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This slot from Play’n GO is a prime example of how game designers often walk a thin line between playful animation for entertainment and the outright inappropriate use of children’s cartoon characters. In fact, if the Cartoon Network ever collaborated with online gambling, Hugo’s Adventure would be exactly what they’d come up with.

This 5 reel, 10 payline slot is paired with extremely high volatility and a top prize of 5,000 x your bet, making it a dangerous slot with a deceptively cute skin. Does it sound like I’m making a harsh assessment? Read on to find out if I need to lighten up.

  • Highly interactive special features
  • There’s a generous prize pot up for grabs
  • The free spins feature can grant you automatic access to the second feature
  • Hugo’s Adventure is available to players in Canada
  • Very low wins in the base game
  • Difficult to activate special features
  • The cartoon theme could be considered inappropriate
TYPEVideo Slot
REELS AND PAYLINES5 reels, 10 paylines
GAME FEATURESFree Spins, Multipliers, Bonus Games
VOLATILITYVery High
RANGE OF BET0.10 to 100.00
COIN VALUES0.10, 0.20, 0.30, 0.50, 0.70, 1.00, 1.50, 2.00, 2.50, 3.50, 5.00, 7.50, 10.00, 20.00, 40.00, 50.00, 100.00
MAXIMUM WIN5,000 x your bet
PAYOUT96.53%
SOFTWARE PROVIDERPlay’n GO

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Hugo's Adventure - Theme and Background

If you’re already familiar with Hugo the Swedish cartoon-turned-slot protagonist, then this slot’s theme won’t be confusing to you. The character was originally created for TV in 1987 as an interactive game, reaching massive popularity. But for those who never encountered this cartoon troll before, things could appear somewhat bizarre. Allow me to paint a picture for you. The grid sits within a lake backed by lush mountains, and the soundtrack is up tempo and fun. Hugo himself is a little horned troll with a single tooth and a cheerful appearance. His adventure could take him down two routes, each one being a special feature to be unlocked.

There’s also a female troll, and both her and Hugo appear on the reels are in full 1980s aviation gear. The remaining symbols include an eagle in a captain’s hat and a grinning monkey clutching a sharp looking weapon. The low value items are A, K, Q, J, and 10, each accompanied by a traditional symbol like a shamrock, gold bell and dice. The symbols which will transport you to the bonus games are a submarine and a plane. The special features are where the slot’s theme really shines through, although I still have absolutely no idea what Hugo the troll is doing diving for treasure and battling underwater alligators. This is the fourth slot adventure Hugo has been on, which means that despite the monetary gamification of a kid cartoon, the general opinion is obviously a favorable one.

Hugo's Adventure - Gameplay

During the slot’s special features is where the game design skill really shines through. The special features play out like a video game, and losing a life means Hugo is killed in one of many gruesome ways, which is a little startling to watch. Here’s more on the two bonus games you can hope to trigger during Hugo’s Adventure.

Underwater Adventure Bonus symbol

Underwater Adventure Bonus

This feature is triggered by 2 submarine scatter symbols, which can only land on reels 2 and 4. Before the feature kicks off, a golden submarine will spin on the screen, deciding whether you’ll start the feature with 1, 2 or 3 lives. You’ll then need to choose between 3 underwater treasure chests, only one of which contains treasure. Choose an empty chest and you’ll lose a life. At the end of the bonus you will get one spin on the submarine multiplier for each life you have left.

Losing all your lives will end the feature. This gives you a chance to accumulate a multiplier of up to 20x, which is then applied to your total winnings from the bonus game.

Air Ace Free Spins symbol

Air Ace Free Spins

This feature is trickier to activate than the Underwater Adventure because it requires you to land 3 airplane scatter symbols on reels 1, 3 and 5 simultaneously. If you manage this (which might take a few spins) then you’ll get started with 9 spins and 1 life. Hugo flies a one man plane while the spins play out, picking up multipliers (up to a maximum of 16 x), extra lives or life losing mines along the way.

Extra spins are also up for grabs, up to a maximum of 20. I didn’t get past 13 spins and I wouldn’t bank on accumulating many more than that. But if you’re lucky enough to end the feature with 1 or more lives left, you’ll be automatically granted access to the Underwater Adventure.

Hugo's Adventure - Payouts and Wagering Limits

Unsurprisingly, Hugo himself is the most lucrative symbol, and can award up to 50 x your bet for 5 of a kind on a winning payline. The remaining symbols pay out like this:

  • The female troll pays 35 x for 5 on a payline
  • The eagle pays 25 x for 5 on a payline
  • The monkey pays 20 x for 5 on a payline
  • The card suits pay between 10 x and 5 x for 5 on a payline

The slot’s top payout sits at 5,000 x your bet, meaning C$500,000 on a single spin if you’re playing at the game’s highest bet. But keep in mind that the slot holds a highly volatile status, so it won’t be an easy ride to the top.

Hugo's Adventure - Final Verdict

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Final Verdict

Hugo’s Adventure

67%

Be careful not to allow the cutesy, cheerful theme and video game-style special features to distract you. This slot actually offers extremely low wins and there’s every chance it will bleed your balance dry. This became obvious to me before I even played the slot, with maximum volatility and only 10 paylines, things looked dicey from the start.

But Play’n GO undoubtedly banks on the fact that players will be drawn in by the opportunity to pocket the maximum win of 5,000 x the stake. I would caution that this max win is far from attainable, and what with the frequent dry spins and consistently low wins, even in the special features, it’s a distant dream indeed. Perhaps Hugo would have been better off left on our television screens. Whether you decide to give this slot a go or not, one thing is for certain, it’s definitely not child’s play.

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