Purevex (lost PC space shooter game; 1997)

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Front game box.

Status: Lost

Purevex (ピュアベックス) by Nec is a 1997, 3D, vertical, shoot'em up game made for Windows 95. It's one of (if not) the rarest Japanese only exclusive game made for the PowerVR pc graphic card chipset, it uses proprietary direct API called "PowerSGL" so it cannot be played with all cards.


The game engine and gameplay are similar to Xevious 3D/G with some elements of Gradius.


Information about the game is very scarce. Only a few niche-forum archivists claim to own a copy of the full CD-ROM and some YouTube videos showing the full version appear and disappear sometimes. A major chunk of information can be found on its defunct homepage[1] and this review taken from (now-defunct) website 3dgaming.[2]

Some shopping sites like Suruga-Ya and Medio.bz have a page for the game, including front box scan, game price, release date, and product serial number, however, a used copy cannot be found to buy anywhere for a long time.


Gameplay sample video


  1. Archived Purevex homepage site. Retrieved 29 Dec '17
  2. An archived review about Purevex. Retrieved 29 Dec '17