The Hugo game can be found at casinos offering Play ‘n Go software. Play ‘n Go are a growing provider in the industry and have a rapidly expanding portfolio of both slots games and clients. They do offer a full casino platform, but primarily seem to be used as a bolt on package for extra slots games. Play ‘n Go do publish the Return to Player (RTP)/House Edge information for their slots games within the game help files. As such we know that the house edge for Hugo is 4%.
The Hugo game has 5 reels and each reel is 3 symbols high. This game uses 10 paylines, playing from left to right, except for Scatter symbols, which can appear anywhere on the reels.
The Wild symbol is “Hugo”. The Wild symbols can replace all other symbols except the Scatter symbols or the Bonus symbols. The Wild symbols also doubles all wins.
The Scatter symbol is the “Afskylia” character.
Free Spins – These are activated when you land 3 or more Scatter symbols on a single spin. 3 Scatter symbols will multiply subsequent wins during free spins by 3. 4 Scatter symbols will multiply wins during free spins by 15 and 5 Scatter symbols will multiply wins during free spins by 150. You will then be given a choice between 5, 10 or 15 free spins. The 5 free spins will award the player with 150 coins, whilst the 10 free spins awards the player with 100 coins and the 15 free spins gives 50 coins. Free spins can be retriggered during this bonus and the number awarded will be the same as the initial number chosen, as will the number of free coins. As part of the game’s narrative you are tasked with rescuing “Hugoline” from “Afskyia. It is unclear how you do rescue her, but every time you land a “Hugoline” symbol during your free spins you gain an additional 30 coins and by the end of the free spins “Hugoline” is set free.
Bonus – The main bonus feature is triggered by landing 3 red “Chest” symbols on any spin. When the bonus is triggered you find yourself in a new part of the game where you have to navigate your way through a series of doors and avoid being caught by the ominously named “Don Croco” (a mine owning crocodile) who will kick you out if he catches you. You have to choose which door to open and if you choose correctly you will pass through to a new set of doors and be awarded a with a random number of coins as you do so. 4 doors leads to 3 doors, which leads to 2 before you are faced with 2 chests. Inside one of the chests is a prize of up to 500 times the total bet.
Hugo is based on the character from the computer games that found popularity in the early 90s. The game looks good and the narrative within it makes “Hugo” a more impressive experience than that offered up by your average slots game. The house edge is a little on the steep side, meaning there are games out there that offer better value for money. However, given the fun factor that “Hugo” brings there aren’t many games out there offering as much entertainment.