|Stage||Stage 04: Unexplored Amazon|
|Location||Brazil, South America|
Amazon (アマゾン) is one of the stages from the original Arcade game and all its port, being the fourth one in the original and all console ports, and the third in home computer ports. The stage's official name is Unexplored Amazon (アマゾンの秘境) in Japanese, and Adventure in Amazon in English. The location also appears in the original manga, as the setting of Chapter 4.
After having successfully escaped the Flying Battleship Balrog, Hiryu proceeds into this unexplored area within the Amazon forest after finding out reports of suspicious activity in the region related to Meio. While traveling through the area, he's confronted by a native all-female tribe who's been manipulated by Grandmaster Meio. Finally reaching the dense jungle near the riverside of the Amazon River, Hiryu finds the place overrun by the thought-extinct prehistoric dinosaurs, something that's clearly the work of the Grandmaster, and eventually faces a mechanical dinosaur known as Lago. After destroying the monster, the Amazoness turn to his side and reveal that Meio came from "The Third Moon" along with the dinosaurs.
Note: Area names are not official
Hiryu starts off in a section of the forest with a big depression going down then up, with part of the ascending path breaking after Hiryu steps on it. The whole area has a type of poisonous mushroom that quickly grows on any structure Hiryu touches, and shortly afterwards burst violently, spreading spores around. Following the area is a set of tree branches over a piranha-infested Amazon River. Using special vines to move around, Hiryu has to climb from branch to branch to reach the top. The sides are blocked off with a stone wall covered with spiked vines and more mushrooms. Near the top there's the Amazoness' village, where Hiryu is faced with the Amazons attacking from the ground with their axes and boomerangs, as well as attacking from swinging vines.
Reaching the top of the stone wall, there's a long descent down. As soon as Hiryu starts walking, a boulder comes from behind and runs down the path, forcing Hiryu to quickly jump into a nearby tree branch as the slope ends in the river filled with piranhas. After a few tree branches, there's dry land at the riverside, and a group of dinosaurs: there's a giant Apatosaurus which Hiryu can jump onto, Tyrannosaurus and Triceratops can be seen walking around, the latter of which are ridden by the Amazons, and Pteranodon are flying all over the sky. Soon after finding a second Apatosaurus, it is reduced to bones by the fire breath of Lago, starting the boss fight.
Enemies present in this stage include:
- Poison Mushroom
- Piranhas (harmless)
- Flying Mosqueman
- Apatosaurus (harmless)
- ↑ Capcom (7 March 1989, CPS-1 Board). Strider Hiryû (Japanese). Attract Mode
- ↑ Capcom (7 March 1989, CPS-1 Board). Strider (English). Attract Mode
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 Sega (29 Sept 1990, Mega Drive). Strider Hiryû (Japanese). Instruction manual, Pg. 26
- ↑ 4.0 4.1 4.2 Capcom (24 Oct 2006, PlayStation). Gamebook: Strider Hiryu (Japanese). Pg. 32. ISBN 4-86233-076-2.