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).

There he is - the most annoying troll you'll ever meet

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.

This isn't going to end well

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.

Hey Hugo, watch out for that witch

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.

When you die in a video game, you don't really want the character knocking on your screen making some stupid (unfunny) comment EVERY ****ING TIME. No, you don't

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.

This looks like fun, but there's that annoying troll again to spoil the view

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.

She's cute, she's an evil witch. They're always the fun ones

Arcadelife rating

Visuals – 7.5/10
Audio – 6/10
Controls – 7.5/10
Content – 8/10
Fun – 8/10
Final rating – 74/100

Rating categories explained here.
Version reviewed by Arcadelife is 1.0.5
iTunes link

Hugo website link

Arcadelife played and reviewed this game on:
iPad (OS 5.0.1)

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