Rory Milne wrote:... History of Space Harrier – my favourite bit of the mag this month, it looked beautiful, and I learned a lot about a genuine classic that I didn’t know all that much about previously. The screenshots peppered throughout, the box outs, and chronological journey through the various sequels added rather than distracted, giving the piece an almost Zen-like balance between words and pictures.
Really? I regrettably found the Space Harrier article to be one of the poorest features in Retro Gamer for quite some time.
Mistake #01: The 32X conversion wasn't the first arcade perfect home release of the game - chiefly because it was letterboxed
Mistake #02: The opening paragraph implies R-Type existed around late 1985 - it was released in mid-1987
The 'Flights of Fantasy' boxout states, "This wouldn't be a complete guide to Space Harrier if...". If it was intended to be a complete guide to the game then it should have included a 'A Brief History Of..." page like is often done for "The Making Of..." articles (see p.29, for example). All we got was passing references to a couple of the home conversions which were released which was very lacklustre. If it was intended as a 'complete guide' to the game then where are these descriptions of all the home versions that were released, the version included as part of the Yu Suzuki Game Works Vol.1 book plus GD-ROM pack for Dreamcast and the stunning recent homebrew release for the Atari XL/XE which the magazine reviewed not so long ago?
Overall, I thought the current issue a pretty good one though.