As the quintessential hero of designer Netent, our formidable Gonzo, the conquistador with the morion helmet invites you to a new adventure in Netent’s Gonzo’s Gold slot machine released at the end of 2021. Having struggled through the jungle, he has managed to make his way to the temple where Aztec gods are waiting for him to draw the treasure of the ancient people.
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Visually, the game remains really basic compared to the previous titles, we will regret the absence of the protagonist outside the grid that usually was there to bring some interaction and fun to the player. The background is foggy and lets us see a big empty room of an Aztec temple, there are no gold coins or precious objects on the horizon, so we could almost think that we are in the wrong place or that we haven’t reached our destination yet
Gonzo’s Gold slot comes in the form of a 5×5 reel interface working with the Cluster Pays mechanic. Playing on any device, tablet, smartphone or computer, you can try to break the stone wall with Gonzo by making bets ranging from $0.10 to $200 per spin. The game has been programmed to provide high volatility and an RTP of 96.11% The Cluster Pays mechanism consists of grouping identical symbols horizontally or vertically to win. Gonzo appears as a strong symbol as do the Aztec statues. Weak symbols requiring at least 4 symbols in a group are A, K, Q, J and 10.
This is by far the best way to make a fortune on the Gonzo’s Gold slot. If you find 3 or more Scatters represented by the Aztec Temple, you will receive 10 Free Spins and a reward of 2x, 20x or 200x the bet depending on the number of Scatters. The Scatter symbol also has the ability to substitute for other symbols in the game.
Before the Free Spins start, a mini Pick & Click game appears on the screen where you have to randomly choose one of the symbols that will become your Expanding Symbol during the Free Spins. During the bonus, every time 2 or more adjacent Expanding Symbols appear, they expand to cover a row or reel. Once expanded, an additional win is awarded for the expanded group of symbols.
One will be surprised to see the absence of a cascade mechanism after a win as it was the case in Gonzo’s Quest, it really feels like you don’t get as much as you expected when a win occurs, so the stone wall won’t explode and that’s a shame, it must be solid gold much more compact and solid than before. Also, although Gonzo appears as a strong symbol on the grid, he never appears in the background and will not interact with the player, which adds to the disappointment. Apart from these aspects that tarnish the reputation of this franchise a bit, there is some good to come out of it, such as the high payout potentials of up to 5000x the stake and the improved Free Spins mode with Expanding Symbols that bring a real plus to the game.