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Thexder (DOS)

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Description

A platform shooter from Japan, Thexder offers many levels and diverse enemies that gradually increase in difficulty. You pilot a Battletech-style robot capable of switching from a mech into a jet at any time. Your weapon auto-aims, but uses up a fixed amount of rechargeable energy; if you run out of this energy, you'll have to wait a few seconds before you can fire again. Your mech also contains a shield that can be activated to protect you from harm, but this lasts for a few seconds and uses up some of your life energy.

Screenshots

Thexder DOS Title screen (MCGA)
Thexder DOS Finding Energy Sources (low-res)
Thexder DOS Enemies approaching (CGA)
Thexder DOS A dead end...but with bonus energy! (CGA)

Alternate Titles

  • "Teguzā" -- Japanses title
  • "テグザー" -- Japanese spelling

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User Reviews

An instant classic, Thexder provided fast, continuous, and very challenging gameplay. Ayodeji Oshinnaiye (3) unrated
The first true Arcade game on the PC Tony Van (2688) 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars
An Addictive Fighting Mech Platformer Toadstool (50) unrated
Hard. And that's all I have to say about that. Chris Martin (1098) 2.75 Stars2.75 Stars2.75 Stars2.75 Stars2.75 Stars
One of the most wonderful games of the last decade. Tomer Gabel (4380) 4.75 Stars4.75 Stars4.75 Stars4.75 Stars4.75 Stars
Are you a Robotech fan? Then play this game! austin quinn (1) unrated

The Press Says

Happy Computer Dec, 1987 82 out of 100 82
All Game Guide 1998 1.5 Stars1.5 Stars1.5 Stars1.5 Stars1.5 Stars 30

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Trivia

Graphics

Like all Game Arts games republished by Sierra, Thexder uses 640x200 graphics in EGA to its advantage by simulating 64 colors via dithering.

Music

The title theme for the game was Beethoven's Moonlight Sonata.

Programming

Because this game used a tile-based playfield, it ran very smoothly, even on low-powered machines. Only the tiles that changed needed to be redrawn, resulting in scrolling that was quick, even for a 4.77MHz machine.

Tandy 1000

Thexder was one of the few games that really excelled on a Tandy 1000. The game ran at 320x200 16 colors. (the Tandy wasn't quite as flexible as an EGA) and in this video mode it seemed to look cleaner and more vibrant. Also the music sounded great on the TI sound chip in the Tandy.

Information also contributed by John Hood and Tony Van
Trixter (8734) added Thexder (DOS) on Mar 01, 1999
Other platforms contributed by Kabushi (125124), Martin Smith (63134), Terok Nor (18914), Servo (55830) and Игги Друге (43844)