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Space Harrier II (home computers)

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Space Harrier II
System(s): Amiga, Amstrad CPC, Atari ST, Commodore 64, MSX, ZX Spectrum
Publisher: Grandslam (UK)
Amstrad CPC
ZX Spectrum
MCM Software (ES)
Developer:
Genre: Shoot-'em-Up






























Release Date RRP Code
Commodore Amiga
UK
£19.99[1] ?
Atari ST
UK
£19.99[1] ?
Amstrad CPC
UK
(Cassette)
£9.99[1] ?
Amstrad CPC
UK
(Disk)
£14.99[1] ?
Commodore 64
UK
(Cassette)
£9.99[1] ?
Commodore 64
UK
(Disk)
£14.99[1] ?
ZX Spectrum
UK
(Cassette)
£9.99[1] ?
ZX Spectrum
UK
(Disk)
£14.99[1] ?
MSX
UK
£? ?



The home computer versions of Space Harrier II were published by Grandslam for the Amiga, Atari ST, Amstrad CPC, Commodore 64, MSX and ZX Spectrum in 1990.

Much like the home computer versions of the original Space Harrier (published by Elite Systems), each port undergoes cutbacks to better suit the hardware, but is largely the same game as the Sega Mega Drive original. No versions appear to have been released outside of Europe.

Development

The 16-bit versions were programmed by a then-21-year-old Mike Heart[2] on an Atari Mega ST 4[3], with graphics by Jason Wilson[3] and sound by Matt Furniss[3]. Sega provided the Mega Drive game but little else, meaning the gameplay was copied by eye[3]. The graphics, meanwhile, were extracted from the Mega Drive ROM and adjusted in OCP Art Studio[3].

Versions

Unlike its predecessor which opted for vector graphics, the Amstrad CPC port of Space Harrier II uses sprites, and suffers from significant slowdown as a result.

Production credits

Amiga version

  • Programming by: R.T.
  • Graphics by: Spock
  • Music by: Matt
  • © 1988,1990 Sega Enterprises Ltd.
Source: In-game credits


Atari ST version

  • Programming by: R.T.
  • Graphics by: Spock
  • Music by: Matt
  • © 1988,1990 Sega Enterprises Ltd.
Source: In-game credits


Amstrad CPC version

  • Program by: Nick
  • Graphics by: Spock
  • Music by: Matt
Source: In-game credits


ZX Spectrum version

  • Program by: Nick
  • Graphics by: Spock
  • Music by: Matt
Source: In-game credits

Magazine articles

Main article: Space Harrier II (home computers)/Magazine articles.

Promotional material

ACE UK 30.pdf

PDF
Print advert in ACE (UK) #30: "March 1990" (1990-02-01)

GuidaVideoGiochi IT 08.pdf

PDF
Print advert in Guida Video Giochi (IT) #8: "Febbraio 1990" (1990-xx-xx)
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Physical scans

Amiga version

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
82 [5]
35 [6]
65 [7]
Commodore Amiga
61
Based on
3 reviews

Amiga, UK
SpaceHarrier2 Amiga EU Box Front.jpg
Cover
Amiga, UK (Unique)

Amstrad CPC version

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
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Sega Retro Average 
Publication Version Score
Amstar (FR)
75
[8]
Amstrad CPC
75
Based on
1 review
Amstrad CPC, UK (cassette)
SpaceHarrierII CPC EU Box Cassette.jpg
Cover
Amstrad CPC, UK (disk)

Amstrad CPC, ES (cassette)
SpaceHarrierII CPC ES Box Cassette MCM.jpg
Cover

Atari ST version

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
82 [1]
78 [9]
79 [10]
35 [6]
Atari ST
69
Based on
4 reviews

Atari ST, UK
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Cover
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Disk 1
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Disk 2
Atari ST, UK (Unique)

Commodore 64 version

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
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Sega Retro Average 
Publication Version Score
Your Commodore (UK)
74
[11]
Zzap!64 (UK)
55
[7]
Commodore 64
65
Based on
2 reviews
Commodore 64, UK
Space Harrier II C64 EU Box.jpg
Cover
Space Harrier II C64 EU Cassette.jpg
Cassette

MSX version

MSX, UK

ZX Spectrum version

Sega Retro Average 
Publication Score Source
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Sega Retro Average 
Publication Version Score
Crash (UK)
74
[12]
Computer & Video Games (UK)
77
[9]
The Games Machine (UK)
71
[13]
Your Sinclair (UK)
85
[14]
ZX Spectrum
77
Based on
4 reviews
ZX Spectrum, UK
SpaceHarrierII Spectrum UK Box.jpg
Cover
ZX Spectrum, UK (Unique)
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Cover
ZX Spectrum, ES
Space Harrier II Spectrum EU MCM Box.jpg
Cover

References


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