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Hydlide - Nintendo NES

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Platform : Nintendo NES
Rated: Everyone
1.7 out of 5 stars 10 customer reviews

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CARTRIDGE ONLY. cartridge is in good shape as in it does not have any cracks or physical flaws. Label is fully intact. cartridge does have typical signs of wear as in scratches, smudges, and dust or dirt in creases. All games are tested before being placed into our inventory.

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  • ASIN: B00004SVQL
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 4 x 10 inches ; 5 ounces
  • Media: Video Game
  • Average Customer Review: 1.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #23,385 in Video Games (See Top 100 in Video Games)
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  • Discontinued by manufacturer: Yes

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Ok, I was not stupid enough to go out and buy this game. If there's one thing I hate it's buying a game you think is gonna be at least bearable and finding out you were horribly wrong. I only rented this horrible excuse for a game. There's only one thing this game's good for, and that's to torture somebody. I keep an emulated copy and a copy of the soundtrack on my computer just for that purpose. Sometimes when I feel I've done something particularly dumb I punish myself in one of two ways, either by playing this game or by making myself listen to its horrible music. Anyway, let's break it down into categories.
Control 1-1000000. What, pray tell, is this? You hold down the A button and charge blindly into your enemies...at least you do if you want to inflict decent damage, and then more often than not you die. The instruction book calls this "switching between Attack and Defend mode." What I call it is pure [junk]! Whoever did the controls to this game must have been hopped up on dope!
Gameplay 1-10. Run blindly into enemies, collecting no reward save a very rare and usually lame level gain. A horrible attempt at an Action/RPG.
Audio 1-100000000000000. Aaaaaaahhhhh! Make it stop! It's just six horrible songs. Three of these are horribly mutilated versions of the Indiana Jones theme song which loop endlessly every five or so seconds. One of the songs sounds far too much like Girls Just Wanna Have Fun, while the next sounds like that Place in France rhyme from grade school. The last song is played when our...uhm...hero? dies. It's far too cheery.
Story 1-100000000000000. So some princess chick rules some kingdom with three gems. One day some evil dude comes and steals one of the gems, releasing Boralis/Varalys, an evil demon dude who can't remember what his name is. The princess chick gets turned into three fairies (boy this is horrible), and Sir Jim of the Disfunctional Sword is called on to save the day.
Final verdict: Stay away from this game!
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I had the misfortune of getting this game back at the end 1989 for my NES. At that time, I also owned an Atari 800XL with Ultima III: Exodus and Ultima IV: Quest of the Avatar, which are really enchanting RPG, if you don't mind the crude graphics, so I was hoping Hydlide would be another Ultima, but boy was I wrong. Let's get with the music: it's some of the worst video game music I have ever heard! Cheap ripoff of the Indiana Jones theme song which keeps repeating itself over and over every 15 seconds. I never wanted to play this game unless the volume was turned off because the music will get on your nerves in no time flat. This "music" (which I refuse to think of as music) sounds like the worst garbage you'd hear from a music box. The graphics are very crude looking, and even for the 8-bit NES capability, it's really horrible (the graphics of Bionic Commando is miles better than this garbage). Heck, even the old Atari 8-bit adapation of the Ultima series looks better. How about playability? Well you have to run in to slimes and other monsters and press the A button to try to destroy them, but more chances than not, you'll end up killed. Often if you stand in the wrong vegetation, or you stand in the cemetary, your hit points drain without even monsters touching you (until you gain enough experience points). Basically in this game, you're supposed to collect all three fairies before you're able to kill the dragon. It took me ten years to finally win the game. That was in 1999, I finally won the game because I was finally able to find that third fairy. I didn't realize I was supposed to kill two wizards at once with the wave spell to get that last fairy. Perhaps the worst of this game is when you want to save it. You need to obtain an unnecessiarly long password and write it down.Read more ›
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By M on March 29, 2010
I am appalled at how poorly this game was designed. The story is just lame, and without the instruction booklet or a online FAQ/walkthroughm it is hard to figure out what you're supposed to do next because of the screwiness. Most games, one can easily figure out how to play it soon enough without a booklet, but this game was just awful. The whole running at enemies bit was just shoddy, and the seemingly random scavenger hunt for items seemed as if it was written by a idiot.

The music, terrible. The level-ups, weak. The map/questworld, horrid. The controls... ugh. I seriously could not bring myself to continue this game, I quit about halfway because I just didn't want to waste my time anymore, not when this game had NOTHING to offer in way of fun or entertainment. This is easily one of the worst video games ever invented.
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I still remember the very day I brought home Hydlide. Back in those days, videogame magazines rarely printed a bad word about a game, and there was no internet. I knew nothing about Hydlide. Only that it is an RPG. So, I had no real idea what to expect when I went to play it...and was I ever in for a shock!

O_o Uh.....well.....the castle sprite looked nice....and at least I could tell what was a tree and what was a rock. But it's extremely difficult for me to describe just how bad these graphics really are, and still have you take me seriously. It's a good thing I have screenshots, (even if they are of Hydlide Special, but the two games are identical.) First of all, you have only a small portion of the screen dedicated to actual game graphics. This isn't entirely a bad thing, since other games, like Shadowgate, have pulled it off nicely. But in Hydlide's case, it makes everything appear very tiny and difficult to discern. Most of the enemies and objects are just one or two colors. Luckily, there's an indicator at the bottom of the screen that tells you the name of the monster you're fighting. Otherwise, I'd have no clue what I'm looking at. The screen scrolling is so jerky, it's practically headache-inducing. There are several different types of terrain, such as forest, castle, and desert, and at least it's easy to understand when you're in one or the other. But there is literally no "style", as only the very basic of tiles and sprites are used to define the backgrounds and characters.

Hydlide's music consists of one ever-looping song that sounds suspiciously similar to the theme from Raiders of the Lost Ark. As far as I can tell, it never changes.
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