AVGN: Hydlide

Mike Matei / January 20th, 2010

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  • frstefan

    April 8, 2010 at 1:22 am

    why have old “pc” grafics on an 8-bit grafic console?

  • UcpTeddy

    May 4, 2010 at 11:43 pm

    It kind of looks “kinda” like the MMORPG called: Tibia, Sort of.. well the first version that is, and yes in tibia ya gotta use ur imagination when fighting monsters, they just stand face to face and “poff” poff” at eachother like “dustclouds”..

  • May 17, 2010 at 9:42 am

    I was just watching this video again and I think I know why the password system is so screwed up. You mentioned that it was originally a PC game before it was ported to Nintendo. I bet the save and load options actually saved to disc on the PC version but they had to adapt it for a password system when they ported it. That isn’t an excuse for why they did such a bad job of it, but I’m almost positive that explains the confusing menu choices.

  • June 30, 2010 at 1:25 pm

    He should do a remake of Castlevania Simon’s Quest for his 100th episode.

  • hackvcs

    July 4, 2010 at 9:52 am

    AVGN should do all the Hydlide games

  • zelda_freak

    July 9, 2010 at 1:34 am

    I looked up “hydlide” on an urban dictionary and it means when two dicks merge into one, and no I’m not joking

  • Nightingale1031

    July 14, 2010 at 11:24 am

    LOL You think that is bad…guess what super hydlide for the Genesis/MD…that’s right http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ql_Cm3fn08s

    When you thought it really couldn’t get worse…it did. It just looks and sounds horrid.

  • Nightingale1031

    July 14, 2010 at 11:35 am

    I wonder if you will review some more Genesis games. They had some good rpgs on there you might like, shining force 1 &2 and Phantasy Star 3&4.
    Another one that I remember a little bit was Traysia but it can get a little redundant.

    • January 5, 2013 at 5:59 pm

      Phantasy Star 3 wasnt very good, 4 & 2 were infinitely better on the Genesis. In fact, Id play Phantasy Star on the Sega Master System before Id play 3.

  • Stylix

    July 23, 2010 at 10:50 pm

    I thought this was a good simple review, the only thing I didnt like about it was the little PSA about drugs. Not to say I dont agree but it kinda felt like a message you attempted to force into your review.

  • boardjamesfan

    July 25, 2010 at 5:55 pm

    avgn thought this was bad play virtual hydlie or do dicks merged into one on sega saturn

  • srq1603

    August 4, 2010 at 10:29 pm

    heheheh awesome review

  • JackredluM

    August 7, 2010 at 9:43 am

    wait what? you lose with drugs? that doesn’t make sense, if that were true then how come for every sporting event you have to be tested for drugs? most drugs improve your skills.

    it is total propaganda that alcohol is less damaging then drugs, coming from the Netherlands i can honestly say that i rather hang out with people that smoke weed then people that get drunk.
    drunk people misbehave a lot more then stoned people.

    there are so many misconceptions about weed in America, like it makes you dumb, most of my friends actually start to think in philosophical ways about life.
    or that it slows your reaction speed, i beat Ninja gaiden while smoking so that is not true.
    or that it is a gateway drug, this is what i hate the most, i have smoked weed for over 13 years now and the only other drug i use is alcohol.

    Weed might be illegal in America but whenever i talk to Americans on Xbox live they are either smoking weed or have smoked it, all i need to say is that i am from the Netherlands and they start talking about weed.
    this isn’t like once or twice but more like 9 out of 10 people i encounter.

    the fact that a lot of old Nintendo games actually have a screen that says don’t use drugs just pissed me off my entire life cause apparantly weed and games go together like wheels on a car.

    • Shidow1123

      January 22, 2012 at 4:42 am

      It’s not “makes you dumb” it’s “decreases brain efficiency” as in things like spelling and mathematics become more difficult. Also one case of a person not going on to other drugs from weed does not disprove that weed is a gateway drug whereas just about every other person who has used it’s trying other drugs does prove the theory. But then again you smoke weed so your lack of brain efficiency probably led to your misconceptions about misconceptions.

