Hugo’s Adventure slot review (Play’n GO)


Hugo, who looks a bit like an extra-hairy Super Mario with pointy ears, has been the main character in several Play’n GO slots, including Hugo, Hugo Goal and Hugo 2.

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The mischievous troll Hugo has become a famous character for many slot players

Following the enormous successes with Hugo, game creator Play’n GO decided to make another Hugo release: Hugo’s Adventure.

It is undoubtedly the most adventurous Hugo version so far. Our hero undergoes lots of exciting adventures and puts his life in danger! He has a kamikaze flight in a ramshackle wooden plane and dares to dive to the bottom of the ocean with his submarine.

Hugo’s Adventure is also a wild one in terms of variance: with the extra multipliers up to 16 x and walking wilds during the free spins bonus. You can win some massive prizes.

As usual with Play’n GO, the maximum winnings are limited to 5,000 x the total bet.

How does Hugo’s Adventure slot work?

Hugo’s Adventure has 10 fixed paylines. It is played in the classic slot setup: 5 reels with 3 rows of symbols.

Bets start at a minimum of $€0.10 per spin, and you can increase it up to a maximum of $€100 per spin.

What are the theoretical RTP and the variance of Hugo’s Adventure slot?

The theoretical payout is set at 96.53% by default: certainly a high percentage.

Beware though: there are online casinos that have a choice to offer a lower RTP of a mere 94.56%. Make sure you check the rules of the game, to ensure you are not throwing away money. If the RTP is too low, play this game at another online casino where it is 96.53%.

The variance of Hugo’s Adventure is medium to high. We have every reason to believe that this slot has more volatility than the previous Hugo slots. So to loyal fans of Hugo slots: get ready for some action and bigger wins!

 Symbols and payouts

Our troll Hugo (with the letter “W”) is wild and replaces all symbols except for two scatter symbols: the golden submarines and the red aeroplanes.

If you spin five wilds on one of the 10 paylines, you bag a prize of 50 x the total bet.

The other premium symbols are:

  • A female troll stewardess (or is it Hugo wearing a wig and lipstick?)
  • An eagle with a captains hat
  • A grey coloured monkey

If you get 5-of-a-kind of these symbols, you win between 20 x and 35 x the total bet.

The lower card symbols are 10, J, Q, K and A. These pay between 5 x and 10 x the bet if you get 5 of these on a payline.

Air Ace: A crazy free spins bonus

Three scattered aeroplanes give you the free spins bonus “Air Ace”. Air Ace is an incredibly entertaining bonus feature of this slot. It’s like you are watching a comic: beautifully designed and potential to win some blistering wins.

Here, Hugo climbs in his wooden propeller plane to make the flight of his life.

He has no fear, even though he starts with one life only.

As the reels spin, Hugo starts to fly and on his way, he sees either a multiplier (from x2), an extra life or a black mine. He hits either one of these three symbols.

If you have four multipliers active at the same time, you are in for a maximum multiplier of x 16.

During his flight, the reels keep on spinning. By the way, you also have Flying Wilds. These fly from the right to the left. Once these are on the first reel, they leave. So if you spin and get a Flying Wild on the 5th reel, you will benefit from it for five spins! The more wilds you collect, the more winning combinations you can form. Imagine having a multiplier of 16x and hitting a wild line!

If Hugo hits a mine, his plane will explode, and it costs him a life. If you manage to get extra lives during the flight, you remain active in the free spins game.

If you have no extra lives left, and Hugo hits a mine, then Hugo is dead, deceased, demised. No more Hugo! And no more free spins.

This free spins bonus is one of the most enjoyable and thrilling bonus features we’ve seen in new online slots in 2019.

It’s wicked, exciting and can be highly lucrative at the same time — the perfect formula for a successful feature.

Underwater Adventure: another free spins bonus activated

If you spin a submarine on both the 2nd reel and the 4th reel, you trigger the Underwater Adventure bonus.

Now, Hugo climbs into his submarine and dives to the bottom of the ocean. Some treasures await him there. Also here, Hugo gets lives. Unlike at the Air Ace, the lives are set randomly in advance in this feature.

Afterwards, Hugo starts to look for the treasure. You tell him which one of 3 pearl shells he has to open. If you get a cash prize, the adventure continues, and you can open chests. The Underwater Adventure ends, once the “wrong” chest is opened.

If Hugo manages to make it to the end, you get yourself an extra multiplier up to 20 x, to be applied to ALL winnings.

Hopefully, you see now, why this bonus feature can be very lucrative.

Our verdict on Hugo’s Adventure slot

To be honest, we didn’t expect it to be so spectacular and entertaining. Because of the cartoon-like look, you think you are playing a low variance slot, with an emphasis on entertainment. We are happy to find out we were wrong!

Hugo’s Adventure offers adrenaline-boosting action and massive payouts.

This slot has it all: entertainment and variance.

3.8 out of 5 stars

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