I can't believe this game has still not been reviewed! Two years have passed since I started the reviews section of sega8bit.com and yet this - one of the Master Systems most unique and challenging games has yet to be tackled by anyone! Shock, horror, I simply must do something about this! It's time to put things right by getting down and dirty with the Harrier here all by myself.
Way back when I found out I was getting a Master System for christmas my dad showed me Astro Warrior and Shinobi as those were the games he had already purchased. He told me not to worry as he would try and get me a couple more. Not that I wasn't already over the moon with the games he had shown me, but since the Master System was such a costly item it made up a very large part of my Christmas present back then. One of the games I didn't see before I got to open it on Christmas day was Space Harrier. Apparently my dad had bought this from John Menzies, tried playing it and found out how difficult it was. Then decided that if it was so difficult for him it would be all but impossible for his Seven year old son. He took it back and swapped it for Afterburner. But upon trying Afterburner and deciding it wasn't very good and was equally as difficult he took it back yet again and got Space Harrier once again. Man I'm glad he did that. No offence to the great Afterburner game, but in my opinion it is nowhere near as good as Space Harrier.
People always complain that the Master System version of Space Harrier is nowhere near as good as the arcade version. While this may be true, my first experience of Space Harrier was on the Master System, I didn't know of any arcade version and I sure wasn't disappointed with the Master System version.
Anyway, enough of my nostalgic ramblings, Let's get into the meat of this game and I'll show you whats so good about Space Harrier.