Blowfish is a Bonus Boat that appeared exclusively in the original Hydro Thunder.
Blowfish is a purple hovercraft with green designs that have red outlines. It has a black cushion around the body, along with four headlights at the front end, and three fan engines with red propeller blades; one large, vertically positioned unit in the middle of the chassis, right below where the cockpit is, and two smaller units at the back that swivel when the player turns the vehicle. On the rear fan engines are nacelle units that contain the booster modules, rocket thrusters whose rear flaps open up and close, similar to Cutthroat's binary mega-rocket boosters. At the back of Blowfish is its racing number, 88, in green with red outlines. During gameplay in single player races, it is depicted as being larger than the nine main boats.
Because Blowfish is a hovercraft, there is practically no friction between the vehicle and the water. In order for any boat to corner effectively, its hull has to be able to grip the water as it goes through a corner. Blowfish's lack of grip on the water, especially with its generally flat underside, makes for slippery handling, which leads it to slide a little when going through any sharp turns (such as hairpins), so easing up on the steering is a must, especially when you use the boosters. On the plus side, the boosters deploy fairly quickly, and the Mighty Hull activates the moment you fire the boosters full blast. In addition, it has great acceleration, and good top speed. It also tends to slide over any opposing boats in front of it, making for a unique and useful method for getting into a higher place.
How to use in the arcade gameEdit
To play as Blowfish in the arcade version of Hydro Thunder, highlight Rad Hazard on the boat selection screen, and quickly press the pilot view button three times.