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An evil demon named Varalys casts a curse upon the princess Ann, turning her into three fairies. You control Sir Jim and set out to find the fairies, and then slay Varalys. Only by vanquishing Varalys can the curse be lifted. Once the princess is restored the kingdom will be saved.

Hydlide is an action game with strong role-playing elements. The player has to explore vast wilderness areas, descending into dungeons and eliminating enemies on the way. Combat system is similar to the one implemented in Ys series: attacking enemies requires the player to "bump" into them, at the same time preventing them from attacking the playable character from the sides and the back. The player can change between defensive and offensive stances by pressing a single button. Magic spells can also be used to dispose of the enemies. The player character grows stronger and gains better parameters as he advances in the game.


Hydlide NES After rescuing all 3 fairies, they transport you to the final castle
Hydlide Sharp X1 Zombies roam around the cemetery
Hydlide Sharp X1 Title screen
Hydlide NES Evil wizards roaming the countryside

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Alternate Titles

  • "Hydlide Special" -- Japanese Famicom Title
  • "ハイドライド・スペシャル" -- Japanese Famicom spelling
  • "ハイドライド" -- Japanese spelling

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Electronic Gaming Monthly (EGM) NES Jul, 1989 22 out of 40 55
NES Archives NES Sep 17, 2007 C- 42
Game Freaks 365 NES 2006 4 out of 10 40
Classic-games.net NES May 06, 2020 3 out of 10 30
Hardcore Gaming 101 NES 2000 3 out of 10 30
Ultimate Nintendo: Guide to the NES Library NES 2016 1 Stars1 Stars1 Stars1 Stars1 Stars 20
Wizard Dojo NES Jul 13, 2017 1 out of 10 10
Questicle.net NES Apr, 2012 F 0


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