Everyone loves to explore and be an adventurer - to have the chance to walk on the wild side and move out of their usual comfort zone. Now you can do just this without having to leave the comfort of your own armchair. You can join Gonzo's Quest by NetEnt as he sets off to look for El Dorado, the fictional - or maybe not! - lost city of gold. Even if Gonzo doesn't find his gold, he may help you to find a fortune as you play this very popular online slot game. Let's take a trip back in time to meet Gonzo in this funny 3D slot, following the explorer to see what he has to offer.
Gonzo's Quest is an online video slot with five reels, three rows and 20 paylines. The bonus games are the avalanche feature, the free falls wins and the wild substitutions. You have 20 fixed bet lines; however, you can choose your bet level from one to five and different coin values. The wild, which will only appear on reels two, three and four, stands in for all the other symbols. When the maximum multiplier is reached, all wins are paid with the maximum multiplier until no more new wins are generated, at which stage it reverts back to the initial multiplier.
Who is Gonzo?
Gonzo's Quest is based on the story of Gonzalo Pizarro, who was a real-life Spanish conquistador. He was the half-brother of Francisco Pizarro, who was the conqueror of the Inca Empire. Born in 1510, the Spaniard was by all accounts a greedy young man. Nothing would stop him in his quest for gold money and power. The Pizarro brothers set out on an expedition to conquer Peru before attempting the conquest of the Inca capital of Cuzco. Gonzo heard rumours about a rich kingdom called El Dorado; of course, he had to lead an expedition to try to conquer this too. He was unsuccessful, probably because it is a mythical city of gold, but you can find your El Dorado if you capture the ultimate prize in this highly amusing slot game.
Off to exotic lands
As you fire up the slot, you will see an old wooden sailing ship at sea being guided by a full moon. This introduction adds to the excitement as you wait to see what Gonzo's Quest will bring. First up is the little hero himself, depicted as a bearded chap sitting to the left of the reels. The 3D imagery is very impressive, as he looks rounded and realistic, especially when he keeps scratching his beard. He is staring intently at the reels, which are made up of Inca symbols. The sound effects take you straight into the jungle with the sound of birds, other animals, beats and jangling. Could that be the chink of gold coins we are hearing?
You really feel as though you have stepped out of your normal environment and gone back 500 years to join Gonzo in the Central American jungle. His clothes, the old symbols and the Spanish music are all working their magic to take you on this adventure. Soon you will be facing avalanches and go into freefall as you search for the lost gold of El Dorado, but let's not get too close to Gonzo - we don't know what is in his beard that makes him keep scratching it every few seconds!
Although the real Gonzo was a villain, NetEnt has transformed him into a super-character. Sometimes it is hard to remember to keep your eyes on the reels as they spin because Gonzo is scratching an itch, spinning his tin helmet in boredom, looking at his map, dancing a little jig, or fist-pumping when you win. Find a big win - perhaps even your El Dorado - and watch as he moonwalks across the screen - and what a screen it is! It is very green and brown with an Inca temple set in the background, plenty of greenery to remind you of the jungle, and water pouring out of a face carved in the stone. This is definitely a slot game that is better with the sound effects turned full on. The background noises take you to a Central American jungle; in addition, when the symbols land in their spaces, it sounds as if the stones are falling into place.
What makes it exciting?
Whilst most people run from avalanches, you will be hoping to come across one - or more than one. The avalanche multipliers increase the win with each new avalanche in a round. For the first avalanche, you will get a multiplier of 1x your stake and a free falls multiplier of 3x. Two avalanches offer a 2x multiplier and a free falls multiplier of 6x. The third avalanche lands you a multiplier of 3x and a free falls multiplier of 9x. The fourth is the biggest, with a multiplier of 5x your wager and 15x for the free falls multiplier. Only the highest win for each bet line is paid. The winning symbols on the 20 paylines need to be in succession from the leftmost reel to the right. The win multiplier increases with each new avalanche in a game round.
The free fall symbol is a gold coin, and each bet line that contains three free fall symbols will activate 10 free falls. These free fall symbols have to be in succession and start from the leftmost reel. The good news is that you can win additional free falls during the free fall game. The wild, which is another Inca symbol with a gold question mark, stands in for all other symbols. For the lowest icon, which has a beaked nose, you will win three coins for three on a winning payline. The highest payout of the ordinary symbols is a chap with chubby cheeks and golden eyelids. This one pays an impressive 2,500 for five on a winning payline.
