Space Harrier

Author: Nick Roberts
Publisher: Encore
Machine: Spectrum 48K/128K/+2

Published in Crash #74

Space Harrier

You're the hero chosen to save the Dragon Land, which has been occupied by the barbaric and evil creatures controlled by some weird supernatural phenomenon. Battle your way through hordes of aliens and fight the evil end-of-level monsters - all in glorious 3-D!

As a conversion of the Sega arcade machine, Space Harrier is really good. The 3-D scrolling play area of the coin-op has been converted as well as it could be. But when you think about it, it's all just a glorified space invaders game! The shading the programmer has used on the play area gets a bit hard on the eyes after a while, but this isn't much of a problem. It could have been put right by only using colours that look good together but green and purple, please!

One thing that lots of these re-released games don't have is sound! Space Harrier has one blip when the player fires at an alien. The rest of the time you have to put up with complete silence. Perhaps you could sing the latest Kylie Minogue single to make the game a bit more exciting!

Space Harrier was a fantastic game back in 1986, but I'm afraid it hasn't stood the test of time too well. The continual blasting soon gets a bit boring.

Nick Roberts

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