Hydrothermal Lite 4+

Nuclear Nova Software

    • 5.0 • 1 Rating
    • Free



Hydrothermal is a city building game where you create a space colony and ward off alien invaders. Control every aspect of your colony's layout, including zoning, building placement, and terrain features, all with the ability to conquer more land for expansion. Adjust the city details by balancing the budget, passing/repealing laws, and allocating extra resources into six areas using the balance of powers screen. Don't forget to build and manage an army though, aliens attack from time to time! Hydrothermal's addicting gameplay and a classic 2D with over 50 unique buildings, Hydrothermal will keep you entertained for countless hours.

What’s New

Version 1.22

Fix crash on startup (Mac)
Native compatibility with Mac OS 10.11 (Mac)
Minimum Mac OS X version 10.8+ (Mac)

Ratings and Reviews

5.0 out of 5
1 Rating

1 Rating

CerebralMeatball ,

Definitely doesn

As TJ pointed out, there are many things wrong with this game. The worst part of the free version is after you've invested 30-40 minutes, you start to get attacked by aliens. The first war is easy to win but then the second requires a much bigger army than you can really develop in a short time. You end up losing the game and having to start over.

The Laws concept isn't really explained either. You can turn them on and off, but it doesn't really explain what kind of effect that has on things. And it gives you random numerical values to the laws that either add or subtract to your taxes. No clue what that means.

Cheaply done game. Don't waste your time.

EducatorJeff ,


Interesting concept. Don't mind the low-res-ness of it. Reminds me of the first Sim City. It combines building a city with an… conscious (not quite active) defensive strategy.

Major gripes: all the buttons in the program are not aligned properly. Meaning the +/- toggles are skewed, so that the + toggle does nothing, the - toggles actually increases an amount, and somewhere below is "space" one can decrease an amount.

Aside from a approval rating, one can't really determine one's success at the game. There's little on-boarding, and even less scaffolding to maintain interest. There doesn't seem to be room to improve or develop, only succeed.

The amount of typos and spelling errors is unforgivable. Proofread before going to market. The law for prohibition is misspelled as “prohabitation”. While not a word, could conjure an entirely different meaning. Additionally, in the “laws” table, having excess, unused toggles is clutter, and grossly unprofessional.

If this is your free version to get people interested, what makes you think people will pay for the full version?

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