Taking a walk on the wild side
The wilds are your best friends. It may look like you have a losing payline but then one of the symbols becomes a wild and turns it into a winner. Wild symbols can turn losing paylines into winning ones and small wins into big wins. They have the potential to earn some serious winnings for you. As if by magic, they turn into anything you need, just like the joker in a pack of cards. If you have two engravings that are the same and need a third to win, your wild can count as the third and give you a payout. More excitingly, you may already have three of the same symbols in a winning payline and your wild can act as a fourth, so you now have a four-symbol payline. Happy days indeed!
Ready to play?
You can play this game how you wish. You can choose to play without sound, although the sound effects really add to the entertainment value. You can also decide to play autospin from 10 up to 1,000 spins. With Gonzo being so entertaining, you might want to consider autospin so that you can watch him without any distractions. You can also decide your bet level - from one to five - and your coin value, or you can decide to hit the max bet button for the maximum bet to save time. Under the spin button you will see how much cash you have, your bet and your winnings. The maximum bet is £50 and the maximum coin payout is 2,500. You have 20 paylines, so you shouldn't have to wait long before the symbols land in the right direction. Back in the day, land-based casinos just had one payline that went from left to right in a straight line; now, you have diagonals, verticals, straight lines and seemingly random lines. This is another thumbs up for online casino games in our book.
Waiting for an avalanche
The avalanche feature is unique and well designed by the clever developers at NetEnt. The symbols will fall into place on the reels instead of just spinning, but how do you start an avalanche? The answer is with a winning bet line. The symbols in winning combinations will explode and then disappear, leaving space for a second avalanche of symbols and a chance for you to be handed even bigger wins. The avalanche keeps going until there are no more wins; in addition, the win multiplier increases with each new avalanche until it reaches the maximum multiplier. The maximum multiplier is 5x in the base game and 15x in free fall. Most players find the avalanche feature really exciting and you get even more chances to win with every spin, as this feature has extended the gameplay.
The avalanche feature is a real hoot. You might think it would slow the game down, but far from it. There is a jangly little guitar tune and the symbols quickly break up to bring new ones in to replace them. You then see how much you have won - or not - and get taken back to the base game.
Going into free fall
You may find your stomach is in knots when you go into free fall. The free fall symbol will only appear on reels one, two and three. Each time a bet line contains three free fall symbols, it activates free falls - similar to te gameplay in Da Vinci Diamonds. These free fall symbols have to appear in succession starting from the leftmost reel. They also use the same bet as you placed in the round that activated this feature. A winning bet line during free fall will trigger an avalanche. Is it possible that you will be hoping beyond all hope that you get caught up in another avalanche? The maximum multiplier during free fall is a generous 15x and you can win more free falls during this feature. Once the free falls feature finishes, you are taken back to the game that activated free falls. The total win from free falls is then added to any wins from the round that activated the feature. What’s more, three free fall symbols will activate a further 10 additional free falls for you.
What is the RTP?
Your odds of winning are always the same. They are not based on your prior wins, your bets, your budgets, the time of day or the day of the week. If you win the top prize, your chances of winning it again on the next spin of the reels are exactly the same. The expected payback reflects the theoretical return over a large number of plays by numerous games over a long period of time. For Gonzo's Quest, the long-term return to player is 96 per cent. This means that for every £100 spent, a player can expect to get back £96 in theory.
Rules of the game
You can play for free or bet from a minimum of £0.01 per pay line up to a maximum of £50 altogether. You can choose coin values of 0.01, 0.02, 0.05, 0.10, 0.20 and 0.50 and bet levels of 20, 40, 60, 80 and 100; therefore, the minimum bet per spin is £0.20 and the maximum bet is £50. Once you have chosen your bet per payline, hit the spin button and start playing. You can also play autospin, so you can automatically keep the reels spinning. The automatic spins run at the same speed as if you were manually hitting the spin button each time.
You can stop autoplay when you win. Autoplay is also stopped when free falls is won; in addition, you can specify that autoplay stops if a win exceeds an amount set by you, if your cash increases by an amount you specify, or if the cash decreases by an amount you have specified. You can also click reset to clear all your selected stop autoplay options. This is worth knowing, as some new players are put off the autospin as they wonder what will happen if they win or are running out of cash. Will it carry on autospinning? The good news is that it won't - you control the settings.
Playing Gonzo's Quest on mobile - Android, iPhones and tablets
This is a great game to entertain you when you are out and about, as it is ideally designed for mobile and tablet. Just fire it up or and visit Slots Temple to play this game. You can then play Gonzo's Quest whenever you have a spare moment from wherever you are. It is an endearing slot, so it is great to know that you can just whip your phone out of your pocket to spin those reels whenever you wish. It is even better if you switch your phone or mobile over to 'landscape' mode, as the way the slot is designed fits much better this way. The NetEnt software is compatible with iPad and Android devices, amongst others, and is designed for easy play on smaller devices.
