Arcade videogame maker Raw Thrills is releasing a powerboat racing
simulator that delivers rich graphics on a 42” high-definition LCD.
Aptly named H2Overdrive, the new viddie hearkens back to Hydro Thunder
by delivering high-octane water action with just a steering wheel and
H2Overdrive offers a selection of nine high-tech powerboats that
cruise seven visually detailed waterways from around the world. As
players motor through the game, myriad jumps, deep drops and secret
paths create excitement, different booster levels enhance boat
performance and dazzling wipeouts make big splashes.
Equipped with force-feedback steering and advanced throttle control,
the new boat racer provides realistic tactile feedback that helps
simulate the effects of water physics. A subwoofer located in the seat
further immerses the player into the high-speed nautical experience.
There are 40 levels in the game, and players earn new capabilities
at each. Superboost kicks in at level 2, for instance, and the ability
to perform midair stunts is earned at a later stage.
Raw Thrills’ H2Overdrive is packaged in a newly designed cabinet,
giving it a much different look than Hydro Thunder. A Dell computer
powers the game and up to eight cabinets can be linked. Players can
create and save their profiles to resume play at a later time.
The new videogame was designed by Specular Interactive Inc., which
is led by Steven Ranck, who developed the original Hydro Thunder, among
other well-known titles from Midway Games. He founded Specular, located
in Irvine, CA, in 2007 after selling his Swingin’ Ape Studios.
H2Overdrive is available through Betson Enterprises, Raw Thrills’ manufacturing and marketing partner, and its distributors.