Shining Force (Large)

by Patrick H. Lauke (redux)

Download disabled

The designer of this FontStruction has chosen not to make it available for download from this website by choosing an “All Rights Reserved" license.

Please respect their decision and desist from requesting license changes in the comments.

If you would like to use the FontStruction for a specific project, you may be able to contact the designer directly about obtaining a license.

Recreation of the small pixel font from the european/north american release of Climax Entertainment/Sonic! Software Planning's "Shining Force" (1992) on the Sega Mega Drive/Genesis.

This font is unusual, as each character not only comprises two tiles (for its height), but also features characters that are wider than the maximum 8px tiles. In the game's tile set, this was achieved by using a custom encoding, where a single tile contains the combined values for two horizontal tiles.

See this short Twitter thread for a little dissection of the tile set.

The width of each character is also variable and encoded in the bottom tile for each character. Unfortunately, I was unable to work out the logic behind the width information bits - so, for characters used in the game, the correct width was matched manually, and for any characters not encountered (yet) in any of the dialog boxes, I took an educated guess...

Due to the complexity of this encoding, I won't tackle the hiragana/katakana large font from the japanese release.

Only the characters present in the game's tile set have been included


Comment by Patrick H. Lauke (redux) 7th april 2019

the complete tile map

Comment by Patrick H. Lauke (redux) 7th april 2019

the "H" and "X" characters, as encoded in the tile map

Comment by Patrick H. Lauke (redux) 7th april 2019

the "W" character, as encoded in the tile map

Comment by Patrick H. Lauke (redux) 7th april 2019

Heh, Phantasy Star IV does the same thing with the descenders in its larger (dialogue text) font. Luckily it's fixed-width, so it's not as much of a pain.

Comment by Sensei Le Roof 13th september 2019

Thanks for taking the time, I love it!

Comment by 201d 18th january 2020

Also of Interest


Get the world’s leading font editor for OSX.

More from the Gallery

Holy Diver (NES)by Patrick H. Lauke (redux)
Isaac Espy Sans Systemby Patrick H. Lauke (redux)
Shining Force (Large)by Patrick H. Lauke (redux)
Castle of Illusion Starring Mickey Mouseby Patrick H. Lauke (redux)
fs Scrollby minimum
Umbriel DSby Frodo7
Western Traintopsby Lastnames (elliotshock)
Nonografia 6x6by V. Sarela (Yautja)

From the Blog


The Numbers Competition Results


The Numbers Competition