Task Force Harrier EX

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Task Force Harrier EX
System(s): Sega Mega Drive
Publisher: Treco
Original system(s): Arcade boards
Publisher(s) of original games: UPL
Developer(s) of original games: NMK
Genre: Shooting[2]

Number of players: 1
Release Date RRP Code
Sega Mega Drive
¥8,500 (8,755)8,500e[3] T-24053
Sega Mega Drive

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Task Force Harrier (タスクフォースハリアー) is a little-known 1989 arcade shoot-'em-up developed by NMK and published by UPL in Japan and American Sammy in the US. It was remade for the Sega Mega Drive in 1991 by Jorudan and published by Treco, again released exclusively in Japan and the US as the more well-known Task Force Harrier EX (タスクフォースハリアーEX). This game is unusual for having exceptionally clear PCM audio for voices, and at least one song entirely in PCM.


A communist group comes out of hiding and begin conquering the world, alerting the UN to call out Falcon, a noted fighter pilot, to stop them; however the communists have already readied their freedom-destroying superbomber, the TU-190, to launch towards the US, making Falcon's job more rash. Consequently he is given the Harrier V, an experimental version of US/UK VTOL fighter , for this job.


A shoots and fires bombs at the ground, similar to Xevious. C fires a screen filling smartbomb (you have a limited supply). Powerups can be collected the enhance the main shot, standard bombs and options around the ship. Options can be arranged around the ship in a variety of formations; use B to cycle through them. Similar to the Force item in R-Type, these options absorb enemy bullets. Each formation also changes the ship's speed. It is interesting to note that escorts look like miniaturized F-22 Raptor fighters, an aircraft which was still in development at the time.

Each stage has two sections. The first section takes place high above the ground with options available. The second section plays closer to the ground with options removed.

An interesting detail; majority of the enemy units in the game are based on real life Soviet/Russian vehicles in both name and appearance.

EX has some secret options that allow you to skip stages, enable debug invincibility, and so on. A big one is the ability to add an information panel on the right side of the screen, much like the Toaplan ports. Hold Down and Start while booting the game and release them once the title screen animation stops, then press Up, Down, Left, Right, A, B, A, C, B. There's no audiovisual indicator, but going into the Options menu displays the new options.

Production credits

  • Management: Hiromitsu Kususe
Creative Staff - Task Force Harrier EX
  • Director - Team Griffin: Takashi Kuroda, Ryo Saitou
  • Planner: Yoh Hayakawa
  • Main Programmer: Y.K
  • Sub Programmer: Yuuichi Yamaguchi
  • Special Programmer: Mitoshi Asakawa
  • Main Graphic Designer: Yoh Hayakawa
  • Graphic Designer: Mitusru Ishida, Masaru Yokoura
  • Sound: Tenpei Satou
  • SE: M.Kajihara
  • PCM: T.Suzuki
  • Special Thanks: Takashi Ohga, Satoru Tanaka, Mura, Yaga Shooting Master, Tsu-chi, Kimi Chan, Mo‑Rin, Midori Chan, Naoko Chan, Mieko Chan
  • Master of Games: Take Chan
  • Presented by: Treco 1991

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Task Force Harrier EX

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