DescriptionIn 2192, a new city, Selene, is built on the moon. Over the years, Selene grows larger, more powerful, and more independent of the Earth - to the point that the moon and Earth battle in a war that winds down without a definite victory for either side. In 2242, war breaks out again - the Earth slowly begins to win... except for the efforts of an experimental Selene technology known as Einhänders: flying machines with a "hand" that allows them to change weaponry mid-battle.
On December 12, 2245, Selene sends down 3 Einhänders in a last attempt to turn the tide of the war. You get to choose the craft to pilot, and it's up to you to battle your way through the Earth's monstrous defenses and win the battle.
The game is a traditional side-scrolling shooter, with rendered 3D backgrounds and enemies. The atmosphere of the game is very "industrial", down to the German industrial music playing in the background (think Einsturzende Neubauten mixed with Lords of Acid). The weapon-switching and claiming is an integral part of the game, as weapons have limited shots. This forces a bit more strategy than the usual button-mashing shooters inspire.
- "アインハンダー" -- Japanese spelling
|A single handed display of power...||PlayStation||Vecster (24)|
|PSM||PlayStation||Jun, 1998||4.5 out of 5||90|
|Consoles Plus||PlayStation||Jan, 1998||90 out of 100||90|
|Digital Press - Classic Video Games||PlayStation||Oct 04, 2005||9 out of 10||90|
|IGN||PlayStation||Aug 23, 1998||9 out of 10||90|
|neXGam||PlayStation||2002||8.8 out of 10||88|
|Game Informer Magazine||PlayStation||Jun, 2004||8 out of 10||80|
|GameSpot||PlayStation||Mar 05, 1998||7.9 out of 10||79|
|Total! (Germany)||PlayStation||Jan, 1998||78 out of 100||78|
|HonestGamers||PlayStation||Jan 14, 2004||7 out of 10||70|
|The Video Game Critic||PlayStation||Jul 15, 1999||B-||67|
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1001 Video GamesThe PS1 version of Einhänder appears in the book 1001 Video Games You Must Play Before You Die by General Editor Tony Mott.
Title translationEinhänder is German for "One-hander" (referring to a sword)
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