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DOS - 1987

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Alt name Thexder 88
Year 1987
Platform DOS
Released in United States (1987)
Brazil (1990)
Genre Action
Theme Anime / Manga, Arcade, BattleMech, Platform, Sci-Fi / Futuristic, Shooter
Publisher Sierra On-Line, Inc.
Developer Game Arts Co., Ltd.
Perspectives 2D scrolling, Side view
Dosbox support Supported on 0.70
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Description of Thexder

Thexder is a solid PC conversion of Game Arts' hit in Japan, licensed to distribute in the US by Sierra. You control a robot ("mech") that is capable of switching from a 'mech into a jet at any time, wading through levels after levels of high-tech enemies.

All the innovation, however, becomes tiresome quickly as you discover that there is no way to save in mid-level, and levels are huge. You also can't switch special weapons during a level, which means you'll need to avoid picking up power-ups you don't need in the midst of all the chaos.

All this makes for a very difficult game that's fun only to the most expert and masochistic of gamers.

Review By HOTUD

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Comments and reviews

Reiskellon 2021-05-30 2 points

Played this to death back in the day until I conquered it. Went through the first 16 levels, then level 17 was a repeat of level 2 and so on. I finally quit the game after level 31.

EdL 2018-10-06 3 points DOS version

Took me over twenty years and nearly 500 attempts (had with Tandy SX 1000 in 1987) to finally defeat the Super Computer on Level 16. Thanks to having to record gameplay with my own custom music I created for each level... I had no choice but to complete the game.

Vince V. 2017-02-05 -1 point

One of the few classic games that really hit the mark with the transforming element.

Bushman 2016-03-02 2 points

First PC game I ever owned. Loved playing it, ,would love to get my hands on it again :)

markbaland 2015-11-11 1 point DOS version

I used to play this on a Tandy 1000 (Intel 8086 or 8088 CPU), from 5 1/4" floppy disks. The levels are large and difficult and accidentally picking up a special weapon you don't want is frustrating, but I have fond memories of playing this game!

redtiger 2015-10-05 1 point DOS version

Sentiments to the posting. Tandy 1000 first game used to be on 5 1/2" floppies.

kowalityjesus 2013-12-19 0 point DOS version

This brings back strange memories.

mikemann 2011-02-24 0 point DOS version

Took me a while to find this again. Used to play it as a kid, still pretty cool

JUJU36 2010-11-21 0 point DOS version

This is my first game I ever played with my first computer. A Tandy TX1000

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