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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 Amstrad CPC A robot obstructs your path
Strider 2 Genesis Title screen
Strider 2 Game Gear The boss and I destroy each other simultaneously
Strider 2 SEGA Master System Choose a difficulty level.

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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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Computer and Video Games (CVG) ZX Spectrum Dec, 1990 80 out of 100 80
Computer and Video Games (CVG) Atari ST Dec, 1990 80 out of 100 80
Amiga Format Amiga Jan, 1991 77 out of 100 77
Sega Master Force Game Gear Oct, 1993 76 out of 100 76
Electronic Gaming Monthly (EGM) Genesis Oct, 1993 27 out of 40 68
Zzap! Amiga Jan, 1991 65 out of 100 65 Genesis Oct, 2003 4 out of 10 40 SEGA Master System Oct, 2003 4 out of 10 40
Amiga User International Amiga Feb, 1991 40 out of 100 40
The Video Game Critic Genesis Mar 11, 2008 D- 16


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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)

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