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Surely it can't be quite so perfect? After all, this is a conversion of a state of the art game with a megabyte of memory into a cramped 48K, beset by attribute problems. Well, obviously the graphics lose out. Clever though they are, at times your mono hero can get lost against the range of hills on the horizon and the rush hour surge of attackers.
This reduces the playability a bit, and maybe adds an element of pure chance that wasn't there in the original. A pity, too, that the arcade game's facility to drop in another coin and take over where you left off hasn't been included.
Monochrome graphics, although detailed, tend to blend into each other making it difficult to follow the action. Apart from that, Space Harrier offers enjoyable play in the short-term.
Très bonne surprise pour ce Space Harrier sur ZX Spectrum, à qui on pouvait difficilement en demander plus sur une machine quasi-monochrome dotée de 48k de mémoire. Bien sûr, la jouabilité souffre des limitations techniques de la machine de Sinclair – difficile de distinguer grand chose dans toute cette superposition de sprites – mais on peut aisément comprendre pourquoi les joueurs de l’époque y croyaient à fond. Reste aujourd’hui une version difficile dont la technique n’impressionnera plus personne, mais qui reste très sympathique à jouer.