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Hydro Thunder

MobyRank MobyScore
Windows
...
4.6
Nintendo 64
75
4.1
PlayStation
59
4.0
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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 Using the boost.
Hydro Thunder Nintendo 64 Lost island loading
Hydro Thunder PlayStation Jumping from a ramp.
Hydro Thunder Nintendo 64 Rainbow

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The Press Says

Gamezilla Dreamcast Oct 16, 1999 88 out of 100 88
IGN Dreamcast Sep 07, 1999 8.7 out of 10 87
Super Play Dreamcast Nov, 1999 82 out of 100 82
Gaming Target Dreamcast Jun 22, 2000 8.1 out of 10 81
Total! (Germany) Nintendo 64 Apr, 2000 2 out of 6 80
Nintendo Power Magazine Nintendo 64 Mar, 2000 7.7 out of 10 77
Armchair Empire, The Dreamcast Sep 01, 2000 7.5 out of 10 75
Jeuxvideo.com PlayStation Jun 05, 2000 14 out of 20 70
Gamezone (Germany) Dreamcast Apr 27, 2001 6.8 out of 10 68
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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