is a video game
developed by T&E Soft
. It was originally released for the NEC PC-6001
and NEC PC-8801
computer in 1984
, in Japan
only; an MSX
release came the following year. A Famicom
version was first released under the name Hydlide Special
on March 18 1986
; three years later, in June 1989
, that version saw a North American release by FCI
, its title having been returned to simply Hydlide
The game is notable for being one of the first ever console role-playing games
(see the chronology of console role-playing games
). The graphics appear to have been influenced by the blockbuster computer RPG
of the time, Ultima III
, though Hydlide
had very different gameplay and ultimately failed to capture the same attention.
The game also features quick save and load options, which can be done at any moment of the game, provided the console is not turned off. However, the game uses passwords as the primary back-up.
Hydlide is also infamously known for its repetitive music, which bears similarity to John Williams' Indiana Jones theme. For the Famicom (NES) version this is understandable, since the only two RPG/Adventure games made for the Famicom without bankswitched memory were it and Enix's adventure game PORTOPIA Renzoku Satsujin Jiken which has no music.
spawned quite a few follow-ups: