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Hydro Thunder

MobyRank MobyScore
Dreamcast
81
3.8
Windows
...
4.4
Nintendo 64
76
3.9
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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 Cruise ship
Hydro Thunder PlayStation Jumping from a ramp.
Hydro Thunder Nintendo 64 Seconds before the crash
Hydro Thunder Nintendo 64 Lost island loading

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The Press Says

SEGA-Portal.de Dreamcast Sep 21, 2009 9 out of 10 90
IMPLANTgames Dreamcast Oct 04, 2009 9 out of 10 90
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
Game Informer Magazine Nintendo 64 Apr, 2000 7.5 out of 10 75
games xtreme Nintendo 64 Jun 29, 2000 7.1 out of 10 71
GameSpot PlayStation Mar 01, 2000 6.2 out of 10 62
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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