Being a courier may not seem like a very exciting job. About the most fun you will get is delivering those suspiciously shaped "plain brown wrappings" to old men in trench coats. But in the 21st Century all this has changed. Standard couriers just couldn't make the grade any more, their methods of delivery weren't reliable. One man rose above the rest for security and speed of service. No one knows his real name, but if the various governments can find him, they can hire Hydra.
The roads, airways and waterways are now ruled by terrorists. Nowhere it is safe because they plunder anyone who does to travel those routes. It's up to Hydra to run the gauntlet of terrorists and deliver sensitive and top secret packages to their destination.
The game puts you in the role of the great courier himself as he tries to deliver these packages. At the beginning you pick up cargo in your jet boat and then you're off.
The terrorists know you're coming and throw all they have a you. Of course, you're not unprepared yourself and your boat is equipped with the very latest state-of-
They will attack either singularly or in groups but these attack patterns are predictable so there's no real problem. When they're shot some of these craft very conveniently drop either fuel boosts or money icons.
As your own fuel supply is very limited you will need to pick up as many of these as you can to finish up as many of these as you can to finish the mission. The boosts can be used to make your boat leap out of the water for a short time and catch the money balloons that sometimes appear in the sky.
There are nine missions with a total of 31 levels to go through to deliver cargo which varies from the Crown Jewels to a top-secret nuclear device. Cor, aren't these governments trusting! At the end of each stage there is a shop were, if you have enough money, you can buy extra weaponry for your boat.
Hydra should have been an enjoyable 3d shoot-'em-up arcade conversion, but unfortunately it isn't. The action is quite slow and the gameplay is very repetitive and boring.
This seems to be the norm lately with Domark's arcade coin-op conversions, this and Skull And Crossbones being the latest. Give this one a miss.