Gonzo is back. Of course, he’s never been away, because since the release of Gonzo’s Quest in 2013 it’s been at or near the top of the UK online video slots charts.
Despite this success, built in a large part on the huge reach of the original game’s developers, NetEnt, and on the popularity of the game in free-spins and other casino site offers, the game hasn’t really produced much in the way of sequels.
There is a VR version, but even now there’s not a second story of Gonzo, the hero of this tale based on a real-life historical villain, Gonzalo Pizarro, a 16th-century Spanish conquistador who did (like almost all conquistadors) very bad things – not just by modern standards, but by any standards.
Now Red Tiger steps into the ring, and they bring with them Megaways, the hugely popular system from Big Time Gaming that is taking over the slots world.
You don’t need to know much about the mathematics of this to see that the game itself hasn’t changed all that much at first glance. But is there enough novelty under the surface to bring in new players to this ocean-crossing adventure title?
Let’s have a look!
Red Tiger make Gonzo’s Quest Megaways. The original game was produced by NetEnt, and Red Tiger are now part of that company having been snapped up for £200 million or thereabouts last year. That was a big price to pay for a relatively new company with relatively few titles to their name. But Red Tiger have had big hits, and they’ve shown that they can innovate. Another company is tangentially involved with Gonzo’s Quest Megaways, and that’s Big Time Gaming, the company who produce the Megaways engine and who now offer it on licence to other game companies.
This title is the company’s current top title, ranked at number 2 in the UK. There other big hits include Reel King Mega, Rainbow Jackpots, Dynamite Riches, and Crystal Mirror.
Gonzo’s Quest Megaways was released on 23rd July 2020, so it’s brand new. The original game dates back to 2011.
The theoretical return to player is 94.66%. This figure is arrived at by running a simulation of the game for 1 billion spins. It is not a predictor of how your game experience will go, but it is the only measure of game performance that we have that is externally audited. This figure is slightly low, as most games now have an RTP of around 96%. The RTP measures the amount of money put into a game and the percentage of it that should be returned to all players over its lifetime: the obverse is the House Edge, which here is 5.44%, which is how much profit the casino should expect to make. This game’s RTP is on a range, so sites can set their own figure – check where you play.
This game plays out on variable reels, presented as stacks of rock. There are six stacks, or reels, going up to a maximum of seven symbols in height. That means a possible total of 42 symbols in play. Megaways replace pay lines and as usual, there is a maximum number of possible winning combos of 117,649.
This game is themed on Ancient Civilisations, Exploration, History, Colonisation, Mayan Civilisation, Aztec and Central American Civilisations.
The variance of this game is medium to high. This is the company’s rating and it is their judgement. This means that Gonzo’s Quest Megaways is likely to pay out prizes slightly less often than the average game but it’s likely to pay out bigger prizes.
You can bet from 0.1 to 4 coins on this game, which should equate to 10p to £4 in UK sites. This is a low range, especially for a higher volatility game.
Yes, there are free spins and other bonus features in Gonzo’s Quest Megaways. The game also has tumbling symbols with cascading wins, Megaways, multipliers, and wilds.
The animations look great!
The game is played like all Megaways slots and has the usual high quality set up from Red Tiger.
It is rich in features. Avalanche Wins were the big sell on the original Gonzo’s Quest and debuted on that game. Winning symbols blow up and new blocks drop-in offering more chances to win, stopping only when the wins stop.
Multipliers on the avalanches climb up to 3-times on the third cascading win. At that point multipliers reset.
The free spins round is triggered via scatters, and comes with higher multipliers, starting at 3-times, and climbing in threes to 15-times on the final cascaded win. Free spins start with 9 and can retrigger.
There is a new feature here, celebrating the volatile geology of Central America. The earthquake shakes the screen at random, breaking up the low paying symbols for more wins.
Wilds remain in place during cascades.
You know you’re going to love this game. Gonzo’s Quest, the original, was so good that its’ stayed around the top of the UK charts for nearly 10 years. We’re amazed that it’s taken this long for a spin-off to be developed.
It was worth the weight though, and this title from Red Tiger keeps everything from original that works well and then chucks in some extra sparkle to bring the game up to date.
We don’t like RTP ranges, but it looks to be the way that the market is going, so look for a good deal on the games you play.
Gonzo’s Quest Megaways is already a hit and is likely to stay around for years so you should have no problem finding it at your favourite casino site.