Hydro Thunder (Dreamcast)

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Category Description User Score
Gameplay How well the game mechanics work (player controls, game action, interface, etc.) 4.2
Graphics The quality of the art, or the quality/speed of the drawing routines 3.9
Personal Slant How much you personally like the game, regardless of other attributes 3.8
Sound / Music The quality of the sound effects and/or music composition 3.6
Overall User Score (19 votes) 3.9

Critic Reviews

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The Video Game Critic
This "launch title" (released on the same day as the system) is my favorite Dreamcast game of all time. Hydro Thunder is pure arcade bliss, with eye candy galore, simple controls and some of the most exhilarating gameplay you'll ever experience in a video game.
Ich gehöre ganz klar zur Minderheit, wenn ich behaupte, Hydro Thunder sei eines der besten Rennspiele, die es gibt. Es ist schon komisch: So klein der Umfang von diesen Action-Racer auch ist, kein Spiel habe ich wohl häufiger in meine Dreamcast gelegt. Bis heute habe ich nie ein besseres Streckendesign gesehen. Daher macht jede Session auch immer wieder viel Spaß. Hervorgerufen wird dieser selbstverständlich auch durch die tolle Technik, die gelungene Steuerung und der dargestellten Action auf dem Wasser. Auch die Motivation geht dank der spannenden Jagd nach Bestzeiten nicht flöten. Kurzum: Hydro Thunder ist ein wahres Rennspiel-Erlebnis!
Adrenaline Vault, The (AVault)
Hardly a genre-redefining title or anything of the sort, Midway’s Hydro Thunder just takes the best aspects of classic racing title spills, thrills and gameplay and adds a soggy twist to the whole thing. Out of all the racers available at the Dreamcast’s launch, this is the one you’re going to want to get, especially if you’re a casual shopper, as it’s the most jaw-droppingly beautiful and fun to play one out of the lot. Many hours will be happily spent alone or with friends in front of this one, thanks to a combination of spectacular visual effects and razor sharp gameplay. This title may not have garnered a Reviewer’s Choice award stamp in the end due to a few minor flaws, but trust me, it wasn’t far from hitting paydirt.
Overall, Hydro Thunder was an awesome launch title for Sega’s Dreamcast. Even today it’s a fantastic game with excellent graphics, an awesome sound track, and simple pick-up-and-play controls. The game is challenging, but rewards your patience with even faster boats and more interesting locals to race through. Hydro Thunder deserves a place on every gamers shelves.
Midway seems to have taken a liking to the Dreamcast and we gamers are all the better for it. This game is really fun yet very challenging. The track designs are unparallelled and the different boats are great. I recommend picking this game up. I just wish it was not such a pain to restart a race because you will be doing it often enough.
Still, I can't deny that once you get into the race, you'll probably be having a tremendous amount of fun - so much fun, in fact, that you'll find yourself looking past the interface issues just so that you can race again. There's a lot to do in Hydro Thunder, and a lot of fun to be had. I'd suggest you add this to your Dreamcast collection.
Defunct Games
All in all, if you like racing games or taunting your friends while you careen your rocket-powered catamaran into them, then oh boy, this game is DEFINITELY for you.
Mega Fun
Wow, der Hersteller Midway stand für mich bisher immer nur für ein indiziertes Prügelspiel, und das fand ich schon nicht sonderlich gut. Aber mit Hydro Thunder bringen sie einen richtig guten Titel heraus, der mehr als nur eine Alternative zu den konventionellen Rennspielen ist. Hydno Thunder macht sehr viel Spaß und auch zu zweit kann man es ordentlich krachen lassen. Allerdings hat das Game ein großes Problem: Die Umsetzung ist zwar 1:1 gelungen, mehr aber auch nicht. Der Umfang hätte durchaus etwas größer ausfallen dürfen. Ansonsten ist der Titel trotz seiner kleinen Macker auf jeden Fall ein heißer Tipp für alle Freunde schneller Rennen.
Super Play
Och eftersom spelbarheten inte bjuder på några direkta överraskningar, man bara kör och kör och boostar då och då, tröttnar man på Hydro Thunder när man har sett de häftiga banorna en gång.
Gaming Target
Was I satisfied with Hydro Thunder? Well, although the Dreamcast version is a near perfect port of the Arcade, you may get tired of having the game around, and be better off showing a couple quarters down the machine. Why spend all that money for a Dreamcast title that gets old, just spend about $5.00 worth of quarters in the Arcades. However if this is your kind of game, and you can stick with it, its worth the buy and will satisfy. There isn't any slowdown in the one player game, although you may experience some during the two-player mode. Midway did a fine job on this title, hopefully we can see a sequel sometime soon.
Planet Dreamcast
Hydro Thunder is a very fun, but fairly difficult game. If you don't take your racing games seriously, you'll probably love Hydro Thunder's style of racing and over-the-top track designs. It's certainly nice to look at, the control is solid, there's a lot to do, and it's one of the better games available for the Dreamcast right now, so you may want to give it a good look. Best of all, you won't get seasick.
Now you all must know by now what type of score this game is getting. All I have to say is that this is one of the best ports for the system yet. If SEGA keeps delivering these types of games you&of gaming to come.
The gameplay may get a little annoying, and the speeds aren’t all they could be, but if you zip up a massive ramp, appearing through a waterfall with a sheer 200ft drop, you will get a view that makes up for any imperfections otherwise found in the game. It’s a shame that Hydro Thunder only offers you a two-player option, with four joypad sockets sitting proudly on the front of the Dreamcast. This is a factor that reduces the game from being a must-have to a wellyou- might-have game. It’s very difficult not to stand aloft and applaud the superb graphics, and the detail put into each individual boat and track, although the angles can sometimes throw you unnecessarily. But as a oneplayer game, there’s perhaps not quite enough in the gameplay to have you drooling at the mouth. All in all, if you’re mad about water but can’t for Get Bass to be released, you’ve got to rush out and buy Hydro Thunder before I finish this senten…
Armchair Empire, The
Regardless of the game being an exact port of the arcade version, Hydro Thunder still makes for a very fun title. At the end of the day it still equates to being an arcade game that can now be played at home which is fine and dandy. The game still stands above many of the other arcade racers on the Dreamcast and that's what counts.
Gamezone (Germany)
Dieser feuchte Titel ist hats schon in sich. Neben den vielen unterschiedlichen Rennbooten, welche noch zu gewinnen sind, beeindruckt das Streckendesign sehr. Abwechslung, nette Gags, riesige Wasserfälle und einige Ramps zum Springen. Auch gibt es Boost-Power-Ups zu sammeln, um noch schneller, und noch weiter zu springen. Steuerung und Grafik sind auf jeden Fall gut, keine absolute Meisterleistung, aber gelungen. Fazit: Für Race-Fans mal was anderes!
Digital Press - Classic Video Games
The fun factor alone is enough reason to pick this game up, at least for a test run. With only the arcade and a multi-player mode to dive into, this one is over too soon. Having a party? This would be a recommended pick-up. If you enjoy playing your games alone, then there's no reason to actually spend money unless you're collecting.
Midway nous avait surpris avec Ready 2 Rumble. La surprise est similaire avec Hydro Thunder, mais en sens inverse ! La bonne jouabilité et la diversité du jeu ne rattrapent pas les bugs et la qualité moyenne du graphisme et de l'animation. HT aurait pu être une alternative intéressante aux jeux de caisse, mais une désagréable impression de "vite fait" domine à l'écran. Et que les chargements sont longs !