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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 Commodore 64 ... and moths
Space Harrier Sharp X68000 Stage 8
Space Harrier Arcade Another wave.
Space Harrier SEGA Master System Explosions

Promo Images

Space Harrier Screenshot
Space Harrier Magazine Advertisement
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 (2078)
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

All Game Guide SEGA 32X 1998 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars 90
Computer and Video Games (CVG) Amiga Apr, 1989 82 out of 100 82
Your Computer Amstrad CPC Mar, 1987 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Oldies Rising SEGA 32X Aug 04, 2008 14 out of 20 70
64'er Commodore 64 Feb, 1987 10 out of 15 67
Power Play SEGA Master System 1987 6 out of 10 60
GamePro (US) Game Gear Dec, 1991 3 out of 5 60
Nintendo Life Wii Oct 17, 2008 6 Stars6 Stars6 Stars6 Stars6 Stars6 Stars6 Stars6 Stars6 Stars6 Stars 60
Retro Archives DOS Aug 01, 2018 10 out of 20 50
IGN SEGA Master System Nov 03, 2008 4.5 out of 10 45


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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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