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Hook’s Heroes slot review

Added by NetEnt. Information last updated: 28/09/2020

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Tester rating:

3.5 (1)

Game information

Game supplier:NetEnt

Release date:09/2015

RTP:96.82%

Volatility:Low

Max. win:bet x 3600

Mobile version:Support all devices

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Bonus game or special game

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Adventure & action

Heroes & villains

Cartoon

Cute & cuddly

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RTP (Return to player):
96.82%
Volatility:
Low
Max. win:
bet x 3600

Bojoko score (compared to other slots on Bojoko)
93
NetEnt score (compared to other slots of supplier)
91
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Slot tester's review: Trystan Michielsen

Hook’s Heroes shows us the power of imagination and the benefits of playing big as they entertain us with a special show.

Originally released in 2015 by developer Netent, Hook’s Heroes puts us in the audience as a group of children perform a pirate play on stage. Everything about the slot enforces this idea, with the cardboard cutout card symbols, the clouds on strings in the background and their handmade costumes.

With a 5-reel, 3-row layout and 20 paylines the slot stays close to the classic layout, giving the symbols plenty of room to show themselves off. The game starts with a short but sweet intro animation that gives us the right context. Whenever I activated a feature it would also give a short introduction of that feature before starting it. Big wins, and really big wins, even had their own victory screens.

I really dig this approach as it firmly establishes a theme and a setting. The creators obviously had a lot of fun considering the many small details. Hook’s Heroes is filled with great art that brings to life the idea that these kids got together and made up a show to perform.

The soundtrack is good but I thought it didn’t quite fit the rest of the theme which was a shame. It’s an upbeat song that reminded me of a television show of some kind but that doesn’t really relate to the idea of children doing a theatre show. Still, it keeps the energy high and it was excellent quality.

Symbols

The symbols are all hand-drawn and great to look at. The lower-paying symbols are made to look like they’re cut out of paper or cardboard. The higher-paying symbols are the different pirates in the play. Whenever these appear on a winning payline they’ll play a little animation which I thought was a great touch.

The symbols are from highest to lowest:

  • Scatter Symbol: Get 2 Scatter Symbols on the screen at the same time and it activates a random feature. Get 3 Scatter Symbols on the screen at the same time and it starts the Free Spins phase, allowing you to select a feature to play with.
  • Face-paint Pirate: Max. 900 coins with five-of-a-kind on a winning payline.
  • Girl Pirate: Max. 700 coins with five-of-a-kind on a winning payline.
  • Glasses Pirate: Max. 500 coins with five-of-a-kind on a winning payline.
  • Dorky Pirate: Max. 350 coins with five-of-a-kind on a winning payline.
  • Eye-Patch Pirate: Max. 250 coins with five-of-a-kind on a winning payline.
  • Ace: Max. 200 coins with five-of-a-kind on a winning payline.
  • King: Max. 150 coins with five-of-a-kind on a winning payline.
  • Queen: Max. 120 coins with five-of-a-kind on a winning payline.
  • Jack: Max. 100 coins with five-of-a-kind on a winning payline.
  • 10: Max. 100 coins with five-of-a-kind on a winning payline.
  • Wild: Substitutes all other symbols in the game except the Scatter Symbol.

The Scatter symbols will always animate, even if you only get 1. The other characters only move when they’re part of a winning payline but even then I thought it was great attention to detail.

Features

Hook’s Heroes doesn’t have too many features, and the 3 main ones are exclusive so you won’t get more than 1 at the same time.

  • Scatter Symbol: Scatter Symbols might appear on the screen during the base game. Getting 2 activates a random bonus feature. Getting 3 allows you to pick a bonus feature and play the free spins mode with that feature. Getting 4 allows you to pick 2 bonus features, and getting 5 Scattery Symbols on the screen at the same time allows you to pick 3 bonus features.
  • Wilds: Wilds substitute all other symbols on the game. They can appear during the base game and the special features, except the Pirate Feature.
  • Fairy Feature: A fairy randomly adds between 2 and 5 Wilds to the screen. When choosing this feature you get 7 free spins.
  • Mermaid Feature: All wins are multiplied by 2x. If the win has a Wild in it, it is multiplied by 4x instead. Choosing this feature awards you 10 free spins.
  • Pirate Feature: Wins are calculated on the amount of visible similar symbols, regardless of paylines. With the Pirate Feature, you get 15 free spins.

As I’ve seen with other slots by Netent, most notably Finn and the Swirly Spin, their listed Low Volatility didn’t really coincide with my experience. I felt the slot gave wins rather infrequently but at the same time, they would be quite substantial. The Scatter Symbols would also appear pretty often, and with only 2 needed to get a random bonus feature, it would sometimes result in a sudden large win. Just something for players to keep in mind!

