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A platform shooter from Japan, Thexder offers many levels and diverse enemies that gradually increase in difficulty. You pilot a Battletech-style robot capable of switching from a mech into a jet at any time. Your weapon auto-aims, but uses up a fixed amount of rechargeable energy; if you run out of this energy, you'll have to wait a few seconds before you can fire again. Your mech also contains a shield that can be activated to protect you from harm, but this lasts for a few seconds and uses up some of your life energy.


Thexder Amiga Beginning a game
Thexder Amiga Title screen
Thexder Amiga Flying through a narrow corridor
Thexder Amiga Looks like an army is awaiting you outside this passageway

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Alternate Titles

  • "Teguzā" -- Japanses title
  • "テグザー" -- Japanese spelling

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User Reviews

A very good action game, but difficult as hell Katakis | カタキス (39490) unrated

Critic Reviews

The Games Machine (UK) Jun, 1988 74 out of 100 74
ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment) Jul, 1988 618 out of 1000 62
ST/Amiga Format Jul, 1988 61 out of 100 61
Commodore User Jun, 1988 3 out of 10 30


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Like all Game Arts games republished by Sierra, Thexder uses 640x200 graphics in EGA to its advantage by simulating 64 colors via dithering.


The title theme for the game was Beethoven's Moonlight Sonata.


Because this game used a tile-based playfield, it ran very smoothly, even on low-powered machines. Only the tiles that changed needed to be redrawn, resulting in scrolling that was quick, even for a 4.77MHz machine.

Tandy 1000

Thexder was one of the few games that really excelled on a Tandy 1000. The game ran at 320x200 16 colors. (the Tandy wasn't quite as flexible as an EGA) and in this video mode it seemed to look cleaner and more vibrant. Also the music sounded great on the TI sound chip in the Tandy.

Information also contributed by John Hood and Tony Van
Servo (57398) added Thexder (Amiga) on Feb 21, 2004
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