For this Way Back Wednesday I thought I was doing something fun by choosing Strider, because the HD version on Xbox One was fun and I also used him in Capcom Vs. Street Fighter. Nothing I did would have ever prepared me for the 8 minutes of the arcade game I could handle, because it was the hardest game I had probably every played.
When this game was created I’m sure the people behind it had their hearts in the right place, but in all honesty they may have made it a little too difficult. When the game is not being played and the demo video is playing, each level preview is followed by text stating that no one had ever beaten it. I thought this was just the game using this as a ploy to get people to play, but in fact this was not a joke.
With two buttons to use and 3 hits to take before you die, you start off this adventure with everything against you. All the enemies like to jump on top of you and attack from above, knowing damn well you can only strike in front of you. Trying to jump and attack will only make you take damage so you there is some backtracking to stay safe from the first enemies of the first level. I believe the arcade creators had the home console too much in mind, because when you die you start from the beginning and not from exactly where you died.
I only made it to the second level and after getting past a mechanical gorilla only to be killed by getting hit and falling while climbing, I figured my blood beginning to boil was a sure sign that I needed to stop playing. Not only would I be using every curse word in the book, but I would also look silly and end up on some website because I was streaming to Twitch. I took a gamble and I lost, I lost big time.