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Space Harrier (Commodore 64)

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Description

Run… fly… dodge those obstacles, but return fire on wave after wave of attacking aliens. Armed with a really big gun, you have to defend yourself against the alien hordes using your wits to navigate around the screen. But watch out for those end of level bosses!

Originating in the arcades, Space Harrier is a third-person rail shooter with pseudo-3D graphics, set in the same world as Fantasy Zone. The lone titular hero fights aliens with a fireball-launching cannon, which can also be used to transform the hero into a flying rocket. The protagonist is constantly in motion, but the speed of his movement can be regulated by the player.

Screenshots

Space Harrier Commodore 64 A formation of flower-like enemies attacks
Space Harrier Commodore 64 Graphic recycling starts at stage 6
Space Harrier Commodore 64 The third boss - a two-headed dragon
Space Harrier Commodore 64 Stage 5 - the fourth boss is a regular enemy here

Alternate Titles

  • "Sega Ages: Space Harrier" -- Japanese Saturn title
  • "スペースハリアー" -- Japanese spelling

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The Press Says

64'er Feb, 1987 10 out of 15 67
Happy Computer 1986 64 out of 100 64
Zzap! Feb, 1987 45 out of 100 45
Commodore Force Aug, 1993 42 out of 100 42

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Trivia

1001 Video Games

The Arcade version of Space Harrier appears in the book 1001 Video Games You Must Play Before You Die by General Editor Tony Mott.

Missing ports

Space Harrier was advertised for the Commodore 16/Plus 4 computer, and the (multi-platform) manual also had loading instructions for BBC and Electron computers. For reasons unknown, those ports never did appear.

Setting

Space Harrier originally mentioned that it took place in the Fantasy Zone just as the game of the same name, (remember the "Welcome to the Fantasy Zone! Get Ready!" intro?) and many have claimed that the games take place in the same universe considering the similarity in graphic design. While SEGA never made any official statement they did try to capitalize on the similarities with Space Fantasy Zone. An unreleased Fantasy Zone sequel for the PC Engine CD was developed that used the pseudo 3D gameplay of the Space Harrier series but used Opa-Opa and his gang of cute characters and levels.

It is unsure why the game never got released, but several beta copies have been leaked and you can easily find them around the net and run them with an emulator.

Super Scaler technology

First Sega game to come out that used "Super Scaler" technology.

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