Gonzo’s Quest Megaways is a new take on the fan-favourite slot by NetEnt. The new Megaways version is developed by Red Tiger Gaming, now owned by NetEnt, and was released in 2020. It adds a twist on an already solid cascading slot game, making it more exciting. The theme of the game is still the same Aztec inspired setting, with ancient ruins and gilded carvings. The familiar conquistador that we know from previous iterations is also here.
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As you might have already guessed, Gonzo’s Quest Megaways is a cascading slot game, much like the original. There are 6 reels and 7 rows in the game, with paylines that go up to 117,649. Although this might seem like a huge number, it’s the standard for Megaways slots. The game is highly volatile, as rated by the developer. This is mainly due to the fact that actually getting wins, be they small or large, can be a bit hard. However, if you go on a roll and start winning, the payouts quickly ramp up, thanks to the multipliers and Avalanches (cascading reels). The available multipliers in the game are 1x, 2x, 3x, and 5x. The Return to Player percentage (RTP) is 96%, which is again standard. This means that in the long run, you will get a decent amount of return on investment. One thing that stuck out to us is that the max bet for this game is 4, which is significantly low when compared to most games where it is at least 10. The max payout for Gonzo’s Quest is 20,000x your bet. On mobile, the game supports both iOS and Android, so you will be able to play it on your device, be it in a browser or as part of an app.
There are 11 symbols in total in Gonzo’s Quest Megaways. 4 of these are low paying ones, depicted as regular stone carvings. Then there are the 5 high-value symbols, which are again stone carvings, but these are gilded and bejewelled. The values of these can be found in the game’s paytable. Finally, there are the 2 premium symbols, Wild and Free Fall. Wilds substitute for all other symbols, even Free Fall, and are unbreakable. If you land 3 or more Free Fall symbols in a roll, you will activate Free Fall, which is the game’s free spin mechanic.
So, let’s talk about Free Fall. As mentioned above, this is the free spins mode. The number of free spins that you get during this mode is dependent on the number of Free Fall symbols that you matched, to trigger it, starting with 9. Each additional symbol matched following the third, adds 3 extra free spins. During this particular mode, the multipliers are also increased to 3x, 6x, 9x, and 15x, which allows for big wins. Another bonus feature that activates randomly are the Earthquakes. These are triggered by successfully matching symbols and will destroy all low-value symbols on the board, leaving only high-paying ones available.
All in all, Gonzo’s Quest Megaways is a fresh new take on a familiar and beloved cascading slot game. The added paylines make for a more engaging experience and offer a more significant opportunity for wins. If you were a fan on the original, this will give you a more modern experience, but not so distant from the classic one, that it feels unfamiliar. And if you haven’t played the old version, this new one might be a great place to start.