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Strider

MobyRank MobyScore
ZX Spectrum
...
2.8
Amstrad CPC
...
2.7
Arcade
...
4.3
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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.

Converted from the classic arcade game, 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 SEGA Master System High Scores
Strider DOS Slicing up the opposition
Strider DOS Level 4: Beware with the Droids (EGA).
Strider Commodore 64 Found a protective power-up

Alternate Titles

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

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The Press Says

Defunct Games Wii Feb 14, 2012 A+ 100
Zzap! Amiga Oct, 1989 96 out of 100 96
The Games Machine (UK) Atari ST Oct, 1989 93 out of 100 93
Mean Machines Genesis Nov, 1990 92 out of 100 92
The Video Game Critic Genesis Mar 11, 2008 A- 91
All Game Guide Genesis 1999 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars 90
CU Amiga Amiga Sep, 1989 89 out of 100 89
Jeuxvideo.com Genesis Mar 03, 2010 16 out of 20 80
Amiga Joker Amiga Nov, 1989 77 out of 100 77
Power Play Commodore 64 Dec, 1991 58 out of 100 58

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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.

Information also contributed by Martin Smith, Zovni and GTramp

Related Web Sites

  • Strider Otaku (Strider page with loads of information and assorted goods.)
Contributed to by GTramp (28843), PCGamer77 (3028), Tibes80 (1495), _-_ (2292), Zovni (9384), Martin Smith (63197), Terok Nor (17862), Macintrash (2516) and *Katakis* (37494)