Hydro Thunder (USA) ROM
Nintendo 64 / N64 ROMsGenre: ActionDriving/Racing
Rating: ESRB: E
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Hydro Thunder is a boat racing game where players select from various boats with different stats and race through creative locales like the arctic, a tropical island, and even a ruined city. There is a boost mechanic that runs on boost pick ups that are placed in specific locations on each level. There is also a secret "hydro jump" technique to learn involving braking and then immediately using boost with the right timing. Boats and levels are both categorized into easy, medium, hard, and bonus sections. The harder a boat is to control, the faster its overall top speed is. There are a total of thirteen levels and boats in the game. Hydro Thunder is a cult classic among many arcade racing fans and is well worth playing.
Hydro Thunder is another port of an arcade game for the N64. Back in those days, Midway used to port everything from the arcades to the N64, with varying results. Fortunately this is more of a case of Gauntlet than San Francisco Rush. As in, it's actually very good!
The game is an arcade racing game with speedboats. The races take place in increasingly exotic and fantastical locales full to the brim with secret exits and stunning vistas. There's 3 courses and 3 crafts to selct from at the beginning, but as you win races, you unlock the next tier of both races and watercrafts.
The graphics of the game are very well made and look almost identical to the arcade vesrion. Sure, there's some differences between the two, but the game never looks anything less than a treat for the eyes. The only flaw is that the water mostly is flat, with no undulations or waves. It looks like asphalt more than water.
The sound in top-notch, with pumping music and very good effects. As expected from a racing game, perhaps, but considering the bashing the N64 got due to it's limited capacity, the quality is very high.
The control of the game is very simple, as it should. There's buttons for acceleration, breaking and powersliding as well as a turbo boost, which can propel you to new heights and parts of the courses.
Overall this is a very good arcade racing game, for you to enjoy alone or with up to 3 more friends. Recommended as a decent alternative to Wave Race, although it's not quite as good as that. More variety in courses though. Play it!
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