SPACE HARRIER (1985)
by Mark Nobes, chief editor
Cyclops mammoth in stage 7 (arcade version)
The video clip at the top of the page features the Atari ST version of Space Harrier (by Elite) from the 80s. This was the version I played at home, and the moment I heard that music again it brought the memories flooding back. Personally, I always found the game very difficult to play (and many reviewers of the day thought likewise), and it took a fair bit of practice to get to grips with the gameplay.
Space Harrier's vibrant colour palette is remembered with fondness by many. The game was originally released into the arcades in 1985. Produced by Yu Suzuki, it was then ported to various video game systems and 8-bit and 16-bit home computers including the Sega Master System, C64, Amstrad CPC, Atari XL/XE, Atari ST and Amiga. The home computer versions were mainly on the Elite label.
The arcade version was truly groundbreaking and featured digitized voices, 16-bit graphics and Sega's "super scaler" technology. In 1988, two sequels were released Space Harrier 3D and Space Harrier II.
The gorgeous purple sky and columns/towers of stage 13 (arcade version)
ZX Spectrum Version
Stage 8 (Ida) on the Amiga