    • Don Skiver

      August 2, 2014 at 5:49 am

      You can thank the war on drugs and Nancy-Fucking-Reagan-Just-Say-No for all of those PSAs in the 80s. Since you’re from the Netherlands, you don’t have the same anti-drug culture that Americans are indoctrinated with…and I imagine you probably didn’t grow up in the 80s either…so…I’m sure most of this stuff is lost on you.

  • August 9, 2010 at 7:47 pm

    Another good review, though I gotta say I was worried when you were complained about not seeing yourself attack or any of that “older RPG” shticks that stuck for a bit before the modern RPG era set in. You showed clips of DnD, so of course you know where these antics came from- seemed like filler and fishing for complaints that wasn’t only prevalent in this older RPG. Though, this is the fellow critic in me and I love that you haven’t declined a bit since the early days.

  • Juanako25

    August 16, 2010 at 8:22 am


    James is just referencing “American Movie” there, which is one of his favourite films.

    How could the Nerd character say that seriously when he himself drowns his sorrows in alcohol? 🙂

  • September 14, 2010 at 11:34 pm

    hey nerd remeber how you hate long passwords so much then how come u made the cinemassacre account passwords soooo long haha jkjk ino it probably isnt cuz of u just wanted to point it out awesome vid

  • Shagvvrath

    September 20, 2010 at 2:56 pm

    Did he really have what looked like a mint version of Heroquest the board game made by games workshop? Thats old school.

  • phoenix252005

    October 8, 2010 at 12:31 pm

    Wow it looks like a crazy Roman Centurion fighting that Dragon! It looks awsome! Too bad the game sucks ass!

  • SpeedyEric

    October 30, 2010 at 10:12 pm

    I would deffinatally buy an AVGN action figure if I ever spot one in a store; mostly because I’m lazy to actually make one.

    If there’s anything I hate about this game (besides the gameplay) is it’s ripping-off of Raiders March. The [email protected]$$es who programed this game should have gotten a lawsuit from Lucasfilm after this game came out.

    “You might as well reach into a dog’s @$$hole, ’cause all you’re gonna find is $h!t.” XD

  • cube.the

    November 23, 2010 at 7:35 pm

    I have to agree with hackvcs. You should get out there and do a review of at least Super Hydlide, what with the fact that you need to make the hero eat. What kind of [email protected]$$ hero doesn’t eat on his own?

  • adamL

    January 4, 2011 at 12:50 am


    “the fact that a lot of old Nintendo games actually have a screen that says don’t use drugs just pissed me off my entire life cause apparantly weed and games go together like wheels on a car.”

    that’s true and very funny… I had no idea that any Nintendo game ever contained a screen like that. It’s a silly idea, it doesn’t tell a child anything about drugs except that a lot of people have started using them. The war on drugs has turned out to be an advertising campaign for them, with higher use than ever.

    I wonder if we asked gamers from that era, who remember seeing the screen? Most would be pot smokers or other drug users. It’s the only effect it has on anyone.

  • johnmorisi

    January 8, 2011 at 3:15 am

    You know, I always thought the same thing about the first zelda. The first time I played it I was like wtf? and no one else had the game (since my generation had the SNES and the N64), so I didnt end up beating it till many years later when my mom let me go on the internet. That’s why I think The Adventures of Link is a much better game. It’s self-explanatory. Harder in terms of fighting, but I liked that. The clues were much better, and I felt smart solving them. In the first Zelda i was left in awe with some clues… I would wonder around and something would happen and then I would put 2 + 2 together.

    • Luigi84289

      February 10, 2012 at 10:35 am

      Back in the day man we’d all get together and work on zelda. The original zelda is a fantastic game because it maximizes the gameplay to the fullest extent possible. Once you figure out you can burn bushes it’s a quest to find all the tree covered rooms same with bombs on the walls. Once game genie came out I finally beat it late one night at 1am.

