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An instant classic, Thexder provided fast, continuous, and very challenging gameplay. DOS Ayodeji Oshinnaiye (3)
A very good action game, but difficult as hell Amiga Katakis | カタキス (39520)
The first true Arcade game on the PC DOS Tony Van (2856)
An Addictive Fighting Mech Platformer DOS Toadstool (56)
Hard. And that's all I have to say about that. DOS Chris Martin (1204)
One of the most wonderful games of the last decade. DOS Tomer Gabel (4644)
Are you a Robotech fan? Then play this game! DOS austin quinn (1)

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Critic Reviews

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DOSHappy Computer (Dec, 1987)
Die getestete MS-DOS-Version ist in technischer Hinsicht äußerst bemerkenswert. Thexder ist nämlich eines der ganz wenigen guten Action-Spiele für PCs, die mit einer CGA-Karte laufen. Auf unserem Schneider-Pe wurden wir von fließender Animation und flottem Scrolling verblüfft. Bei den angekündigten Amiga- und ST-Umsetzungen wird man sicherlich in den Genuß von mehr Farben kommen.
MacintoshDragon (Dec, 1991)
The only flaw we have to report about Thexder is the lack of color. The game is a direct port from the IBM CGA version, which means Macintosh users who have color capabilities can play the game in only two or four colors.
AmigaThe Games Machine (UK) (Jun, 1988)
Despite the claims that Thexder was designed with 16-bit machines in mind, the game looks very much like an 8-bit conversion. Sound FX are poor, while the tune is inappropriate and probably not being put to use its composer intended.
Sie sehen also, daß THEXDER ein wirklich vielschichtiges Actionspiel ist, das sich nicht ohne Grund so gut verkauft. Für Actionfans ist THEXDER auf jeden Fall eine lohnende Herausforderung, auch bei einem Preis von DM 65,--.
Competent enough, but the graphics are nothing special and the gameplay is lacklustre. You only get one life - let yourself get killed and there's a tedious wait while the game reloads, accompanied by some dreadfully sombre music.
AmigaST/Amiga Format (Jul, 1988)
Billed as the best selling action game from Japan with over half a million units sold, Thexder is a little like living in Tokyo – space is scarce, the food alive, and the action frantic. Add to that the fact that you pilot a ‘Hyper Dual-armor Robot Jet Transformer’, armed with heat seeking lasers, battling hundreds of bizarre creatures and you might get an idea of how the Japanese deal with claustrophobia.
NESVideo Game Den (Jan 07, 2013)
All in all, Thexder is an OK but merciless action/shooter and you will definitively have to arm yourself with patience to enjoy this one...
DOSAll Game Guide (1998)
As a PC shooter Thexder may be decent but, when compared to good quality Arcade and console games of similar style, it just doesn't stand up.
AmigaCommodore User (Jun, 1988)
If you ever wanted to see a classic example of the term ‘hard sell’ you would be well advised to take a look at the blurb on the packaging of Thexder, the latest release from Sierra via Activision. So much space is used up to tell you how the game ‘offers more music, animation and gameplay than you ever thought possible from a computer game’ that there is very little room left to tell you what the game is all about! There is also the impressive claim that Thexder has sold half a million copies in Japan. However when you realise that many average a million the claim falls flat.