Play ’N Go presents the much-awaited sequel to the pokie version of the adventures of the mischievous Danish cartoon troll, with a trove of wilds, multipliers and free spins. The overall feeling is comical and light, with Hugo knocking on your screen and welcoming you personally, inviting you to play with his reassurance: “Don’t you worry. We’ll make it together!” And make it you might in pursuit of the loot, assisted by Hugo and his friendly sidekick, Beaver Cleaver. Play a while and you may find the overgrown elf growing on you. If you’re lucky enough to scatter in to one of the bonus features, you may find your bankroll growing too!
How to Play
The bet controls run from $0.10 to a daunting $100.00 per bet. See the full range by clicking the left and right arrows. Tapping the green button spins the reels. There are cute little sound effects to keep you entertained as well as little animations like butterflies floating, or Hugo popping open his eyes. Wins are rewarded with animations and sound effects. A nice feature is the blue marquee display, which congratulates your win, and details your winnings per line. These win reports come with an animation tracing the winning bet line. Big wins are rewarded with an explosion of coins and a musical crescendo. The Auto play option is hidden away behind the orange play button at the right. Spin automatically from 20 to 500 times, with a nice set of advanced settings to filter and condition this feature. From highest value to lowest, the paying symbols in Hugo 2 are as follows:
- Sack of Loot
- Gold Bars
- Skeleton Key
- Wagon of Rocks
- Hugo Cap
- Red and White Train Switch
- Wild – Hugo substitutes for all symbols except for scatters and multiplies wins by 3 in an active bet line.
- Free Spin Scatter – 3 or more Beavers on any reel triggers a free spin Troll Race
- Bonus Game – 3 Witch symbols on any reel triggers the Skull Cavern treasure hunt
Graphics and Sounds
The musical background track of the game is upbeat. The sound effects and animation are cute – after all, it comes from a popular Danish cartoon. The little troll seems to enjoy himself a bit too much when you lose one or more of your lives and meet your virtual demise in one of the bonus games, but that’s probably part of the Scandinavian humour!
The fixed jackpot in the base game is won by spinning 5 of the Hugo Wild symbols. The prize isn’t great though – a relatively modest 75x your bet. However, you may do pretty well in a bonus game, racking up wilds, prizes, and free spins, which can add up to a maximum of 500,000 coins.
Bonuses are triggered when 3 or more scatters appear anywhere on the reels. If 2 or more scatters appear on the 4 leftmost reels, the fifth reel is momentarily highlighted to enhance the drama of a possible bonus game.
Skull Cavern Bonus Game
3 or more witch symbols get you into Skull Cavern, where evil Afskylia hides her treasure. The more symbols you get on the reels, the more lives you get. You need to jump from left to right to stone “pedestals”, choosing each time one of three possible alternatives. Win a prize with each hop, but also face dangers which can tumble you into the abyss. If you are on your last life, Hugo warns you. If you lose all your lives, Hugo gleefully announces that you are “kaput”. If you make it across to the other side, you are awarded with up to a 5x multiplier on bonus winnings.
3 or more Beaver scatters put you into a train race to a mountain where treasure awaits. Depending on the number of scatters you pulled, you get 10 or more free spins to start. Earn more as wilds and coins fly on to the rails at a breakneck pace. You can win additional free spins. But eventually you may find yourself, in Hugo’s words, kaput. The light at the end of the tunnel belongs to the oncoming train.
Play’n GO’s second Hugo pokie is amusing. Consistent with the spirit of the title character, the visuals and sounds are light and fun. Like the troll himself, however, winnings seem a bit small. Sure, you will see frequent small wins. But even when you do well in the bonus game, you may not pocket the payouts you might expect. This might not be the case if you stake in a higher bet per spin or if you can make it to the finish line of the bonus games and snag a hefty 5x win multiplier. But for regular players who wager near the lower limit, regular wins are not going to build your bankroll substantially. But with a decent RTP in the 96% range, some players will clearly do well.