Saturday 20 May 2023

Space Harrier 3D (Sega Master System review)

Developer: Sega R&D 2
Publisher: Sega
Released: 1988

Space Harrier 3D is a rail-shooter that uses the 3-D Glasses, and the sequel to the 1987 Sega Master System game titled Space Harrier.

+ Much easier to gauge spatial distance compared to the original game and the 3D really makes the stages come alive.

+ Bosses are great fun and some have a neat layered approach to their sprite work that makes them look extra menacing.

+ Some fantastic graphical effects, especially the large falling poles and the lightning strikes in the background of Stage 7.

- Despite being a sequel, there's nothing here that advances the series whatsoever and the action is rather unimaginative.

- Seriously challenging from the get-go and explosions linger on the screen for far too long while obscuring your vision.

- Frame-rate is halved to cater for the 3D and projectiles quickly advance on you due to a reduction in animation.

- Includes a 2D mode, but you must first play a stereoscopic game and then enter certain initials as a high score to unlock it!

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