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Thexder - DOS


To start this ga­me press the but­ton. Ga­me is con­trol­led by the same keys that are used to playing un­der MS DOS.


This ga­me is e­mu­la­ted by ja­va­script e­mu­la­tor em-dos­box. If you pre­fer to use a ja­va ap­plet e­mu­la­tor, fol­low this link.

Other platforms:

This game can be played also in a version for NES. We are wor­king on the others.

Game info:
Thexder - box cover
box cover
Game title: Thexder
Platform: MS-DOS
Author (released): Game Arts (1985)
Genre: Action, Platform, Shooter Mode: Single-player
Design: Hibiki Godai, Satoshi Uesaka, Daron Stinnett, ...
Music: Hibiki Godai
Game manual: manual.pdf

File size:

1295 kB

Game size:

192 kB
Recommended emulator: DOSBox

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia:

   Thexder is a run and gun game from Game Arts, originally released as a PC game for the NEC PC-8001 in 1985 and subsequently ported to a number of other personal computer platforms throughout the 1980s and 1990s as well as the Nintendo Entertainment System. 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 quickly became a best-selling hit selling over 500,000 copies. The PC8801 platform was only popular in Japan and, despite home market success, Thexder garnered little attention abroad initially. With the conversion for the MSX (the best selling platform in Brazil and many east European countries) it became an international hit. Compute! praised the Apple IIGS version of Thexder as the computer's 'first true arcade game' with 'excellent play value for your dollar'. In 1988, The Games Machine gave the Amiga version a 74% score. In 1991, Dragon gave the Macintosh and PC/MS-DOS versions of the game each 4 out of 5 stars. The game went on to sell over one million copies worldwide, becoming Game Arts' biggest selling title of 1987. Thexder is considered an important breakthrough title for the run-and-gun shooter game genre, paving the way for titles such as Contra and Metal Slug.

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