Gonzo’s Quest Megaways

Slot Review (Red Tiger)

NetEnt’s iconic slot Gonzo’s Quest teams up with Megaways resulting in a match made in heaven many thought it would be.

  • Comes with a stack of features such as Win Multipliers, Earthquakes, a Royal Wheel, and Unbreakable Wilds.

  • Trigger free spins where multipliers hit up to x15 and can be retriggered.

Gonzo’s Quest Megaways: Overview

When NetEnt bought out Red Tiger in a deal worth hundreds of millions; it didn’t take long for the iGaming world to envisage what mashups might pour forth from the amalgamation. NetEnt’s illustrious back-catalogue combined with Red Tiger’s Megaways license quickly sprang to mind.

High on the wish list for a lot of players was Piggy Riches Megaways, which turned out to be a highly playable game. Even dearer to many hearts is the second NetEnt classic to get the treatment – Gonzo’s Quest. Well, it has happened, one of the most popular slots on the planet has been beefed up, redesigned, remade, revamped, blessed a second life, whatever you want to call it, thanks to Big Time Gaming’s popular Megaways engine.

The first impressions are pretty much everything you would hope they would be. It’s Gonzo, but a more modern, attractive looking version. Everything is crisper, sharper, more defined, not to mention bigger. Thanks to Megaways, players get 6 reels, with 2-7 symbols on each. Win ways vary on every spin from 64 all the way up to 117,649. Megaways slots typically use some sort of cascade mechanic, so Gonzo’s inherent Avalanche feature suits it like a charm. Pour in some sweet jungle sounds, and the playful antics of Gonzo himself by the reels and you can’t help but smile at the prospect of firing the game up.

Doing so requires selecting bets first. There isn’t a huge range of options, but enough to cover most requirements from 10 p/c to £/€4 per spin. What cause the next shiver of delight are the stats, starting with an RTP of 96% which is bang on average and actually higher than the original. Volatility is also suitably high and has been paired with potential in excess of 20,000 times the stake. When it comes to figures, Gonzo’s could hardly be any better.

In a nice nod to the past, most symbols are the same as those in the original. Though there are a few changes. For one, they look nicer. Secondly, a new mask has been added to the top of the paytable, which is worth 15 times the stake for six of a kind. This premium is followed by four more masks of lesser value, and four low pay animalistic looking icons. Two more special symbols round off the paytable, which are covered below.

Gonzo’s Quest Megaways: Features

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Gonzo’s Quest Megaways – free spins

Those who like features will be please to know there is a bunch available in Gonzo’s Quest Megaways. They frequently appear during the base game, keeping play nicely balanced while climaxing in a round of free spins.

Avalanches are the most common, so it makes sense to start there. Each symbol in a winning combination is removed from the reels, allowing new ones to fall into the gaps. This means multiple winners are possible on a single spin since Avalanches continue as long as winning combinations keep landing. When no more winners appear it is on to the next fresh spin.

Avalanches are intimately tied to the next classic feature, the Avalanche Multiplier. On each Avalanche, the multiplier increases from x1 to x2, x3, maxing at x5 during the base game. The multiplier resets to x1 on new spins.

Shaking up the game, literally, is the new Earthquake feature which drops in randomly at any moment. When it does, all low pay symbols in view disintegrate, allowing only high pay symbols to fall into the vacated spaces.

The question mark wild symbols are back. This time as Unbreakable Wilds. Up to 2 can land on a spin – one in the first three reels and one in the second three reels. As the name suggests, Unbreakable Wilds do not disintegrate when used in a win but stay on the grid to help pull in more combos.

Last up is a triggered round of free spins. You’ll need the golden Free Fall symbols to do so, where 3 award 9 free spins, plus 3 additional spins for every extra Free Fall symbol in view. Before the round begins, players have the choice to collect the free spins they’ve won, or gamble them on the Royal Wheel.

It’s tempting to gamble for more, but there is a 60% chance you will end up with less too. Either way, during free spins, the Avalanche Multiplier is increased, having values of x3, x6, x9, and x15. Free Fall scatters still turn up too, so the feature can be extended with no set limit.

One nice touch is when free spins end, the last Avalanche Multiplier is carried over and applied to the base game sequence that triggered the feature.

