Title Space Harrier Publisher Sega, 1989 Game Type General Action Players 1 Compatibility All (With Patch) HD Installable Yes (With Patch) Submission Pretentious Nickname Profiled Reviewer Review Ahhh...one of my all-time favourites. I own a copy of Space Harrier for nearly every gaming system I have, from my Master System to my PC Engine, and most recently, my Gameboy Advance. Both the Amiga and GBA versions have one thing in common: they're the ONLY home versions of Space Harrier to match the speed of the arcade! This is probably the ONLY reason I place the Amiga version above most other ports of the game. You control our hero Space Harrier in an effort to wrest the Fantasy Zone from the clutches of the nefarious Evil Dragons, and return it to the Peaceful Dragons (one of whom will aid you in the bonus stages). Space Harrier is played from a pseudo 3D perspective, viewing your character from behind as he runs and flies INTO the screen, across a seizure-inducing checkerboard landscape. Graphically, Space Harrier has the look and feel of the arcade. The sprites are fairly well detailed, and apart from a few minor details (most of which are quibbling on my part), I'd say the graphics are excellent overall. Soundwise, the game doesn't disappoint. All my favourite tunes, with the notable exception of the bonus stage music, are there. I find myself humming along almost subconsciously as I play. All the hallmark sound effects are there too, from "Get Ready", the blaster effect, and Harrier's scream when he dies. The controls are fairly loose, too, which is a good thing when one considers you're travelling at breakneck speed! I find the controls fairly responsive. There are a few omissions, however, that keep me from rating this game a bit higher: - your character doesn't trip over small objects, he simply dies! - The bonus stage music was replaced with one of the Boss themes - My favourite enemies, the DOM robots, look terrible. - The fonts used to introduce each stage kinda suck Of course, this is coming from a rabid Space Harrier fan. Most people wouldn't even notice the differences anyway. If you want a good, solid shooter that moves at Mach Six and maxxes out your adrenaline production, then Space Harrier is for you. Personally, I'd give it a 9/10 Just stay away from the Amiga port of Space Harrier II (qv).