The Incredible Hulk is part of the Marvel Slots series, based on Marvel Movies’ The Incredible Hulk (which hit cinemas in 2008). The mutant Hulk with his superhuman strength first appeared in Marvel Comics in 1962. Traditional comic book fans will love this game, but its pioneering graphics (it was released in 2009) also give it a modern twist.
Storyline and Characters
Interestingly, Playtech and Marvel have chosen the Hulk to be the only movie character in the slot. When he’s not green, muscled, and smashing things up, the Hulk is ordinary guy Bruce Banner, son of David Banner (the original hulk). Bruce has inherited his father’s mutant DNA and lives in conflict between his mutant and human sides. When he gets angry, Bruce morphs into the Hulk, and is so strong he can take on entire armies or even leap continents. The only person who can calm him is his ex-girlfriend Betty Ross. When Bruce’s power-hungry Dad demands that Bruce transfers his Hulk powers to him, a huge battle rages between father and son. This ends when Betty’s Dad, a military man worried for his daughter, orders a gamma charge bomb dropped on the two warring mutants. Both David and Bruce are thought dead, but at the movie’s end we see Bruce turn up in a medical camp in the Amazon rainforest…
The reels contain recognizable movie props, with some fairly modest animations.
- The Hulk is the wild symbol – he grimaces and flashes his glowing green eyes
- The pulsating Incredible Hulk logo is the scatter symbol – if you land three you enter the Free Games feature
- Other symbols: Comanche helicopters, police cars, and a nuclear warning sign – all with a glowing green background. There’s a beaker of bubbling, luminous green liquid too
- On reels 1 and 5, the Smash Bonus symbol triggers the Smash Bonus round
- The rest of the symbols are glowing playing cards from 9 to Ace, cleverly designed to look like pieces of concrete the Hulk has already smashed
Wagers and jackpots
This is a five-reel, 25 payline slot with an Auto Start feature that sets spins in advance. Coin values range between 0.01 and 5. The highest jackpot is 4,000 coins. When playing for real money, this game is linked to Marvel’s four-level Mystery Progressive Jackpot. Any spin can trigger the progressive feature, but the higher you bet the better your chances. The game consists of 20 squares concealing jackpot symbols – match three to win a prize.
Other Ways to Win
The animations improve in the bonus round and special features. The show-stealer is the Smash Bonus. This takes place among towering buildings on the streets of New York City. You can make the Hulk smash three out of seven police cars for a cash prize, or one of three Comanches for a multiplier. If the random Hulk Rage feature kicks in, he’ll smash all seven cars.
The Free Games feature awards 10 free spins with all winnings tripled and more free spins up for grabs. The Hulk also acts as an expanding wild. When triggered on reel 3, the entire reel fills with the Hulk ripping through sheet metal. If he lands on reels 2, 3 and 4, he bursts through almost the entire screen. In both cases you win free spins.
Music, audio and graphics
The game has an eerie background tune, and there are some funky sounds when you hit a payline, or land scatter symbols, as well as a threatening, ominous-sounding sequence for the Hulk wild symbol. The graphics show real attention to detail. The dominant colors are green, black and yellow, in keeping with the Hulk theme. The electrocardiogram displaying the Hulk’s heartbeat, as well as the mutant DNA sequences are clever touches. All buttons have a cracked green surface.
The Last Word…
Adding more movie characters would have made this slot more interesting. The reel animations are tame when compared to later Playtech releases such as X-Men; however the Smash Bonus feature compensates somewhat for that. Hulk gets a strong score of 8 out of 10.
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