Released in 2010, Gonzo’s Quest remains NetEnt’s flagship pokie as it demonstrates the company’s high production values.
Set in 1541 and the world of the Spanish Conquistadors, Gonzo’s Quest successfully combines high quality, state-of-the-art 3D graphics and design with relatively straightforward game play that nevertheless is innovative enough to stand out from the crowd.
One of the most visually engaging pokies around, the game is notable for its ‘falling’ rather than spinning reels and Avalanche feature, with the potential for every winning spin to be multiplied.
The symbols, which are are well-crafted drawings of stone carvings featuring Inca masks, animal gods and mystical icons, instead of spinning ’fall’ into place. The ambient background features jungle noises and a gentle rhythm of drums and pan pipes, but there are explosions when the Avalanche is triggered, accompanied by bursts of music, creating an effective crescendo of sound on all winning spins. As the reels don’t spin in the conventional sense, on auto-play Gonzo’s Quest pokie is undoubtedly one of the fastest games that you’ll find on any netent casino around.
The Gonzo’s Quest jackpot is not a progressive jackpot but it potentially worth up to 187,500x coins (up to $93,750) for hitting 5x silver face mask symbols on the 4th Avalanche during the 10x free fall feature (when playing the maximum coin and size number).
During base play, the maximum jackpot is up to 62,500x coins (up to $31,250) for hitting 5x silver face mask symbols on the 4th Avalanche (again, when betting the max). On a first spin (i.e., before the Avalanche multiplier kicks in), the maximum payout is up to 12500x coins (up to $6250) when playing the maximum coin size and number.
Gonzo’s Quest rtp is 96.0% and although this is a relatively high volatility game, it doesn’t necessarily feel like it, as the avalanche feature and the potential for any winning spin to be multiplied ensures that there is always action in the game, making it seem more like a low volatility game with frequent payouts.
Apart from the Avalanche multiplier, the gaming action on the Gonzo’s Quest pokie is relatively straightforward in that there are no elaborate bonus rounds, but the 10x free fall feature (essentially 10x free spins) is the game’s standout quality. It is potentially extremely lucrative, with a jackpot of up to 187,500x coins (up to $93,750) up for grabs.
The Gonzo’s Quest free spins feature is triggered after hitting 3x free fall symbols on reels 1, 2 and 3 (the only reels on which this symbol appears). Played on a separate, albeit very similar-looking screen, when the feature is triggered the reels part, a golden Inca temple is revealed and Gonzo runs off in pursuit of it.
During the 10x free falls, the Avalanche feature is active as in base play, but the multipliers are greater. All winning spins are automatically multiplied 3x, and then by 6x on the 2nd avalanche, 9x on the 3rd avalanche and 15x on the 4th avalanche. Wins continued to be multiplied by 15x until there are no winning combination on the reels, when the multiplier reverts back to 3x.
Additional 10x free falls can be won during the feature, adding to the potential for a string of significant wins, making it a game we highly recommended playing at a Gonzo’s Quest casino.