Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Space Harrier Review

Space Harrier is an third person on the rails shooter game by Sega and released in the Arcade in 1985. It was a very popular game and was ported to nearly every Sega console including the Sega Master System, Sega Genesis, Sega 32X, Sega Saturn, Sega Dreamcast, Sega Game Gear. The game was also ported to the Nintendo Famicom and is available on many different collections and the Nintendo Virtual Console.


You control the player character as he flies through the "Fantasy Zone" while dodging and shooting at bad guys and terrain through 18 levels of play. Most of the levels are fairly short and have a boss at the end of each one except the 5th and 12th level which are bonus rounds. The last level of the game is a boss rush where you have to re fight most of the bosses for the previous rounds.

This game is pretty hard and it must have taken a million quarters to beat this game. This game is on Sonic's Ultimate Genesis Collection and that's how I played it. Because of this you can just keep continuing as many times as you want so I was able to beat the game pretty quickly. I wasn't timing it but it took around a half an hour to finish.


Despite being 30 years old this game looks pretty good. It must have blown peoples minds back in the 80s as the "3D" bad guys and terrain fly around you. The game is very colorful and the sprites are great. My favorite bad guy from the game was the cyclops mammoths but they were only in one level if I remember correctly.


This is a classic Sega Arcade game and if you've never played it before I strongly recommend you try it out be it with a modern collection like I did, through emulation or by finding the actual arcade game to play. I give Space Harrier Arcade Game an 9 out of 10.

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