Gonzita's Quest: Slot Overview
It's funny, you think you know someone for a few years, then it turns out they were hiding a significant other you had no idea existed. We're talking about one of the most beloved characters in online slots, the conquistador Gonzo and his apparent squeeze Gonzita. Then again, Gonzita's Quest from developer Red Tiger doesn't make it clear that Gonzo and Gonzita are partners. Maybe they're brother and sister, maybe there's a parental connection, or then again, maybe it's a complete coincidence that their names are similar, and they both share an interest in Central/South American treasure. Whatever the real story may be, another instalment in one of the most iconic slot series around is here, and a new heroine called Gonzita is leading the expedition.
Graphically, Gonzita's Quest is quite a feast and has a strong connection to both the original Gonzo's Quest game from NetEnt, as well as the Megaways version from Red Tiger. The main gaming area is quite sizable, but on a desktop at least, the studio has packed in a lot of interesting visuals to surround the grid. In these spaces can be seen evidence of exotic structures in a lush jungle, all falling leaves, dense foliage, and oodles of carved stonework. Just like the similar names, Gonzita shares Gonzo's zest for life, demonstrated by her enthusiastic participation in the game at certain times. In the base game, she chills and bounds about the screen before taking centre stage (quite literally) during free spins.
The new Gonzita experience can be had on any device and furnishes players with a stake choice of 10 p/c to £/€40 per spin. Coming in high volatile, the action occurs on a 5-reel, 3-row grid matrix with 20 paylines, paying left to right from the first column onwards. Default RTP, meanwhile, clocks in at 95.66%, and there may well be qualms amongst certain players about the game's potential; we'll get to that soon enough.
Till then, a gander over the paytable where we find 8 familiar-looking pay symbols. The first four lower value symbols trigger wins of 2 to 8x the bet when landing five-of-a-kind winning lines, while the higher facial-based symbols are worth payouts of 15 to 125 times the stake for a line of five. Interestingly or controversially, Gonzita's Quest does not feature wild symbols or any sort of win multiplier.
Gonzita's Quest: Slot Features
Like the original, it does have an avalanche mechanic which removes winning symbols from the reels when they hit. Symbols left on the reels fall down into the gaps, potentially creating batches of consecutive wins on the same spin. Avalanches continue to run like this until no new win hits and the next spin can take place. That's it for the base game.
One other symbol type to look out for in the main game is the Stone Slab which displays a bet multiplier. Landing at least 3 Stone Slabs in the base game triggers 3 respins. In this bonus round, the third reel is removed and is replaced by Gonzita sitting up on a throne. Only Stone Slabs with bet multipliers or Stone Slabs without bet multipliers appear on the other four reels. Stone Slabs with bet multipliers lock in place when they hit, while the valueless Stone Slabs are cleared at the end of a free spin. Landing new Stone Slabs with values also resets the spin count to 3. When a reel is filled with three bet multiplier Stone Slabs, Gonzita collects their values, and they are removed so new symbols may land. Once a reel has been filled like this, Slabs of higher values appear on the specific reel from then on. The three Stone Slab types with values are:
- Stone Slabs – possess values of 1x, 2x, 5x, or 7x.
- Golden Slabs – possess values of 10x, 25x, 50x, or 75x.
- Diamond Slabs – possess values of 100x, 250x, 500x, or 750x.
Gonzita's Quest: Slot Verdict
We might cop a bit of flak from purists who insist you can't beat the original, but let's go out on a limb and say that in many ways, Gonzo's Quest Megaways was a step up from Gonzo's Quest numero uno. Megaways worked like a charm with a similar avalanche/multiplier concept inherited from the original slot while offering a nice set of features on the side. Equally impressive was the substantial increase in potential. In a surprise move, and despite a bunch of positives, Gonzita's Quest feels like a step down from Gonzo's Quest Megaways.
Not in terms of artwork, sounds, and spirited energy. In those departments, Gonzita's Quest is every bit as vivacious as the games which preceded it. Gonzita has sass and is thrilled when getting her hands on some treasure. This makes it extra surprising to learn that the loot in Gonzita's Quest is a bit measly in the grand scheme of things. At 2,580x the bet, we were expecting more. One of the culprits is the under-gunned hold and win style bonus round. If you don't make it to Diamond Slabs, it might be tough to gather enough gold dust to build a big return. Free spins do have an entertaining animated film quality to them, and Gonzita is as personable as ever when they are active - so much, so she kind of deserves greater firepower backing up her high confidence verve.
It's not all bad news, far from it. Gonzita's Quest's production values are high, meaning the game is aesthetically pleasing. Red Tiger's audio-visual talents have certainly been put to excellent use. There is good stuff going on in free spins, too, what with the full reel Stone Slab removal and some of those Slabs are worth tidy sums. However, despite how entertaining Gonzita's Quest is, it's tough to shrug off the nagging feeling that it could have done more – especially considering the stellar pedigree of the franchise it belongs to.
Gonzita’s Quest does what it does quite well but there’s a lingering feeling it could have done a whole lot more.