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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.


Space Harrier SEGA 32X First Level Boss
Space Harrier SEGA 32X Stage 2, with scary stone heads.
Space Harrier SEGA 32X Title Screen
Space Harrier SEGA 32X Stage 1 - Moot

Promo Images

Space Harrier Screenshot
Space Harrier Screenshot
Space Harrier Screenshot

Alternate Titles

  • "Sega Ages: Space Harrier" -- Japanese Saturn title
  • "3D Space Harrier" -- Nintendo 3DS title
  • "スペースハリアー" -- Japanese spelling
  • "스페이스 해리어" -- Korean spelling

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Faithful Arcade Translation. gametrader (233) 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars
Perfect Translation of an Old Game ETJB (450) 3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars

Critic Reviews

All Game Guide 1998 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars 90
GamePro (US) Apr, 1995 4 out of 5 80
Play Time Jan, 1995 77 out of 100 77
Oldies Rising Aug 04, 2008 14 out of 20 70 May 23, 2005 7 out of 10 70
Hobby Consolas Feb, 1995 69 out of 100 69
Score Apr, 1995 60 out of 100 60
Video Games & Computer Entertainment Mar, 1995 6 out of 10 60
The Video Game Critic May 13, 2000 C 50
Video Games Jan, 1995 47 out of 100 47


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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.


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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