Launched in September 2015, Hook’s Heroes Video Slot from NetEnt is a pirate themed game with Caribbean style music and cartoon graphics making for a fun-filled swashbuckling adventure. It may look like it has come straight from either the Nickelodeon or Disney television channels but it is still another well made and designed video slot from this popular games provider.
Hook’s Heros by NetEnt is a 5-reel, 3-row, 20-line video slot which includes Free Spins, Wild Symbols and 3 different game features that are part of the main free spins section of the game. So let’s set sail on the seven seas with the Hook’s Heroes video slot and see if our review can help you enjoy the chance to win the top jackpot prize of 194,800 coins?
How to play Hook’s Heroes Video Slot
The Hook’s Heroes online slot has 7 coin levels to choose from ranging from 0.01 up to 1.00 along with the pretty standard 10 levels. Starting at the base level for each means you can set your cost per spin to as little as 20p. At level 10 with a £1 coin value, you will be high rolling at £200 per spin. We would advise that you always set your overall cost per spin to one that you are comfortable with and can afford.
When the game initially loads you will see a brief video intro and then a splash screen giving a quick glimpse at the three features included in the game. Once you click the continue button the game itself will load. The game’s 5 reels rest on top of an animated cartoon background. You will see an island on the left, your ship on the right and the waves rocking from side to side. Lets hope you don’t suffer from sea sickness! The symbols on the reels include the standard card values of 10, J, Q, K and A. They have pastel colours and a Caribbean feel. You also have your 5 crew members, scatter symbols and wild symbols that substitute for other symbols.
To spin the reels you just need to select the green button with the crooked arrows at the very centre of the bottom part of the game screen. Next to the spin button you also have a ‘Max Bet’ button and an ‘Auto Play’ button. Clicking the Max Bet will spin the reels at level 10 based on your current coin value. Choosing the Auto Play feature gives you the option to have the game spin the reels automatically. You can set the number of spins from 10 up to 1000 spins.
As you play you can achieve a win with just 2 scatter symbols on any of the reels. This will activate a Feature Spin but the choice of which feature will be random. The three features are Fairy Feature, Mermaid Feature and the Pirate Feature. The Fairy Feature will see you receive 7 free spins with overlay wilds appearing on reels in random positions. The Mermaid Feature gives you 10 free spins. Here all wins are multiplied by 2. However if a wild symbol appears then wins are multiplied by 4. Finally, in the Pirate Feature, you get 15 free spins and instead of having to have symbols connecting to make a win, it is the number of matching symbols in view that generate the prize.
If you achieve 3 or more scatter symbols then you can choose the Feature you would like rather than it being a random choice. Also, if the number of scatter symbols is 4 or 5 then you will get 2 or 3 picks of the feature respectively. This means you can choose the same feature up to 3 times in a row.
You will also see that on the very bottom of the game on the left, there are several options including a question mark, auto button, volume control and settings. The question mark gives you fairly in-depth information about the game including rules and game functions.The settings allow you to set your spacebar on a PC as the action for activating a spin. You can also set the game to quick spin and remove the intro screens.
Hook’s Heroes Video Slot Tips
On the left-hand side of the game screen, next to the display of your current bet in coins you will see an ‘i’ symbol. Selecting this will allow you to view a series of 10 screens that give information on each of the features discussed above. You can also view the coin payout levels for the number of matching symbols on a pay line along with a grid view of each of the winning lines. These screens are useful to help you familiarise yourself with the game.
When you are playing a game for the first time it is best where possible to test the game out for free. Using a demo mode feature you get the chance to see if you enjoy playing the game whilst seeing how all the features work. At any time, you can then switch to real cash play. You can play Hook’s Heroes for free at either Maxiplay Online Casino or Guts Online Casino.
Is Hook’s Heroes the right video slot for you?
The game has a theoretical RTP (return to player) of 96.82% giving a house edge of 3.18%. In our test of the game over a total of 100 spins at a cost per spin of £1, we had a very enjoyable game. Wins came in frequently with the longest run without a prize being just 7 spins. The scatter feature with two scatters came in quite a few times, however, we only achieved 3 scatter symbols once where we could then choose which free spin feature we preferred.
Overall this is a low variance online slot with the difference in coins you can win between 4 and 5 symbols not as much as many other NetEnt slots. This helps see frequent wins and with the wilds and feature spins can see lower level prizes being increased to a decent reward. If you were looking to wager through a free casino bonus we envisage that Hook’s Heroes will help you meet the wagering requirements whilst having an enjoyable gameplay experience.