Parents' Guide to

Hydro Thunder Hurricane

By Chad Sapieha, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Fantasy boat racer offers good, clean, high-speed fun.

Game Xbox 360 2010
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this game.

Community Reviews

age 8+

Based on 1 parent review

age 8+

It's all around fast paced excitement for youngsters of all ages.

you are wrong about the online communication aspect of the game. You stated; "Note that while the game does support online play, it does not offer any communication features, which means there is no opportunity for players to share personal information or be exposed to inappropriate behavior." That is incorrect. When equipped with a headset you can freely communicate with other players during and between online play. I'm not quite sure where you got your information, but it is wrong and needs to be updated.

Is It Any Good?

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Kids say (3 ):

This is a pretty straightforward boat racer, but it’s fun. Earning points through each of the four modes (and plenty more online) gradually unlocks all of the courses, boats, and competitions -- a good carrot to keep playing until the credits start to roll. And while it’s easy to jump in and win your first few races, things become a little more complex as you go along. Players will need to learn when to use “boost” to cut corners and how to deal with dynamic environmental obstacles, such as the giant water snake that appears in one track. They’ll also need to explore to find the best shortcuts and locate triggers that, say, create ramps or turn on wave generators. And then there are the secret collectible logos hidden around each track, which can be devilishly difficult to locate and grab while racing -- a good challenge for hardcore players. Pretty good value for a measly $15.

Online interaction: This game can be played online with a group of up to four players on each local screen. Neither voice nor text chat is supported, so there is little worry that players will be exposed to unseemly behavior from other players.

Game Details

  • Platform: Xbox 360
  • Available online?: Available online
  • Publisher: Microsoft Studios
  • Release date: July 27, 2010
  • Genre: Racing
  • ESRB rating: E for Alcohol Reference, Mild Fantasy Violence
  • Last updated: August 30, 2016

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