Arcade Games

Space Harrier

space_harrier - arcade - gameplay screenshot

Yu Suzuki, Sega’s answer to Nintendo’s Shigeru Miyamoto, has produced some of the most iconic arcade games ever. How does Out Run, After Burner, Power Drift, Super Hang-On and Virtua Fighter (to name a few) grab you ? Before all these superlative arcade titles, it was the 1985 hit Space Harrier, that propelled Yu into the stratosphere of legendary game developers.

space_harrier - arcade - gameplay screenshot

The gameplay is simple and addictive. As a third-person rail shooter, you whiz around the screen (you can run along the ground or fly), shooting at the enemies that come flying into the foreground. While making your way through each level, you must also avoid enemy projectiles and any stationary objects in your way.

space_harrier - arcade - gameplay screenshot

At the end of each level, you battle the bosses. These bad dudes are tough to beat. You will find yourself dodging and weaving while relentlessly shooting away, hoping they die before you do. Once you defeat all the bosses that reappear on level 18, the game is completed. If you do get this far, give yourself a pat on the back.


Space Harrier’s legacy has been propagated ever since it appeared in the arcades. If you are lucky enough to find the sit-down version of the game, grab as many coins as you can and start pumping them in. Mr. Yu Suzuki, take a bow.

space_harrier - arcade - gameplay screenshot

Graphics There is some cool pseudo-3D sprite scaling going on, which for the time, was damn awesome. It still holds up today.


Sound Pretty cool soundtrack and nice meaty effects of your blaster as you mow down the enemies


Playability Using the analogue flight stick control, Space Harrier gives you precision perfect control of your character as you dart around the screen, avoiding and shooting at stuff


Lastability Considering it was released in 1985 and gamers are still talking about it, I think that speaks volumes of its legacy


Overall Seek it and play it, now !


space_harrier - arcade - gameplay screenshot

Year: 1985
Genre: Shooter (into the screen)
Number of simultaneous players: 1
Maximum number of players: 1
Gameplay: Single
Joystick: Analog stick with trigger [Fire]
Sound: Amplified Stereo (two channel)






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Alex Boz (aka: ausretrogamer) is a freelance writer, blogger and social media guru based out of Melbourne, Australia. Since starting up AUSRETROGAMER, Alex has spread the nostalgic vibe of retro gaming culture across the known universe. Whatever your topic is on retro gaming – history, consoles, games, peripherals, events, people, magazines, Alex has it covered. Get in touch with Alex to discuss projects and collaborations. Just don’t get him started on Galaga or Double Dragon!

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