Hugo Retro Mania HD review (iPad)March 5, 2012
♫ “You could be mine, but you’re way out of line”
10 word description: Follow-cam mine run featuring Hugo (from the TV show).
10 word review: I’d never heard of Hugo, but this game is decent.
You will like this if you enjoy: Running through mines collecting gold and gems while avoiding spiders, holes, boulders, witches, crocodiles, mine carts and dynamite.
The good news: Once you get used to it, it’s really rather addictive. Graphics are pretty good. Some of the sounds are ok (see the bad news). There’s an endless mode and also a series of unlockable maze challenges.
The bad news: I found the controls, particularly the jump button, occasionally let me down. The main character is annoying, particularly some of his dialogue lines that repeat very frequently. I truly despise the way he knocks on the screen and makes a patronising comment when you die – thankfully you can smack the screen repeatedly yourself as soon as that happens and avoid most of it.
Arcadelife verdict: It’s a simple concept, a follow-cam view of a running troll (he looks like a leprechaun to me) with directional arrows to move him to the left, centre or right side of the screen and a jump button. All you have to do is avoid the hazards and collect the treasure. The maze challenges introduce the additional task of frequently checking the map, but mostly you’re just running and dodging.
I didn’t instantly fall in love with the game but, after a few goes, I started getting into it. If you judge it purely as an endless runner, it’s a fairly good variation on that theme. The characters are odd and none of it really makes any sense, but that’s not a criticism; unrealistic and silly games are often the ones I really enjoy. Overall, it’s a fair amount of fun and not a bad touch screen game, although the controls could be tightened up a bit.
Visuals – 7.5/10
Audio – 6/10
Controls – 7.5/10
Content – 8/10
Fun – 8/10
Final rating – 74/100
Version reviewed by Arcadelife is 1.0.5
Hugo website link