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Gonzo's Gold slot review

Added by NetEnt. Information last updated: 13/10/2021

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Expert rating:

3 (1)

Game information

Game supplier:NetEnt

Release date:10/2021

RTP:96.11%

Volatility:High

Max. win:bet x 6500

Mobile version:Support all devices

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Highlights

Max. win

Freespins

Scatter symbols

Wilds

Volatility

Themes

Ancient

Adventure & action

Travel

Riches & luxury

Summer

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RTP (Return to player):
96.11%
Volatility:
High
Max. win:
bet x 6500

Bojoko score (compared to other slots on Bojoko)
48
NetEnt score (compared to other slots of supplier)
18
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Expert's review Trystan Michielsen

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Gonzo’s Gold takes us back into the jungle as we follow Gonzo once again as he delves for treasures inside ancient temples. This slot features our famous protagonist as well as various game elements such as free spins and expanding symbols.

The slot was developed by NetEnt and released in 2021, the latest instalment of their Gonzo series. Most players will likely be familiar with Gonzo’s Quest and this feels like a continuation of the format. This time, the game is built around a 5-reel, 5-row playing field with a change in the way wins are calculated. Instead of paylines, the game makes use of clusters, with big enough groupings of the same symbol resulting in a win.

As we have come to expect from the Gonzo slots, this one is once again set in an ancient Incan temple. The luxurious gold design looks great, with attention to details in the background as well as the symbols themselves. Unfortunately, I didn’t see a lot of animations and as a result, the game felt quite static to me. This is a change when compared to other slots by this developer. Gonzo himself also doesn’t play a big part, only counting as a simple high-paying symbol.

The music is good, with a full band playing music that seems clearly inspired by the region the game is set. We can hear different instruments playing, from drums to flutes. I did think that the tune playing when I got a win was a bit too loud, drowning out the background music. That’s too bad because it did a good job setting the mood.

Symbols

Gonzo’s Gold makes use of a standard selection of symbols, divided into the usual high- and low-paying groups. I thought it was a shame that the low-paying symbols are all card letters. They have been redesigned slightly to better fit the Incan design but they still clearly look like simple letters. That doesn’t make sense when considering the setting. The high-paying symbols are different coloured masks that look nice but feel rather disconnected from the theme as well.

The player should be aware that the game has High Volatility, which in my experience resulted in very infrequent wins. Even when I did manage to get a win, the payouts were often low. The game has an RTP of 96.11% which is about average for a game like this. Still, if you play with standard bets you will notice a slow but steady decline in your funds.

Players can augment their bets by either increasing or decreasing them. The range goes from £0.10 to £200 per spin, which is a huge margin. Most other slots don’t offer that much choice when picking their bets. The higher bet is obviously a bigger drain on your funds but would also increase the size of any wins. Meanwhile, the maximum win is 6,500x your bet.

The game has the following symbols:

  • Scatter: Get 3 or more scatters on the screen to activate the free spins mode. Max. 200x your bet with five-of-a-kind on the screen. Scatters also act as wilds.
  • Wild: Wilds substitute all regular symbols in the game.
  • Gonzo: Max. 5,000x your bet with 25-of-a-kind in a cluster.
  • Purple Mask: Max. 2,000x your bet with 25-of-a-kind in a cluster.
  • Blue Mask: Max. 750x your bet with 25-of-a-kind in a cluster.
  • Green Mask: Max. 750x your bet with 25-of-a-kind in a cluster.
  • Ace: Max. 300x your bet with 25-of-a-kind in a cluster.
  • King: Max. 300x your bet with 25-of-a-kind in a cluster.
  • Queen: Max. 200x your bet with 25-of-a-kind in a cluster.
  • Jack: Max. 200x your bet with 25-of-a-kind in a cluster.
  • 10: Max. 200x your bet with 25-of-a-kind in a cluster.

Features

Gonzo’s Gold takes some pretty big steps away from the original Gonzo’s Quest. The first game introduced a lot of players to the cascading reels feature, but that has been removed here. Instead, the slot uses the cluster pays mechanic. That also means there are no more paylines.

The features in the game include:

  • Cluster Pays: Wins are calculated when enough of the same symbol touches either horizontally or vertically.
  • Wilds: Wilds substitute all regular symbols in the game.
  • Free Spins: With 3 or more scatters on the screen the free spins mode is activated.
  • Expanding Reels: During the free spins mode, a randomly selected symbol will expand either horizontally or vertically every time it appears on the screen.

A lot of the gameplay in this slot felt very simple. The only real deviation we can see from the average slot is the cluster pays mechanic and even that isn’t that impressive. Players get a win when either 4 or more low-paying symbols touch, or when 3 or more high-paying symbols touch. The free spins symbol counts as a scatter, meaning it will count towards a win regardless of its position on the screen.

