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Genre: Chase-view / Space Harrier-style shooter

Group Description

This group contains shooters viewed from a perspective behind the player character as he automatically advances forward on a pre-defined path through pseudo- or real 3D environment. As opposed to rail shooters, the player character can move freely around the screen to shoot at or dodge enemies and other dangerous objects. The player has little or no ability to affect the movement speed.

This genre was given particular attention by Sega, starting with Buck Rogers: Planet of Zoom (1982), and popularized by Space Harrier (1985).

To be eligible for this group, the player character must be both visible and controllable -- games where the character moves automatically and the player only needs to aim are classified as rail shooters and belong in that group.
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Game Titlesorted in ascending orderYearPlatformPublisherMobyScore
Buck Rogers: Planet of Zoom1982Apple II, Arcade, Atari 2600, Atari 5200, Atari 8-bit, ColecoVision, Commodore 64, MSX, PC Booter, SG-1000, TI-99/4A, VIC-20, ZX SpectrumColeco Industries, Inc.3.29
Web Wars1983VectrexMilton Bradley Ltd....
Firefox1984ArcadeAtari, Inc....
Space Harrier1985Amiga, Amstrad CPC, Arcade, Atari ST, Commodore 64, DOS, FM-7, Game Gear, NES, Nintendo 3DS, PC-6001, PC-88, SEGA 32X, SEGA Master System, SEGA Saturn, Sharp X1, Sharp X68000, TurboGrafx-16, Wii, ZX SpectrumNEC Technologies, Inc.3.51
Hunter Patrol1985Commodore 64Mastertronic Ltd.2.00
3D Quasars1986Commodore 16, Plus/4Solar Software2.40
Attack Animal Gakuen1987NESPony Canyon, Inc.2.87
Galaxy Force1988Arcade, SEGA Master SystemSEGA Enterprises Ltd.3.20
Space Harrier II1988Amiga, Amstrad CPC, Arcade, Atari ST, Commodore 64, Genesis, iPhone, Wii, Windows, ZX SpectrumSEGA of America, Inc.3.12
Space Harrier 3-D1988SEGA Master SystemSEGA of America, Inc.3.52
Alantia1988PC-98Cross Media Soft...
Galaxy Force II1988Amiga, Amstrad CPC, Arcade, Atari ST, Commodore 64, FM Towns, Genesis, Nintendo 3DS, Wii, Windows, ZX SpectrumSEGA of America, Inc.1.94
Jinmu Denshō1989TurboGrafx-16Big Club...
Burning Force1989Arcade, GenesisNamco Hometek Inc.3.33
Neural Gear1990Sharp X68000Cross Media Soft...
Tetrastar: The Fighter 1991NESTaito Corporation3.00
Novastorm19933DO, DOS, FM Towns, PlayStation, SEGA CDPsygnosis Limited3.29
Microcosm19933DO, Amiga CD32, DOS, FM Towns, SEGA CDPsygnosis Limited2.44
Total Eclipse19943DO, PlayStationCrystal Dynamics, Inc....
Panorama Cotton1994GenesisSun Corporation4.80
Microcosm (Collector's Edition)1994DOSPsygnosis Limited...
MegaMorph1994FM TownsFujitsu Interactive...
Iljimae-jeon: Manpa Sikjeok-pyeon1994DOSLG Electronics Inc....
Solar Eclipse1995PlayStation, SEGA SaturnCrystal Dynamics, Inc.3.81
Ai no Omochashi: Space Gigolo - Red Cobra1995PC-98Illusion3.30
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Selected Covers

Space Harrier II Genesis Front Cover
Front cover for Space Harrier II
Panorama Cotton Genesis Front Cover
Front cover for Panorama Cotton
Solar Eclipse SEGA Saturn Front Cover
Front cover for Solar Eclipse
Galaxy Force II Genesis Front Cover
Front cover for Galaxy Force II
Galaxy Force SEGA Master System Front Cover
Front cover for Galaxy Force

Selected Screenshots

title screen
Screenshot from Space Harrier II
Title screen
Screenshot from Panorama Cotton
Title screen
Screenshot from Alantia
Title screen
Screenshot from Attack Animal Gakuen
Title Screen
Screenshot from Solar Eclipse