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Hydro Thunder

MobyRank MobyScore
PlayStation
57
3.8
Nintendo 64
76
3.9
Windows
...
4.4
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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 Seconds before the crash
Hydro Thunder Nintendo 64 The water is like a mirror
Hydro Thunder Nintendo 64 Lost island loading
Hydro Thunder PlayStation Volcano

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The Press Says

IMPLANTgames Dreamcast Oct 04, 2009 9 out of 10 90
SEGA-Portal.de Dreamcast Sep 21, 2009 9 out of 10 90
IGN Dreamcast Sep 07, 1999 8.7 out of 10 87
HappyPuppy Nintendo 64 Mar 27, 2000 8 out of 10 80
Planet Dreamcast Dreamcast Sep 10, 1999 8 out of 10 80
GamersMark Dreamcast Oct 28, 2000 8 out of 10 80
IGN PlayStation Mar 20, 2000 7.3 out of 10 73
games xtreme Nintendo 64 Jun 29, 2000 7.1 out of 10 71
Jeuxvideo.com PlayStation Jun 05, 2000 14 out of 20 70
Gamezone (Germany) Dreamcast Apr 27, 2001 6.8 out of 10 68

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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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