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Developer(s) Roy Carter, Greg Follis
Publisher(s) Faster Than Light
Composer(s) Rob Hubbard
Platform(s) Sinclair Spectrum, Amstrad CPC
Release 1987
Genre(s) Arcade adventure
Mode(s) Single-player

Hydrofool is an isometric 3D arcade adventure game released by FTL in 1987 for the Sinclair Spectrum and Amstrad CPC. It was the sequel to Sweevo's World. The game music was composed by Rob Hubbard, with the title track based on Abe Holzmann's Blaze Away!


The gigantic aquarium known as the "Deathbowl" has become so heavily polluted that the only remedy is to completely drain it by pulling out each of its four plugs. The robot Sweevo has been ordered to perform this task.


Sweevo must swim through the caverns of the Deathbowl finding and pulling the plugs in the correct order. To pull a plug several puzzles must be solved using the objects that scatter the floor of the aquarium. The Deathbowl is populated by creatures which will try to stop Sweevo from carrying out his task.

The Deathbowl is constructed of several superimposed levels and Sweevo can travel between them by riding bubbles or diving into whirlpools.

Sweevo begins to rust as soon as he enters the water and must complete his mission before he becomes incapacitated. Contact with dangerous creatures or structures will also cause rusting, while oil cans will unrust him.


  • Sinclair User:

    "The graphics are superb - particularly if you like fish..."[1]

  • Your Sinclair:

    "All great fun. The graphics and sprites are all wonderfully clear and well thought out, and as usual with Gargoyle/FTL, the design's immaculate."[2]

  • Crash:

    "The feel of the game relies heavily on the high quality graphics - Sweevo really does seem to be swimming underwater. With the large number of screens, and the intricately woven Greg Follis puzzles, Hydrofool should hold it's [sic] appeal for quite some time."[3]


  1. ^ "Hydrofool Review", Sinclair User, June 1987 
  2. ^ "Hydrofool Review", Your Sinclair, August 1987 
  3. ^ "Hydrofool Review", Crash, June 1987 

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