Capcom's legendary coin-op was converted on to the Master System and met with very a decidedly lukewarm reception from the MEAN MACHINES boys.

What we said then

Presentation
70%
A pretty title screen, but that's about it. No gameplay options or anything.
Graphics
77%
The backdrops are good and the sprites are great.
Sound
33%
The Master System attempts to sound like the coin-op and fails abysmally.
Playability
72%
Dodging the enemy flak is rather difficult, and the task soon annoys beyond belief.
Lastability
61%
Five large levels, but the frustrating gameplay and poor control method is incredibly off-putting.
Overall
67%
A great looking conversion, but Strider's high frustration level and poor playability makes it a big disappointment to play.
JAZ
As it stands, even the biggest fans of the coin-op will be very disappointed.
MATT
To say I'm disappointed with this is the greatest understatement of the year. Strider may have smooth scrolling and okay sprites, but the playability is sadly lacking.

What we say now

JAZ
I thought it was flaccid then, and it looks flatulent now. Graphics and sound down by 12%, playability 54%, testability 42% and overall 47%. Whichever way you look at this, it's simply a very farty game.
RICH
I think the reviewers were more than generous with this limp conversion of the arcade giant. It got a pretty average mark, but looking at it now, I see a below average game. Deduct 15% from each mark.
Rating
47
Reviewer
Mean Machines Sega magazine Lookback
Region
UK
Scans
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