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