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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 Genesis From far away, the nasty boss throws fire at me
Strider 2 Genesis Starting a level
Strider 2 Genesis Title screen
Strider 2 Genesis Boss battle

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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

Video Games Oct, 1993 77 out of 100 77
Electronic Gaming Monthly (EGM) Oct, 1993 27 out of 40 68
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Nov, 1993 8 out of 12 67
Mega Fun Jul, 1993 57 out of 100 57
Hardcore Gaming 101 2000 4 out of 10 40 Oct, 2003 4 out of 10 40
HonestGamers Dec 21, 2003 4 out of 10 40 Apr 24, 2006 4 out of 10 40
16bit 2004 30 out of 100 30
High Score Nov, 1993 1 out of 5 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 (Genesis) on Sep 05, 2004
Other platforms contributed by Martin Smith (66858), Terok Nor (27332) and Katakis | カタキス (40585)