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In 2192, a new city, Selene, is built on the moon. Over the years, Selene grows larger, more powerful, and more independent of the Earth - to the point that the moon and Earth battle in a war that winds down without a definite victory for either side. In 2242, war breaks out again - the Earth slowly begins to win... except for the efforts of an experimental Selene technology known as Einhänders: flying machines with a "hand" that allows them to change weaponry mid-battle.

On December 12, 2245, Selene sends down 3 Einhänders in a last attempt to turn the tide of the war. You get to choose the craft to pilot, and it's up to you to battle your way through the Earth's monstrous defenses and win the battle.

The game is a traditional side-scrolling shooter, with rendered 3D backgrounds and enemies. The atmosphere of the game is very "industrial", down to the German industrial music playing in the background (think Einsturzende Neubauten mixed with Lords of Acid). The weapon-switching and claiming is an integral part of the game, as weapons have limited shots. This forces a bit more strategy than the usual button-mashing shooters inspire.


Einhänder PlayStation Hovercraft enemy
Einhänder PlayStation Fighter selection
Einhänder PlayStation Score
Einhänder PlayStation Mid-level boss

Promo Images

Einhänder Magazine Advertisement

Alternate Titles

  • "アインハンダー" -- Japanese spelling

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User Reviews

A single handed display of power... PlayStation Vecster (24)

Critic Reviews

PSM PlayStation Jun, 1998 4.5 out of 5 90
Digital Press - Classic Video Games PlayStation Oct 04, 2005 9 out of 10 90
Consoles Plus PlayStation Jan, 1998 90 out of 100 90 PlayStation 1999 9 out of 10 90
IGN PlayStation Aug 23, 1998 9 out of 10 90
Ultra Game Players PlayStation 1998 88 out of 100 88
GameSpot PlayStation Mar 05, 1998 7.9 out of 10 79
Total! (Germany) PlayStation Jan, 1998 78 out of 100 78
HonestGamers (Staff reviews only) PlayStation Jan 14, 2004 7 out of 10 70
The Video Game Critic PlayStation Jul 15, 1999 B- 67


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1001 Video Games

The PS1 version of Einhänder appears in the book 1001 Video Games You Must Play Before You Die by General Editor Tony Mott.

Title translation

Einhänder is German for "One-hander" (referring to a sword)

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