Welcome to our SEGA AGES Space Harrier review. Released as part of the SEGA AGES line up on Nintendo Switch, Space Harrier is the 9th game in the series of classic Sega games to come to Nintendo’s hybrid device.
- SEGA AGES Space Harrier
- Platforms: Nintendo Switch
- Reviewed On: Nintendo Switch
- Developer: M2
- Publisher: SEGA
- Multiplayer: None
- Available: 22nd August 2019
- Price: £5.99 (U.K), $7.99 (U.S)
- Age Rating: PEGI 3 (UK/EU), E (U.S)
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Originally released way back in 1985 as an arcade game, Space Harrier was seen as pretty impressive thanks to its 3D style graphics which for the time were quite good. The game itself was also pretty good thanks to its gameplay and general style.
Graphically the game looks stunning with its old-style graphics slightly enhanced for play on the Nintendo Switch. While it still looks like an old arcade game, it has transitioned quite nicely and looks good on both my T.V and Switch screen.
In Space Harrier, you take on the role of a nameless Harrier who has to travel through the ‘Fantasy Zone’. Throughout this zone, you will find a bunch of obstacles and enemies all set on preventing you from getting too far. If you die too many times you have to restart from the very first level. Spread across 18 different levels the ‘Fantasy zone’ is packed full of many little surprises. If you’ve ever played it in an arcade, then you’ll already know what to expect.
At the end of each level, you’ll come across a boss fight. These aren’t that much harder than the level itself but can a tad bit longer to destroy over the normal enemies as you’d expect. As soon as you defeat a level’s boss you seamlessly move onto the next level.
Destroying enemies and obstacles that get in the way is done using your trusty space cannon, although this can be slightly challenging as the game’s art style, while stunning, does make it a bit harder to accurately shoot.
There is one big difference between this version and its original arcade release. This one features a mode called ‘KOMAINU Barrier Attack’. In this mode you have two KOMAINU flanking you and providing a shield. If you get hit, the shield will temporarily shut down leaving you vulnerable and open to attacks that cause damage. This mode also allows you to pretty much play the game all the way through no matter how many times you die as it features infinite retries. This makes it great for beginners who just want to finish the game or people who want a bit of practice before going into the main thing.
In conclusion, SEGA AGES Space Harrier is a pretty damn good port of a retro arcade game from 1985. While it’s pretty much the same game it was back then, it’s been improved with graphic enhancements and a whole new game mode designed to make playing it as easy as possible.
That concludes our SEGA AGES Space Harrier review. If you wish to purchase the game, check out the links below.