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Hulkamania Slot
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Is that Hulkamania as in Hulk Hogan? As in *the* Hulk Hogan? Oh yes. The 90s wrestling superstar is reborn – not that he’s ever died, just for the record – in Endemol Gaming’s 5-reel slot that resurrects the Hulk in his heyday.

If the name Endemol sounds familiar, that’s probably because you’re accustomed to seeing it appearing in the credits for Channel 4’s Big Brother, or you’ll recall the association at least from the days when people actually watched the reality TV show. Endemol would appear to have their finger in many pies, with a particular focus on TV entertainers, among which Hulk Hogan certainly ranks.

It may seem like a retrograde step to release a slot based around a wrestler who hasn’t stepped into the ring in years, but then it’s not as if Hulkamania is the only slot that can be accused of dredging up the past. Classic slots are a burgeoning industry, so why not create a contemporary slot that celebrates a classic wrestler from way back when the WWE was the WWF?

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Hulkamania
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Hulk’s Peak Era

This 5-reel slot celebrates Peak Hulk, the era when Hulk Hogan could do no wrong and was a role model to schoolboys everywhere. Endemol have wisely elected not to focus on Hogan’s latter years, when he was more interested in fighting his battles in court than waging war in the ring. Scorched flame effects are in full force here, complete with a metallic sheen that ensure this slot adheres to the 90s’ overarching themes. Stacks of cash, branded Hulk shades and an aureate wrestling belt are the primary symbols, cos that’s how the Hulk rolls.

The game features 20 paylines, with the stake per line set between 0.20 and 200.00. The RTP stands at a reasonable 94%. Paytable and autoplay options are situated to the bottom right of the screen, with a chrome finish that’s in keeping with the rest of this slot.

You can say what you like about the 90s, but they didn’t do things by halves back then: no compromise, no subtlety and no shame. It’s a nice era to revisit occasionally, but you wouldn’t want to linger there too long.

H-U-L-K

In a neat touch, Endemol Games have swapped out the usual playing card base symbols for letters spelling out Hulk. Instead of J, Q and K, we have H, L and K. The game is graced by some great bonus games that capture the spirit and character of Hulk Hogan. Land 3 arm wrestling symbols on reels 2-4 for instance and you’ll trigger the bonus of the same name. This will oblige you to beat the Hulk in an arm wrestle, with the first contestant to land 3 successful moves winning the bout. Free spins are awarded with this bonus.

The arm wrestling symbols also serve as scatter symbols when they land in any other position on the reels, with 3 of them resulting in 15 free spins. Another epic bonus is the big fight bonus, achieved when the Hulkamania belt lands on reels 1, 3 and 5. Here you’ll be tasked with helping the Hulk beat his opponent by landing the right moves. You’ll be awarded credits based on the outcome of the fight.

Other Features

Every symbol that matters in this game is rendered in blindingly bright gold. This includes the golden wild, rendered as a statue of the Hulk, which will activate the golden wild feature when it lands anywhere on the centre reel. When this happens, 4 other symbols will be randomly replaced with regular wilds, as will the golden wild. Any wins generated as a result of this switch will then be awarded. It’s possible to trigger golden wilds during free spins.

Taking You Down

Thanks to the variety of scatters, wilds and bonuses that surface in Hulkamania, there’s rarely a dull moment in the game. If you don’t have much of an affinity for wrestling, it’s unlikely to appeal, but for those old enough to remember the Hulk at his peak, this 5-reel slot provides a welcome wander down memory lane.

Based on Hulkamania alone, Endemol Games should dabble in retro-themed slots more often. Hulkamania is a riot from start to finish.