Hugo and Hugo 2 (PlayStation)
Hugo and Hugo 2 are a mini-game collections developed and published by ITE Media. This is a minigame compilation that divided six Amiga games into two parts on Template:Awesome.
Once upon a time, there was a troll family living in a forest. They were living happily in the forest, but little did they know about the danger looming nearby. Over in a short distance is a mountain on top of which is a skull-shaped cavern. This cave is a home to an evil witch Scylla, the villain of this game.
One day, Hugo's three kids and his wife Hugolina, were playing outside their house. That's when Scylla made her move and ambushed the troll kids. Hugolina heard this and ran outside only to be kidnapped along with the children. At the same time, Hugo was having a nap, only to awaken quickly to see what's happening outside. Sadly, he was too late and the witch was already heading back to home with Hugolina and the kids. Hugo immediately went after the witch to save his family...
After saving his family from the evil witch in the first game, Hugo and his family are flying back home in Hugo's biplane. Little did they know, that they are in danger once again. The evil witch Scylla has somehow managed to get the possession of a very old magic book, once which allows the user to control the weather. She manages to summon a very ominously looking cloud.
Scylla sends the cloud after Hugo's biplane to re-capture Hugo's wife, Hugoline, laughing very evil-like while doing so. The cloud manages to catch up to biplane, unbeknown for Hugo that it is Scylla's old tricks at first. Hugo soon notices the cloud, but is too late to do anything about it. The cloud manages to nab Hugoline within itself and leaves back to Scylla.
Once Hugo notices that Hugoline is missing, he knows it was Scylla behind the cloud. But the kids are still on the backseat, which then Hugo gives them parachutes and tells them to jump off the plane. Right after the troll kids jump off the plane, Hugo fortunately manages to crash land at a snowy mountain. He then starts his quest to get the kids and his wife back.
Why Both Games Suck
- Generic stories. Mainly based on the vicissitudes of the family, where soon our antagonist, or more precisely the witch called "Scylla" steals the family, and the second game practically the same. Apparently ITE Media put together a quickly undemanding story to release production as quick as possible.
- Lazily made game covers.
- The first one only offers the silly face of a hero who escapes from an alternative world, destroying the large white screen.
- And the second one depicts a hero again with a silly expression on his face who escapes from cave along with the accompanying wagon and bags with diamonds so that it does not participate in the program again.
- Annoying voice acting. Hugo sounds like a bum, while sitting with a beer in a village grocery store, pretending to be autistic.
- God-awful graphics. Especially it can be experienced in "three-dimensional" levels.
- On a level in the mountains, from time to time you can see inefficient 3D elements that are heavily flooded with sulfuric acid and bleach taken together.
- Terrible looking sprites causing strong vomiting.
- Hugo looks like he was fried in a frying pan, put in the fridge, and spent several days in the river.
- Music is a feast for your ears (and not in a positive sense). You will only hear a cacophony compilation that we forget faster than we think and we will not hear any festival of cat music in the game.
- Ear-bleeding and cringy sound effects.
- Every time when you screw anything, you are rewarded with a cutscene where Hugo keeps mentioning that "Something went wrong, better try again" or something.
- Cutscenes are terribly poor. You have the opportunity to see the artistry of graphic designers who have tried to combine several artistic styles, especially you can see it at the beginning:
- Trees, backgrounds and a house are two-dimensional objects drawn.
- Trolls are three-dimensional models, which they try to combine with cartoonish style.
- Unfunny cutscenes when we fail something.
- Minigames are boring and repetitive, which are randomly selected.
- The ending is unsatisfactory. After selecting one of the three buttons from your Dualshock, we only have a witch tied up, the speech of the main character and sitting by the fire with rescued family. In the second game, we only escort Hugoline.
- The games are extremely short. The first game can be completed in less than an hour, and the second even less than half an hour.
The game received negative reviews. Thunderbolt gave for Hugo 2 1/10, summarizing with their unhappy words "Hugo 2 is an embarrassment. It appears that the production company was aiming for a very child friendly experience but even if I was eight years old, I definitely wouldn’t want to play this crap. It’s void of any kind of fun and will most likely leave you with a bitter taste in your mouth rather than any sense of satisfaction. If Atari decided it was best to bury all unsold copies of ‘E.T’ in the Nevada desert, then by all means Hugo 2 should be cast into a volcano. Do the decent thing as a gamer and avoid this game at all costs, but if you do see it make sure you dispose of it in the nearest receptical".
The British YouTuber Pixel Pursuit rated for both games 1/10, calling the first one worse PS1 game than Bubsy 3D and the 2nd one probably the worst game of all time.