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    Hugo’s House of Horrors

    In the game, the player controls the protagonist, Hugo, who has come to a haunted house to look for his girlfriend Penelope, who hasn’t been seen since she went to babysit there. The premise bears similarity to LucasFilm Games’ Maniac Mansion, released in 1987, where the main character enters a mansion in order to rescue his girlfriend from a mad scientist.

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    Hugo’s House of Horrors is a survival horror computer game released in 1990. Gray Design Associates (GDA) created a parser-based adventure game, reminiscent of the Sierra Entertainment “Quest” games (such as King’s Quest) and thematically similar to Maniac Mansion. The game also features tongue-in-cheek comedy. Play Hugo’s House of Horrors online!

    Hugo’s House of Horrors game description

    Hugo’s sweetheart Penelope has vanished after visiting a haunted house on a babysitting job. In order to save her, Hugo must explore the area around, within, and beneath the house and solve its mysteries, while surviving its many perils.

    Hugo’s House of Horrors is a graphic adventure game, controlled with a combination of the arrow keys for movement, and typed commands such as eat steak to interact with the environment. Some challenges are puzzles which must be solved by clever use of items found in the house, while others require quick and careful movement, or test the player’s knowledge.

    This game is the first game in the Hugo’s House of Horrors shareware trilogy. This full game was released as a taster for the full trilogy which includes includes this game plus the titles Hugo’s Mystery Adventure, Hugo’s Amazon Adventure, a hint book and an automatic solver which plays the game like a movie.

    The player moves Hugo around by using the arrow keys on the keyboard, and controls his actions by entering commands on the keyboard (or, in the later-released Windows version, one can use the mouse).

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