The NetEnt Hook’s Heroes slot brings players the legend of Peter Pan – a bittersweet tale of eternal youth. But what of Captain Hook? We rarely hear his story. Net Entertainment attempts to redress that balance and add some depth to the legend of Captain Cook with this online slot, a good natured cartoon romp through the oceans of Neverland that puts the wild captain in a whole new light – literally!
Right from the game’s intro we can see we are into light-hearted, good-natured storytelling. There is no darkness here. The colours are bright, and the game has been cleverly designed as a stage set, with multiple layers hung by chains to give our sea constant movement in design reminiscent of a Wes Anderson movie. The game’s soundtrack fits the light-hearted theme – a lilting reggae that puts us in mind of the good Captain sipping a pina colada. As long as he’s brought plenty to share.
But to the five reels themselves and the protagonists in this fantasy tale. Cook is of course present, operating as the game’s Wild symbol. Hook’s crew, appearing more mutley than motley, are the game’s high symbols, while 10s through Aces make up the numbers. Naturally, the higher paying symbol we score on the game’s 20 paylines the better, though oddly enough for Cook we do want the Crocodile Scatter to appear – don’t worry Captain, it’s just a cheeky girl in a crocodile costume!
Landing three or more of these Crocodile Scatters launches the Hook’s Heroes Slot bonus round, a Free Spins round with a difference. We may choose from the Fairy Feature, the Mermaid Feature or the Pirate Feature, all of which sound truly exciting and offer different bonus features and different happy endings. So to speak.
The Fairy Feature will see us bag 7 Free Spins with between 2-5 Wilds added to the reels in random positions, while the Mermaid Feature offers 10 Free Spins with a 2x multiplier for all wins or a 4x multiplier when Wilds complete a win. The Pirate Feature may seem more bountiful as it treats us to 15 Free Spins with every symbol acting as a Scatter, but each feature has its nuances. Should we be lucky enough to trigger the bonus feature by landing four or five Scatters during the base game we get the chance to complete Hook’s adventure and will play two or all three of the bonus features respectively.
And to give us a soupçon of the adventure, landing two Scatters anywhere grants us one free spin with one of the features randomly activated for us for that single spin only.
The music and game design alone are enough to whisk us away on a voyage with Hook’s Heroes, while the Wild Captain and his Crocodile Scatter make for an adventure that is as wacky as it is entertaining. The legend of the Hook lives on.