Gonzo’s Quest – Surviving the test of time

Classics tend to stand the test of time and provides other competing titles a benchmark to aim against. NetEnt’s Gonzo’s Quest is one such release that not only offered an experience way ahead of its time, it also was considered as a trailblazer for all future NetEnt releases.

NetEnt’s Gonzo’s Quest is played over 5 reels and 3 rows, and offers upto 20 paylines. Supported across all major platforms, NetEnt’s Gonzo’s Quest has a playable range of 20p to £50, and offers some innovative features such as Avalanche Reels and Free Falls Bonus feature. We’ll cover more of these features in detail below.

NetEnt Gonzo’s Quest – Overview

Before we jump into a detailed review of NetEnt’s Gonzo’s Quest, let’s take a quick look at the online slot game’s main information – 

  • Number of reels: 5
  • Paylines: 20
  • Playable range: 20p to £50
  • Jackpot: Yes; upto 2,500
  • Bonus Rounds: Upto 3 rounds
  • Free Spins: Upto 10
  • Multiplier rate: Upto 5x

Visual theme and reel symbols

Originally released in 2011, NetEnt’s Gonzo’s Quest features visuals that were way ahead of its time and till date, it has stood the test of time in the visual department. The story focuses on Gonzo’s quest in the fabled El Dorado, the lost city that’s filled with gold and other riches. 

You can see Gonzo on either side of the reels, dancing and getting excited when the tally keeps adding up. He even does a moonwalk, which is really cool! There’s even an intro video that’s shown once the game is launched. 

Another interesting tidbit of NetEnt’s Gonzo’s Quest is that this online slot game was the first to feature the Avalanche Reels feature, so this particular game set the benchmark for many future NetEnt online slot games. 

The symbols included in this game are animals, masks displayed on stone slabs, fire, moon and heath. The heath symbol offers the highest payout, with upto 125 times the original stake when achieving the winning combination. 

The wild of NetEnt’s Gonzo’s Quest is the question mark symbol.

Avalanche feature

Introduced first on Gonzo’s quest, the Avalanche feature represents a landmark feature for all future online slot games, and NetEnt found themselves a winner feature which has been widely requested for most of their releases. Once this feature is activated, the symbols begin cascading down and winning symbols disappear to leave gaps that are filled with more symbols, increasing the chances of getting more winning combinations.

In Gonzo’s Quest, the first avalanche offers a 1x multiplier, the second avalanche offers 2x, the third avalanche offers 3x and the fourth avalanche offers a 5x multiplier rate. 

Free Falls feature

Another landmark feature that was made popular in Gonzo’s Quest was Free Falls, and this feature is activated through the scatter symbols. If a player gets a Free Falls scatter symbol on reels 1, 2 and 3 simultaneously, then the Free Falls feature is activated. With an initial 10 free spins awarded, the Avalanche meter is displayed to show a 3x multiplier rate and this can increase to 15x!

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