The opening sequence to Gonzo’s Quest takes you back to 1541, where a ship full of Spanish explorers is moored just off the coast of Peru. Instead of being a team player, though, Gonzo decides to go it alone in the dead of night. Our intrepid explorer then grabs the map from the ship and swims to shore. Gonzo stands to the left of the reels throughout the game. Looking on as the action unfolds, while occasionally scratching his beard or getting his map out. Hopefully it will be you winning the treasure instead of Gonzo!
Gonzo’s Quest is an entertaining Aussie online pokies game which has become one of the most popular NetEnt titles. When you spin, each successive hit sees an increase in the multiplier. Things can go crazy in the feature, too. Here are the key reasons for this pokies’ success:
The ‘avalanche’ system in play at Gonzo’s Quest promises the opportunity of a number of wins at just one spin. Any time you line up three or more symbols in a row (on one of the 20 win-lines) you’ll trigger a win. Those blocks of stones with the winning symbols will now crumble, then explode, with the blocks from above falling into their place. New blocks will now appear at the top of the reels.
Once the first avalanche has occurred, the reels will be re-evaluated. As long as you keep winning, the avalanche system will continue, so you could rack up a number of wins.
Another boost is the use of multipliers. Your first win will be a standard one. But if you achieve a second win in one wave, a 2x multiplier will be applied. A third win sees the multiplier increased to 3x. Meanwhile, all subsequent wins after that will see a 5x multiplier applied.
A bronze coloured stone acts as the feature symbol. This contains a carving of an ugly beast with his tongue sticking out. Line up three or more bonus symbols in a row and you’ll enter the free spins bonus feature.
During the free spins, the multiplier starts at 3x. Successive avalanche wins will see this number increased to 6x, 9x and 15x. A run of wins during the free spins is therefore certainly going to pay out well. During the free spins, you can re-trigger. This will see an additional 10 spins added to your existing total.
This NetEnt-designed pokie features five reels and some big winning chances. The highest paying symbol in the game is a silver stone carving of a jolly character, with gold eyes and sideburns. Land this symbol five times in a row and you’ll win 2,500 coins. Look out for an amazing win if one of those multipliers is applied. In fact, a 37,500 coins win is possible if the maximum 15x multiplier is applied! An elderly looking green beast pays 1,000 coins. This is joined by a motley crew of other beasts that pay between 500 and 50 coins. The wild symbol is the only stone that doesn’t feature a carving. It simply has a golden question mark instead.
In terms of graphics, it’s a tough job to find a better online pokie than Gonzo’s Quest. The Gonzo character adds a sense of fun, as you watch his animated antics throughout. All of the stone block symbols have detailed designs too. Meanwhile, the avalanche system is impressive to watch. NetEnt has to be commended for designing a pokie with such a slick and professional feel. Not bad for a game set in the 16th century!
Gonzo’s Quest is an enjoyable and increasingly exciting poker machine. After you’ve enjoyed the opening sequence (it is advisable not to skip through this), the gameplay is fun from the start. With each of those avalanche wins increasing the multiplier, this pokie is all about those winning streaks. Your biggest wins will come in the feature, where up to 15x multipliers are applied. Get a streak going in the feature and you’ll take the prize from under Gonzo’s eyes.