Strider is one of the most intensely exciting platform arcade games ever made. It's jam-packed with cool moments and memorable environments and it moves like the wind. There's some story or other in there but who cares about that - it's all about jumping, sliding, swinging and sprinting your way around an admittedly small bunch of levels, slicing up anything in your way. This was I think the first game I played where the soundtrack cued perfectly with the action onscreen, too. That alone lends it a sense of cinematic drama that other more pedestrian platformers lack.
It's such a shame Capcom kind of forgot about this great character. The possibilities for level design alone are enticing, given the athletic abilities of the hero. A pretty decent 3D-2D sequel turned up years later but it was really no match for this short but oh so sweet experience.