Virtual Hydlide

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Virtual Hydlide
System(s): Sega Saturn
Sega, Atlus (US)
Sound driver: SCSP/CD-DA (27 tracks)
Genre: RPG

Number of players: 1
Release Date RRP Code
Sega Saturn
¥5,800 GS-9012
Sega Saturn
$59.99More...[1] T-14401H
Sega Saturn
£39.99More...[2] MK81380-50
Sega Saturn
?F MK81380-50
Sega Saturn
110More...[3] MK81380-50
Sega Saturn
?Ptas MK81380-50
Sega Saturn
199PLN ?
Sega Saturn
$? ?

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Virtual Hydlide (ヴァーチャル ハイドライド) is a 3D remake of the 1984 action RPG Hydlide released exclusively for the Sega Saturn in 1995. It was the second Hydlide game for a Sega platform, following Super Hydlide on the Mega Drive.


In the kingdom of Fairyland, three magic jewels were enshrined in the palace to maintain peace in the kingdom. One day, an evil man broke into the palace and stole one of the three magic jewels. Without the third jewel, the two remaining jewels lost their magic sparkle. The magic spell that sealed the power of Varalys, the most vicious demon in the kingdom, was broken. During the turmoil which followed, the last two jewels were stolen. Varalys cast a special magic on Princess Ann, turning her into three fairies, and hid her somewhere in the kingdom. He then let loose a horde of monsters across the land and became the ruler of the kingdom.

The young knight Jim stood up and took action to restore peace in the kingdom. He bravely made his way into the wilderness in full armor to fight the monsters...


The game is played from a third-person perspective using polygonal environments with digitized sprites for the player and enemy characters. The game's worlds are somewhat randomly generated, with twenty different level layouts for each of the seven dungeons and the overworld, leading to 25.6 billion possible combinations, all but guaranteeing that each playthrough of Virtual Hydlide is different.

Production credits

  • Game Design: Tokihiro Naito
  • Directions Managements
  • Maincode Programming: Kentaro Nishiwaki
  • Code Managements
  • Special Visual Effects: Toyokazu Hattori
  • Equipments Modeling
  • Photography
  • Monsters Modeling: Yoshinori Kiritani
  • 3D Rendering
  • Special Sound Effects: Yumi Kinoshita
  • Music compose
  • Map Editor Programming: Shinsuke Miyamoto
  • Subcode Programming
  • Stage Create Supervise: Katsuhisa Ota
  • Video Stream Supervise: Michihiko Matsui
  • Stage Layouts: Kazuhiko Ogawa
  • Assistant Ground Layouts: Hisashi Shimada
  • Visual Data Managements: Ken Mizuno
  • Texture and Object Create
  • Assistant Visual Data Editing: Norie Suzuki
  • Object Editor Programming: Katsuya Mizuta
  • Tools Assistant Programming
  • Subcode Programming: Hideaki Kazaoka
  • The Supplier for Photo: PPS
  • A Game by: Tokihiro Naito
  • Produced by: T&E Soft
  • Presented by: Sega
(C)Sega Enterprises, Ltd. 1995
(C)T&E Soft Inc. 1984,1995 All Rights Reserved.
Source: In-game credits


Critical reception

This game has been criticised by the gaming press for having poor AI and a bad rendering pipeline, occasionally causing the game to dip to as low as 5FPS.

Magazine articles

Main article: Virtual Hydlide/Magazine articles.

Promotional material

EGM US 075.pdf

Print advert in Electronic Gaming Monthly (US) #75: "October 1995" (1995-xx-xx)

Physical scans

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
30 More...[3]
74 №45, p146
79 More...[4]
70 №20, p74
68 №333, p31
59 №31, p61
84 More...[5]
83 More...[6]
71 More...[2]
85 More...[7]
66 №22, p64/65
49 №72, p57
64 №51, p64
71 More...Media:SnGwSISDRZK Book JP.pdf[8]
Sega Saturn
Based on
15 reviews

Saturn, US
VirtualHydlide Saturn US Box Back.jpgVirtualHydlide Saturn US Box Front.jpg
VirtualHydlide US disc.jpg
Virtualhydlide sat us manual.pdf
Saturn, EU
VirtualHydlide Saturn EU Box.jpg
VirtualHydlide Saturn EU Disc.jpg
Saturn, JP
VirtualHydlide Saturn JP Box Back.jpgVirtualHydlide Saturn JP Box Front.jpg
VirtualHydlide Saturn JP Spinecard.jpg
VirtualHydlide Saturn JP Disc.jpg
Virtual Hydlide Sat JP Manual.pdf

Technical information

ROM dump status

System Hash Size Build Date Source Comments
Sega Saturn
377,521,872 CD-ROM (EU) MK81380-50 V1.000
Sega Saturn
404,292,336 1995-03-24 CD-ROM (JP) GS-9012 V1.000

Track list

1. [data track] ({{{time}}})

2. CD Warning message (special) (00:07)

3. Introduction (01:32)

4. Ending (00:49)

5. Credits (03:03)

6. Field (00:50)

7. Graveyard (00:57)

8. Vampire's Castle (01:05)

9. Trial Dungeon (01:10)

10. Ruins (01:13)

11. Volcanic (01:34)

12. Sealed Dungeon (01:07)

13. Lost Castle, Part I (01:12)

14. Lost Castle, Part II (00:59)

15. Fairy (00:12)

16. Fortress Of Varalys, Part I (00:56)

17. Fortress Of Varalys, Part II (00:56)

18. Boss (01:24)

19. Varalys/Final Boss (01:15)

20. Fanfare (00:10)

21. Game Over (00:16)

22. Secret (00:06)

23. Level Up (00:06)

24. Curse (00:06)

25. Set Up (01:01)

26. Hi Score (00:57)

27. Top Score (00:45)

28. Continue? (00:14)
Running time: 24:02

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