Originally released into arcades in 1999 and then ported quickly to the Dreamcast in November of the same year, Hydro Thunder is a powerboat racing game that mixed the ease of arcade racing exhilaration with boosts, tricky and unforgiving environments and a whole array of speedboats to choose from, from the moderately powered “easy” to the jaunting “hard”. The fun aesthetic of the title was met with a similar style of content, with appropriate bonus boats that were otherwise obscure and remarkably wacky in their design!
The recently released screens for its full-fledged sequel, Hydro Thunder Hurricane, look positively brilliant. Just take a glimpse at the stunning stills from the title (which is due to be released exclusively onto Xbox Live Arcade this summer), and it becomes abundantly clear the intentions of developer Vector Unit. It’s all here for the perfect arcade experience – the 16 player platform for ultimate carnage and intense racing, lovingly detailed and contrasting crafts, cohesive, richly designed and interesting environments, spectacular looking tracks, short-cuts, bottle-necks, and a speedometer that barely drops below 120! Let the good times roll, or rather, crash their way through the waves!
The full title will include 8 new “theme park” levels and two new game modes in addition to the classic race mode: Ring Master Events and Gauntlet Race. In a return to classic multiplayer action, Hydro Thunder Hurricane will allow for 8-player online multiplayer and the ever-important 4 player split screen for local, offline play.
Hydro Thunder Hurricane is due to be released on XBLA this summer from Vector Unit.