Review of The Incredible Hulk Slots
When it comes to the Hulk, I mainly remember the live action tv show from the 1970s starring the wonderful Bill Bixby. Between that time and the newer movies I think that I might have read a total of two comics. Therefore, this review is not going to contain much nostalgia and it will be as unbiased as they come.
To be honest, the Hulk was never one of my favorite characters in the Marvel universe because he just didn’t seem that deep – he gets mad, transforms into a beast, and then breaks stuff and hurts the people around him. And to top it all off, when he sobers up in the morning he doesn’t even remember any of it. Is this a superhero or an ex-husband?!
Anyway, aside from the Hulk’s anger management issues, watching him transform from Bruce Banner to Hulk is always fun, and he certainly isn’t the worst superhero in the Marvel Universe. And I’m happy to say that this slot from Playtech is a heck of a lot of fun to play. Here’s why…
A quick glance will easily tell you that Incredible Hulk Slots gives you tons of his trademark green in every spin, so I hope that you’re a big fan of that color if you’re planning on giving this game a try. Overall, the imagery and symbols are sharp, and even though it’s a few years old now it still looks like a modern game.
Most of us will agree that one of the best lines ever uttered in the Marvel Universe is, “Don’t make me angry…you wouldn’t like me when I’m angry.” The line is especially creepy since it is always said by the mild-mannered scientist Bruce Banner…usually right before he transforms into The Hulk and starts smashing up the place.
Hulk’s story starts in a military laboratory with a botched experiment by General Thunderbolt Ross that was an attempt to find a way to render mankind immune to gamma radiation. Unfortunately, the only result of the experiment was that Bruce Banner would now become a green beast with a bad temper anytime his heart rate went above 200 beats per minute. The Incredible Hulk was born.
This version of Hulk Slots is very loosely based on the 2008 movie starring Ed Norton, and not on the original graphic novels or anything else. The game doesn’t feature any of the storyline from the film, and sadly it therefore doesn’t have much of a story whatsoever. You simply Hulk-out and smash stuff for cash prizes, but I’m sure that will be enough of a plot for most of his longtime fans.
It’s hard not to be disappointed with the unique symbol choices for The Incredible Hulk Slots. First of all, most of you will know exactly how we feel when game developers choose to use a “9”. (Spoiler alert: we hate it). A 9 is usually a sign of a lazy game design and/or a lack of imagination from its creators, but this isn’t necessarily the case with Hulk.
Playtech made the strange decision not to include any of the characters from the movie such as General Thaddeus E. “Thunderbolt” Ross, who is also known as the “Red Hulk” and was played by William Hurt. There are also a ton of other omissions like Ty Burrell as Leonard Samson, Tim Roth as Abomination, or Liv Tyler as Betty Ross. So instead of any of those cool characters we got a police car…
- J (Jack)
- Q (Queen)
- K (King)
- A (Ace)
- Nuclear Waste Symbol
- Army Helicopter
- Police Car
- Green Gamma Juice
- Smash Bonus
- The Incredible Hulk Logo (Scatter)
- Hulk (Wild)
You’ll want to be on the hunt for dangerous sludge because the Nuclear Waste symbol pays out the most in this game with 4,000 coins for 5 across the board. The payouts then drop off significantly with the Gamma Juice only paying 500 coins for 5 of a Kind, and the Army Helicopter and Police Car paying 200 coins each for the same.
Since he’s one of the most beloved characters in the Marvel Universe, you could have guaranteed that Incredible Hulk Slots was going to be linked to the Marvel Mystery Jackpot. This is their main network jackpot that is shared over all of their newer games, and it can go off at any time without warning.
If you are one of the few players lucky enough to hit the Marvel Jackpot you will be taken into a prize area with a grid of squares in a 4×5 section. You then flip over squares until you’ve matched 3 of the same jackpot symbols of either “Power“, “Super Power“, “Extra Power“, or “Ultimate Power“. Each one has a different cash prize that builds up slowly as people play across the network of games, and all of them can grow to be quite large.
When you receive Smash Bonus symbols on reels 1 and 5 it will trigger a bonus round where you get to direct Hulk as he throws fire hydrants at police cars and helicopters. As they explode they will reveal the profitable goodies that were hidden inside of them.
