We have to confess that we love to play historical-themed slots that allow you to travel back in time to explore foreign lands.
Gonzo's Quest by NetEnt is one such slot, and it's become such a player favourite at online casinos that we're quite frankly amazing that NetEnt has yet to create a sequel. In the interim, we'll have to make do with the awe-inspiring original, which features dazzling graphics and sound effects, as well as some brilliantly designed, comical animations.
Remember the Tumbling Reels feature that made NetEnt slot games like Da Vinci Diamonds and Pixies of the Forest so popular? Well, in Gonzo's Quest, it's been given a mini make-over and is now called Avalanche Reels. It also allows you to form multiple winning combinations from a single spin, although this time, there are generous multipliers to take advantage of, especially in the free spins bonus.
If you decide to watch the intro (which, we might add, is well worth doing for the wonderful video sequence), you'll get to find out how a Spanish conquistador named Gonzo ended up on his search for El Dorado in 1541.
Once the intro finishes and the main game screen loads, you'll find yourself in an overgrown tropical jungle, where a waterfall gushes from the mouth of a stone-carved statue on the right-hand-side and Gonzo stands propped up against a wall peering across the reels from the left-hand-side.
The reels of this exotic NetEnt slot contain more tribal relics than most museums. Each symbol is made to look as though it's been delicately carved from stone, and the faces represent the ancient South American gods.
The five-reel Gonzo's Quest slot includes twenty paylines and four rows. You should find that the betting range caters to a variety of budgets as it runs from 20p all the way up to £50 per spin. The game's top jackpot is worth 93,750 coins.
Look out for the grey-and-gold Question Mark as this is the wild symbol, and it can substitute for any other symbol in the game to help form wins.
The scatter symbol in Gonzo's Quest is the circular gold symbol, and it's also referred to as the Free Fall symbol. Whenever three land on an active payline, you'll receive ten free falls (which are effectively free spins) and the possibility to earn more with further sets of scatters. In this feature, the multiplier meter at the top of the screen increases in value to 3x, 6x, 9x, and 15x.
The Avalanche feature is always present in both the base game and the Free Falls feature. Whenever winning combinations are formed on the reels, the relating symbols are crushed to dust and new symbols come crashing down from above to replace them. Every consecutive win raises the multiplier meter from x1 through to x5.
Gonzo's Quest has quickly become a cult game among NetEnt fans. It's easy to see why with so many great features on offer, and the superb graphics that make it such a joy to play.