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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 TurboGrafx CD hey, this is Gorbachev!.. Interesting scene in a communist-like parliament
Strider DOS Level 5: The Last Level (EGA).
Strider Sharp X68000 Start of the game, compared to the arcade original this version is missing the stars in the background
Strider Genesis All of the members of the governing council merge into a mechanical serpent monster.

Promo Images

Strider Screenshot
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Alternate Titles

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

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Critic Reviews

Computer and Video Games (CVG) Amstrad CPC Sep, 1989 88 out of 100 88
ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment) Amstrad CPC Oct, 1989 876 out of 1000 88
1UP! Genesis Apr 23, 2004 87 out of 100 87
HonestGamers (Staff reviews only) Genesis Dec 21, 2003 8 out of 10 80
Retro Archives Arcade Jul 01, 2018 14 out of 20 70
Defunct Games SEGA Master System Jul 16, 2005 65 out of 100 65
Retro Game Reviews Genesis Jul 15, 2019 6 Stars6 Stars6 Stars6 Stars6 Stars6 Stars6 Stars6 Stars6 Stars6 Stars 60
Power Play Commodore 64 Dec, 1991 58 out of 100 58
Video Games SEGA Master System Sep, 1991 28 out of 100 28 SEGA Master System Nov 15, 2017 1 out of 10 10


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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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