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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 Stage 4 - mushrooms...
Space Harrier Commodore 64 Title screen (Sega)
Space Harrier Commodore 64 Loading screen (Elite)
Space Harrier Sharp X68000 Stage 3

Promo Images

Space Harrier Screenshot
Space Harrier Magazine Advertisement
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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User Reviews

An OK conversion of yet another Sega classic. DOS Satoshi Kunsai (2084)
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 (450)

Critic Reviews

The Games Machine (UK) Amiga Apr, 1989 87 out of 100 87
Defunct Games SEGA Master System Oct 02, 2005 85 out of 100 85
ST/Amiga Format Atari ST Sep, 1988 83 out of 100 83
Commodore User Commodore 64 Feb, 1987 8 out of 10 80
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Amiga Mar, 1989 9.2 out of 12 77
Consoles Plus SEGA 32X Mar, 1995 70 out of 100 70
Happy Computer Commodore 64 1987 64 out of 100 64
FNintendo Nintendo 3DS Dec 21, 2013 6 out of 10 60
Retro Archives NES Aug 01, 2018 11 out of 20 55
Retro Archives Amiga Aug 01, 2018 10.5 out of 20 52

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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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