Widely regarded as one of NetEnt’s most identifiable video slot titles, Gonzo’s Quest is quite honestly one of the better slots out there. That may sound like an exaggeration but with the beautiful 3D graphics, accessible gameplay and frequent wins, no other slot developer has managed to top it. Based on the conquistadors that conquered South America, join Gonzo as he searches for the lost Aztec city of Eldorado. The graphics here are smooth and, despite being released four years ago now, still hold up. Even looking at preview of the game itself makes players want to try it out at least once.
Gameplay with Gonzo’s Quest is very simply. The reel operates on a 20 payline basis and you can adjust your coin value from as little as 1p to as much as 50p. That might not sound like a huge difference, but you can adjust the bet size from between 20 to 100 and that changes things up slightly. The reel is your conventional 5 by 3 structure however the animation of the symbols portrays them “falling” onto the screening instead of spinning or rolling. Every time they land, you hear the satisfying sound of stones falling on top of one another, giving the slot a very tangible feel to it. This is what NetEnt fondly refer to the “avalanche” reel which we think is a pretty cool name.
All the symbols are large, Aztec totems that act as wild, scatter and bonus symbols which can be aligned to unlock the slot’s many features. Gonzo himself stands beside the reel, fully animated in 3D, and occasionally checks his map to make sure you’re on the right track with everything. Or maybe he’s bored, it’s hard to tell… Either way, the slot is beautifully animated and the gameplay makes it seem like all slot development is easy. There aren’t many clones of Gonzo’s Quest, however, seeing as it’s difficult to replicate its success. It’s a lightning in a bottle situation. If anyone manages to make a slot as good or accessible as this game, we’ll eat our hats.
Having five reels in total, this allows for players access to all of Gono’s Quest’s best features. The avalanche reel offers up multipliers which increase a player’s win significantly, up to 15x. This can be done when the player aligns three or more Free Fall symbols in a row. Activating the Free Fall also act as extra spins and make gameplay much more interesting for you if you manage to win some. Thankfully, due to the game’s medium variance, it is simple to accomplish this. You can win up to 10 of these Free Fall spins at a time however you can unlock them as many times as you like.
Aside from these, you have wild symbols that substitute any other symbols on the reel. Be sure to adjust your bet level and coin value carefully so you get the maximum amount you can out of each “spins”. Otherwise, you could be wasting money needlessly and playing the game in a completely unproductive manner. To do this, simply click the plus and minus symbols next to the “Bet” and “Coin Value” options, located at the bottom of the reel. To spin, simply press the circular button also located at the bottom of the reel.
To conclude, Gonzo’s Quest is honestly one of the best slots we have ever come across. Not only is it prolific but it is accessible, unique and wonderfully realised with stunning animation, excellent sound design and faultless gameplay. Like we said, it’s hard to find another game like it and we doubt anyone will ever replicate its success. It’s perfect for newcomers especially as the game is simple to play and has everything you need to know about slots before you progress onto something a little more sophisticated. Overall, a massive thumbs up from us. Well done, NetEnt! You’ve created a timeless classic.