Loveable troll Hugo and his friends are back with Hugo Carts, developed by Play ‘n GO. This mischievous slot game follows Hugo and his wife Hugolina underground as they try to dig up and mine the gold in the mining-themed game. Hugo Carts is a 5×4 grid reel with up to 1,024 ways to win. This has been designed to be one of the best yet of Hugo themed slot games. Hugo Carts offers slightly unusual gameplay, which we will break down in this review. So, read on to see what the buzz is about with Hugo Carts!
|Highest Payout||25,000x or 2,500,000|
|Min. coins per spin||0.10|
|Max. coins per spin||100|
|Developer||Play ‘n GO|
|Free Spins (Yes/No)||Yes|
|Bonus Round (Yes/No)||No|
|Scatter symbols (Yes/No)||Yes|
|Release date||26th August 2021|
Theme and Design
Hugo Carts has high volatility, and this has carried the theme throughout. For example, the gameplay is fast-paced. The re-spin feature releases the characters quickly, using clever graphical tricks to make the player think the characters are chasing each other. I dare you to take your eyes off the screen during this feature – it’s almost impossible!
Hugo Carts takes place underground in a mineshaft with the grid integrated into the structure as part of the track for the mine cart. Around the grid are blue crystals, with carts filled to the brim with crystals. The graphics are of the highest quality and very glossy. Dynamic animations mean you will see Hugo frequently pop up during the game to give you a wave whilst the carts filled with crystals move around the mine. It is incredibly entertaining all around.
The symbols on the reel are what you’d expect to find on a mining-themed slot game. There are the lower value symbols (A, K, Q, J, 10) and different mining equipment such as axes, shovels, lamps, and helmets. You will be keeping an eye on the helmet, not only as it will keep your head safe but also as it is the highest paying symbol.
Bags of gold symbols are the wild. The wild will substitute for all symbols bar the scatter symbol, which is a bundle of dynamite sticks. Having either 3, 4, or 5 on the payline will pay either 3, 5, or 10x your total stake.
How to Play
Controls for Hugo Carts is straightforward. To get started, you’ll need to double-check the RTP as this is adjustable. So, ensure it is to your preference and then proceed to assign your bet size. This can be set along the bottom of the screen. The minimum bet value can be 0.10 coins, and the maximum bet value can be 100 coins. Once you’re happy with your bet size, you can click Autoplay, the orange button at the bottom of the screen. This function is fully customisable. If you like it old school, then the green button is the spin button, click, and you are on your way to potential big wins with Hugo Carts!
To win, you need to land three or more matching symbols across the reels, starting from the left reel. There are 1,024 ways to win, but with the differing multipliers, these can be expanded, and ways to win can therefore increase.
The main characters, Hugo, Hugolina and Scylla, act as special symbols on the grid. Hugo Carts doesn’t follow typical bonus feature gameplay and is quite an unusual way of playing. I’d argue this is a good component of the game. It provides a lot of variety and additional ways to win due to the multipliers, re-spins, and free spins on offer.
- Hugolina Re-spin: if she lands on reel 2, this will trigger the re-spin feature. She will add two to five symbol Multipliers (up to x10)
- Hugo Re-spin: if he lands on reel 3 during the base game, he will drop two to five golden nugget Wilds.
- Scylla Re-spin: if she lands on reel 4, she can cast between five to nine mystery symbols which can transform into matching pay symbols.
This feature cannot be retriggered.
To activate the free-spin feature, you will need to land either 3, 4, or 5 dynamite stick Scatter symbols, respectively and has to be on the same spin. A special appearance can be made by Don Croco in the base game. Don Croco is a special character in the Hugo universe, who is Scylla’s mean-spirited humanoid crocodile assistant. However, in Hugo Carts he can reward you with 2 scatter symbols to help you get closer to triggering the free spins feature. The different levels of the free spins awarded go as follows:
- 3 Scatters = 7 free spins
- 4 Scatters = 9 free spins
- 5 Scatters = 11 free spins
Retriggers are possible in this feature, unlike the re-spin feature. Retriggers are awarded if 3 or more scatter symbols are hit. This will then result in a second character and their modifier being awarded. It will continue until all characters are active and modifiers are applied to each free spin. At that point, the free spin feature will cease. This means that you can receive up to 33 free spins with 3-character modifiers in play – which is how you can get massive wins!
This action-packed, highly volatile gameplay is sure to keep old, and new Hugo fans pleased. It’s funny, doesn’t take itself too seriously and keeps players on their toes with the many multipliers and unusual bonus features.
With up to 250,000 coins to be won, Play ‘n GO have seriously set the bar for any future Hugo slot game release, and I am excited to see what else they have in store for this beloved troll character.
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Q. What is the RTP for Hugo Carts?
A. The average Return to Player (RTP) is 96.23%, although this can vary from 94.24%, 91.24%, 87.19% or 84.18%. Therefore, always double-check the type of RTP you’re playing on before placing any bets.
Q. What is the maximum payout for Hugo Carts?
A. The maximum payout for Hugo Carts is x25000 or 250,000 coins. So, a massive amount can be won. However, do keep in mind the max win probability is about 1 / 1,000,000,000, so ensure you are gambling responsibly.
Q. Are there bonus features in Hugo Carts?
A. Yes! There are several bonus features available with Hugo Carts. The two main features are the re-spin feature and Free-Spin features. These have modifiers that can bring the number of ways to be won, set at a standard of 1,024.
Q. Can Hugo Carts be played on mobile?
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