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Port of Midway's arcade boat-racer. The premise is non-existent, you simply rev up the engines and go on 13 water courses set in Antarctica, the far east, the Greek isles, etc. on different types of futuristic boats. Races use the usual arcade checkpoint system and scattered across the courses you'll find an assortment of power-ups and upgrades like nitro boosters.

Graphics are entirely 3D with reflective water effects and realistic bouncing and bucking in the boats. Multiplayer competitions are supported for 2 players on the PlayStation version.


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IMPLANTgames Oct 04, 2009 9 out of 10 90 Sep 21, 2009 9 out of 10 90
Gamezilla Oct 16, 1999 88 out of 100 88
Defunct Games Apr 30, 2005 84 out of 100 84
Super Play (Sweden) Nov, 1999 82 out of 100 82
Planet Dreamcast Sep 10, 1999 8 out of 10 80
Video Games Nov, 1999 80 out of 100 80
Armchair Empire, The Sep 01, 2000 7.5 out of 10 75
Digital Press - Classic Video Games May 07, 2005 6 out of 10 60 1999 C+ 58


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Dreamcast versions

This game was released twice! Four games released by Midway back when they first started making Dreamcast games had several errors, which were fixed in subsequent pressings. How do you tell if you have a fixed copy? The cover should should say "Hot! New!", the disc is slightly different, and the UPC may also be different.

The other games that were released as Hot! New! versions were Mortal Kombat Gold, Ready 2 Rumble Boxing, and NFL Blitz 2000.

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Zovni (9307) added Hydro Thunder (Dreamcast) on Aug 08, 2001
Other platforms contributed by Zovni (9307), Kabushi (174715) and Pseudo_Intellectual (47942)