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NetEnt’s iconic Gonzo’s Quest slot made its debut in 2011, and a decade later, the developer released its Gonzo’s Gold slot game.
Gonzo’s Gold is every bit as exciting as its predecessor (as well as others that have followed such as Gonzo’s Quest Megaways), although there are sufficient changes to make it stand out from the crowd.
You may be surprised to learn that Gonzo’s Gold doesn’t offer the Megaways mechanic, neither does it feature Avalanches. However, it comes with Cluster Pays instead which makes it easier to create winning combinations, as well as larger wins with clusters of up to 15 symbols.
NetEnt has also made it easier for you to trigger the Free Spins Bonus in the Gonzo’s Gold slot by combining the wild and scatter symbols. Plus, to make the bonus round as profitable as possible, there’s a special expanding symbol that appears during the feature.
In the first slot, Gonzo’s Quest, we travelled to the jungles of Mexico to the entrance of a hidden Aztec temple. However, in the Gonzo’s Gold slot, we get to go inside the temple in search of big wins.
The interior features ornately carved stone columns that are trimmed with gold, and where you’d expect to find the altar, you have the 5×5 reel set.
The symbols include tribal masks, playing card symbols, Gonzo the conquistador, and pyramids, and the most valuable symbol (Gonzo) can award up to 5,000 times your total stake.
The wild symbol in the Gonzo’s Gold slot game is the impressive golden pyramid. It can replace all other symbols to form part of a winning cluster. However, as it doesn’t have a paytable value, it cannot create winning clusters on its own.
Rather handily, the scatter symbol in the Gonzo’s Gold slot is the same as the wild symbol. If you’re eager to trigger the bonus feature, you’ll need to land at least 3 scatter symbols on the same base game spin.
Gonzo’s Gold comes with one special feature, as well as the Cluster Pays game mechanic.
Below, we take a look at how they both work.
Cluster Pays is the mechanism that calculates whether a win is formed, and it replaces traditional paylines.
To score a win, you need at least 3 high-value or 4 low-value symbols that match to touch one another vertically or horizontally. The biggest wins come courtesy of clusters that are formed of 25 symbols.
Free Spins Bonus
The Free Spins Bonus in Gonzo’s Gold is awarded when 3 or more Pyramid scatters land on the same spin. You get 10 free games along with a reward of 2x, 20x, or 200x your stake for 3, 4, or 5 scatters.
Before the feature commences, you get to pick one of 9 mystery symbols which then becomes the special expanding symbol for the bonus game. If, on the same free spin, two mystery symbols land adjacent to each other, the symbol expands to fill the whole row.
It’s also possible to retrigger the bonus an unlimited number of times.