In the first round you choose 3 out of 7 police cars to smash which will you give cash prize amounts, and then you smash 1 out of 3 helicopters which will give you a multiplier of either 2x, 3x, or 5x. All of the possible win amounts are revealed once you have made your selection so you can kick yourself if you chose poorly. Your bonus cash is then multiplied by your multiplier and the total is added to your balance.
Sometimes during the bonus feature you will experience “Hulk Rage” while smashing the police cars which will lead to Hulk punching the ground and causing all 7 of the police cars to explode, thus giving you every penny of the bonus cash that was hidden in them. Hulk Rage will come at random and cannot be predicted, (just like his actual rage). This is definitely my favorite part of the game, especially if I’ve been lucky enough to select the 5x multiplier right after it. Cha-ching!
Also, there’s a cool in-game feature that gives you re-spins and extra ways to win when The Hulk Wild symbol lands in the center of reel 3 – it will expand to cover the entire reel and make it wild. It will also give you 2 free spins and lock in place to increase your chances of some big payline wins.
Lastly, the Expanding Hulk symbol anywhere on reels 2, 3, or 4 will grow to cover all 3 reels and create a wall of 9 Wild Symbols, but you only get one free spin to try to cash in so you’d better make it count.
Three or more Hulk Scatter symbols across the reels will get you into the Free Spins Mode and give you 10 free games each time. The best thing about the Hulk Slots free games is that all of your winnings will be tripled, which can obviously lead to tons of bonus cash. In addition, wins in the regular game that involve the Expanding Hulk symbol are also tripled.
The Hulk might be filled with rage but he’s also filled with generosity because his game allows you to keep triggering more free spins while freerolling, with no maximum limit.
The intro video to this game consists of clips that were inspired by the actual movie, and it will encourage even the most timid of Hulk fans to start smashing things. It’s action-packed with lots of damage and destruction, and it’s of a true HD quality.
The animations for the game symbols are pretty good, with visuals like the Hulk Expanding Wild growing and glowing when used in payline wins being a highlight. The bonus round is always a nice break from the regular game and runs smoothly as you throw your fire hydrants through the air.
An interesting side note regarding user experience: this game has one of the quickest stop buttons that I’ve ever seen in an online slot machine. Just thought I should mention it.
Audio & Soundtrack
The spinning reels in this game give off the same “horse galloping” noises as old DC Slots game from Cryptologic, which is an interesting choice to say the least. It’s not that it’s particularly annoying, it’s just that it’s strange that it’s so similar.
In addition, with certain payline wins you will hear the traditional jingles of a Las Vegas style slot game in a real casino – “doo doo doo daa doo”. During normal game mode you will also hear the Hulk growling softly in the background, which is actually kind of creepy if you’re playing late at night.
As a final note, the song that plays when you are in the information area is pretty terrible. Have your finger on the mute button if you’re going in there to read up on the cash prizes or the game features.
This has to be considered as one of the better Marvel Slots games out there due to its fun bonus round and cool graphics. However, it’s small number of unique symbols and lack of a storyline really hold it back from being a truly excellent game.
Whether you saw the 2008 movie or not is irrelevant when it comes to enjoying this game because you either like The Hulk, or you don’t. If he’s never really been your cup of tea, he’s not going to start now so you will probably want to look for another comic-book themed slot to play. However, if your feelings for him range from “like” to “love”, there’s more than enough going on in this game to keep you interested for long stretches of time.
So I think that most comic book fans should give this game at least 10 minutes of their time to see if they like it. I usually play for longer stretches than that and I only “moderately” like this big green meanie.
Hulk will smash. Hulk will throw fire hydrants. And Hulk Slots will always be entertaining.
Bonus Video of The Incredible Hulk
Ok – I was trying to find you guys a nice Hulk video to close this review off with, and as I flipped through the old ’70s television clips on Youtube, I remembered how much I actually liked this show. I’m not sure why I never really read Hulk comic books – maybe I was sad that the show had ended?
Anyway, here is the beautiful song that ended the show each week…”The Lonely Man Theme“…