If you are playing a slot with a lot of graphics or videos, it can be quite hard on your system, especially if you don’t have lots of RAM on your tablet or smartphone. Bear this in mind when playing online video slots such as Gonzo's Quest.
Before deciding to play online slots on your mobile device, it is important to make sure that you have a strong internet connection. Ensure that you are in an area where your data won’t cut out; better still, ensure that you are connected to Wi-Fi. There is nothing worse than disconnecting from an online slot when you are on a winning streak, especially if you are in the middle of the free bonus spins. This would be a catastrophe!
That being said, you can also give this game a spin on your desktop computer. While more and more players are using mobile devices to give their favourite slots a spin, you can still enjoy Gonzo's Quest slots from your desktop or laptop. You will have a much bigger screen and a better sound system, so you can enjoy this fun online slot to its maximum potential.
Tips on playing Gonzo's Quest
Don't let Gonzo become too much of a distraction; if he does, look at playing on autospin - you can always decide when to stop the automatic spinning and go back to manually spinning each time. Always keep your cool and your nerve. If you are playing for money, decide how much you wish to play at the start of the session so that you can stay within budget. Never feel tempted to have just one more spin if you feel you are on a losing streak. Sometimes the reels just won't land in the right way for you and you need to know when to let go. Another good thing about online slots is that they tend to have higher payouts than land-based ones.
If you are playing for money, it makes sense to play all paylines to maximise your chances. You can bet small amounts on the maximum number of paylines to keep your overall bet small. It goes without saying that the more paylines there are on the slot, the greater your chances of activating a payout. It is always best to set a budget in advance before you settle down for a game, as knowing how much you are prepared to lose means you won't get a shock if you get so wrapped up in the game that you forget to keep an eye on how much you are spending. Likewise, be prepared to switch off after a winning streak. The temptation is to keep going; however, you could end up back where you started rather than building up a pot of money to play with next time.
Playing slots should always be about the entertainment first. They are designed for players to have fun with and to enjoy. The graphics, videos, sound effects and storyline are fabulous. Some are even based in movies or TV programmes, which adds another dimension to our enjoyment of a particular show. Playing slots should never be about making life-changing amounts of money. This can happen; however, when it does, it should be considered a bonus and not the sole reason for playing slots in the first place.
When playing slots, whether for free or for money, it is always worth reading the guidelines first and reviews such as this one. In this way, it won't come as a surprise when a special feature fires up that you hadn't realised was coming. Take a couple of minutes to read the rules, to find out about the paylines and to see how much money you can bet and what the possible winnings could be. Look up any side games, special features, free spins or bonus games and whether you need to do anything during them; in addition, see whether a game has high or low volatility. Some players like the chance of fewer but higher wins, while others like to see frequent winnings heading into their cash balance - particularly when they are playing for free. The frequent winnings add to the pleasure when you are playing a game for free.
Playing for free
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You should play 150 to 200 spins for free before you spend any money on Gonzo's Quest or any other online slots. Why so many? You will get an idea of how many wins you get and there is a good chance you will get to play any bonus games with this number of free spins. This is also important for you to decide whether the game is up your street. Every online slot is different, so you should definitely find out whether your personal gaming tastes and budget suit any new slots you want to try. Other people may recommend a particular game for you to try, but we are all individuals. You may find the sound effects of a particular slot are a turn-off or may not like the volatility of a game, but your friends may enjoy these things. Playing for free means that all you have wasted is a little of your time and you have not thrown good money into a game that you have not enjoyed. You can save this for the games you fall in love with!
Don't go large just because it's free
Another useful tip is not to be tempted to go large just because you are playing for free. When you are playing an online slot for free, be sure that your bet level is similar to the level you would be playing if you were using real cash. This means you can make an even more informed decision about whether the game is ideal for you. You will have a rough idea of how much you could potentially win if you are prepared to gamble a certain amount, which could be a deciding factor in whether you play.
Keep a list of your favourites
You can add games to your favourites so that you have a list of the ones you enjoy the most, or you can keep a list of them handy. You can then narrow down any new games you want to try for free by seeing whether they have a similar theme to your favourites. You can also use this list to narrow down your list of games to try for free so that you can get playing for real money sooner if this is your intention.
