Generally favorable reviews - based on 56 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 36 out of 56
  2. Negative: 1 out of 56
  1. It's hardly one of the best games on the Xbox Live Arcade, but it might be one of the strongest in terms of providing an actual "arcade" experience without the need for quarters.
  2. The two multiplayer modes - a straight race between eight players online, and Rubber Ducky, in which two teams try to nose their rubber duck past a threshold before their opponents - provide a good balance of competition and playfulness.
  3. With only eight courses and a handful of ships per class, the real problem with Hurricane stems from the fact that you'll have seen everything the game has to offer in an afternoon. It's the gaming equivalent of having a bag of Haribo to yourself – it's colourful, enjoyable and great while it lasts, but before you know it there's nothing left, and you're left feeling a little bit empty inside.
  4. At first this seems like a perfectly suited title for XBLA. But despite a great first impression, a well crafted cooperative mode and attractive presentation you'll find some cracks in the facade after a few hours. Too few levels and a somewhat lacking sense of speed dampens what is otherwise one of the very best racing titles on XBLA.
  5. Big dumb fun doesn't have to be quiet this witless, but this is still a fairly competent arcade update.
  6. Hydro Thunder Hurricane doesn't make a huge splash, but riding the waves and boosting for shortcuts make for some good, cheap summer thrills.
  7. Not much has changed with the gameplay in the 11 years between games, but it does stay true to its arcadey racer roots that provides fun for everyone.
  8. Not the game we were hoping for, maybe a full release in the future will help this series gain back what it lost here.
  9. 55
    Between uninspired references to the original game and its reliance on aged arcade racer elements, Hydro Thunder Hurricane is a dull, monotonous experience that shows its hand early and fails to deliver on its pedigree.
  10. Dec 13, 2010
    Coming straight from the '90, Hurricane successfully replicates the gameplay of the first episode, coming up with an arcade game that is not really common nowadays. Not for everyone, but if you are missing the old good coin-op days, this could be a nice choice.
  11. X-ONE Magazine UK
    Only those who'll pick up on its knowing secret collection voiceover need apply. [Issue#63, p.101]
  12. Hydro Thunder Hurricane compensates for the simple and fun approach. This is a title capable of providing a sense of freshness, very useful these days.
  13. Fast, cool and furious. Hydro Thunder is good fun for a couple of hours, especially if you play it with a bunch of friends, either online or offline. But there really should be more meet to the game, don't expect Hydro Thunder Hurricane to last past the summer.
  14. A decent game that can provide hours of fun, but there are better offerings and its price tag might be a bit too high.
  15. Old school arcade racer updated for the HD-generation, apart from the fact that this doesn´t feel HD at all. The racing is good fun and the track-layout great, but Hydro Thunder Hurricane never loses the feeling of being a cheap arcade game, and at 1200 MS Points it unfortunately isn´t.
  16. Very variegated tracks, many play modes and a good selection of boats make Hydro Thunder a good game, thanks to the online multiplayer too.
  17. Vector Unit has certainly succeeded in its mandate of "big games in small packages" with Hydro Thunder Hurricane, and for that alone it's hard not to recommend. Despite its shortcomings Hydro Thunder Hurricane is ultimately a fun game to play and a worthy XBLA purchase.
  18. If you're looking for a fun arcade-style racer that you don't have to plop a disc into your machine to play, Hydro Thunder Hurricane is definitely a more than worthy candidate.
  19. 70
    Hydro Thunder Hurricane is a very decent arcade game but will only hold you in its grasp for a few hours. It's a fun game and a great tribute to the original game that appeared on the SEGA DreamCast.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 76 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 62 out of 76
  2. Negative: 7 out of 76
  1. Apr 2, 2011
    Oh man this game brings back memories. Me and my friends used to play this and SEGA Bass Fishing all day, every day back on the Dreamcast.Oh man this game brings back memories. Me and my friends used to play this and SEGA Bass Fishing all day, every day back on the Dreamcast. Well, not this exactly, the original, but this is so close its not even funny. Except this one's way better. The core gameplay remains the same. You drive drifty speedboats through over-the-top courses complete with dragons and giant Norse gods with swinging axes and what not. You fill up boost meters, draft rivals, and pull off huge jumps. There are several modes like race, ring master (where you drive through ring gates as fast as possible), gauntlet and championship. You get bronze, silver, and gold medals based on your finish and are placed on leaderboards. There is also multiplayer which pretty much explains itself. There are also boats, skins, levels and other things to collect. The graphics here won't blow you away because this is essentially the Dreamcast game, although now visuals have been given a little HD polish and there are spray effects and better lighting. Not that the original looked bad, its just more than a decade old and needed a touch up. Hydro Thunder Hurricane is a lot of fun and worth every bit of the 1200 point asking price. Full Review »
  2. DaveD
    Jul 31, 2010
    Arcade racing bliss! To play it, is to love it. An accomplished update to the infamous racing classic. Well done, Vetor unit.
  3. Apr 28, 2011
    Beautiful, the one word that describes this game best. Exciting arcade racing that doesnt take realism into account so much, which allows theBeautiful, the one word that describes this game best. Exciting arcade racing that doesnt take realism into account so much, which allows the game to be enjoyable and do things more serious racers don't. This game is brilliant, the arcade feel, the multiplayer the complete package one of the best racing games on xbox live, another dreamcast remake that lives should be seen as an instant xbox live arcade classic. Full Review »