Gonzo's Quest

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Gonzo’s Quest is an online video slot game for desktop and mobile browsers, released in 2010. It has both a free play mode and a gambling mode. Gonzo's Quest was the first platinum game of NetEnt, a leading global supplier of online casino software and games.[1] The game has been described as "a medium variance slot, but the paytable is rather generous."[2]

Theme[edit]

Gonzo the conquistador arrives to the Peruvian coast in a galleon. He steals a treasure map and sets off to search for Eldorado, the lost city of gold.[3] Gonzo is a constant feature of the game, entertaining the player with his antics.

The character's look and name are based on Gonzalo Pizarro, a 16th-century Spanish conquistador and the brother of the more famous Francisco, the conqueror of the Inca Empire. Considering the controversial nature of the Spanish conquest of the Americas, the theme was challenged by some as questionable.[4]

Gameplay[edit]

The game has 3D graphics and a pastel palette. It begins with a short 3D animation video describing the setting. In the gameplay itself, there are seven different symbols in the reels: Fire, Alligator, Fish, Bird, Moon, Snake and Heath. There is also a wildcard symbol, the Question Mark.

At the time of its release, the game distinguished itself among other slot games with its avalanche feature. While other games had spinning reels, the symbols in Gonzo's Quest fall into the reels. When a winning line is formed, its symbols explode and are replaced by new ones in another avalanche, which means there can be several payouts in a single spin. There are 20 different paylines.[5] The Free Fall feature awards bonus rounds when three or more bonus icons appear. Five such icons result in the top payout.[6]

Reception[edit]

The game has received positive reviews since its launch in 2010.

Most recently, Droid Slots published a five-star review, praising the game's novelty features and large payouts while objecting to its having no mini-games. The review concludes: "Five years after it was released, the game doesn’t fail to entertain. The Avalanche reels, the Free Falls Feature and the multipliers are generous, the 3D video and the graphics are stunning and the overall performance of the slot is something we cannot find fault with. So, if you are on a look out for a game that will withstand the pressure of time, then Gonzo’s Quest is the one to stick with."[7]

Pixies of the Forest commented: "This is one good looking game that knocks the spots off the competition... This design excellence extends to the soundtrack too, which is a multi-layered sonic production that really does sync up with the game’s action... It’s definitely one of the defining games of the last decade and we can guarantee you’ll have a lot of fun on its reels, no matter what kind of playing style you like to adopt."[8]

AllGamesNews said: "What you can usually count on with Net Entertainment is that you're going to not only play games that are stunning in terms of their visual effects, but also have the right combination of 3D effects and sounds that make it a full entertainment experience."[9]

Virtual Reality[edit]

NetEnt already announced that in the summer 2018 they will be releasing Virtual Reality version of Gonzo’s Quest.

This version of the game will enable players to experience Gonzo’s Quest in 3D. Player will be able to look around in a full 360-degree view. A paytable and other necessary elements will be visible at all time, without a need to pause/leave the game. To see them players will simply need to turn their heads. The game can be played on devices like Samsung Gear VR, Oculus Rift, PlayStation VR or similar equipment. [10]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Gonzo's Quest". NetEnt. Retrieved 14 November 2015. 
  2. ^ "Gonzo's Quest Review – Novelty Features & 25 Free Spins". Droid Slots. 15 July 2015. 
  3. ^ "Gonzo's Quest Review". The Pogg. Retrieved 14 November 2015. 
  4. ^ Chloé Carte-Blanche (22 April 2013). "Gonzo's Quest, the online slot that pays tribute to a ruthless, murdering conquistador. Should you still play it?". GamePlayer-Casinos. 
  5. ^ "Gonzo's Quest Slot Review". Eured. Retrieved 14 November 2015. 
  6. ^ "Gonzo's Quest Review". lesmachinesasous.fr. 
  7. ^ "Gonzo's Quest Review – Novelty Features & 25 Free Spins". Droid Slots. 15 July 2015. 
  8. ^ "Gonzo's Quest". Pixies of the Forest. Retrieved 14 November 2015. 
  9. ^ "Net Entertainment Gonzo's Quest Video Slot Review". AllGamesNews. 20 April 2013. 
  10. ^ "Gonzo's Quest VR Review". JohnnyBet. 29 May 2018. 

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