a game by locomalito

Take the controls of your ship and prepare to die!

The plot: An evil force launched an invasion over the Omios star. Equip your ship, select a route and fight planet by planet against hordes of meroptians. Biomechanical enemies, space creatures, dangerous landscapes and climatic threats are waiting for you.

The game: Hydorah is a nonlinear classic shmup with a large library of levels and enemies. There is a single difficulty level, based on the 80s standards, that requires mastering in order to progress. Graphics are simple enough to not interfere with the gameplay, while they're polished to show the unique personality of each level. It has a huge soundtrack composed exclusively by Gryzor87, who has not hesitated in taking legendary synthesizers to create retro futuristic, powerful and sometimes dark themes. Every track has been designed to fit each level like a glove.

Influences: Gradius, R-Type, Darius and not so popular classics like Turrican, Enforcer, Space Manbow, Hellfire, X-Multiply, Guardian, Hydefos, Armalyte and more… Basically I have studied the whole horizontal shmup genre while making this game.

Personal note: Making this game almost end with my sanity, but in the end it has been a childhood dream come true. Think of it as a bastard son of the classics: it has the genes, but it's not a clone of one or another. It has a lot of original content and a few homages, so I hope you can appraciate it ;-)


Stories: Hydorah had a great press coverage for a freeware project back in the day. Some artists around the world joined to create an arranged soundtrack album. It was the first of my games in using the sentence Prepare to die before a tough boss fight.

Key features

Hydorah poster
A game by: Locomalito
Music and FX: Gryzor87
Promo art: Marek Barej

Genre: Shooter / Flying horizontal
Release: 03/06/2010
Development: 3 years
Platforms: Windows

Creative Commons License

I've been making games and sharing them for free during 8 years, always working without external funding. Please consider a donation to help me keep things this way

Hydorah download and extras

Hydorah 1.1 (Win)

If you have graphic issues, replace Hydorah.exe with this file.