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For those with short memories, you might recall the first of these Hugo installments, in need of updated by now we think. So, as if by magic here we have Hugo 2, again from Play’N Go and with all the cheekiness and vigour of the first, but does it surpass or disappoint?
Our character Hugo, a fan of mining precious stones has returned in Hugo 2, a catchy title we think you’ll agree. This time he has a few more bonuses up his sleeve, and we think enough to take this slot up the charts.
Presented across the standard 5 x 3 reel setup with ten fixed paylines, this slot continues the mining theme its predecessor began. Through opaque reels you can just about make out the familiar railroad, trailing off into the distance before disappearing into a cave beneath the rather tame looking volcano.
Those symbols are worth their weight
Centred around the main theme of mining, the symbols on the reels include a large diamond, a bag of gold coins, gold bars, a big key, a trolley full of rocks, Hugo’s cap, a switch lever and a steam whistle from the train.
The wild comes in the form of the man himself, Hugo, and substitutes all other symbols to create winds, except for the scatter symbols. The scatters in the game are a beaver symbol and the Afskyllia icon.
Bonuses to redeem it?
Free Spins/Troll Race
Triggered by getting three of the beaver scatter symbols anywhere on reels one, three and five; you’ll get ten free spins initially, but a randomly awarded ‘Beaver Cleaver’ will bring an extra five. Three of these in a row and you’ll gain entrance to the Skull Cavern feature. Whilst you’re in the free spins feature collecting at least four ‘W’ bags gives you four extra wild symbols, and collecting at least four gold coins get you multipliers up to 8x.
Triggered by getting at least three of the Afskylia scatter symbols across the reels. You’ll get one, two or three extra lives, depending on whether there were three, four or five of the evil witches. You can also activate this through the free spins feature as we mentioned briefly earlier.
The game that follows on from this sees you having to guide Hugo across shaky looking stacks of rocks, collecting cash prizes and multipliers as you go until you run out of luck and all get squished..
Desperately boring name aside, Hugo 2 has bounds of energy and has a lot for you to get excited about yourself. A wonderfully creative free spins round along with that innovative picking round can bring some seriously good wins, and is pretty exciting, albeit a bit short lived. We like it better than the first one, so it ticks that box.
Words: David Bailey-Lauring