- A new installment in the Gonzo franchise
- Expanding wilds can give bigger wins in the bonus
- Nothing too original or exciting here
Gonzo’s Gold slot is the latest installment in the popular franchise by NetEnt, made famous thanks to its original features and the loveable, entertaining Gonzo character. In this version we have cluster pays and expanding wilds in the free spins bonus, so let’s see if the slot is worthy of the Gonzo name.
The design is kept fairly simple which is fine, and set in an Aztec temple of some kind. You have a 5×5 grid where you need to land matching adjacent symbols to get a win. These symbols are as follows, ranked in ascending order based on their value:
- 10, Jack or Queen
- King or Ace
- Green or Blue Totem
- Purple Totem
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Gonzo’s Gold Slot Bonuses and Features
Free Spins Bonus. To trigger this you’ll need 3 or more scatter symbols, shown as a temple, appearing anywhere on the reels. This will give you 10 free spins and a reward based on the number of scatters. For just 3 this reward is 2x your stake, but for 4 it’s 20x and for 5 it’s 200x. Scatters are also wild symbols, substituting for all other symbols in a winning combination. At the beginning of the bonus, you can choose a random symbol to be the expanding symbol. If 2 or more of these land next to each other, they will expand to fill the entire reels.
Gonzo’s Gold slot from NetEnt is another installment in one of the most popular franchises in slot history, however they’ve decided to go with something quite different here when compared to the others. The original slot is obviously famous for win multipliers, but this one has instead gone with more of a ‘book of’ feel, with expanding symbols in the free spins bonus. While the bonus is decent enough, there are no base game features that would really add something while you wait for the scatters, and the bonus itself is far from original. It’s not quite as fun either, with Gonzo doing very little here compared to other games. It certainly feels as though NetEnt have just used the Gonzo name in the hope of making an otherwise pretty dull slot more exciting, but it hasn’t really worked and I think it’s a shame. Like I say, it’s not a bad slot overall but it’s nothing special with 6,500x stake payouts. Hopefully the next Gonzo slot will go back to what makes them so good. You can check out reviews of lots of other NetEnt slots here if you’re interested.