Hugo's House of Horrors
Hugo's House of Horrors is graphical adventure puzzle game developed and published by David Gray and released for MS-DOS on 1990-01-01 and later ported to Windows. It uses a game engine similar to those used by Sierra On-Line years earlier. It is the first game in the Hugo series of games and followed up by Hugo II: Whodunit? The story is rather typical: the girlfriend of Hugo has been kidnapped and taken into a mansion. The game uses a haunted house theme with various Halloween and horror movie tropes.
I believe my mother got me this game at a shareware game swap. I played the game so much that I not only beat it, but made a hand-written full-score walk-though, complete game script, and documented various game bugs.
I do not own the game, but I have beaten the game with a full score, without hints.
- Overall: 3/10
- Best Version: DOS
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- The game is trope-heavy, but that makes it rather charming.
- There is a decent variety of puzzles and none of them are unfair.
- I like the trivia section which includes references to The Hobbit, The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, and The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy.
- All of the puzzles are pretty straight-forward and there aren't really any alternate methods of defeating them.
- The developer used a silly excused for having the player drop the mask before entering the lab so it wouldn't cause problems with the animation. A much better solution would have been to lock the wardrobe and give the player the key only after they solved the puzzle in the lab.
- There are a couple bugs in the game that can be exploited, but they're minor.
- It's possible to put the game in an unwinnable state, but it's pretty obvious when you do.
- The story is lacking, the theme is tired, the game is too short, and the ending is unfulfilling.
- The graphic and sound fidelity was very dated (King's Quest V: Absence Makes the Heart Go Yonder! came months later!). The art and music production is also clearly amateur with poorly drawn graphics with pixels often left uncolored and jumpy animation.
- youtube.com/watch?v=UijhBRheB8k - Longplay.
This is all of the shareware versions of the Hugo games I could find including Hugo's House of Horrors for DOS and Windows. You can still buy the game from the author.