Hydro Thunder

Critic Score User Score
Nintendo 64
75
4.1
Windows
...
4.6
PlayStation
59
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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.

Screenshots

Hydro Thunder PlayStation Controller configuration
Hydro Thunder Nintendo 64 End of tunnel is near
Hydro Thunder Nintendo 64 The water is like a mirror
Hydro Thunder PlayStation Jumping from a ramp.

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Critic Reviews

IMPLANTgames Dreamcast Oct 04, 2009 9 out of 10 90
IGN Dreamcast Sep 07, 1999 8.7 out of 10 87
Defunct Games Dreamcast Apr 30, 2005 84 out of 100 84
Super Play Dreamcast Nov, 1999 82 out of 100 82
Planet Dreamcast Dreamcast Sep 10, 1999 8 out of 10 80
HappyPuppy Nintendo 64 Mar 27, 2000 8 out of 10 80
IGN PlayStation Mar 20, 2000 7.3 out of 10 73
Digital Press - Classic Video Games Dreamcast May 07, 2005 6 out of 10 60
Jeuxvideo.com Dreamcast Dec 07, 1999 10 out of 20 50
NowGamer PlayStation Mar 01, 2000 2.2 out of 10 22

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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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