Before the Rance Series, there were two games featuring characters that would later appear in it. Little Princess and Little Vampire. The stars of these games were none other than Kentarou and Miki.
This is a game by Championsoft, a parent company that would eventually be succeeded by Alicesoft.
Little Princess is a game from 1987, it’s a classic adventure game that has the player make use of a text input system to progress.
Commands are input via a “verb noun” format, though there are some instances where you can simply type in a verb such as “look”.
Other game functions are explained in the readme, so I would suggest checking that out.
The player is thrust into the role of Kentarou, a character many of you may recognize from the games Kichikuou Rance and Sengoku Rance. Kentarou’s girlfriend Miki has been kidnapped and taken to another world by the nefarious Count Dracula (who would in later canon be retconned into Demon King Gi). It falls upon him to go and rescue her.
This game could be considered the initial framework of the Rance series, but many things were changed over time.
As this game was created before the establishment of the Rance series, there are a variety of elements that contradict current canon. Hirami Lemons are present in the game (though they’re called Hirara Lemons), but their use is not the same as you might expect from playing the newer games.
This game is full of dead ends and chances to make the entire game unwinnable, so naturally I expect this game to frustrate some of you and I’m pretty sure many of you will completely pass on it or drop it after a short while,
If you’re wondering why I translated this game, it’s short and it has a certain charm to it. I kinda like it, so I figured it couldn’t hurt.
As an extra challenge, try beating it without consulting a walkthrough.
It’s pretty much impossible, this game has some terrible logic in
some places every location.
My only hint is that you should constantly be aware of your surroundings, and don’t be afraid to try out strange commands.
Let the mass confusion begin.