Wilds aren’t especially common but they can help with triggering a win. The scatters also count as wilds, besides being used to activate the free spins mode. When the free spins mode is triggered, players can pick one of 9 boxes. These hide the different symbols. The symbol the player selects will expand during the free spins mode.

I found this to be the biggest disappointment. The expanding symbol will not always expand. During the free spins mode, only when there are at least two symbols touching will they expand to fill the reel or row. This means that even with this feature enabled it’s practically impossible to get big wins. If you have a row full with the same symbol, it won’t expand to fill the reels since it would only fill up the row.

In Conclusion

Gonzo’s Gold feels like a suitable successor to Gonzo’s Quest without really adding much to the format or even the world. Gonzo is barely in the game, only seen as a symbol on the reels. The original slot would attempt to have him come across as a character, but that is gone now. As such, the game feels interchangeable with other slots set in a gold Inca temple.

I found the gameplay to be solid if simple. The expanding reels mechanic disappoints, especially considering the difficulty of getting into the free spins mode. Expect to play for a few hundred spins before triggering this mode, and it often still is not paying off as much as we’d like.

All in all, I can’t really say it’s a bad slot. It does what it does well enough to feel like a slot, but never does anything to challenge what we expect. The game thus doesn’t really feel like a NetEnt game and comes across as generic and quite simple. A good choice for those that just want some mindless entertainment, but a bad fit for those of us that are looking for creativity and a challenge.

Overall rating:

3

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  • Features

    Wins and bets

    RTP (Return to Player):96.11%

    Volatility:High

    Max. win:bet x 6500

    Min. bet:£0.1

    Max. bet:£200

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    Reels:5

    Rows:5

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    Max. lines:1

    Min. lines:1

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    Languages

    You can play Gonzo's Gold in English, Finnish, Swedish, German and 20 other languages.

    All supported languages:
    English, Finnish, Swedish, German, French, Spanish, Italian, Russian, Bulgarian, Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, Estonian, Greek, Hungarian, Polish, Norwegian, Portuguese, Romanian, Slovak, Turkish, Chinese

    Currencies

    Gonzo's Gold supports GBP, EUR, SEK, NOK and 33 other currencies.

    All supported currencies:
    GBP (£), EUR (€), SEK (kr), NOK (kr), DKK (kr), RUB (₽), CZK (Kč), USD ($), NZD ($), CAD (C$), AUD ($), ZAR (R), UAH (₴), GEL (ლ), TRY (₤), BRL (R$), CNY (¥), PEN (S/.), ARS ($), MXN ($), PLN (zł), CHF (₣), BGN (лв), HRK (Kn), HUF (Ft), RON (L), ISK (Kr), INR (₨), JPY (¥), MYR (RM), PHP (₱), SGD ($), THB (฿), TWD ($), GHS (₵), HKD ($)

    Stats

    Release date 10/2021
    The newest on NetEnt 34th newest on Bojoko
    RTP 96.11% 0.25% > average
    121st highest on NetEnt 1,292nd highest on Bojoko
    Win up to 6500 x your bet
    64th highest on NetEnt 709th highest on Bojoko
    Paylines 1 95% < average
    148th highest on NetEnt 2,429th highest on Bojoko
    Min bet £0.1 per spin
    17th lowest on NetEnt 511th lowest on Bojoko
    Max bet £200 per spin
    31st highest on NetEnt 355th highest on Bojoko
    Rated 0 by 0 members
    7th most rated on NetEnt 39th most rated on Bojoko
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    Trystan Michielsen

    Trystan Michielsen

    Trystan Michielsen is a Dutch native who started his career as a content writer for various small businesses who were interested in creating an online presence.

    When the opportunity arose to move to Malta and work in the iGaming sector, Trystan didn't hesitate to make the plunge. Here he worked as a Content and SEO specialist for different companies before moving back home.

    Now acting as a freelancer he maintains his connection with the online slot community by playing and reviewing the wide variety of videoslots that are released.

    Trystan enjoys playing the slots that offer a full experience, focusing on more than just the technical details but keeping an eye on its presentation. Graphics, music and style can create a game that's more than the sum of its parts.

    A writer at heart, putting thoughts to paper is something he's done for as long as he remembers. In his free time, he enjoys writing fiction as well as watching and reviewing movies.

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    Game supplier:NetEnt

    Release date:10/2021

    RTP (Return to player):96.11%

    Max. win:bet x 6500

    Mobile version:Yes

    User rating: 0
    Expert rating: 3

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