Putting a fun twist on the traditional mechanics of a 5-reel slot, Gonzo's Quest is one of the more innovative titles NetEnt has put out in recent years. In fact, we're not even sure that it's fair to call the columns of Aztec symbols reels.
Every time you land a win in Gonzo's Quest, the relevant symbols disappear and those above come tumbling down. Slots fans who also play mobile games like Bejewelled (which now has its own slots incarnation) or Candy Crush Saga will be very familiar with this mechanic, but other players will soon grow to love it since it effectively means that they can get multiple spins for the price of one every time they win.
NetEnt refer to this as the Avalanche function, and it's really just a slightly different version of what other games call Sticky Wins or re-spins, but we can't recall another title that does it quite like this. All in all, it makes for a totally unique playing experience!
Unfortunately, in our experience at least, it's not all that common to win with an Avalanche but the 2x multiplier on the first re-spin (and multipliers of 3x and 5x for successive wins) means that wins have the potential to be quite vast when they do come.
With a totally unique take on 5-reel slots – there's an argument to be made that you can't even call the columns in the game reels – Gonzo's Quest is a very interesting game with some unique features like Avalanche and Free Fall that will keep even seasoned slots players guessing what's going to happen next.
It's also got a very respectable jackpot and a bonus round that can comfortably see players taking home thousands of coins. Plus, with 3D graphics and a beautiful cinematic intro, this is definitely one of the better-looking games in NetEnt's library.
The graphics of Gonzo's Quest really are quite special, and there's a neat cinematic intro that explains how Gonzo happens to find himself searching for ancient treasure (and helping you in your search for a big win!).
All of the usual reel symbols you might be used to are gone and have been replaced by Aztec statues and masks. This can make knowing which symbols to root for a little tricky, but you'll probably find that you quickly get to grips with it after a few glances at the paytable.
The panpipe soundtrack certainly helps to establish the mood and the sound effects – from Gonzo's grunts to wild bird calls and jungle noises – are on par with anything out of today's next gen videogames, which all helps to create a setting that feels highly polished.
As one of NetEnt's signature games you'll be able to find Gonzo's Quest in pretty much every NetEnt powered casino on the web, so you're in for an easy time finding it if you do decide that you want to try it yourself.
Big wins in Gonzo's Quest are, generally speaking few and far between. There are only 20 paylines, which would suggest the opposite but we've found that landing a 5x multiplier during an Avalanche tends to be your best bet for landing some real cash. It's also possible to rack up some nice wins in the bonus round, but obviously you're completely at the game's mercy for when this shows up.
In place of a traditional free spins bonus feature, which wouldn't make much sense given the slightly different mechanics of Gonzo's Quest, is the Free Fall bonus round. There's a multiplier throughout the bonus round and any multipliers that kick in after an Avalanche are much higher than usual. All in all, it makes for a very exciting bonus feature.
Exactly how valuable the bonus round is to you depends on how many wins you're able to line up successively. It's possible to trigger a huge 15x multiplier if you're lucky enough to get a few wins in a row, but even one miss during your round of free spins will reset your cumulative multiplier.
With a jackpot of 62,500 coins and a maximum coin size of 0.5, so a grand prize of just over $30,000, Gonzo's Quest isn't likely to set the hearts of jackpot seekers who spend most of their time on progressive games with prizes to the tune of tens of thousands or even millions of coins alight. But, we think it's still worth a look if for no other reason than its gameplay being a little different to what you might be used to.
For the rest of us, there's no doubt that Gonzo's Quest for gold could potentially yield some serious treasure that we'd like to get our hands on as well. And, unlike poor Gonzo, we don't even have to leave our living rooms to try to get it!
Because the game's a little bit different and looks so good, it's definitely worth spending some time on. Not that the game really needs our recommendation; Gonzo's Quest has rapidly become one of NetEnt's most popular titles!
At 100 coins, the maximum bet level is not huge – high rollers are unlikely to stick with Gonzo's Quest for much more than a warm up – but everyone else should find that there's a big enough range to suit their bankroll, whether you're looking to bet just a few cents or tens of dollars per spin.
And, thanks to the Avalanche function, Gonzo's Quest is a good choice if you're looking to make your bankroll last for a while too.