Gonzo’s Quest Megaways: Verdict

Due to its massive popularity as one of the most played slots ever released, Gonzo’s Quest was always ripe for a makeover. When you consider Avalanches come preinstalled, then a Megaways version had a sense of inevitability about it. Fate is inexorable, as they say, but that doesn’t guarantee success, so how does the game fare?

Well, anxious fans of the first can breathe a huge sigh of relief, because the remake is a real treat to play. The development team have hammered out the details while nailing the big elements to make Gonzo’s Quest Megaways a superb sequel. Crucially, everything that made the first one so much fun has been retained, and the sequel builds on the original while taking nothing away from it. Megaways has simply enhanced the experience, in all respects.

If there are no major concerns over the gameplay, there are even less about the stats. Indeed, you could take the numbers, throw them into the air and it would turn to sunshine. Okay, a slight exaggeration, but the RTP is a-ok, and potential clocks in at 21,000 times the stake, making it really hard not to like the new Gonzo. It might have taken a few years, and a massive corporate acquisition to achieve, but Gonzo’s Quest Megaways was well worth the wait.

You can’t please everyone though, so if we had to stretch for a possible objection, maybe some critics will claim it’s too much like the original? Same symbols, same characters, and same mechanics, perhaps. However, enough has been changed, altered, or added for the vast majority of players to think otherwise.

Yet, it’s still Gonzo at its heart, with all the frivolity that entails. NetEnt and Red Tiger are to be commended for making full use of what Megaways offers while not drowning out what made the original special. So, now Gonzo is out of the way, any guesses what the next NetEnt classic in line might be?

Final Score
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Game title: Gonzo's Quest Megaways

Game description:

Reels: 6 | Rows: 2-7 | Paylines: 117,649 RTP: 96.0% | Hit Freq: N/A | Max Win: 21,000x Volatility: Medium/High | Min/Max Bet: 0.10/4 Release Date: July 23, 2020

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Oops
Oops
27 days ago

Loved Piggy Riches Megaways, still playing it on every session. This looks equally fun, if not more so. Gonzo’s Quest was probably one of the very first slots I ever played too.

Sezzo
Sezzo
27 days ago

I think this is a great way for new players to get to know these old classics. They’re still some of the best games around. Please do Jack and the Beanstalk Megaways after this 🙂

VismundCygnus
VismundCygnus
26 days ago

Certainly a great looking game this, and if any NetEnt game has stood the test of time I would say its Gonzo’s. I think the mechanic from gonzo with multiplier going up makes a lot of sense and the other features are both fairly quirky and complement the game well, so well done here.   The one thing I think I’ll miss is a progressive element in the free spins, something that builds, but on the other hand we see that all the time anyways so might be nice not having that for once, time will tell.   It looks… Read more »

Zadde
Zadde
26 days ago
Reply to  VismundCygnus

While I agree with most of what you said, I think just being Gonzo it’s bound to be a super hit. I mean, EVERY slot player on the planet has some kind of connection to Gonzo. The original is still super popular so we’re probably going to see Gonzo Megaclusters too lmfao.

VismundCygnus
VismundCygnus
26 days ago
Reply to  Zadde

Yeah they will also market the hell out of it so no doubt it will be a blockbuster. A year from now though? Not sure

Zadde
Zadde
26 days ago
Reply to  VismundCygnus

I hear you. It’s rare for any slot to have a shelf life longer than 2 weeks these days and at the end of the day, Gonzo is basically like any other Megaways slot. After playing this for a few weeks I will probably just go back to the original again. But at the same time, you never know. Gonzo is such a strong brand so it could very well last longer than expected.

Finnigan
Finnigan
25 days ago
Reply to  VismundCygnus

FHW I dont mind the fact that they skipped the progressive multiplier. There are already 100+ megaways slots that use that approach. It’s better that they stuck to the original formula, in my humble opinion at least.

VismundCygnus
VismundCygnus
20 days ago
Reply to  Finnigan

I definitely agree it’s good to not see the “increasing multiplier every cascade” thing again. That said you can have progressive elements that work in other ways, perhaps in this case the Gonzo multiplier ladder could perhaps double everytime you reached the end of it. So it starts at 2,3,4,5 just like basegame, but if you reach 5 it doubles to 2,4,6,10. If you reach the end again, it will double again to 4,8,12,20. IDK might not work but would be interesting to see.

PeppeNero
PeppeNero
27 days ago

Good stuff. Flowers Megaways next? Or Dead or Alive Megaways?