Published on 19 September 2015 by Sebas
On the 23-rd of September the new NetEnt video slot Hook’s Heroes will be released but yesterday (as usual) I already had the immensely privileged pleasure to ‘preview play’ this somewhat ‘mysteriously’ themed game…Read about my findings below…
Video slot Hook’s Heroes not what it seems…
From the already shown video presentations and other sneak preview material about video slot Hook’s Heroes it seemed quite obvious what the game’s ‘theme’ would be: the slot should be about pirates and of course more specifically the pirate from the famous Peter Pan saga, Captain Hook…
However, video slot Hook’s Heroes isn’t so much themed by the original stage play as written at the beginning of the 20-th century by J.M. Barrie and on which eventually many adaptations for theater, movie and TV series would be based. Instead the game seems to refer to the (far lesser known) 2006 novel written by a certain Geraldine McCaughrean called ‘Peter Pan in Scarlet’, apparently the official sequel of the former mentioned original work by Barrie.
Now, I don’t want to get too deep into the ‘Peter Pan in Scarlet’ story on which video slot Hook’s Heroes is based (for that I recommend reading the book or do some research on the subject)… As far as I’m concerned at this point it suffices to state NetEnt yet again has provided us with an exciting new video slot game that not only by its intriguing theme, but especially by its many special game features (and consequent ‘adventurous’ game play) has managed to indeed pleasantly surprise me…
Video slot Hook’s Heroes facts and figures
In former articles about video slot Hook’s Heroes much has already been written about the ‘facts and figures’ and the ‘special game features’ of the new upcoming NetEnt slot. Nevertheless below again a short summary of its main characteristics:
- 5 reels with 3 rows and 20 fixed bet lines;
- Bet levels from 1 up to 10 and coin values from €0.01 up to €1.00;
- Minimum bet is therefore €0.20 and the maximum possible bet per spin is €200;
- Return to Player percentage is 96.82%;
- With 3 different Spin Features activated during Feature Spins (= free re-spins) and the game’s Free Spins mode.
Video slot Hook’s Heroes game play
I play video slot Hook’s Heroes on bet level 10 and with coin value € 0,05 so I eventually bet € 10 per spin. What during the first 20 spins or so becomes clear is the animated symbols on the reels ‘express’ themselves (through a peculiar grimace and accompanying sound-bite) as soon as they form a winning bet line. Other features of the slot that become apparent during these first game rounds are that symbol substituting Wild symbols can appear on all reels and that only 2 Scatters symbols anywhere on the reels trigger a randomly chosen ‘Feature’, applied to a following free ‘re-spin’ (in the slot called a ‘Feature Spin’).
I get such a Feature Spin by 2 Scatter symbols after a couple of spins more and upon which the Mermaid Feature is activated. Unfortunately however no winning bet line is formed during the following free ‘Feature’ re-spin, so no wins are paid out double as would have been the case if winning bet lines indeed would have been generated. If those lines would be formed with help of one or more Wild symbols, the winnings would even be paid out x 4 during the Mermaid Feature (see picture on top for an example of the Mermaid Feature in Free Spins mode).
It doesn’t take long before I get 3 Scatter symbols triggering the above screen which urges me to choose one of the 3 Features: the Pirate feature, the Mermaid Feature or the Fairy Feature (each with their own amount of Free Spins). I choose the Fairy Feature which means before every spin a fairy will place 2 to 5 Wild symbols randomly anywhere on the reels. This Free Spin mode grants me the substantial total Free Spin win as shown below.
Last but not least 2 Scatter symbols provide for a Pirate Feature re-spin (see below) which means 3 or more symbols anywhere on the reels already rewards a win (instead of only by symbols on adjacent reels from left to right and on a bet line).
Try out video slot Hook’s Heroes for free next Wednesday!
I especially found the 3 different Spin Features of the new NetEnt video slot Hook’s Heroes (in combination with its ‘interactive’ Free Spins mode) very refreshing and entertaining. I therefore cordially would like to invite all our readers to undergo the same adventurous experience next Wednesday the 23rd of September, on which NetEnt video slot release date Hook’s Heroes free play practice version also will be available on our website.