Friday, January 27, 2012

Manual Stimulation: Fantasy Zone (PC Engine)

Considering it was released near the end of the PC Engine's first year on the market, Fantasy Zone's instruction manual is surprisingly slick.

That's good, because it's only 10 pages long, and if it were like most manuals of the time and featured just a few black-and-white screenies and a bunch of text it would be a bore and a half.

Instead, the inside pages of Fantasy Zone's manual are nearly as colorful as its cover, which can be seen in the scan below.

Moving inside, you have to love the first page's hilariously dramatic warning to owners to not abuse their HuCards. Following that, there's a little intro page that features Opa-Opa striking various poses.

The next two pages are pretty typical as far as instruction manuals go, showing players which button does what and so forth. In other words, skip them and move on to the next ones.

There are so many awesome elements on the next two pages that I don't know where to start. How about  the Opa-Opa seemingly spiraling out of control? Or the Opa-Opa being squashed by a 16-ton weight? My personal favorite has to be the third option: The Opa-Opa holding a top hat and cane.

Sadly, Fantasy Zone's last few pages aren't as thrilling as the ones that came before it, but they're still more interesting than the usual fare.

One thing that's well worth noting in the pages above: The red-and-yellow "outpost" that's displaying what can only be described (in my opinion, at least) as jazz hands.

See also: Previous 'Manual Stimulation' posts


Motherplayer said...

Ahhhh Fantasy Zone is quite a fun game. I never did beat the arcade game.

Bryan Ochalla said...

Well, there's no shame in not beating Fantasy Zone, Motherplayer! Hell, I can only get to the fourth stage myself. Cheating is the only why I'll ever get beyond that, I'm guessing. Still, like you said, it's a fun game despite its difficulty.

Viewtiful_Justin said...

Cute manual!

Bryan Ochalla said...

Yes, it is, Justin. It surprised me, actually, since it's quite short/skinny :)

Sean said...

That is a nice manual. I have that game for the PC Engine but just the card. I may have to get the CIB version:)

Bryan Ochalla said...

Oh, I'm sure it's extremely cheap in your neck of the woods, Sean--especially since it's cheap enough here! Do you ever play your PC Engine, by the way? Or do you mostly play your Famicom?

RetroKingSimon said...

Sweet! My favourite version of this great game is the Engine one - it was the game I got with my Engine itself and it remains one of my most played games on the system. Great stuff!

Bryan Ochalla said...

Simon: For some strange reason I completely forgot that you own a PC Engine. What other games do you have for it?

Regardless, it's great to hear that you like this version, too. Hopefully you're better at it than I am :P