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Won after 22 years... finally!
Probably the most frustrating and tiresome game I ever played, but I can say I finally did finish all 16 of the game's levels after 22 years of trying. I see why the developers didn't have a save game feature (otherwise it would have been shelved in a week after purchase). Winning this game is like a lifetime achievement and that's what makes it a true classic and one of the all time greats!
What H.O.T.U. used to say about it:
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.