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'''''Hugo's House of Horrors''''' is an adventure game for DOS. It uses a game engine similar to the early Sierra adventure games. It was designed by [[David P. Gray]], released in 1990, and is the first game in the Hugo series of games. The story is rather typical: the girlfriend of Hugo has been kidnapped and taken into a mansion. The game uses a haunted house theme with various Halloween and horror movie references.
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[[Image:Hugo's House of Horrors - DOS - USA.jpg|thumb|256x256px|A later release cover.]]
  
This was the first game that I ever wrote a full walk through for, not only including how to beat the game with a full score, but also the entire script, a FAQ, and various bugs.
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'''''Hugo's House of Horrors''''' is an graphical adventure puzzle game developed and published by [[David Gray]] and released for [[MS-DOS]] on 1990-01-01 and later ported to [[Windows]]. It uses a game engine similar to those used by [[Sierra On-Line]] years earlier. It is the first game in the [[Hugo (universe)|Hugo series]] of games and followed up by ''[[Hugo II: Whodunit?]]'' The story is rather typical: the girlfriend of Hugo has been kidnapped and taken into a mansion. The game uses a haunted house theme with various Halloween and horror movie tropes.
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David Gray began programming Hugo's House of Horrors in 1989 writing in [[Quick C]], and drawing graphics in [[PC Paintbrush]].
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I believe my mother got me this game at a shareware game swap. I played the game so much that I not only beat it, but made a hand-written full-score walk-though, complete game script, and documented various game bugs.
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==Status==
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I do not own the game, but I have beaten the game with a full score, without hints.  
  
 
==Review==
 
==Review==
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* '''Overall:''' 3/10
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* '''Best Version:''' DOS
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{{Spoilers}}
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===Good===
 
===Good===
* The game gives a nice adventure with decent puzzles.
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* The game gives a charming trope-heavy adventure.
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* There is a decent variety of puzzles and none of them are unfair.
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* I like the trivia section which includes references to ''[[The Hobbit]]'', ''[[The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe]]'', and ''[[The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy]]''.
  
 
===Bad===
 
===Bad===
* The artwork and sound was very dated (King's Quest 5 was out by this time).
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* The graphic and sound fidelity was very dated (''[[King's Quest V: Absence Makes the Heart Go Yonder!]]'' came out less than a year later). The art and music production is also clearly amateur.
* The story is lacking, and the theme is tired.
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* All of the puzzles are pretty straight-forward and there aren't really any alternate methods of defeating them.
* There are a couple bugs in the game that can be exploited.
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* There are a couple bugs in the game that can be exploited, but they're minor.
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* It's possible to put the game in an [[unwinnable state]], but it's pretty obvious.
  
 
===Ugly===
 
===Ugly===
* Nothing really.
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* The story is lacking, the theme is tired, the game is too short, and the ending is unfulfilling.
  
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==Media==
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===Maps===
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<gallery>
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Hugo's House of Horrors - Dr. Hammerstein's House.png|Dr. Hammerstein's house.
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Hugo's House of Horrors - Underground.png|Beneath the house.
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</gallery>
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===Screenshots===
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<gallery>
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Hugo's House of Horrors - DOS - Screenshot - Title.png|Title screen.
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</gallery>
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===Design Notes===
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<gallery>
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Hugo's House of Horrors - DOS - Design Notes 1.jpg|Design notes.
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Hugo's House of Horrors - DOS - Design Notes 2.jpg|Design notes.
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</gallery>
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===Videos===
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* [https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UijhBRheB8k youtube.com/watch?v=UijhBRheB8k] - Longplay.
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==Download==
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This is all of the shareware versions of the Hugo games I could find including Hugo's House of Horrors for DOS and Windows. You can still buy the game from the author.
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* [[Media:Hugo Adventures (All Shareware Versions).zip|Download]] ([[:File:Hugo Adventures (All Shareware Versions).zip|Info]]) - All shareware versions.
  
 
==Links==
 
==Links==
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{{Link|MobyGames|http://www.mobygames.com/game/hugos-house-of-horrors}}
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{{Link|Wikipedia|https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hugo%27s_House_of_Horrors}}
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{{Link|GameFAQs|https://www.gamefaqs.com/pc/564841-hugos-house-of-horrors}}
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{{Link|ModdingWiki|http://www.shikadi.net/moddingwiki/Hugo%27s_House_of_Horrors}}
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{{Link|Official|http://www.dgray.com/hwpage.htm}}
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Revision as of 16:13, 19 November 2019

A later release cover.

Hugo's House of Horrors is an graphical adventure puzzle game developed and published by David Gray and released for MS-DOS on 1990-01-01 and later ported to Windows. It uses a game engine similar to those used by Sierra On-Line years earlier. It is the first game in the Hugo series of games and followed up by Hugo II: Whodunit? The story is rather typical: the girlfriend of Hugo has been kidnapped and taken into a mansion. The game uses a haunted house theme with various Halloween and horror movie tropes.

David Gray began programming Hugo's House of Horrors in 1989 writing in Quick C, and drawing graphics in PC Paintbrush.

I believe my mother got me this game at a shareware game swap. I played the game so much that I not only beat it, but made a hand-written full-score walk-though, complete game script, and documented various game bugs.

Status

I do not own the game, but I have beaten the game with a full score, without hints.

Review

  • Overall: 3/10
  • Best Version: DOS

— This section contains spoilers! —

Good

Bad

  • The graphic and sound fidelity was very dated (King's Quest V: Absence Makes the Heart Go Yonder! came out less than a year later). The art and music production is also clearly amateur.
  • All of the puzzles are pretty straight-forward and there aren't really any alternate methods of defeating them.
  • There are a couple bugs in the game that can be exploited, but they're minor.
  • It's possible to put the game in an unwinnable state, but it's pretty obvious.

Ugly

  • The story is lacking, the theme is tired, the game is too short, and the ending is unfulfilling.

Media

Maps

Screenshots

Design Notes

Videos

Download

This is all of the shareware versions of the Hugo games I could find including Hugo's House of Horrors for DOS and Windows. You can still buy the game from the author.

Links

Link-MobyGames.png  Link-Wikipedia.png  Link-GameFAQs.png  Link-ModdingWiki.png  Link-Official.png