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About Gonzo’s Quest slot
One of the most successful and popular NetEnt slots ever made is Gonzo’s Quest and we’re fully convinced you’ll agree with us that this game is worth the wager. In Gonzo’s Quest players take on the role of Spanish conquistador David Pizarro who is hunting for everlasting glory and golden treasures in the South American jungle, somewhere hidden in remote native towns. Although this will probably sound like a lot of fun to most players, Gonzo’s Quest isn’t very convincing when it comes to the RTP. It has, fortunately, turned out to be groundbreaking in another way.
Gonzo’s Quest was one of the very first games that skipped spinning reels, but instead worked with a mechanism of falling symbols. After each falling symbol, the winning symbols explode and new symbols fill the gaps. Meanwhile, the multiplier increases. You can win up to 5 times your stake in the base game. In the bonus game of Gonzo’s Quest, the multiplier can even go up to 15x which means you can win quite a bit on this popular slot machine. This isn’t directly reflected in the RTP as it’s set at 95,97%, slightly below the Return Percentage we believe to be fair.
RTP, Volatility, and Other Details
The casino veterans among us will know that Gonzo’s Quest is still considered an all-time classic in the industry, despite its mediocre RTP. Don’t get us wrong, 95.97% isn’t that bad, and a lot of casino review sites and operators even refer to it as a “96% game”. At Vernons we believe the exact RTP of a casino game should be listed which is why we prefer to take the 95.97% as the game’s official stat. We should, nonetheless, remember that slots by NetEnt perform well when compared to other providers in terms of RTP. Pretty much all of the games launched by NetEnt hold an RTP of higher than 95%. It therefore approaches the RTP that is widely considered as a minimum standard, that of 96%.
Overall, Gonzo’s Quest RTP is more or less on the average mark, so in that sense we’re talking about a rather average slot game. An average RTP does not always mean that you’ll be on the safe side in terms of your bankroll, but for Gonzo’s Quest we’re happy to let you know that the variance is quite okay. If we take a closer look at the volatility we can state that the game is fair too as we would classify it somewhere between medium and high. On it’s own website NetEnt classifies the game as medium-high as well in terms of variance. Lastly, the 3750x maximum is very decent too, so there are actually plenty of chances to make some bucks.
Gonzo’s Quest Megaways
Please note that Gonzo’s Quest successor Gonzo’s Quest Megaways launched in 2020 by NetEnt comes with ranging RTP. The non-jackpot version has ranging RTP of 95,77%, 94,66%, 92,71%, and 90,71% and the jackpot version with RTP of 94,74% 1%, 92,74% 1%-3%, 90.76% 1%-5%, and 90.01% 1%-6%.
More about this game? Make sure to read our Gonzo’s Quest Megaways review.
You may also want to check out: Gonzo’s Treasure Hunt Live
Gonzo’s Quest features
Gonzo’s Quest is an incredibly entertaining slot. Even just by playing the free demo version you will see that you can often count on surprisingly nice payouts. However, it only gets really interesting when you bet with real money and get to one of the different features that have been incorporated in this slot machine such as the Avalanche feature.
The Gonzo’s Quest Avalanche Feature
Each Avalanche causes the multiplier to increase and by making a winning combination after an Avalanche you will be paid double. If you then manage to land a winning combination again, the profit will be multiplied by +3 and this continues up to a maximum of +5. The Avalanche Feature was considered new at the time this game was launched in 2013.
The wild symbol in this NetEnt game is animated and appears fully random on the reels. The wild symbol can also replace all other symbols, including the Free Fall symbol, making sure it increases and maximises your winnings on all of the 20 paylines.
The shiny stone with a kind of shield attached to it serves as a bonus symbol in this slot machine. The Free Falls gets triggered the moment three of these symbols land. The Free Falls are particularly interesting when a player triggers several Avalanches in succession.
From the fourth Avalanche on, there is an impressive multiplier of 15x. While playing the Free Falls it is eventually possible to claim up to a maximum of $93,750 per payline.
To us, it makes perfect sense and understandable that Gonzo’s Quest is one of the most played slot games ever, even with a slightly lower RTP deemed to be fair. The gameplay with Avalanches in combination with increasing multipliers is always exciting and we consider this game to be lots of fun for all kinds of players. Every Avalanche feels like you’re about to take part in a roller coaster ride and gives you the feeling you’re competing for the big wins. After Gonzo’s Quest, the avalanche feature has been widely used in other slots, mainly by NetEnt’s competitors.
As the RTP of Gonzo’s Quest fails to impress, we’re happy that the rest of the game has turned out to be everything but below average or even mainstream. No wonder Evolution and NetEnt have taken this game to the next level by launching Gonzo’s Treasure Hunt Live. Gonzo and his Gonzo’s Quest is and always will be one of igaming’s favourite figures!