Hellboy is relatively new when it comes to famed comic book characters, having first appeared as recently as 1993. However, the character made an instant impact and just over a decade later the first movie about the half-demon appeared. This MicroGaming designed slot features a number of characters from the comic book series. The mix of villains and heroes includes Abe Sapien, Liz Sherman, Johann Krauss and Trevor Bruttenholm.
The entertaining gameplay includes two distinct features. The first is a pick me round, where Hellboy takes a trip to the Underworld. The other is a randomly awarded free spins feature named ‘Supermode’, where the wins can be huge.
This comic book inspired slot plays out on five reels. The game has a total of 20 win lines and pays from left to right. Players can set the number of win lines (any number between 1 and 20), the coin value (between 1 and 25x) and the number of coins (between 1 and 10).
The standout symbol in the base game is the slot logo which acts as the wild. This will now substitute for every other symbol in the game except for the scatter. Every win you land using the wild symbol is doubled, which is always a nice boost. Land five of the title symbols in a row and you’ll pick up a mouth-watering 10,000 coins. The big wins keep coming in this game – Hellboy himself pays out an impressive 5,000 coins for the maximum five in a row. Liz Sherman, the love interest of Hellboy pays out a max prize of 2,000 coins.
Other symbols in the game include a good mix of heroes and villains, with the faceless Johann Krauss perhaps the most striking. The standard symbols are completed by the playing cards 10, J, Q, K and A, which make up the smaller and more frequent wins.
Super Mode – Unusually in slot gaming, there is a free spins feature which is simply awarded randomly – no need to land a series of scatter symbols. You’ll suddenly find yourself with 10 free spins. These are better than usual as you’ll be playing in ‘Super Mode’. At the start of the feature, up to 3 randomly positioned wilds are added to the reels. These will now stay in place throughout the free spins – giving you plenty of opportunities to line up bigger wins. If the wilds are all to the left-hand side, every free spin can be a winning one.
Underworld Bonus – This is the main feature of the game and is activated by landing Hellboy’s hand of doom three times or more across any of the reels. You’ll now enter an enticing pick-me feature in the Underworld. There are four levels in this feature, each level progressively harder to reach. Along the way you’ll meet various creatures and you’ll win cash prizes as you go. Some picks will mean you advance to the next level, the ultimate aim being to reach the ‘Relic of Power’. Standing in your way are the ‘blocked tunnels’, which will immediately end this excellent feature.
Fans of the Hellboy comic book series will welcome the familiar design. The game features characters straight from the comics and the same dark, imposing mood is applied to the reels. The accompanying movie-style soundtrack only adds to the overall atmosphere of the game. The only small criticism of the design is that there could have been more animation from the leading symbols. However, overall design is strong – and the game really comes to life during the bonus features – especially the Underworld bonus game.
Fans of Hellboy will certainly enjoy this slot, but the appeal will be much wider than just hardcore fans. The base game, with it’s striking, slightly ominous feel draws you in from the start, making for a fine base game. The game only improves during the features. The randomly awarded free spins are sure to give your bankroll a boost. Then the ‘Underworld Bonus’ will get your heart pumping a little quicker as you move from level to level. Move through all of the levels and you’ll win big!