Written by Mike Richardson and released by Durell Software in 1983, Harrier Attack is a side-scrolling Scramble ‘tribute’, but with VTOL (Vertical Take-Off & Landing) military Harrier ‘jump jet’ aircraft instead of spaceships.
It has to said that the subject matter was probably chosen by the developer in response to the UK’s war with Argentina over The Falkland Islands in 1982, although (thankfully) it doesn’t mention ‘sides’ in the game at all.
This being a relatively early Spectrum release, it doesn’t really benefit from any particularly advanced programming techniques. The scrolling is jerky – as is the movement of the harrier – although that doesn’t mean that the game is bad. Harrier Attack is actually quite a decent game and was relatively successful at the time of release.
In fact: Harrier Attack is still reasonably attractive and playable now, which isn’t bad for a 37 year-old Spectrum game.