  • August 24, 2011 at 8:02 pm

    Believe it or not, I beat the wretched game. The dragon in front of the castle is just such a cheap shot and its not even THE dragon!! The real one is in the basement of the castle!

  • tumAngor

    August 25, 2011 at 3:00 pm

    my guess is when u enter the dark zone without the lantern that u just die after some time passed, so u cant proceed without getting the lantern

  • swedenboy

    August 28, 2011 at 4:23 pm

    i just love that his playername is avgn xD priceless^^

  • phoenix252005

    September 12, 2011 at 10:27 am

    Damn I will take Zelda any day of the week compared to that piece of dog doo doo!

  • Aristotelles

    October 11, 2011 at 2:43 pm


  • Aristotelles

    October 11, 2011 at 2:44 pm

    Another great review, James! 🙂

  • October 30, 2011 at 4:48 pm

    I think this game is based on zeldas and links dad

    • ljngamessuck

      November 28, 2011 at 8:22 pm

      zelda and link arent related…

    • January 3, 2012 at 5:25 pm

      zelda and link go on dates together and DO IT!

      • forgingiron

        January 30, 2012 at 6:18 pm

        @m0desty Maybe it’s their son.

  • Innova X5

    November 17, 2011 at 9:46 pm

    I’m sure this has been said before but, they made a sequel to it. Maybe it was just a reproduction of Hydlide though. Virtual Hydlide for Sega Saturn. I would love to see a review done on that, haha. Cause ya know, they didn’t say enough with Hydlide.

  • AdamSchneider

    November 19, 2011 at 7:39 am

    do a Solar Eclipse Review for Sega Sturn and Virtua Fighter and Cop I used to rock the shit out of those games on my brothers Sega Saturn

  • toad004

    December 3, 2011 at 2:03 pm

    I know why the name gives you a gag reflex.It shares a syllable with Dr. Jekell and Mr. HYDe, That will make anyone puke.

  • December 24, 2011 at 3:01 am

    I just bought this game today for $2.99, and I have to say you were playing the game all wrong. You didnt actually have to write the password down every single time you wanted to “save”. “Save” does just that, it creates a save state that you can “Load” everytime you die. The password is just for when you want to turn the game off.

    • bugsysboy21

      January 10, 2012 at 5:17 am

      @ShakeyOwnz508 dude stop being all serious about it, he does funny game reviews for entertainment and a bit of information if we want to play old games. calm down and stop taking everything to heart

      • rchrm5

        January 12, 2012 at 2:11 am

        @[email protected]

        How is he being all serious? He simply stated that he didn’t understand the save feature.

      • Mistertoast

        January 15, 2012 at 6:38 pm

        @[email protected]

        what? He was just giving advice. You are the one overreacting.

        His reviews are honest, but this game is confusing and James did a mistake, so what?

    • ljngamessuck

      January 23, 2012 at 7:11 pm

      @ShakeyOwnz508 LOL i think the fact that its so hard to understand that he made the mistake only makes it funnier!

    • January 31, 2012 at 11:13 pm

      @ShakeyOwnz508 I love all his videos. The only point I was trying to make was that it seemed to be an unfair review only for the fact he didn’t understand the mechanics of the game. I was in no way bashing him or his reviews.

  • JaysonGeronca

    January 25, 2012 at 12:47 pm

    Hydlide is like the worst medicine in your cabinet mixed with insecticide.

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  • DeanWilks

    February 2, 2012 at 10:19 am

    alcohol is a drug..

    ..and I get a little bit tired of people making out that other drugs are so much worse. They are only bad if you waste your life away on them. or if you don’t know how to take them safely.

    • DeanWilks

      February 2, 2012 at 10:20 am

      still.. I really like these vids. 🙂

  • JordanWalters

    February 8, 2012 at 9:37 pm

    True, about drugs and alcohol. (ahem except cannabis ahem)

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  • Hugoso

    March 2, 2012 at 7:54 pm

    The funniest thing is that this game, somehow, is the fore fore fore fore father of Skyrim.

