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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.


Hydro Thunder PlayStation Polar bears
Hydro Thunder PlayStation Using the boost.
Hydro Thunder PlayStation Controller configuration
Hydro Thunder PlayStation Two-players mode

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Hydro Thunder Screenshot

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Critic Reviews

IGN Mar 20, 2000 7.3 out of 10 73
Mega Fun May, 2000 73 out of 100 73
Video Games May, 2000 71 out of 100 71 Jun 05, 2000 14 out of 20 70
PSM Apr, 2000 3.5 out of 5 70
GameSpot Mar 01, 2000 6.2 out of 10 62
Power The PlayStation Mag / Playstation Power Apr, 2000 4 out of 10 40
NowGamer Mar 01, 2000 2.2 out of 10 22


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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 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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Zovni (10648) added Hydro Thunder (PlayStation) on Aug 08, 2001
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