Gonzo’s Quest Megaways Slot Review
Gonzo’s Quest Megaways Game Details
|Jackpot:||20,000 x Stake|
|Auto Play Feature:||Yes|
The original version of Gonzo’s Quest is, perhaps, one of the most well-known video slots in history – I’d say it’s definitely up there in the two five, along with Play’n Go’s Book of Dead and NetEnt’s Starburst. Gonzo’s Quest Megaways is a brand new release from Red Tiger Gaming (a company who are now owned fully by NetEnt), and it incorporates Big Time Gaming’s highly-unique and popular Megaways mechanic, bringing bigger win-potential to the table and more excitement on every spin!
Once again players will find themselves playing along Gonzo as he goes in search of treasures in the ancient ruins of South America. The slot can be played from between 0.10 and 4 credits per spin, and there are 6 reels and a varying number of rows with up to 117,649-ways-to-win active on each spin. Gonzo’s Quest Megaways has an RTP of 96%, and from what I could find it appears as though Red Tiger are not offering different RTP versions of the game – something that’s very rare for them.
How To Play
I’ve always had a major soft spot for the way in which Red Tiger build their games. (And yes – at the time of game development, NetEnt didn’t have their own Megaways license, so they chose to develop the game on Red Tiger’s platform instead of their own. This is why the user-interface looks like all other Red Tiger Gaming games.)
It’s incredibly simple to play Gonzo’s Quest Megaways – and you’ll see the big yellow spin button on the right-hand-side of the screen. To select your stake, just scroll through the betting options to the bottom left-hand-corner of the screen, and either side of the “bet selection” button you’ll see there’s an autoplay and quickspin toggle available. This allows you to customize the game to your own personal preferences.
As always, you’ll find a detailed paytable and there’s also a full set of game rules if for some reason you want to read the real intricacies about the game and how it all works!
Symbols and Payouts
If I’m being completely honest, one of the things I was most surprised about when I first started playing Gonzo’s Quest Megaways was that NetEnt/Red Tiger Gaming chose to keep – for the most part – the same symbols as the original. There’s nothing wrong with this – but generally speaking in the iGaming world when a highly-anticipated sequel slot is released the software providers try to mix things up a bit and make the symbols look a bit more… well… glamorous!
Thankfully, all symbols in Gonzo’s Quest Megaways still look great – although it can take a bit of getting used to seeing them fall in different sizes if you’re used to playing the original! The vast majority of the symbols in Gonzo’s Quest Megaways are all masks, although there are two animalistic-looking icons which act as the game’s lowest-value symbols. There’s also a new wild symbol – details of which I’ll get into in the “Bonus Features” part of this Gonzo’s Quest Megaways slot review below.
While it’s not a bonus round, the first thing in the “bonuses and features” section of this review I want to cover is the Avalanches. Each time you form a win – both in the base-game and the free-spins bonus – the symbols involved with that win disappear, and new ones drop down to take their place. More on that below:
I just told you all about the Avalanche feature – a core component of the original Gonzo’s Quest slot, and a mechanic that many game developers have chosen to build into their games today. However, Gonzo’s Quest Megaways offers something quite unique.
In the base-game, each time a winning avalanche is formed and new symbols drop down, a multiplier increases by 1X. This can reach 5X – and once reached, it stays here for as long as new wins are formed.
Like the original game, Gonzo’s Quest Megaways is all about the free-spins bonus (although don’t get me wrong – big wins really are possible in the base-game) – and to trigger the free-spins bonus round you’ll need to land three of the Free Fall scatter symbols anywhere in view. Doing so will award you 9 free-spins, and for each additional Free Fall symbol that lands in view you’ll be awarded 3 additional free spins.
During the free-spins, the multiplier values increase – so instead of it capping out at 5X, wins can be multiplied by as much as 15X – and there’s also a new feature, known as Unbreakable Wilds. On every spin, up to two of these wild symbols can land in view – one on the first three reels and one on the second three reels. When these land, they act as wilds (substituting for all other symbols in the game), but they don’t disappear after each avalanche. In fact, they lock in place until no more wins are formed and the next spin begins! This means it’s possible to keep forming avalanches – and hitting wins – for quite long periods of time…
And, as you can imagine, if you’ve managed to get the multiplier all the way up to 15X – and make it across with 6-of-a-kind combos of premium symbols – you can walk away with some mega wins here!
Jackpot and How To Win
As is the case with many Megaways slots – unless the game developer specifically implements a maximum win cap, the theoretical maximum amount of money you can win on each spin is, in a lot of cases, unlimited. In the vast majority of cases the maximum amount of money you can win from a game will actually depend on the online slot site you’ve chosen to play at.
Most online casinos, in the UK for example, impose a maximum win of £250,000 – regardless of how much you’re staking per spin. This does not apply to progressive jackpot games, however.
Gonzo’s Quest Megaways doesn’t state a maximum win – however, Red Tiger did come out and state that the slot falls under the “highly volatile” end of the variance scale, and I also found a comment from one of their team saying “players playing Gonzo’s Quest Megaways will find themselves able to win in excess of 20,000X their stake”.
It’s clear there’s significant win-potential – and while I can’t give you any “magic trick” to improve your chances of winning, I’d recommend you enter the game prepared to give it a good few hundred spins. The bonus round isn’t particularly easy to trigger (because when it does it tends to pay pretty well), so don’t expect to sit down for 20 spins and hit a big win – because Gonzo’s Quest Megaways is the kind of game you may well end up grinding for an hour or two.
Both NetEnt and Red Tiger Gaming have invested significant amounts of time, resources – and money – into developing their mobile technology. In fact, in a strange case of irony, the original Gonzo’s Quest slot was NetEnt’s first “Touch” game – a series of games that were specifically built for mobile devices. Gonzo’s Quest Megaways doesn’t disappoint, and throughout my rigorous testing it stood up well on all of the mobile devices I tested it on.
I really like the fact that just because I was playing from a mobile device I didn’t have to sacrifice certain game options. This is something we often see from smaller game studios – they make setting autoplay, for example, next to impossible on mobile devices, and quickspin isn’t even available on some software provider’s mobile games!
That’s just not the case with Gonzo’s Quest Megaways and NetEnt and Red Tiger have built a fantastic mobile-optimized version of the game. It runs smoothly, is easy-to-navigate and easy-to-use (both in terms of setting your bet and finding your way around the game’s rules and paytable), and I’m confident any player with a semi-decent internet connection will be able to enjoy uninterrupted gameplay, regardless of whether they choose to play from a desktop computer, laptop, mobile phone or tablet.
In my opinion, it’s pretty rare for a Megaways sequel to be actually better than the original. We’ve seen a large number of game developers attempt to do just that – Blueprint Gaming with Ted and King Kong Cash, and Pragmatic Play with Wolf’s Gold, for example – but NetEnt and Red Tiger seem to have really pulled it out the bag with Gonzo’s Quest.
While – initially – things may not look too much different, the semi-sticky wild symbols during the free-spins bonus round make a major difference; not only does it make it significantly easier to reach the 15X multiplier, but it also means that winning cascades continue to tumble down for… well – a long time in some cases!
I’ve personally seen videos of players hitting well above 5,000X+ their stake on Gonzo’s Quest Megaways – and that’s only the wins that have been caught on camera! On the whole, I’m really impressed with Gonzo’s Quest Megaways and think it’s a fantastic option for any player looking to enjoy the thrills of a Megaway slot with a classic – almost retro-esque slotting theme.
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Last Updated on February 21, 2021