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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 Master System Shooting nothing
Space Harrier SEGA Master System Top 10... I mean Top 7
Space Harrier SEGA Master System Title Screen
Space Harrier SEGA Master System Action

Promo Images

Space Harrier Magazine Advertisement
Space Harrier Screenshot
Space Harrier Screenshot
Space Harrier Screenshot

Alternate Titles

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

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User Reviews

Excellent arcade translation. Ash_1 (76) unrated

Critic Reviews

Génération 4 1987 89 out of 100 89
Tilt Dec, 1987 16 out of 20 80
1UP! Jul 16, 2012 73 out of 100 73
Power Play 1987 6 out of 10 60
Retro Archives Aug 01, 2018 10.5 out of 20 52
Sega Does Nov 29, 2014 C 50
IGN Nov 03, 2008 4.5 out of 10 45
Game Freaks 365 Jun 22, 2005 1.3 out of 10 13
The Video Game Critic Dec 14, 2000 F 0
Computer Gaming World (CGW) Sep, 1988 Unscored Unscored


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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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