ストライダー飛竜 © 1994 NEC Avenue, Limited.
Strider Hiryu is an action game by NEC Avenue and conversion of Capcom's classic arcade game of the same name originally released in 1989. In the year 2042, the world is crumbling under the rule of a heartless dictator named Meio (the 'Grand Master') and his mysterious army. Six years later, Hiryu (the 'Flying Dragon'), a A-Class agent from the elite anti-terrorist group called the 'Striders', is given the mission to reach Meio's hideout, the Third Moon, and to eliminate the evil dictator. Hiryu's journey begins in Kafazu, a fortress city in Russia, and his mission eventually takes him to a variety of hostile locations - from frozen Siberia to the heart of the Amazonian forest or deep inside a space station orbiting around the Earth. Like all the A Class members of the Striders secret organization, Hiryu is armed with a lethal plasma-blade called the 'Cypher' that can cleave through obstacles and enemies in a single blow - and Hiryu is very proficient at it. Additionally, the elite soldier is an expert in acrobatics and he uses this unerring dexterity for evading enemy attacks or sneaking up on them. With the help of a special claw, the agile Strider can climb vertical walls or inclined platforms with incredible ease. Hiryu can also acquire small robotic drones to help him with his mission - some just stay close to the player and attack enemies, whereas others, such as the Hawk or the Panther, just kill enemies on the screen. Additionally, special small containers are scattered throughout the levels and release various power ups items, such as Life upgrades (increase the player's life bar), Sword upgrades (increase the range of the Cypher) or temporary invulnerability. This PC-Engine version of Strider Hiryu consists of six stages (as opposed to five in the original arcade game) as well as exclusive animated cutscenes and an arranged redbook soundtrack.
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