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Super Hydorah revamping ace freeware shmup

Pew pew!

Hydorah, the cracking horizontal-scrolling shmup by Locomalito, is being expanded and fancied-up as Super Hydorah [official site]. While I missed Hydorah when it came out in 2010 (it did tickle Kieron), recently I noticed it and had a crack (it's good; I suck) after a few 'Tubefolk got into its Gradius-ish, R-Type-y action. A new version sounds grand. Locomalito has teamed up with publishers Abylight again on this, following their expand-o-re-release of his platformer Maldita Castilla as Cursed Castilla.

Locomalito twots that Super Hydorah "has remastered graphics, remastered sound, 5 new levels, new 2 players mode, extra spin-off game for 2P, screen modes and more". Good-o! Check out this picture for numbers.

Hydorah pops you in the cockpit of a wee spaceship to take on an entire evil army of ships, creatures, biomechanical nasties, and old evils. It feelings pleasingly weird, a mish-mash of this and that. So off you go, shooting through levels (which don't come in a fixed order) collecting power-ups and unlocking new weapons. Pew pew!

As I said, I'm terrible at Hydorah, but I like what I've played and what I've seen others play. You can still download the original freeware Hydorah from Locomalito's site. Have a go!

No word yet on quite when Super Hydorah will launch.

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