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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 NES Levels have no details at all
Space Harrier Atari ST End of stage one boss
Space Harrier NES Flying heads attack
Space Harrier PC-88 Title menu

Promo Images

Space Harrier Screenshot
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

An OK conversion of yet another Sega classic. DOS Satoshi Kunsai (2074)
Faithful Arcade Translation. SEGA 32X gametrader (233)
Excellent arcade translation. SEGA Master System Ash_1 (76)
Perfect Translation of an Old Game SEGA 32X ETJB (480)

Critic Reviews

ST/Amiga Format Atari ST Sep, 1988 83 out of 100 83
Your Computer Amstrad CPC Mar, 1987 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Sega Power Game Gear Sep, 1992 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
64'er Commodore 64 Feb, 1987 10 out of 15 67
Video Games Game Gear Jun, 1992 63 out of 100 63
TigerChainsaw SEGA Master System Aug 11, 2020 6 out of 10 60
Electronic Gaming Monthly (EGM) TurboGrafx-16 Mar, 1990 23 out of 40 58
Games World: The Magazine SEGA 32X Mar, 1995 55 out of 100 55
Retro Archives Amiga Aug 01, 2018 10.5 out of 20 52
Eurogamer.net (UK) Wii Jul 26, 2009 4 out of 10 40

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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.

Game Art Beyond

In 2018, Space Harrier was selected as one of the biggest classics on the Commodore 64 by the creators of the C64 graphics collection Game Art Beyond. Space Harrier was honoured with a high resolution title picture in a special C64 graphics format called NUFLI, along with a new C64 SID interpretation of the Space Harrier (arcade level 1) theme, which is much longer than the conversion originally done for the C64 port in 1986.

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