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Space Harrier!

Post by crusto » Mon Jun 30, 2014 8:26 pm

Spread the space Harrier love!

Did I mention that the PCE is home to a very fine conversion of this classic game? One could argue it is the strongest conversion, until the appearance of the technically gifted but ultimately I'll fated 32X conversion.

Arcade:

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=Hzgrb-mjLaM

PCE:

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=t6cKK6gx8sc
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Re: Space Harrier!

Post by RetroBob » Tue Jul 01, 2014 2:19 am

Only ever pkaye the arcade one at a show, I forget which. I've been enjoying the 3DS version.
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Re: Space Harrier!

Post by slacey1070 » Tue Jul 01, 2014 3:14 am

Space Harrier on the 3ds is fantastic, well worth £5.

Looking forward to Outrun coming out.
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Re: Space Harrier!

Post by WoodyCG » Tue Jul 01, 2014 4:29 am

Remember first playing the arcade version at an arcade in Paignton.
Amazing experience at the time, especially having just read all about it in C&VG (I think..)

Brought the Amstrad version as soon as it was available. Initially disappointed with the wire frame
graphics but once you get over this it wasn't actually that bad.

Seem to recall playing a version for the Atari 800 (via emulation) which was created fairly recently
and was very impressive.

Best conversion? - I would go for Yu Suzuki's Gameworks version on Dreamcast.

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Re: Space Harrier!

Post by sirpigmeat » Tue Jul 01, 2014 5:01 am

Loved the arcade machine but I sucked at it and couldn't get off the second or third level... The 3ds version is the first time i've really put some time in and I'm really enjoying it... although it loses its edge a bit when the credits are free and not eating in to your pocket money! :D

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Re: Space Harrier!

Post by RetroBob » Tue Jul 01, 2014 5:28 am

This is a good point, I don't know about anyone else, but I try and limit myself to 3 credits total.
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Re: Space Harrier!

Post by resident paul » Tue Jul 01, 2014 6:45 am

The Sega Saturn version(Sega Ages) is a perfect conversion to me but you never beat the motorized deluxe version arcade cab thrill to enjoy it!
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Re: Space Harrier!

Post by Antiriad2097 » Tue Jul 01, 2014 8:09 am

RetroBob wrote:This is a good point, I don't know about anyone else, but I try and limit myself to 3 credits total.
1 credit is the way to go, I almost finished it when playing in the Retro League and placed quite highly for a change. It can be 1cced with a little practice. Mrs Ant doesn't like me playing though as my heart races so much you can visibly see my chest pound!

Love it, we had the big motorised cab in our local arcade and I hammered the Speccy and C64 versions. C64 version is ugly, but it keeps the pace up to be a very playable representation.

Must be played in mame with an analogue flight stick for best effect.

Its also on my fave soundtrack list, one of those tunes that I find myself whistling quite frequently.
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Re: Space Harrier!

Post by outdated_gamer » Tue Jul 01, 2014 10:34 am

Great game, one of the "evergreen" classics. These games used to be for the 80s what the Crysis series are nowadays, in terms of graphical showcase. But the gameplay was enjoyable too, very fast-paced and "3-Dish" 3rd person rail shooter with a high difficulty level and replay value. It was released on pretty much every system too, ranging from early 8-bit machines (e.g. Speccy, C=64, SMS, Famicom, ect.) to much stronger 32-bit systems (e.g. 32X, Saturn, GBA, ect.). The artworks for the games look nice too:

http://www.pcengine.co.uk/HiRes/Space-H ... -Front.jpg

http://www.arcade-gear.com/Games/Space_ ... es2500.jpg

http://www.arcade-gear.com/Games/Space_ ... Art_01.jpg

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Re: Space Harrier!

Post by Antiriad2097 » Tue Jul 01, 2014 1:59 pm

Looking at that artwork has just reminded me of the new Spectrum loading screen that was created earlier this year:

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Much better than the original (which was ok, but lacked punch):
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Re: Space Harrier!

Post by binaryRooster » Tue Jul 01, 2014 2:05 pm

My favourite version of Space Harrier was the Saturn version i won in the raffle at the Tomato Mart store in Shenmue. Why doesn't stuff like that happen in real life?

However, real life did give us the theme tune sung by the guy who sang the Daytona song:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QO7V3K8ueMI

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Re: Space Harrier!

Post by paranoid marvin » Tue Jul 01, 2014 4:27 pm

"Welcome to the Fantasy Zone...get ready!" was a cry that echoed through most arcades back in the day. Although the Speccy version is admirable, the games loses about 50% of what made it special
when you take away the hydraulic cab.
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Re: Space Harrier!

Post by Antiriad2097 » Tue Jul 01, 2014 4:46 pm

paranoid marvin wrote:Although the Speccy version is admirable, the games loses about 50% of what made it special when you take away the hydraulic cab.
Pedantry time:

Its not hydraulic, its electric.

http://flyers.arcade-museum.com/?page=f ... 27&image=2
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Re: Space Harrier!

Post by HalcyonDaze00 » Tue Jul 01, 2014 4:57 pm

loved it in the arcades, one of those games that always stood out, the graphics the sound, great game

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Re: Space Harrier!

Post by paranoid marvin » Tue Jul 01, 2014 5:05 pm

Antiriad2097 wrote:
paranoid marvin wrote:Although the Speccy version is admirable, the games loses about 50% of what made it special when you take away the hydraulic cab.
Pedantry time:

Its not hydraulic, its electric.

http://flyers.arcade-museum.com/?page=f ... 27&image=2

Never knew that! Then again, it's only thanks to RG that I found out that Op Wolf wasn't a lightgun game!
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