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Hydro Thunder

MobyRank MobyScore
Nintendo 64
76
3.9
Arcade
...
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Dreamcast
81
3.8
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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 Nintendo 64 The water is like a mirror
Hydro Thunder PlayStation Arctic track
Hydro Thunder PlayStation Polar bears
Hydro Thunder Nintendo 64 Next race

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The Press Says

IGN Dreamcast Sep 07, 1999 8.7 out of 10 87
HappyPuppy Nintendo 64 Mar 27, 2000 8 out of 10 80
Total! (Germany) Nintendo 64 Apr, 2000 2 out of 6 80
NowGamer Dreamcast Mar 25, 1999 7.9 out of 10 79
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
Game Informer Magazine Nintendo 64 Apr, 2000 7.5 out of 10 75
Daily Radar Nintendo 64 2000 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 75
IGN PlayStation Mar 20, 2000 7.3 out of 10 73
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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