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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 DOS Incoming aliens
Space Harrier ZX Spectrum High score input
Space Harrier TurboGrafx-16 I think these enemies are called Tomos
Space Harrier ZX Spectrum Game start

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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User Reviews

An OK conversion of yet another Sega classic. DOS Satoshi Kunsai (2085)
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
Retro Gamer Wii Jul, 2009 88 out of 100 88
The Games Machine (UK) Atari ST Nov, 1988 85 out of 100 85
Commodore User Amiga Mar, 1989 81 out of 100 81
Your Computer Amstrad CPC Mar, 1987 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Video Game Den TurboGrafx-16 Nov 15, 2011 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Hobby Consolas SEGA 32X Feb, 1995 69 out of 100 69
Power Play SEGA Master System 1987 6 out of 10 60
Video Games SEGA 32X Jan, 1995 47 out of 100 47
Video Game Den NES Nov 22, 2011 2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars 40


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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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