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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.


Strider ZX Spectrum ... luckily he climbs automatically while the swirly friend destroys the gun turrets
Strider ZX Spectrum This screen displays while the game loads
Strider SEGA Master System I do!
Strider Arcade 1st stage

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
Defunct Games Genesis Apr 02, 2012 A+ 100
Shin Force Genesis Dec 14, 1999 9.5 out of 10 95
ST Format Atari ST Oct, 1989 92 out of 100 92
All Game Guide Genesis 1999 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars 90 Genesis Mar 03, 2010 16 out of 20 80
Amiga Joker Amiga Nov, 1989 77 out of 100 77
Amiga Computing Amiga Dec, 1989 72 out of 100 72
Mean Machines SEGA Master System Mar, 1991 67 out of 100 67
Video Game Den TurboGrafx CD Apr 16, 2013 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60


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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.)
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