How Gonzo's Quest works
Some players set up their own slot strategy and claim they have a system that works, but what works for them may not be right for you. We all have our own playing style, strategies and lucky charms. The slots are programmed to be random, so there are no fail-safe winning strategies. Let's have a look at how slots such as Gonzo's Quest actually work. Your fate on every spin is in the hands of the random number generator (RNG), which determines how the symbols will fall on the reels. The programming makes sure that these numbers do not follow any particular pattern; similarly, they do not depend on prior results. Each spin is an independent event and has nothing to do with the previous spins, which is the beauty behind being random. This also makes sure that every player who hits the spin button has an equal chance of winning.
Remember this randomness when you are playing, as some people swear that you can predict the reels by looking at how they appear after each spin. You may have seen people peering up and down the reels in the casinos and arcades to see which symbols are coming next. There are even suggestions that the reels that display zig-zagging patterns can help you to predict that a big win is on its way. This is simply not true. When you press spin, a new set of numbers is randomly generated -the RNG does not have a memory to take into account any previous spins.
Set a budget
The best thing you can do is to set yourself a budget. Don't chase your losses - or any wins - and don't rely on slots to make money. They are purely for entertainment and should not be used as a way of propping up your pay packet or paying the bills. Always play slots for free first before committing any cash and take your time - don't get overexcited and keep hitting spin. Slow down, enjoy the moment, make the most of your victories, and know when to call it quits. This can be after a big win or if you are on a losing streak. Find your favourite games and then find some similar ones that you may also enjoy. At the end of the day, play because you are having fun. As the big guy says, if the fun stops, you stop. Do not assume you are going to win, and always be a good loser. People can win a lot of money and quit work, but don't expect this to happen to you. If it does, you are very lucky. First and foremost, play because it is entertaining.
The Gonzo's Quest experience
When making a list of your favourite slots, it is also worth checking who made them. Each developer has its own style and you may find you have a preference for one or two. Once you know your favourite slot maker, you can look out for any new launches by them. Start playing the games for free as soon as they are available. Gonzo's Quest is a slot by NetEnt, which is one of the most popular and most well-known names in the casino gaming world.
NetEnt has been a digital entertainment pioneer for more than 20 years. It has developed around 140 games on a range of themes, from cartoons to adventures such as Gonzo's Quest. NetEnt has handed out millions of prizes since it started in 1996, so no wonder it is now one of the most popular online developers in the world.
The NetEnt casino module is used by more than 300 online gaming operators. NetEnt is also licensed in Malta, so you can rest assured that you are safe and secure when playing its games.
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Other games to try
If you have enjoyed Gonzo's Quest, you are likely to enjoy some of the other slot games with explorer or adventure themes. Explorer slots are very popular, as you can really feel the adrenaline pumping and excitement growing when you get into the games. If you enjoy Gonzo's Quest, you may like to try various other adventurous slots from the traditional retro style to top-quality video games. Place yourself in the shoes of an intrepid explorer and help to find hidden treasures around the world or in mythical places. The Egyptian theme, with Tutankhamen, Cleopatra, sphinxes and pyramids, is always popular. You could try Tutankhamen to get a different sense of history to Gonzo's Quest; alternatively, Polar Explorer - with its icy-blue feel - is at the opposite end of the temperature scale to the hot and humid jungle in Gonzo's Quest. You could also join the Vikings in Viking Age to get another historic viewpoint altogether.
Enjoying Gonzo's Quest
Gonzo's Quest is one of the most popular video slots out there at the moment, and it is easy to see why. Gonzo is full of character and very lifelike with his little gestures and grunts. He is like that old bearded uncle you see once a year who says little but whose presence is certainly felt. The graphics are amazing throughout. From the moment you join Gonzo in the Central American jungle with its exotic plants and animals, you feel as though you are on an adventure. If you were told you would be experiencing avalanches, you might be forgiven for thinking this is something to be avoided, but not in this game! Avalanches are to be encouraged; however, there is no point shaking your screen in the hope of setting off an avalanche. Unfortunately, it doesn't work that way.
This game will certainly appeal to all gamers from beginners right up to seasoned players. The theme, excitement and video feel will attract beginners. Although there are avalanches and free falls, the new player does not have to actually do anything or contribute during these features. All the work is done for you. In other games, the side features require players to make decisions, which can be daunting if you are new and just want to spin the button. The comical Gonzo and the background noises will also appeal to everyone. More experienced gamers might like getting involved with spinning wheels or choosing doors to unlock as in some other games; however, in something as visual and fun as Gonzo's Quest, it is nice to sit back and just enjoy the spectacle unfolding in front of you. The payouts are not the biggest and there are no progressive jackpots, but the avalanches, free falls and multipliers mean there are plenty of ways to line your pockets. Whether you enjoy playing for fun or for money, Gonzo's Quest is the right game for you.
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