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A platform shooter from Japan, Thexder offers many levels and diverse enemies that gradually increase in difficulty. You pilot a Battletech-style robot capable of switching from a mech into a jet at any time. Your weapon auto-aims, but uses up a fixed amount of rechargeable energy; if you run out of this energy, you'll have to wait a few seconds before you can fire again. Your mech also contains a shield that can be activated to protect you from harm, but this lasts for a few seconds and uses up some of your life energy.


Thexder NES Those things above me replenish energy...but how to get there?
Thexder DOS Flying through the maze (CGA)
Thexder DOS Shoot down this wall (CGA)
Thexder PC-88 Thexder 88 default high score; all the names here are Game Arts developers

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Alternate Titles

  • "Thexder 88" -- PC-8801mkII (V1) title
  • "テグザー" -- Japanese spelling

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User Reviews

An instant classic, Thexder provided fast, continuous, and very challenging gameplay. DOS Ayodeji Oshinnaiye (3)
A very good action game, but difficult as hell Amiga Katakis | カタキス (42138)
The first true Arcade game on the PC DOS Tony Van (2855)
An Addictive Fighting Mech Platformer DOS Toadstool (56)
Hard. And that's all I have to say about that. DOS Chris Martin (1204)
One of the most wonderful games of the last decade. DOS Tomer Gabel (4640)
Are you a Robotech fan? Then play this game! DOS austin quinn (1)

Critic Reviews

Dragon Macintosh Dec, 1991 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Joystick (German) DOS Mar, 1989 7 out of 10 70
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) DOS Dec, 1987 7.6 out of 12 63
ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment) Amiga Jul, 1988 618 out of 1000 62
ST/Amiga Format Amiga Jul, 1988 61 out of 100 61
Video Game Den NES Jan 07, 2013 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60
Your Amiga Amiga Aug, 1988 50 out of 100 50
Amiga User International Amiga Jul, 1988 4 out of 10 40
All Game Guide DOS 1998 1.5 Stars1.5 Stars1.5 Stars1.5 Stars1.5 Stars 30
Commodore User Amiga Jun, 1988 3 out of 10 30


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Like all Game Arts games republished by Sierra, Thexder uses 640x200 graphics in EGA to its advantage by simulating 64 colors via dithering.


The title theme for the game was Beethoven's Moonlight Sonata.


Because this game used a tile-based playfield, it ran very smoothly, even on low-powered machines. Only the tiles that changed needed to be redrawn, resulting in scrolling that was quick, even for a 4.77MHz machine.

Tandy 1000

Thexder was one of the few games that really excelled on a Tandy 1000. The game ran at 320x200 16 colors. (the Tandy wasn't quite as flexible as an EGA) and in this video mode it seemed to look cleaner and more vibrant. Also the music sounded great on the TI sound chip in the Tandy.

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