Launched in 2010, Hydro Thunder Hurricane was instrumental in registering the presence of classic arcade games on consoles then considered quite advanced.

The boat racing game was hugely successful on Xbox 360 and PC. Xbox recently announced that Hydro Thunder Hurricane is being offered as a free game until May 15. Although it brought a lot of joy among the fans, a large number of players were disappointed when they could not download the game. Although there is a problem, players can still download the game if they do certain things.

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Gamers, who have subscribed to Xbox Live Gold, pay $10 per month to get access to four free games and online play for a period of three months. Recently some of the subscribers received a brutal shock when they tried to download Hydro Thunder Hurricane and were informed that the game is not available.

This issue has been experienced by players residing in different regions or zones. Xbox gamers from different countries like US, UK and Canada have confirmed this issue. What’s interesting is that this particular issue has affected people playing the game on browsers, consoles, and the Xbox mobile app.

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After a while, a Reddit user realized that the problem was a result of an error made by Microsoft. The company has listed two different but identical iterations of Hydro Thunder Hurricane. Players were supposed to receive the standard Xbox 360 version of Xbox Live Games with Gold. However, the game available for free on the service is Xbox Live Arcade. At the moment, there is no clarity on what led to this confusion. However, it can be assumed that the technical team somehow made a mistake.

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Despite the appearance of this issue, those who have subscribed to Xbox Live can still get the game for free. The first thing players should do is research Hydro Thunder Hurricane on the Xbox 360 Marketplace. Once they find it, they should find the version titled Full – Game Hydro Thunder Hurricane. This particular game is priced at $14.99, but it has a gold box listing saying it’s “free” for Xbox Live Gold subscribers. Players will need to click on the “Download to Xbox 360” option and ensure that the game is still available for free. After confirming this, they can go ahead and claim the game for free.

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