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Strider (Genesis)

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Description

The year is 2089 AD. In Russia, the evil Grand Master Meio has begun his insane plot to take over the universe. A lone figure drops from a stealth glider into Meio's base. He is Hiryu, Super A-Class Strider. His mission is to defeat the Grand Master and put an end to his plotting once and for all.

Strider lets the protagonist run, jump, perform acrobatics and climb walls and overhangs. He wields a plasma sword, called a Cypher, through five levels fighting robots and guards, with mid- and end-level bosses.

Screenshots

Strider Genesis Leaping down the beautiful mountainside.
Strider Genesis Final stage
Strider Genesis Title screen
Strider Genesis Taking on the airship.

Alternate Titles

  • "ストライダー飛竜" -- Japanese spelling
  • "Strider Hiryū" -- Japanese title

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The Press Says

Sega Force Nov, 1992 94 out of 100 94
Mean Machines Nov, 1990 92 out of 100 92
The Video Game Critic Mar 11, 2008 A- 91
Raze Jun, 1991 91 out of 100 91
All Game Guide 1999 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars 90
Sega-16.com Jun 29, 2004 9 out of 10 90
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Nov, 1990 10.4 out of 12 87
Jeuxvideo.com Mar 03, 2010 16 out of 20 80
IGN Feb 29, 2008 7.5 out of 10 75
Power Play Dec, 1990 68 out of 100 68

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Trivia

1001 Video Games

The Arcade version of Strider appears in the book 1001 Video Games You Must Play Before You Die by General Editor Tony Mott.

Differences between versions

Strider for the Playstation is a port of the original arcade game, and is included on a separate bonus disc with Strider 2. TurboGrafx CD version of the game adds one extra-level, the desert. Also cutscenes and voice-overs were changed and music was remixed in redbook audio.

Strider Manga Series

Strider is originally based off a manga series published in 1988 co-owned by Capcom.

Unreleased SAM Coupé version

When the SAM Coupé computer (which was derived from the Spectrum but had similar graphics power to 16-bit machines) was launched, US Gold declared that "If, as with Strider, we've already produced a games across all common formats, all we have to do is simply take the code from the Speccy version and the graphics from the ST and sort of mix them together. This should take one bloke around two weeks at most". Whether this was the case or not (and it doesn't sound like good programming practice), the game was never converted to the system.

Awards

  • Electronic Gaming Monthly
    • October 1990 (Issue 15) - Best Game of the Year (Genesis version)
    • October 1990 (Issue 15) - Best Graphics in a Game (Genesis version)
  • ST Format
    • January 1990 (Issue 6) - Included in the list 50 Games of the Year
    • May 1990 (Issue #10) - Included in the list "ST Format's 30 Kick-Ass Classics"
Information also contributed by Martin Smith, Zovni and GTramp

Related Web Sites

  • Strider Otaku (Strider page with loads of information and assorted goods.)
PCGamer77 (3020) added Strider (Genesis) on Jun 08, 2002
Other platforms contributed by GTramp (41840), Tibes80 (1495), yenruoj_tsegnol_eht (!!ihsoy) (2424), Zovni (9334), Martin Smith (63062), Terok Nor (19548), Macintrash (2495) and *Katakis* (37860)