Rance: The Quest for Hikari
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Rance: The Quest for Hikari (in Japan Rance - Hikari o Motomete; ランス－光をもとめて－) is an adult visual novel role-playing video game developed and published by Alicesoft. It was released first in July 15, 1989 on the PC-9800. It's the first game in the adult RPG/VN series Rance which is popular in Japan and is getting more popularity in the American VN community.
- The game is very short for an RPG and can be beaten in 1 or 2 hours.
- Too easy as many enemies can be defeated very fast and require little skill and small leveling which level 20 or higher will make the enemies pointless.
- The enemy designs are very poor and look like they're created in MS paint. This is fixed in later installments.
- The FM Towns version has a poor conversion of the music of this game since the sound chip for floppy discs for the FM Towns is lower quality than most other Japanese computers.
- The Khein Mansion is a very tedious dungeon which requires you to search and look through many stuff and the enemies can either take your EXP or easily kill you.
- There is no yes/no warning to ensure what item you get at the shop so you need to be careful of the item you select as it can waste your gold.
- The Hanny flash's RNG is very annoying as it can easily kill you or do little damage and is luck-based. Thankfully this was also fixed in later installments.
- The music is very well composed and fun to listen to (except the FM Towns version) especially Sill's theme.
- A lot of hilarious humor such as Rance sneezing to unlock the Bandit's Cave and an option to pay for looking at the item shop.
- The battle music is very epic to listen to and fits its RPG style.
- It parodies a lot of RPG tropes and also pokes fun at Japanese computers and operating systems such as MS-DOS.
- The game can be fun to play with its simple gameplay and stuff to explore.
- The remake is actually good.