I wanna Hydrate

Creator: Zephyr

Average Rating
9.3 / 10
Average Difficulty
72.2 / 100
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  • by kiroku114514
  • by kiroku114514
  • by Zephyr
  • by kiroku114514
  • by Zephyr

Creator's Comments:

Zephyr [Creator]
Gimmick needle game with catharsis water, made for the first Jiujiu Cup (game-making event in the Chinese community).
There are small bugs caused by my poor coding ability, but they have little effect on the normal game-playing.

P.S. This project started before Weirdle 3, so it's still yuuutu-based gm8 engine.

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Aug 10, 2020

17 Reviews:

Rating based on clearing the main game + all of the extra stages.

A gimmick/trigger needle game where the main design conceit is that every screen makes extensive use of Catharsis water, and *only* Catharsis water -- while each stage is pretty distinct in terms of design, you won't see any usage of waters 1-3 at any point in this game, which definitely sets it apart from the crowd.

Generally, the game is well-designed and creative, with excellent save placement. Each save feels focused, never overstaying its welcome. It would have been easy to inflate the difficulty of many screens simply by not including as many saves, but I'm very glad the creator exercised restraint in this regard, because it makes for a much more pleasant experience overall when every save isn't a marathon (especially since the game is pretty hard to begin with). The Catharsis water never really felt like it got stale, either. Ironically, the lack of other forms of water results in a lot of creative pathing and jump sequences; even the parts that aren't gimmick-heavy don't feel like your standard jtool needle.

I have two main complaints with the game, though. First is simply that it's on a GM8 Yuuutsu engine, as the creator's comment states. This isn't exactly a dealbreaker, but the game is hard enough that the input lag and save displacement bug start to get pretty obnoxious after a while, especially on the more precise parts. Secondly, I really didn't like the final save (technically the penultimate save, but it's clearly meant as the climax to the game); several parts of it feel unnecessarily precise for how long it is, and the design isn't really as inspired as the rest of the game, maybe because the creator felt compelled to reuse every gimmick in it. The extra screens were all fun, at least.

Overall, I wanna Hydrate is a great game that utilizes its main gimmick effectively in a variety of contexts and ends up feeling like more than just a generic needle game with Catharsis water everywhere, which it easily could have been. I'd recommend it to anyone who wants a longer needle-based game and doesn't mind some original design elements (i.e., stuff you can't just make with jtool). While it's fairly challenging, the generous save placement means it's unlikely you'll get walled anywhere and makes it easy to keep going with.

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Rating: 8.5 85       Difficulty: 72 72
Aug 13, 2020
Game is SFW to stream as long as you don't press 1-6 on the clear screen. I'll have a real review up when I'm gonna play this game but for now you shouldn't really click away since the game looks cool.

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Sep 9, 2020
Decent needle game with fantastic gimmicks.
I really enjoy everything of this game.

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Rating: 9.3 93       Difficulty: 66 66
Aug 12, 2020
wish i couldve enjoyed stage 4+ more

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Rating: 7.5 75       Difficulty: 73 73
Jan 10, 2021
Amazing needle game featuring 5 stages.
The atmosphere is really well done, with some parts of it feeling catharsis inspired
Stage 2 is probably my favorite stage in any fangame and stage 4's gimmick is one of my favorites.
The one thing that was a bit iffy was stage 5, it's way harder than anything else. I'd say most of the game is around the low to mid 60's difficulty wise. Then stage 5 bumps it up a bit, also im just gonna pretend the penultimate save didn't exist :))))).
I heavily recommend playing this game, it's great.

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Rating: 10.0 100       Difficulty: 72 72
Nov 21, 2020