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The year is 2048 AD. In Russia, the evil Grand Master Meio has begun his insane plot to take over the universe. A lone figure drops from a stealth glider into Meio's base. He is Hiryu, Super A-Class Strider. His mission is to defeat the Grand Master and put an end to his plotting once and for all.

Strider lets the protagonist run, jump, perform acrobatics and climb walls and overhangs. He wields a plasma sword, called a Cypher, through five levels fighting robots and guards, with mid- and end-level bosses.


Strider DOS The Mechanical Ape, a mid-level boss
Strider TurboGrafx CD Just defeated a huge tank boss!
Strider TurboGrafx CD Bosses usually politely display portraits when talking to you
Strider Amiga Defeated

Promo Images

Strider Screenshot
Strider Magazine Advertisement p. 5
Strider Screenshot
Strider Screenshot

Alternate Titles

  • "ストライダー飛竜" -- Japanese spelling
  • "Strider Hiryū" -- Japanese title

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Critic Reviews

ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment) Amiga Oct, 1989 910 out of 1000 91
Electronic Gaming Monthly (EGM) Genesis Nov, 1990 36 out of 40 90
ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment) Amstrad CPC Oct, 1989 876 out of 1000 88
Player One Genesis Mar, 1991 86 out of 100 86
Commodore User Arcade Apr, 1989 8 out of 10 80
Mag'64 Wii Apr 08, 2012 7.5 out of 10 75
Power Play Genesis Dec, 1990 68 out of 100 68
Shin Force SEGA Master System Dec 13, 1999 6.6 out of 10 66
Retro Archives Atari ST Jul 01, 2018 12 out of 20 60
Video Game Den TurboGrafx CD Apr 16, 2013 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60


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1001 Video Games

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

Differences between versions

Strider for the Playstation is a port of the original arcade game, and is included on a separate bonus disc with Strider 2. TurboGrafx CD version of the game adds one extra-level, the desert. Also cutscenes and voice-overs were changed and music was remixed in redbook audio.

Strider Manga Series

Strider is originally based off a manga series published in 1988 co-owned by Capcom.

Unreleased SAM Coupé version

When the SAM Coupé computer (which was derived from the Spectrum but had similar graphics power to 16-bit machines) was launched, US Gold declared that "If, as with Strider, we've already produced a games across all common formats, all we have to do is simply take the code from the Speccy version and the graphics from the ST and sort of mix them together. This should take one bloke around two weeks at most". Whether this was the case or not (and it doesn't sound like good programming practice), the game was never converted to the system.


  • Electronic Gaming Monthly
    • October 1990 (Issue 15) - Best Game of the Year (Genesis version)
    • October 1990 (Issue 15) - Best Graphics in a Game (Genesis version)
  • ST Format
    • January 1990 (Issue 6) - Included in the list 50 Games of the Year
    • May 1990 (Issue #10) - Included in the list "ST Format's 30 Kick-Ass Classics"
Information also contributed by Martin Smith, Zovni and GTramp

Related Web Sites

  • Strider Otaku (Strider page with loads of information and assorted goods.)
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