The story follows Rance, a mercenary working for the Keith Guild. His current job is to find out what happened to Hikari Bran, a young student kidnapped by ninjas. With his faithful slave Sill, Rance has to rescue the missing girl before it's too late.
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This game contains examples of
- Affectionate Parody: This game lampoons pretty much every ancient RPG trope it can get its hands on.
- Ascended Extra: A literal case with the nameless girl who runs the level shop. After this game, she becomes a series regular as Level Goddess Willis.
- Bitch In Sheeps Clothing: Princess Lia.
- The Cameo: Miki appears from Alicesoft's earlier Little Princess series.
- Chain Of Deals: You need to trade a straw for a mandarin, which gets you a key. Rance lampshades the oddness of it.
- Early Installment Weirdness: In this game, Rance could both learn magic ( from H-ing Sill) and equip shields. He also lacks his Rance Attack among other unique features.
- Everything's Better with Princesses: Princess Lia is far more efficient at running the country than her parents. Oh, and she's also the main villain.
- Fate Worse Than Death: The man trapped in cement.
- He is actually British, an important character in the back story of the Rance world. He has been stuck there for more than a thousand years and was the leader of the Eternal heroes.
- God Save Us From The Queen: Lia is the villain. While she is only a princess in this game, she holds the real power in the Leazus Kingdom, so she qualifies for this trope.
- Gladiator Subquest
- Guide Dang It: Knowing what spells to get from Sill. Also, much of the game itself, considering how it's an old Adventure Game.
- Instant Awesome, Just Add Ninja: Hikari was kidnapped by female ninjas.
- Lady Not Appearing In This Game: No, the girl on the box isn't Hikari. Nor is she any other character you see in the game.
- Law Of Conservation Of Detail: This is Princess Lia. These are Lia's parents. No guesses for who's more plot-important.
- Minor Crime Reveals Major Plot: Missing student --> The princess has been kidnapping and torturing honor students at that school for years.
- No Fourth Wall: Rance actually addresses the player during an H-scene, along with the below example.
- No Name Given: The girl in the level shop, who says it's because the authors got lazy.
- Non Standard Game Over: If you decide to assault the girl in the Thieves' Cave, Rance will decide that Being Good Sucks and join the thieves.
- Out with a Bang: Maris attempts to do this to Rance, but fails.
- Pooled Funds: In the ending, Rance takes a bath in his 20,000 gold reward, while lampshading how painful it is.
- Put On A Bus: Yuran Mirage, who never made any future appearances until Rance Quest, over 20 years later.
- Hikari herself makes her first reappearance in the expansion pack, with some... interesting revelations.
- Refuge in Audacity: Setting the standard for future games. The "Assault" option on the menu is the least of them all.
- Signature Move: Yuran's Illusion Sword.
- Standard Hero Reward: Played with. After raping the princess, Rance is later informed that the person who takes the princess's virginity has to marry her. Of course, he and Sill make a quick escape before that happens.
- Town With A Dark Secret: The school's honor students are kidnapped as personal playthings for the princess.
- Wham! Episode: The mansion.