Written by  :  Ash_1 (76)
Written on  :  Dec 13, 2004
Platform  :  SEGA Master System

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Excellent arcade translation.

The Good

Sega irritates me sometimes with their arcade translations, but this one is really good. They did everything right, at least within the confines of 8-bittery. If you've played the arcade version, you already know what's happening. The graphics are reproduced faithfully, the action is fast and accurate.

The Bad

What is not so great about SMS Space Harrier, is the system's little problem with sprites in general. You will notice, especially in level one is if you blow up a lot of ground targets, a lot of the other objects disappear. But be careful, they are still there, the SMS just can't seem to keep up with the action. You see this behaviour in Galaxy Force, Thunder Blade and even Space Harrier 3-D, amongst other games like Power Strike and Outrun where you get loads of flicker.

The Bottom Line

This is an excellent title, enough that this game alone is worth owning a Master System for. If you've never given a look to the Master System, make this the game you try one on.