The FIFA World Cup 2018 may yet be a sore memory for those with Croatian hearts, but for the rest of us, it’s been fairly easy to move on. The tournament brought soccer back onto the world stage, and Hugo Goal is a fine example of its far-reaching influence. This is a fun, carefree slot which really has nothing to do with soccer – it’s about goofy characters, innovative bonus features, and taking home big healthy paychecks!
Join Hugo, Afskylia, Don Croco, and the Goat (four best friends) as they head out to play soccer before the world cup. With balls, cleats, refs, and even penalty shootouts, this game has it all!
Gameplay Overview & Symbols
If we’re being honest, 3-reel games are generally on their way out. Classic slots just don’t offer any of the versatility, excitement, or even the payout of more modern video slots. Well, we’re happy to report that Hugo Goal is a superb mix of old-and-new, and for us marks what the future of “classic-style” slots should be!
It’s a 3×3 grid, and the basic symbols include flags, stopwatches, cleats, whistles, and footballs. The more lucrative symbols are Goat, Don Croco and Afskylia (worth 4.5x, 6x, and 7.5x for all 3!). Even better, these symbols can all be fully-stacked for even bigger payouts! However, if you really want to get maximum bang for your buck, it’s all about Hugo himself.
Not only can he appear fully stacked and pay out a handsome 24x stake for 3-in-a-row, but he also acts as the game’s wild, connecting disparate symbols to create winning combinations across the reels.
And now for some cool features. If you land two full reels of any basic symbol, you get an automatic respin of the 3rd reel to try and generate a winning combo. If you land two stacked character symbols, however, the remaining reel will continually respin until you hit a winning combination!
This is not only an exciting element – there are cool animations which herald the arrival of the respins – but it can also lead to some serious cash.
The other main special feature is the Penalty Shootout. If you’re fortunate enough to land a screenful of matching symbols – including those completed by wilds – then you’ll active the bonus penalty shootout round. You’ll control Hugo, the goalkeeper, and decide which way to dive for the 5 penalties. You’ll be rewarded as follows:
- 0 saves – 1x multiplier
- 1 save – 2x
- 2 saves – 3x
- 3 saves – 4x
- 4 saves – 5x
- 5 saves – 10x
There are 3 directions to dive in, so the odds of being successful are pretty high! The maximum payout per round is 80x (for a screenful of wilds) so if you add a 10x multiplier onto that, with $100 per spin…it’s $80,000!
As we said, we aren’t usually fans of classic-style slots. But to be honest, Hugo Goal doesn’t even play like a classic slot – it feels like any other modern game with 5+ reels. With the wilds, bonus features and the first-rate graphic design and animation, we give Hugo Goal two big thumbs up and can’t wait to play it for real!