Hugo's House of Horrors

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A later release cover.

Hugo's House of Horrors is an adventure puzzle game designed by David P. 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 by 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 Z-Soft Paint.

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 ended up writing a hand-written walk-though, full script, and documented various game bugs.


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


  • Overall: 3/10
  • Best Version: DOS



  • The artwork and sound was very dated (King's Quest V came out the same year!).
  • The story is lacking, and the theme is tired.
  • The game is too short.
  • There are a couple bugs in the game that can be exploited.


  • Nothing really.





This is the latest shareware version of Hugo's House of Horrors. You can still buy the game from the author.