Mon, Apr 22, 4:02am by Noah Taylor
Last Updated Tue, Oct 8, 12:33am
Hellboy pokies are designed by the Microgaming online software company. This 5 reel, 20 payline licensed slot machine is found in many of the couple of hundred Microgaming casinos on the Internet. Players experience a virtual game with scatters, multipliers, free spins, and two bonus games. Fans of the Mike Mignola comic about a witty, good-natured fiend who fights supernatural threats should enjoy the design and layout of the game. While I might have preferred to see one or two of Hellboy’s antagonists appear on-screen, his major allies appear on the reels and are pivotal on one of the bonus games.
The minimum and maximum coin denominations on Hellboy range between $0.01 and $0.25. This makes it a game mainly for low to middle stakes players, so high rollers are likely to stay away. The static jackpot might disappoint gamblers who want to play for a progressive payout. I like to point out the machines with fixed jackpots offer better payout percentages and hit frequencies. While you won’t hit a cumulative jackpot which is going to solve all your problems (supposedly), a larger number of gamblers receive a better casino bargain.
The reel symbols in the game include Hellboy himself, aquatic agent Abe Sapien, the pyrokinetic Liz Sherman, and Hellboy’s famous Right Hand of Doom. Other characters depicted in the game include Professor Trent Bruttenholm, the American scientist among those soldiers who first found the newborn Anung Un Rama, as well as Johann Kraus, a ghost kept in a containment suit so he won’t dissipate. The Hellboy logo acts as the top jackpot symbol (10,000 coins), while the headshot works as another sizable jackpot (5000 coins). The Right Hand of Doom symbol acts as a multiplier, which needs to be discussed in greater detail.
The multiplier symbol in the Hellboy game multiplies the amount of your original wager by various amounts, depending on how many multipliers among on-screen at any given time. Two symbols depicting the stone hand multiplies coins by 2x. Three symbols equal a multiplier of 4x, while four symbols equals a nice 25x multiplier. If you receive 5 icons with the Right Hand of Doom, you’ll receive a 500x multiplier for whatever winning amount you received.
The biggest jackpots on the game happen when 5 of comic book logos appear. When five logos show up on the screen, this becomes a 10,000 coin jackpot. Four logos equals 1000 coins, while 3 logos equal 100 units.
If you receive 3, 4, or 5 logos, it also triggers the Underworld Bonus Game. The object of the game is to pick a team member at all four levels, while avoiding the block tunnels in the underground caverns. When you uncover relics of power, these gives you additional bonuses. Players only get 1 choice per level, so the odds are against you winning the biggest prize, which is revealed in the Chamber of Fire on the 4th level of the bonus game.
One reel symbol is a picture of Hellboy from the left side. If you receive 5 of this symbol, you win a 500 coin jackpot. If you see 4 of these pictures at once, they equal a 500 coin prize. When you receive 3 Hellboy pictures, this equals 50 coins.
Liz Sherman is a member of the same government-sponsored organization as Hell Boy. When you receive 5 Liz Sherman reel symbols, this equals the third-biggest payout on the game, with 2000 coins. Seeing four Liz Shermans pays out at 200 coins, while 3 Liz icons pays 40 coins.
The “Supermode” is a randomly triggered bonus game which offers 10 free spins. This game doesn’t let free spins be re-triggered, but up to 3 wild positions are activated and held in position for the duration of the bonus game. If this mode and the Underworld game are triggered at the same time, the Underworld game plays out first.
Hellboy debuted in 1993 in a comic book published by Dark Horse Comics. The story begins in the final months of World War II, as Nazi researchers grow desperate to win the war and seek to summon creatures out of the lower planes to secure victory. These mystics summon the demon “Anung Un Rama” to a ruined church in the British Isles. Allied soldiers happen upon the fiend, who is just a newborn. Dubbed “Hellboy” by Professor Bruttenholm, he is taken to a U.S. Air Force Base in New Mexico to be raised. Only when the child fiend eats a meal on Earth (pancakes) is he bound to the plane. He grows up a well-meaning researcher into paranormal threats, working with a well-respected private group called the Bureau for Paranormal Research and Defense or “BPRD”. He works often with other special talents, many of whom are also from paranormal races.
The comics, written by Mike Mignola, have inspired two feature length movies (one directed by Guillermo del Toro) and a couple of animated movies. It’s also been adapted into card games, board games, video games, and now pokies.