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Hydro Thunder

MobyRank MobyScore
Dreamcast
81
3.9
PlayStation
59
4.0
Nintendo 64
75
4.1
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Description

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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Hydro Thunder Nintendo 64 In air
Hydro Thunder PlayStation Skull exit
Hydro Thunder Nintendo 64 Next race
Hydro Thunder PlayStation Ramp

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The Press Says

The Video Game Critic Dreamcast Sep 30, 2004 A 100
All Game Guide Arcade 1999 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars 90
Adrenaline Vault, The (AVault) Dreamcast Oct 25, 1999 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars 90
Gaming Target Dreamcast Jun 22, 2000 8.1 out of 10 81
GamersMark Dreamcast Oct 28, 2000 8 out of 10 80
NowGamer Dreamcast Mar 25, 1999 7.9 out of 10 79
IGN PlayStation Mar 20, 2000 7.3 out of 10 73
PSM PlayStation Apr, 2000 3.5 out of 5 70
Mega Fun Nintendo 64 May, 2000 69 out of 100 69
PC Gamer UK Windows Aug, 2000 54 out of 100 54

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Trivia

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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