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Strider has been called into action to save the people of the planet Magenta, armed with a Gyro laser and matter converter. He must fight his way through a forest, a ruined city, underground colonies, a roof-top battle, and finally the prison ship in which the Megantan leader is held.

The gameplay is similar to the original, consisting of running, jumping and attacking, with a very dynamic central character. The laser gun can be used while standing still; moving attacks with the sword are still possible, with the two weapons combining similarly to the Switchblade games. Tokens can be collected, which will turn you into a robot to face the end-of-level enemies if enough are collected.


Strider 2 Game Gear The boss and I destroy each other simultaneously
Strider 2 Game Gear Boss battle
Strider 2 Game Gear Castle Metropolis
Strider 2 Game Gear Somebody is not being nice to me

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Alternate Titles

  • "Strider II" -- European SEGA Mega Drive + Master System title
  • "Journey From Darkness: Strider Returns" -- Alternate Title

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Critic Reviews

GamePro (US) Oct, 1993 4 out of 5 80
Sega Master Force Oct, 1993 76 out of 100 76
Electronic Gaming Monthly (EGM) Oct, 1993 28 out of 40 70
Video Games Feb, 1994 20 out of 100 20


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The cover art for the Genesis, Sega Game Gear and Sega Master System versions was painted by Julie Bell and is entitled Night Of The Killer Mechs.


  • ST Format
    • Issue 01/1991 – #5 Best Platform Game in 1990 (Atari ST)

Terok Nor (27332) added Strider 2 (Game Gear) on Sep 05, 2004
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