    • PlasmuhBeam

      March 7, 2012 at 3:33 am

       @Hugoso No, its the fore father of the elder scrolls SERIES. Jesus, did anyone who played skyrim play ANY of the other games?

      • Khameleon

        March 14, 2012 at 11:21 am

         @PlasmuhBeam That’s what happens when specific games in a series get overhyped, kids jump on the bandwagon.
        Same thing happened with Mass Effect 2.

      • AdamBettcher

        March 23, 2012 at 3:53 am

         @PlasmuhBeam not trying to question anyone on this because i have no idea so i was wondering how it was a fore father to the elder scrolls series.  Never knew that little fact so if you could tell me that would be great thanks.

      • SkylerBrier

        March 28, 2012 at 8:14 pm

         @AdamBettcher theyre nothing alike compared to hydlide XD anyways im still focused on getting to the games before oblivion, ive gotta find it eventually :3 first up, possibly daggerfall

  • March 27, 2012 at 2:08 am

    This hack-off game can suck my diddley-dick.

  • SuperGnG

    April 4, 2012 at 9:13 pm

    @shidow1123 Shut you fucking mouth about “Brain efficiency” your preaching to the choir. Your nothing but another naiive steryotype trying to make themselves sound smart by using bullshit phrases like brain eficiency. Im not going to mention anything about marijuanna because it appears you know nothing about the topic and are severly close minded, and your speach was riddled with “misconceptions”. Due to your inadequate testicular efficiency.

  • culwin

    May 27, 2012 at 8:36 pm

    ShakeyOwnz508 is correct. He misunderstood the Save feature. AVGN should go back and do a “corrections” video, where he fixes the mistakes he made in prior videos, like the one with Castlevania and the Nitro/Mandragora.

  • binaryfruit

    June 17, 2012 at 11:57 pm

    @Plasmuh Beam:

    I played Elder Scrolls 3 and 4, but not skyrim! Heh!

  • TheSnakeBacon

    July 7, 2012 at 12:45 pm

    If that’s what I think it is at 3:10 then I’ve played it a fair bit before, is it Descent: Into the Dark?

  • binaryfruit

    July 21, 2012 at 4:07 pm

    *facepalm* The drugs and alcohol thing is a quote from American Movie. It’s his favorite movie and somewhere around here there’s a video about all the times he’s quoted it. This is one of them.

  • binaryfruit

    July 21, 2012 at 4:07 pm

    Oops. Not his favorite. His favorite is mad mad world. One of em.

  • Boomguy9000

    July 23, 2012 at 12:01 am

    is there a way to ban an account? because most of the spam I see is coming from JaysonGeronca and its on almost every video multiple times

  • Palmerama

    September 7, 2012 at 3:41 pm

    I wonder if James knows there’s a Super Hydlide for the Mega Drive!

  • Kuuenbu

    February 24, 2013 at 1:46 am

    5:55 Poor James doesn’t know what a grue is, or realize that he was eaten by one.

  • March 11, 2013 at 10:21 am

    i had this for pc and it was great alright i was only like 8 and didnt know what i was doing

  • Mega-Otaku

    April 19, 2013 at 11:22 am

    @ 3:30
    did… did avgn just do a PSA on drugs?… cool. And not to be a jerk or anything, but isn’t that a bit hypocritical? atleast for the alchohol part? oh well. avgn kicks ass.

  • erik37

    June 19, 2013 at 8:01 pm

    You miles well be reaching into a dogs asshole, cause all your gonna find is shit!!!!
    HAHAHAHAHA….. Awesome im using that saying for something sometime

  • bdenz

    January 3, 2014 at 11:17 am

    It’s awesome that you’re playing Hero Quest at 3:10! That game was bad ass!

  • June 23, 2015 at 8:53 am

    In the cave you were eaten by a grue.

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