Hydro Thunder

Critic Score User Score
Windows
...
4.6
Nintendo 64
75
4.1
Arcade
...
4.2
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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 PlayStation Arctic track
Hydro Thunder Nintendo 64 Get out!
Hydro Thunder PlayStation Polar bears
Hydro Thunder Nintendo 64 Nice location

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Critic Reviews

All Game Guide Arcade 1999 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars 90
SEGA-Portal.de Dreamcast Sep 21, 2009 9 out of 10 90
Adrenaline Vault, The (AVault) Dreamcast Oct 25, 1999 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars 90
Gamezilla Dreamcast Oct 16, 1999 88 out of 100 88
Defunct Games Dreamcast Apr 30, 2005 84 out of 100 84
NowGamer Dreamcast Mar 25, 1999 7.9 out of 10 79
Game Informer Magazine Nintendo 64 Apr, 2000 7.5 out of 10 75
IGN PlayStation Mar 20, 2000 7.3 out of 10 73
GameSpot PlayStation Mar 01, 2000 6.2 out of 10 62
Power The PlayStation Mag / Playstation Power PlayStation Apr, 2000 4 out of 10 40

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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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