo’s Quest is a non-progressive jackpot. With the all the free spins and multipliers from the Avalanche and Free Fall features, the fixed jackpot is at 2,500 coins, which is the equivalent of $125. Gonzo’s Quest is not going to turn anyone into a millionaire. However, for many players, taking home a hundred bucks every now and then is a fine enough pleasure.
NetEnt is known for its brilliant animations, and Gonzo’s Quest is no exception. The pokie’s theme is based on a Maayan jungle, and the reels are stone blocks with symbols carved into them. Instead of spinning, the blocks fall into place – this was a groundbreaking move back in 2010 when the game was released, and watching the blocks of symbols tumble into place is surprisingly enticing even for us hard knocks.
Gonzo’s Quest doesn’t have many special features, but the two that it has come out to pay often:
Avalanche Feature: Every time you land a winning spin, an Avalanche is activated with the symbols from the payline exploding, and new blocks appearing to create the possibility for another win and another Avalanche. Each win comes with a multiplier, and the multiplier increases from 1x, 2x, 3x to 5x with every Avalanche.
Free Fall Feature: Free Falls are the equivalent of free spins. 3 free fall symbols on reels 1, 2 and 3 will get you 10 free spins, and it is also possible to win more free spins while in Free Fall mode. The multipliers here are also worth more here, and go from 3x, 6x, to 15x.
Gonzo’s Quest broke some ground in 2010 with its out of the box tumbling reels. It’s a non-progressive game, with a small bet size and limited special features. However, the game pays out often, making it a great choice for players on a small budget. Today, this thoughtfully designed pokie remains one of NetEnt’s most popular pokies thanks to its simplicity.