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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 Amstrad CPC A huge robotic dog
Strider ZX Spectrum The game starts with Strider being brought in by air and being dropped onto the platform
Strider Amstrad CPC Floating turrets
Strider TurboGrafx CD Finally, a female boss! And a pretty one, too...

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

Zzap! Amiga Oct, 1989 96 out of 100 96
Sega Force Genesis Nov, 1992 94 out of 100 94
Commodore User Amiga Sep, 1989 89 out of 100 89
Amstrad Action Amstrad CPC Oct, 1989 80 out of 100 80
Amiga Computing Amiga Dec, 1989 72 out of 100 72
Retro Archives Arcade Jul 01, 2018 14 out of 20 70
Retro Archives Genesis Jul 01, 2018 13.5 out of 20 68
Mean Machines SEGA Master System Mar, 1991 67 out of 100 67
Shin Force SEGA Master System Dec 13, 1999 6.6 out of 10 66
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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