The PC Engine Classic Mini – Part 3

In parts one and two of our PCE Mini feature we listed the first thirteen games we would want to see on the fictional system. Here are our final eight choices to round off the lineup.

#14 – Splatterhouse – HuCARD

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Considered to be the definitive horror action game of the 16-bit era, Splatterhouse still holds up surprisingly well today as it did back in the 80’s.  The PC Engine port is a pretty faithful conversion of the coin-op classic, retaining the creepy atmosphere and gory visuals the game is known for. Great bosses, creative design and some awesome chip tunes make Splatterhouse a must have title and let’s be honest who doesn’t enjoy slugging demons with a two-by-four?!

#15 – Nexzr –  Super CDRom²

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Developed by the prolific Naxat Soft, Nexzr is widely regarded as not only one of the finest shooters on the PC Engine but as a landmark title in the genres history. On the surface Nexzr is undoubtedly a generic shooter but its quality really shines through due to its flawless gameplay, lavish visuals, and amazing soundtrack. Nexzr is a perfect example of the classic 16-bit Shmup and remains a firm fan favourite to this day.

#16 – Winds of Thunder Super CDRom²

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Somewhat of an unofficial follow-up to Gate of Thunder the game shares the same development team and a vaguely similar title but that’s where it ends. Winds of Thunder breaks the stereotype of traditional shooters by putting an RPG-like twist on the gameplay and features a fantasy style aesthetic more akin to such games. Highly praised for its thrashing soundtrack and beautiful visuals, Winds of Thunder has become a true PC Engine classic and features in any self-respecting PCE fans collection.

#17 – Neutopia II HuCARD

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The first Neutopia game was an unapologetic clone of Nintendo’s hugely popular The Legend of Zelda, however unlike other games of its type Neutopia did the formula justice and in some cases even improved upon it. Neutopia II further expanded the adventure and featured a more interesting world with better visuals, tight play mechanics, and improved soundtrack. This all made for a great action adventure game which is up there with the best of them.

#18 – Gomola Speed HuCARD

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Gomola Speed was a refreshing take on the popular Snake type games of the 8-bit era, mixing the simple addictive gameplay of a standard puzzle game with elements of action and exploration. The game is surprisingly deep once you scratch the surface and is a total blast to play with fast response controls and unique features hidden throughout. It is rumoured that the small team behind the game was later head-hunted by Nintendo after Gomola Speed’s release.

#19 – Snatcher – Super CDRom²

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The PC Engine had many great adventure / visual novel style games and Konami’s Snatcher is considered by many to be the pinnacle of the genre. The story revolves around an investigator named Gillian Seed assigned to investigate a breed of bioroids known as “snatchers”, who are killing humans and taking their place in society. Noted as being written and directed by Hideo Kojima, the game was heavily influenced by American cinema and depicted a futuristic cyberpunk world similar to that of Blade Runner. The game received critical acclaim upon release for its gripping storyline, beautiful artwork, and attention to detail.

#20 – Ginga Fukei Densetsu Sapphire – ARCADE CDRom²

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Sapphire is renowned as one of the most technically impressive titles for the PC Engine, pushing the system to its absolute limit in terms of graphical output but beneath the flashy visuals is actually a very solid shooter. Praised for its relentless action and highly stylish presentation, Sapphire was one of the last great shooters released by Hudson Soft and remains as impressive today as it did back in 1995. Due to the games “Holy Grail” status and historical significance we just had to include it.

#21 – Dungeon Explorer – HuCARD

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Dungeon Explorer was a seminal release for the TurboGrafx 16 / PC Engine and is considered an early pioneer in the action RPG genre with its co-operative multiplayer which aloud up to five players to play simultaneously. The game centers the quest of several heroes as they try to recover the sacred Ora Stone for the former king Oddesia. Often compared to Atari’s Gauntlet, Dungeon Explorer is a great game in its own right, the graphics may not be the best on the system and the single player mode can get a tad monotonous but the multiplayer feature makes this an essential title.

Bonus Games

When compiling our list we tried include as many genres as possible to best show what the PC Engine had to offer, ultimately this meant we had to cut out a lot of great titles. Here are the games which we would squeeze onto the PCE mini if we had the extra space!

  • Gunhed
  • Seirei Senshi Spriggan
  • Super Star Soldier
  • Image Fight II
  • Kaze Kiri: Ninja Action
  • Adventure Island
  • Air Zonk
  • The Legendary Axe
  • Military Madness
  • Fausseté Amour
  • Bonk’s Adventure
  • Parasol Stars
  • Gradius II: Gofer no Yabou
  • Tatsujin
  • Silent Debuggers
  • Download
  • Zipang
  • Ai Cho Aniki
  • Mr. Heli
  • Daimakaimura
  • Beyond Shadowgate
  • World Heroes 2
  • Magical Chase
  • Jackie Chan
  • Detana!! TwinBee
  • Valkyrie no Densetsu
  • Legend of Xanadu

 

 

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