Gonzo appeared next to the reels in Gonzo’s Quest™ in 2011, for him to return to the reels in 2021 in Gonzo’s Gold Touch®. In this sequel, we see Gonzo continuing his search for gold. His journey seems to continue where it began in the first place! Did he indeed find the temple of gold, hidden in the lost city of gold, Eldorado?
Where it all began
It was in 2010 that NetEnt launched a slot its time ahead. With fantastic 3D graphics and an impressive video slot character, the game became a favourite in no time!
It also meant the introduction of the innovative Avalanche™ feature, offering a gameplay different from any other slot game. Even the intro was its time ahead, with Gonzo running into the forest with a secret map. This with only one quest, to find the lost city of gold: Eldorado!
Gonzo started to gain fame and online casinos loved him! Until this day, he is nicknamed “The Gonz” and often used for casino banners and promotions.
Everybody loves Gonzo and I have been a fan myself since the day I saw Gonzo showing off his moonwalk next to the reels. Even despite the fact that he can be a bit grumpy and impatient at times.
Until today, Gonzo’s Quest Touch® is immensely popular with mobile players. No wonder a sequel to this mobile slot was launched at the NetEnt Casinos in 2021.
What’s new in Gonzo’s Gold Touch®
Almost everything! It seems that we continue to follow Gonzo on his quest for gold, but basically, everything else changed.
Unfortunately, we don’t see Gonzo back next to the reels for a dance or some grumpiness. This time, he will only be available on a symbol. The aim of Gonzo’s Gold Touch® is to keep things simple!
10 years after Gonzo’s first adventure, we see him back in a temple of gold. Incan if we have to believe NetEnt, but it looks more like a Mayan temple to me. It doesn’t matter, though, because it’s filled with gold. And that’s what Gonzo has been after for over 10 years.
Regarding the gameplay, we lost the Avalanche feature. Instead, you enjoy the equally popular Cluster Pays mechanism. This means clusters of symbols are responsible for the wins. They are the heart of the action in the main game and the reason two rows were added. That’s why Gonzo’s Gold Touch® offers a 5×5 grid instead of the standard 5×3 as we’re used to from Gonzo’s Quest Touch®.
New is also the higher volatility. Gonzo’s Quest Touch® was known to be highly volatile, with a medium to high volatility. Gonzo’s Gold Touch®, however, promises to bring even higher wins with its high volatility.
Why the Cluster Pays™ mechanism?
The Cluster Pays™ mechanism is one of the most successful slot features developed by NetEnt. It’s rather logical for NetEnt to go for another type of gameplay for a bigger difference of the two games. It’s useless to launch a sequel that’s pretty much the same as its predecessor.
That’s probably why NetEnt let go of the Avalanche feature. Even though, it was used for the first time in the Gonzo’s Quest™ slot in 2011. The Avalanche feature proved to be successful, but the game would end up looking the same.
It’s pretty clear that NetEnt wanted to keep things simple in Gonzo’s Gold Touch®. Therefore, a cluster of symbols is responsible for winnings. Therefore, there are no bet lines or ways to win available in Gonzo’s Gold Touch®. Another popular mobile slot that uses this mechanism is Aloha! Cluster Pays Touch®.
The way it works is simple to understand. A symbol is part of a cluster if it’s horizontally or vertically adjacent to the same symbol. A cluster can be formed with either three or more high win symbols or four or more low win symbols.
Gonzo’s Gold Touch® features
Gonzo will stop at nothing to get his hands on gold and continues his quest in Gonzo’s Gold Touch®. This time, we find our beloved Spanish conquistador exploring an Incan temple, and it seems all of Gonzo’s gold dreams are finally coming true!
New in Gonzo’s Gold™, is the Golden Symbol Expansion feature. Thanks to this special slot feature, it’s the Free Spins feature that makes you reach for the stars….uhm gold I mean!
As mentioned before, the main game is all about the Cluster Pays™ mechanism. Clusters are groups of 3 (high win symbols), 4 (low win symbols), or more symbols that are adjacent to each other.
With a minimum bet of just 0.10, you can already spin the reels and follow Gonzo into the gold temple. It’s mainly Cluster Pays that provide the action in the main game, as it’s the Free Spins feature with Golden Symbol Expansion that’s makes Gonzo’s Gold Touch® worth it.
Free Spins feature
Free Spins are what you long for in Gonzo’s Gold Touch®. It’s no secret that the best win potential lies in the Free Spins feature in which you look at wins of up to 6500 times your bet.
The game is made to be simple and straight forward and three Scatters is all you need to activate the Free Spins feature. Usually, more Scatters provide more Free Spins. Not in Gonzo’s Gold Touch®. More Scatters in this slot, means a higher Multiplier.
This means you won’t receive more than 10 Free Spins, but more Scatters involved in the activation of the Free spins feature result in a higher Multiplier:
3 Scatters = x2
4 Scatters = x20
5 Scatters = x200
Golden Symbol Expansion
With the activation of the Free Spins in Gonzo’s Gold Touch®, you also activate the Golden Symbol Expansion feature. That’s why a Pick and Click bonus opens just before Free Spins start. This bonus game is simply made to reveal the Golden Symbol Expansion symbol.
This particular symbol expands as soon as two or more horizontally or vertically adjacent Expanding Symbols appear on the reels. They then expand to take over the entire row or reel.
All symbols, except Scatter Symbols, can be considered a Golden Expanding Symbol during Free Spins and remain golden for the entire Free Spins feature.