Liquid Kids

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Liquid Kids
Liquid Kids Flyer.jpg
Japanese arcade flyer for Liquid Kids.
Director(s)N. Hiramatsu
T. Matsumoto
Designer(s)K. Nakagawa
Composer(s)Kazuko Umino
Platform(s)Arcade, PC Engine, Sega Saturn, Amiga, Virtual Console
Mode(s)Two players alternating turns
CabinetUpright, Cocktail
CPU68000 (@ 12 MHz)
SoundSound CPU: Z80 (@ 4 MHz); Sound Chips: YM2610 (@ 8 MHz)
DisplayRaster, 320 x 224 pixels (Horizontal), 4096 colors

Liquid Kids (ミズバク大冒険, Mizubaku Daibouken) is an arcade video game released by Taito in 1990.[1]


Screenshot of game play.

Liquid Kids is a single player platform game that features Hipopo, a platypus (referred to as a hippo) who must fight his way through a large number of enemy-packed levels in search of his missing girlfriend - rescuing other platypuses along the way. Hipopo is armed with water bombs which can be thrown at enemies to soak and damage them. Once soaked, the enemies can then be kicked and destroyed completely. Enemies left unkicked however will dry out and recover after a short period of time.[2]

The level design presents moving platforms, collapsible floors, boats and water-wheels all making an appearance. Small plants also appear on certain levels which can be "watered", causing them to grow and creating new platforms. Appropriately enough for a game which features water as the main weapon, many of the enemies and the later levels have a fire thematic. He can also collect cakes and other items to gain more points.

Hipopo makes cameo appearances in Arkanoid vs. Space Invaders (2017).[3]


  • The game was originally ported to the PC Engine by Taito and released on January 17, 1992.
  • A belated Saturn port by Ving followed on October 22, 1998.
  • The game was then included in the Taito Legends 2 (Taito Memories 2 in Japan) compilation for the Xbox, PS2, and PC in 2006.
  • An Amiga port was completed, but not released by the publisher Ocean Software. The original master copy of the game was found in 2003 and the disk image has since been distributed online.


A soundtrack CD for the game (split release with the soundtrack for Space Gun), published by Pony Canyon / Scitron, was released on January 21, 1991, featuring thirteen tracks from the game.[4]


  1. ^ "Hardcore Gaming 101: Liquid Kids". Retrieved 2017-06-15.
  2. ^ "Liquid Kids (Game) - Giant Bomb". Giant Bomb. Retrieved 2017-06-15.
  3. ^ Hipopo appears as a breakable block design.
  4. ^ "PCCB-00052 Space Gun / Mizubaku Daibouken". Video Game Music database.

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