2020 was the year that the original 2011 classic slot Gonzo’s Quest was reborn with Gonzo’s Quest Megaways from Netent. Highlights of the game include Avalanche Multipliers, Unbreakable Wilds, the Free Fall, Earthquakes and of course the Megaways feature licensed from BTG. New and improved, it has a maximum prize of over 20,000x bet!
The Lost City of Gold
It’s fair to say that Netent hit the ball out of the park with the original Gonzo’s Quest. In fact, to this day you will still find it as part of a free spins welcome package at some casinos.
If you are unfamiliar with Gonzo’s Quest, it follows the Spanish Explorer Gonzo, a Conquistador, in the rainforests of South America in search of the golden city of El Dorado. The slot retains the best parts of the original game including the cutting edge artwork, incredible animation and Mayan-influenced musical soundtrack.
Gonzo’s Quest Megaways
Big Time Gaming introduced the Megaways mechanic and has licensed it out to other providers ever since. Effectively, the 6 reels can each hold 2-7 symbols, which increases the ways to win up to an incredible 117,649. Compare this to the 20 fixed paylines of the original, and you can see the difference.
Avalanche Feature with Multiplier
The Avalanche™ Feature is a trademark of Netent. It involves a mechanic where symbols involved in a win explode, causing symbols above to avalanche down (cascade) to fill in the gaps. It can result in additional wins, and the game round only ends when you fail to record a win. Each avalanche increases a win multiplier as follows:
When the feature has ended the multiplier resets back to 1x.
The Earthquakes is new and randomly triggered. Here, the reels randomly begin to shake, destroying all of the low-paying symbols then replaced with high-paying ones.
When wild symbols take part in a winning combination, they do not explode like the other symbols. The trade-off for this is that only two wilds can appear at one time, with one on any of the first three reels and the second on any of the last three reels. Wilds substitute for all symbols including Free Fall symbols.
A win of 3+ Free Fall symbols or a combination of 2+ and a wild unlock the Free Fall feature. You can win three free spins for every symbol used to trigger the feature. As in the base game, each avalanche increases a win multiplier, but by a higher amount as follows:
Gonzo’s Quest Megaways: Slot Summary
Gonzo’s Quest Megaways slot is medium-high volatility with an RTP of 94.66%, available on desktop and Android/iOS mobile and tablet. Vary your game rounds from 0.10 – 20.
The slot boasts a 20,000x+ bet jackpot which is a giant leap from the original 2,500x. Still, let’s be honest, if your experience is anything like ours, then wins in the neighbourhood of 20x-60x are more realistic.
The addition of the Megaways is sure to excite the hard-core gamers, and the Earthquakes feature was an interesting add-on. Amazingly, the game loses none of its original charm, which says a lot considering its cult-like status.