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Hydorah is a difficult side-scrolling shooter in the vein of R-Type with a classic retro feel. Players command a ship through different levels to fight the evil god Hydorah. The ship can be moved anywhere over the screen and the screen itself moves at a fixed speed. Defeated enemies leave behind capsules that upgrade the primary or secondary weapon, and different kinds of power-ups: special powers, faster speed, shield, extra lives or a new weapon.

Each level ends with a boss and he usually leaves behind a new weapon. The different weapons can be selected prior to the mission start, and there is also a mission map (with branching paths) to follow the progress. The game can only be saved three times and only after finishing a mission. There are six types of secrets to discover.

The game is free to play, but donations are rewarded with bonus tracks and screenshots of unused scenes.


Hydorah Windows Introduction sequence
Hydorah Windows Route selection screen
Hydorah Windows The lush environment of the second level
Hydorah Windows Main menu

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Critic Reviews Jan 24, 2011 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 100
The A.V. Club Jun 28, 2010 A 100
GamesCollection Nov 12, 2010 9 out of 10 90
Softonic Jun 30, 2010 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Retro Spirit Games Dec 19, 2012 8 Stars8 Stars8 Stars8 Stars8 Stars8 Stars8 Stars8 Stars8 Stars8 Stars 80


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Sciere (631712) added Hydorah (Windows) on Jul 09, 2010