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Gonzo slots series extended with Gonzo’s Gold™

For over 10 years, the Gonzo’s Quest™ slot was the only videoslot with Gonzo as the main character. The past year we saw Gonzo making an appearance in a Megaways version (Red Tiger Gaming), a Live Casino game (Evolution), and now in NetEnt’s Gonzo’s Gold™ slot as well. With Gonzo making his appearance in the newest NetEnt slot, players now have a Gonzo slots series to enjoy. And, of course, we see our beloved Spanish conquistador back on the reels!

We’ve put a bit of a twist on what players can usually expect from a Gonzo game, replacing the bet lines and transforming it into a cluster pays slot with a Free Spins expanding symbol feature. We’re always looking to challenge what people expect from a gambling experience, and this is an exciting new take on Gonzo. Both new players and those familiar with Gonzo are going to thoroughly enjoy this next stage in the journey,” said Todd Haushalter, Chief Product Officer, Evolution.

Gonzo slots series

A decade ago, NetEnt shook the online casino world with the launch of an extremely innovative video slot, far ahead of its time. The above intro and NetEnt’s announcement lit a fire in my video slot heart. For the first time, I informed readers about every tiny detail of the video slot announced. It was the first video slot I truly enjoyed playing, and I’m happy to see Gonzo is as popular as it was back then!

It was 2011, the start of what I call a true video slot revolution. Games so far consisted of either 3×3 reels with only 1 to 5 bet lines available (classic slots) and 5×3 reels (video slots) with 9 or more bet lines.

The first leg of what is now the Gonzo slot series brought a modern slot with 5×3 reels. The 20 bet lines were not particularly innovative, but the way symbols (stone blocks) tumbled down instead of the traditional spinning.

Besides this special effect, it was Gonzo’s Quest™ that introduced the popular Avalanche feature. An avalanche comes to life when falling rock symbols become part of a winning combination. Symbols involved in the winning combination explode. They will then be replaced with new tumbling rock symbols. The more winning bet lines, the more avalanches occur.

Gonzo’s Gold™, on the other hand, offers the Cluster Pays feature, another extremely popular slot invention from NetEnt. Clusters are groups of 3 (high win symbols), 4 (low win symbols), or more symbols that are adjacent to each other. Therefore, a 5×5 grid is available in this part of the Gonzo slot series, with no bet lines available, just clusters.

Now the Gonzo slot series is a fact, it’s nice to see what both video slots look like and have to offer. They differ a lot from another, offering two completely slots with a different gameplay and volatility level.

Gonzo’s Quest slot

The Gonzo’s Quest™ slot is the first of the Gonzo slots series. It’s time far ahead when launched in 2011, the game still looks as if it was launched only recently with the innovative Avalanche feature in the spotlight!

  • 5×3 reels and 20 bet lines
  • Medium volatility
  • Bets between € 0.20 and € 50 per spin
  • Maximum win 2500x your bet
  • Main feature is the Avalanche feature
  • Wilds, Avalanches with Multiplier, and Free Falls with Avalanches and Multipliers
  • Also available as Gonzo’s Quest Touch®

Gonzo’s Quest™ slot innovations

As it’s ten years ago that Gonzo’s Quest™ appeared at the NetEnt Casinos, you would believe that the game by now would be outdated. But nothing is less true! Gonzo’s Quest™ truly shows the innovations NetEnt is all about, with the Avalanche feature more popular than ever.

It’s 2021, and Gonzo’s Quest™ is still on top of all the video slot charts. This means that it’s one of the most played games in the NetEnt Casinos. Together with Starburst™, this 10-year-old is a real player’s favourite.

You might know the Megaways series. It’s a series of video slots from different suppliers. A Megaways slot is a video slot with 6 reels with a diverse number of symbols on each reel. It means that each reel, during each spin, shows either 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 or 7 symbols. This slot mechanism provides up to 117649 ways to win.

Many Megaways slots offer the Cascading reels feature. An innovation on its own, I promise, but it has a lot in common with the Avalanche feature. Just another proof that this innovation was far ahead of time. The first Megaways slot, for example, was developed in 2018.

Another fantastic innovation we still don’t see much these days, is the falling blocks. Instead of the traditional spinning, the rocks fall down to their position. Just to explode when involved in a winning combination. This event involves incredible 3D graphics, totally new at the start of the video slot revolution.

Gonzo is timeless, Gonzo’s Quest™ is timeless, and now the Gonzo slots series welcomes another addition to the series!

Gonzo slots series

Gonzo’s Gold slot

The Gonzo’s Gold™ slot is the second leg of the Gonzo slots series. Launched last week, you now have the chance to enjoy the Cluster Pays mechanism and Free Spins.

  • 5×5 reels and Cluster Pays
  • High volatility
  • Bets between € 0.10 and € 200 per spin. 
  • Maximum win 6500x your bet
  • Main feature is the Cluster Pays feature
  • Scatters acting as Wilds too and Free Spins with Expanding Symbol feature
  • Also available as Gonzo’s Gold Touch®

Gonzo’s Gold™ keeps it simple

As a sequel to Gonzo’s Quest™, it’s only logical that the story continues just where we saw Gonzo’s journey ending in the first leg of the Gonzo slots series. This time, he manages to get into the Incan temple where gold can be found in abundance.

Determination is what suits Gonzo best as he makes his way through the temple, doing his best to beat the dangers awaiting, avoiding the arrows and solve the puzzles. Excitement is what keeps Gonzo going to return on the reels in Gonzo’s Gold™ last week.

Gonzo offered Free Falls in Gonzo’s Quest™, but in Gonzo’s Gold™ slot it will be just Free Spins. Same, same, but different!

It totally fits Gonzo’s Gold™ as NetEnt aimed to keep this game more simple. It’s clearly developed for its high volatility, not for the 3D graphics and new innovations.

It’s the existing Cluster Pays feature you get to enjoy, and it works perfectly well with 5×5 reels. The main game doesn’t offer much excitement. Therefore, start to wish for the Free Spins feature from that first spin!


By on 18 October, 2021