Space Fury

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Space Fury
Developer(s) Sega
Publisher(s) Gremlin Industries
Platform(s) Arcade (original)
Release June 17, 1981
Genre(s) Multi-directional shooter
Mode(s) Up to two players, alternating
Cabinet Standard upright
Arcade system Sega G80
Display X-Y monitor
color vector graphics

Space Fury (J:スペースフューリー) is a multi-directional shooter arcade game created by Sega and released on June 17, 1981. It is the first game with color vector graphics[1][2] and it also features speech synthesis.[3]


The player controls a spaceship battling alien spacecraft. Like other early similar arcade games, it is controlled by four buttons: rotate left, rotate right, thrust and fire. The game was particularly unique in that the player could choose different upgrades for the first three levels. One upgrade would allow the player to shoot in a three-way pattern, another would allow the player to fire forward and backwards, and the third would allow all the firepower to be concentrated in the front.

At the conclusion of the following round, the player would then pick up another shell, although multiple ones could not be used together. The different firing patterns made each round seem slightly different. Between rounds and during the attract mode, the Alien Commander would taunt the player through the use of synthesized speech. The game continues indefinitely but stops calculating the score after the completion of level four.

At the beginning of each level a synthesized excerpt from Aaron Copland's Fanfare for the Common Man is heard.

Technical information[edit]

The game utilizes an X-Y monitor and ran on the Sega G80 arcade system. Space Fury was later ported to the ColecoVision home gaming console with enhanced graphics.

Alien Commander's Quotes[edit]

1. "So! A creature for my amusement. Prepare for battle!"

2. "So you defeated my scouts? Well, my cruisers will destroy you."

3. "You are starting to annoy me, Creature. My destroyers will annihilate you!"

4. "You survived? Warships, dispose of this annoyance at once!"

5. "Well done. Prepare to battle my entire fleet!"

6. "Our battle is completed, Warrior. You were an outstanding opponent."

In Other Media[edit]

  • The alien enemy again appears in the video game Zektor.
  • A sample of the synthesized taunt, "Prepare for battle!", was used by musical group Mannequin Depressives on the 2002 release "Trash-Eighty" and by The Crüxshadows in their 2003 song "Winterborn."
  • The game is included as an unlockable game in the PSP version of Sega Genesis Collection.


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