Hydra © 1990 Atari Games Corp.
An abstract racing game in which the player takes on the role of a special government courier, who must deliver a number of secret cargoes to their various destinations at the end of each stage. Gameplay consists of piloting a heavily-armed hovercraft over a series of waterways, avoiding or destroying the enemy craft and barriers that litter each level. Progress is hampered by mines, enemy hovercraft, logs and other obstacles. Money bags can be collected as well as extra fuel.
On-board fuel depletes at a steady pace and players must keep a look out for additional fuel cells. In addition to a forward-firing gun, the hovercraft is equipped with a 'Boost' function. Providing the player has enough boost fuel, the craft can be made to fly in the air for a limited time; useful for avoiding enemies and barriers, as well as for gaining access to certain bonus items.
Atari G1 hardware
Game ID : 136079
Main CPU : Motorola 68000 (@ 14.31818 Mhz), MOS Technology 6502 (@ 1.7895 Mhz)
Sound Chips : Yamaha YM2151 (@ 3.579 Mhz), OKI6295 (@ 9.037 Khz)
Players : 1
Control : stick
Buttons : 6
Hydra was released in June 1990.
200 dedicated units were produced in the USA. The selling price was $2595.
750 conversion kits were produced in the USA and 100 in Ireland for European distribution. The selling price was $1295.
REVISION 1 :
* Build date : OS : 03MAY1990 19 :41 :10 / PROG : 14MAY1990 09 :57 :52
REVISION 2 :
* Build date : OS : 25MAY1990 11 :50 :03 / PROG : 25MAY1990 12 :36 :10
REVISION 3 :
* Build date : OS : 04JUN1990 18 :58 :46 / PROG : 08JUN1990 14 :19 :52
Project Leaders : Dennis Harper, Milt Loper
Programmers : Dennis Harper, Andrew Burgess
Animators : Deborgh Short, Nick Stern, Chuck Eyler, Will Noble, Sharon Plotkin
Audio : Don Diekneite, Brad Fuller
Hardware : Sam Lee
Technicians : Cris Drobny, Gleen McNamara
Product manager : Linda Benzler
Project supervisor : Chris Downend
Cabinet : Ken Hata, Mike Jang, Ralph Perez
Controls : Jack Aknin
Video imaging : Rob Rowe, Andrew Burgess
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