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Rod Hyde was always determined to produce the most realistic and advanced flight simulations ever, and this early attempt at recreating the Harrier is an example of that. There are 3 skill levels, as well as two practice modes - one for the rudiments of flight and the other for combat. The action-centered nature of the title means that it can be seen as an advanced shoot 'em up rather than a pukka flight simulator.

Acquiring a lock on enemy planes and tanks is made easier by the advanced targeting technology of the planes, and escaping enemy fire is aided by the vectored thrust system. Shooting out the tanks clears ground space to set up your own bases, which must then be defended. VTOL (vertical take-off and landing) is correctly implemented, although more traditional horizontal take-offs should be used when space permits. The full range of weapons are provided; experience will tell you which to use in which situations, based on enemy volume and range.


Strike Force Harrier Atari ST Oh great, now I'm upside down
Strike Force Harrier ZX Spectrum Post-mortem
Strike Force Harrier Commodore 64 Title screen
Strike Force Harrier Atari ST Through snow

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Alternate Titles

  • "V/Stol Fighter" -- Japanese title
  • "Harrier Flight Simulator" -- Used on Amiga Workbench loading screen

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ST Action Atari ST Jul, 1988 73 out of 100 73
Zzap! Commodore 64 Nov, 1986 68 out of 100 68
The Games Machine (UK) Amiga May, 1988 67 out of 100 67
ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment) ZX Spectrum Feb, 1988 6 out of 10 60
ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment) Atari ST Feb, 1988 6 out of 10 60
Computer and Video Games (CVG) Amiga Apr, 1988 6 out of 10 60
ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment) Amstrad CPC Feb, 1988 6 out of 10 60
ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment) Commodore 64 Feb, 1988 6 out of 10 60
ACE (Advanced Computer Entertainment) Amiga Feb, 1988 6 out of 10 60
Commodore Format Commodore 64 Jul, 1991 1 out of 4 25


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