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 orderYearPlatformPublisherUser Score
Buck Rogers: Planet of Zoom1982Apple II, Arcade, Atari 2600, Atari 5200, Atari 8-bit, Coleco Adam, ColecoVision, Commodore 64, MSX, PC Booter, SG-1000, TI-99/4A, VIC-20, ZX SpectrumColeco Industries, Inc.3.21
Web Wars1983VectrexMilton Bradley Ltd....
Hunter Patrol1985Commodore 64Mastertronic Ltd.2.00
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.3.70
3D Quasars1986Commodore 16, Plus/4Solar Software2.40
Attack Animal Gakuen1987NESPony Canyon, Inc.2.87
After Burner II1987Amiga, Arcade, Atari ST, DOS, Genesis, J2ME, NES, Nintendo 3DS, TurboGrafx-16SEGA Enterprises Ltd.3.72
After Burner1987Amiga, Amstrad CPC, Arcade, Atari ST, Commodore 64, DOS, FM Towns, MSX, NES, SEGA 32X, SEGA Master System, Sharp X68000, ZX SpectrumSEGA Enterprises Ltd.3.47
Space Harrier 3-D1988SEGA Master SystemSEGA of America, Inc.3.17
Galaxy Force II1988Amiga, Amstrad CPC, Arcade, Atari ST, Commodore 64, FM Towns, Genesis, Nintendo 3DS, Wii, Windows, ZX SpectrumSEGA of America, Inc.1.96
Alantia: Legend of Blue Star1988PC-98Cross Media Soft...
Galaxy Force1988Arcade, SEGA Master SystemMediagenic2.80
Space Harrier II1988Amiga, Amstrad CPC, Arcade, Atari ST, Commodore 64, Genesis, iPhone, Wii, Windows, ZX SpectrumSEGA of America, Inc.3.12
Jinmu Denshō1989TurboGrafx-16Big Club3.00
Burning Force1989Arcade, Genesis, WiiNamco Hometek Inc.3.26
Mig-29 Soviet Fighter1989Amiga, Amstrad CPC, Atari ST, Commodore 64, NES, ZX SpectrumCamerica Limited Inc.3.68
Night Striker1989Arcade, PlayStation, SEGA CD, SEGA SaturnTaito Corporation2.60
Neural Gear1990Sharp X68000Cross Media Soft...
Tetrastar: The Fighter 1991NESTaito Corporation3.00
Galactic Storm1992ArcadeTaito Corporation...
Microcosm19933DO, Amiga CD32, DOS, FM Towns, SEGA CDPsygnosis Limited2.44
Novastorm19933DO, DOS, FM Towns, PlayStation, SEGA CDPsygnosis Limited3.29
Panorama Cotton1994GenesisSun Corporation4.80
Microcosm (Collector's Edition)1994DOSPsygnosis Limited...
Total Eclipse19943DO, PlayStationCrystal Dynamics, Inc....
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Selected Covers

Galaxy Force SEGA Master System Front Cover
Front cover for Galaxy Force
Novastorm DOS Front Cover
Front cover for Novastorm
Galaxy Force II Genesis Front Cover
Front cover for Galaxy Force II
Space Harrier II Genesis Front Cover
Front cover for Space Harrier II
Night Striker PlayStation Front Cover
Front cover for Night Striker

Selected Screenshots

Title screen
Screenshot from Galaxy Force
Title Screen
Screenshot from Novastorm
Title screen.
Screenshot from Jinmu Denshō
Game starts
Screenshot from Tetrastar: The Fighter
Title screen (That's II spinning)
Screenshot from Galaxy Force II