Space Harrier - Arcade





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Published on Jul 1, 2009

Space Harrier (c) 12/1985 Sega.

Space Harrier is a sprite-scaling, into-the-screen shoot-em-up set in the "Fantasy Zone"; a surreal, abstract world composed of bright colours and a checkerboard-styled ground. The game's enemies are as unique as its setting; featuring prehistoric animals, alien pods, giant mushrooms and, at the end of every stage, a huge, fireball-spitting Chinese dragon.

The player's on-screen counterpart carries a portable jetpack under his arm, which allows him to fly as well as run along the ground. The jetpack is equipped with a laser, allowing the player to destroy both the game's many enemies as well as a variety of obstructions, such as trees and the floating rocks on level one.

Main CPU : (2x) 68000 (@ 10 Mhz), Z80 (@ 4 Mhz), I8751 (@ 8 Mhz)
Sound Chips : YM2203 (@ 4 Mhz), Sega (@ 8 Mhz)

Screen orientation : Horizontal
Video resolution : 304 x 224 pixels
Screen refresh : 60.00 Hz
Palette colors : 6144

Players : 1
Control : stick
Buttons : 1

The pioneer 3D shooting game realized by a high speed 3D processing. The first full-color CG graphics in Japan and a beautiful BGM supported by a FM sound system that gave a great impact to the arcade scene in 1985.

There were three different dedicated cabinets made for this game, an upright, a cockpit, and a full motion cockpit. On the upright one, the image on the marquee ressembled the artwork on the old Sega Master System game boxes, a field of lines with a '3-D' Space Harrier logo, and a green cartoon dragon that looks nothing like the dragon on the side (they really should let the same person do all the art). The control panel uses an analog joystick, and is decorated with several guages and blinkenlights.

Alfa Records released a limited-edition soundtrack album for this game (Sega Taikan Game Special - 28XA-198) on 12/1987.


1. Space Harrier (1985)
2. Space Harrier 3D (1988, Sega Master System)
3. Space Harrier II (1988, Sega Mega Drive)
4. Space Harrier - Return to the Fantasy Zone (1989, Commodore Amiga)
5. Planet Harriers (2001)

Designed by : Yu Suzuki
Music by : Hiroshi Miyauchi


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