Hydorah

a game by locomalito

Take the controls of your ship and prepare to die!

The plot: An evil force launched an invasion over the Omios star. Equip your ship, select a route and fight planet by planet against hordes of meroptians. Biomechanical enemies, space creatures, dangerous landscapes and climatic threats are waiting for you.

The game: Hydorah is a non linear classic shmup with a large library of levels and enemies. There is a single dificulty level, based on the 80s standards, that requires mastering in order to progress. Graphics are simple enought to not interfere with the gameplay, while they're polished to show the unique personality of each level. It has a huge soundtrack composed exclusively by Gryzor87, who has not hesitated in taking legendary synthesizers to create retrofuturistic, powerful and sometimes dark themes. Every track has been designed to fit each level like a glove.

Influences: Gradius, R-Type, Darius and not so popular classics like Turrican, Enforcer, Space Manbow, Hellfire, X-Multiply, Guardian, Hydefos, Armalyte and more… Basically I have studied the whole horizontal shmup genre while making this game.

Personal note: Making this game is my childhood dream game come true. Think of it as a bastard son of the classics: it has the genes, but it's not a clone of one or another. It has a lot of original content, so I hope you understand what's new and why some stuff is familiar with the old times ;-)



Key features

  • Old school gameplay and 16-32 bit appeal.
  • 16 levels divided into 27 sublevels, 30 bosses and more than 70 enemies.
  • Dangers of different nature in each level (not just bullets).
  • Non linear level scheme with route selection.
  • Weapon selection menu, power ups and unlockable new weapons in every mission.
  • Huge original Soundtrack with 49 tracks.
  • Secret objects and special heroic ending
Hydorah poster
A game by: Locomalito
Music and FX: Gryzor87
Promo art: Marek Barej

Genre: horizontal shmup
Release: 03/06/2010
Development: 3 years
Platforms: Windows XP/Vista

Creative Commons License
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Hydorah download and extras

Hydorah 1.1 (Windows XP)

If you have graphic issues, replace Hydorah.exe with this file.