|Publisher(s)||Toshiba EMI, FCI, Seismic, Sega, Atlus USA|
Hydlide is a series of games developed by T&E Soft. The first game was originally released for the NEC PC-6001 and NEC PC-8801 computers in 1984, in Japan only; an MSX release came the following year. A Famicom version was first released under the name Hydlide Special on March 18, 1986 in Japan; three years later, in June 1989, that version saw a North American release by FCI, its title having been returned to simply Hydlide.
The first game is notable for being one of the early console role-playing games. The graphics appear to have been influenced by the computer RPG, Ultima III, though Hydlide had very different gameplay and ultimately failed to capture the same attention.