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Hydro Thunder (e)

 Hydro Thunder - Arcade
 FAQ written by Eric42 (eric42@terra-online.com)

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 Version 0.75 - First public release

 Table of Contents --
  I.  Game Codes
 II.  Racing Strategy
 (Coming Soon - Track Strategy!  in v.1.0 hopefully)

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  I.  Game Codes

 a. Hidden Boats - The following codes has to be
  entered on the Boat Select screen.

  Chumdinger - Highlight the Razor Back and quickly
   press the Pilot button three times.

  Blowfish - Highlight the Hazard and quickly press
   the Pilot button three times.

  Tinytanic - Highlight the Tidal Blade and quickly
   press the Pilot button three times.

  Armed Response - Highlight the Thresher and quickly
   press the Pilot button three times

 b. Hidden Track

  Hydro Speedway Track - At the "Choose Track" screen,
   highlight the Lake Powell track and quickly press
   the Pilor button three times.

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 II.  Track Strategy 

 a. Super Starts

  To start a race with a burst of speed, hold the
   Throttle in the neutral position between Full and
   Back during the countdown.  When the number "1"
   starts ti disappear, quickly move the Throttle
   into the Forward position.

 b. Hop-Starts

  To start a race with a quick hop in the air, hold
   the Throttle in the Reverse position during the
   countdown.  When the numner "1" starts to
   disappear, quickly move the Throttle into the
   Forward position.

 c. Hydro Jumps

  The key to mastering Hydro Thunder is learning to
   use Hydro Jumps effectively.  To perform one of
   these jumps, pull the Throttle into the Reverse
   position, then press the Boost button while
   holding the Throttle in Reverse.  You must have
   Boost fuel in order to perform a Hydro Jump,
   and the amount of time you hold down the Boost
   button determines how high you will go.  Hydro
   Jumps are effective for clearing obstacles,
   grabbing boosts, and reaching certain shortcuts.

 d. Boost Wisely

  Booster Fuel runs out pretty fast, so never drain
   your supply of it completely.  If you grab Boost
   fuel on an empty take, it'll take time for your
   engine to activate its super motor and cost you
   valuable seconds.  By keeping Boost fuel in your
   tank at all times, you can avoid this delay.

 e. Boost Fuel

  You can collect Boost Fuel from two types of
   canisters:

   Blue:  Gives four seconds of fuel
   Red:   Gives nine seconds of fuel

  You can also find hidden boosters that are 
   invisible.

 f. Shortcuts

  The tracks in Hyrdo Thunder are filled with
   shortcuts and secrets that can slash seconds
   off your time and give you an edge over the
   competition.  For example, waterfalls
   frequently conceal shortcuts, and it's a
   safe bet that boosters can be found behind
   large anchored ships.

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 In the future:
  I plan to get some Track strategy done for the game
   and type that up.  And then perhaps a shortcuts
   list for all the track and perhaps some stats on
   all the tracks and boats.  But first, I have more
   "research" to do on the game. ;)

 Eric42 - eric42@terra-online.com