PIXELLENCE is a unique book that focuses on the visual side of the PC Engine games library. Previously this has only been available as a printed volume, but for the PC Engine’s 30th Anniversary, this is now available for free as a PDF download HERE.
My Review is based on a physical book i purchased sometime ago, Sunteam is now a one man team (Paul) who has a passion for all things PC Engine and Spectrum and has over the years released digital copies of his own magazines dedicated to the machines he loves, this book is in someways an extension of Paul very popular website PC Engine Bible Website.
So the book itself is 100% self-made, printed on A5 paper in full colour with 104 pages, spiral bound with frosted plastic covers for protection, this volume covers 46 games from the TurboGrafx-16 TurboChip library covering the years 1989 to 1993.
The layouts are across two pages, the left hand page has the game with a summary of the game, there is images of the main in-game sprites and the game developer and the year of release details, the right hand page has a full-page screenshot image, the clarity of all these images are what I come to expect in a heavy backed book publisher so kudos to Paul for his work here.
Included games are: Keith Courage in Alpha Zones, Blazing Lazers, Victory Run, Alien Crush, The Legendary Axe, Vigilante, Dragon Spirit, Fantasy Zone, Dungeon Explorer, R-Type, China Warrior, Side Arms, Aero Blasters, Ordyne, Bonk’s Adventure, Bloody Wolf, Bravoman, Cratermaze, Devil’s Crush, Dragon’s Curse, JJ & Jeff, Super Star Soldier, The Legendary Axe II, Ninja Spirit, Pac-Land, Psychosis, Raiden, Bonk’s Revenge, Impossamole, Legend of Hero Tonma, Parasol Stars, Sinistron, Turrican, Air Zonk, Jackie Chan’s Action Kung Fu, Dead Moon, Ghost Manor, New Adventure Island, Night Creatures, Samurai Ghost, Soldier Blade, Time Cruise, Shockman, Bomber Man ‘93 and Bonk’s Big Adventure and Magical Chase, so as you can see this is certainly a book for TurboGrafx-16 fans and gamer’s in general
If this book was still for sale I would highly recommend you buy it as this should be in anyone’s gaming collection, thankfully as above the book is now free.