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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 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.


Hugo's House of Horrors DOS The beginning - This is where Penelope was last seen!
Hugo's House of Horrors DOS About Hugo's House of Horrors
Hugo's House of Horrors DOS Inside the House of Horrors!
Hugo's House of Horrors DOS Ways to die in the House of Horrors # 142 : Get zonked by your local Mutt

Promo Images

Hugo's House of Horrors Screenshot Clockwise from top left we see the opening screen where Hugo arrives at the house where his sweetheart Penelope was last seen entering on a babysitting assignment. Alas the door is locked, nobody is answering and he is wondering how on earth he can get inside. Aha! Once through the front door he arrives in the hall to see the mad professor Dr. Hamerstein heading for his laboratory upstairs. Hugo decides to scout around before following him. In the third shot Hugo is about to tangle with a particularly nasty pooch. Is it curtains for our hero or does he have the wherewithal to deal with it? Finally Hugo finds himself in a room full of hungry monsters plus one pesky butler that just won't leave him alone. Will he get the chop or can Hugo turn this seemingly hopeless situation to his advantage?

Alternate Titles

  • "Hugo's Horrific Adventure" -- Windows title
  • "Hugo 1" -- Informal title

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According to this interview the original DOS version of the game was programmed in C using Microsoft QuickC. The later Windows version, which included a new point and click interface option, was programmed using Microsoft Visual C++.

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