Thexder (1987)

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  • kdrnic
    kdrnic
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    #5484

    Thexder is a Turrican-like (probably inspired Turrican).
    Thus also a Metroid-like (predating it by 1 year).
    First released for NEC PC 8801 in Japan in 1985 (!), it is by the same developers as Zeliard which is also in the suggestions https://www.dosgameclub.com/forums/topic/zeliard-1990/
    Sierra published the DOS version in 1987.
    It therefore is a sidescroller predating Commander Keen.
    It is also interesting that it inspired Amiga fav Turrican.

    rnlf
    rnlf
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    #5487

    It’s not so interesting to have a side scroller that predates Keen. The interesting thing about Keen was *smooth* scrolling. Thexder scrolls tile-by-tile at what looks like 10fps which gives the game more than enough time to update the entire screen.


    Jozxyqk
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    #5488

    I’d classify Thexder more as a run-and-gun platformer. On wikipedia it’s even claimed (so it must be true ~_^):

    > 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.

    Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thexder

    It has a rather unique “transformer” mechanic, allowing for the bot to be changed into a jet at any time.

    If the dos version has the same (lack of a) save-game system as the msx version, it is also tough as nails.

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