The different features are interesting and different enough to keep trying them out and seeing which one works best. Getting just 2 Scatter Symbols triggers the game ‘pick a random’, if you get more you get to choose which one you want to use.

I had varying results with each of the 3, so I couldn’t tell you which one is preferable. The Fairy Feature is definitely the most dependable since it adds Wilds to the screen. Meanwhile, the Mermaid Feature is really just the base game but with an increased win amount. Since it doesn’t alter how the wins are achieved at all, I thought this one was probably the weakest.

In Conclusion

Hook’s Heroes is a great-looking slot with a ton of atmosphere. I really like the setting the creators established. Everything from the animations to the character design and the background works together to put us in the theatre seat. The only thing I think missed the mark is the soundtrack, even though it’s still good.

The slot has listed low volatility that I already commented on. With the ability to choose a bet between £0.20 and £200 there is enough flexibility to decide how risky you want to play it. With a max. win of 3600x your bet I’d say it could pay off to play conservatively.

If you’re a fan of the way Hook’s Heroes looks, I would heartily recommend Legend of the White Snake Lady, which I think has the same artist. In contrast with Hook’s Heroes, it only has 2 features worth mentioning so if you’re looking for a simple slot it will definitely fit the bill. Meanwhile, pirate enthusiasts might enjoy Ghost Pirates. This is an older game and takes a darker look at pirates.

I really liked Hook’s Heroes. It looks amazing even though it’s several years old now. The gameplay is solid, with a few features that aren’t difficult to understand. The soundtrack kind of misses the point of the slot but still sounds good. It was a great game when it first came out and I imagine it will hold its worth for quite some time.

Overall rating:

3.5

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Features

Wins and bets

RTP (Return to Player):96.82%

Volatility:Low

Max. win:bet x 3600

Min. bet:£0.2

Max. bet:£200

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Reels:5

Rows:3

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Max. lines:20

Min. lines:20

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Languages

You can play Hook’s Heroes in English, Finnish, Swedish, German and 20 other languages.

All supported languages:
English, Finnish, Swedish, German, French, Spanish, Italian, Russian, Bulgarian, Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, Estonian, Greek, Hungarian, Polish, Norwegian, Portuguese, Romanian, Slovak, Turkish, Chinese

Currencies

Hook’s Heroes supports GBP, EUR, SEK, NOK and 33 other currencies.

All supported currencies:
GBP (£), EUR (€), SEK (kr), NOK (kr), DKK (kr), RUB (₽), CZK (Kč), USD ($), NZD ($), CAD (C$), AUD ($), ZAR (R), UAH (₴), GEL (ლ), TRY (₤), BRL (R$), CNY (¥), PEN (S/.), ARS ($), MXN ($), PLN (zł), CHF (₣), BGN (лв), HRK (Kn), HUF (Ft), RON (L), ISK (Kr), INR (₨), JPY (¥), MYR (RM), PHP (₱), SGD ($), THB (฿), TWD ($), GHS (₵), HKD ($)

Stats

Release date 09/2015
103rd newest on NetEnt 1,681st newest on Bojoko
RTP 96.82% 0.96% > average
28th highest on NetEnt 187th highest on Bojoko
Win up to 3600 x your bet
67th highest on NetEnt 780th highest on Bojoko
Paylines 20 0% < average
61st highest on NetEnt 940th highest on Bojoko
Min bet £0.2 per spin
59th lowest on NetEnt 1,044th lowest on Bojoko
Max bet £200 per spin
28th highest on NetEnt 320th highest on Bojoko
Rated 0 by 0 members
6th most rated on NetEnt 38th most rated on Bojoko
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Trystan Michielsen

Trystan Michielsen

Trystan Michielsen is a Dutch native who started his career as a content writer for various small businesses who were interested in creating an online presence.

When the opportunity arose to move to Malta and work in the iGaming sector, Trystan didn't hesitate to make the plunge. Here he worked as a Content and SEO specialist for different companies before moving back home.

Now acting as a freelancer he maintains his connection with the online slot community by playing and reviewing the wide variety of videoslots that are released.

Trystan enjoys playing the slots that offer a full experience, focusing on more than just the technical details but keeping an eye on its presentation. Graphics, music and style can create a game that's more than the sum of its parts.

A writer at heart, putting thoughts to paper is something he's done for as long as he remembers. In his free time, he enjoys writing fiction as well as watching and reviewing movies.

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Game supplier:NetEnt

Release date:09/2015

RTP (Return to player):96.82%

Max. win:bet x 3600

Mobile version:Yes

User rating: 0
Tester rating: 3.5

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