A user by the name of RottenBlock has updated the original Rance 4.1 and Rance 4.2 to run on modern Windows. The games were released as 16-bit applications, which sadly no longer work on new hardware. These titles have already been localized, but fans had to do a few workarounds on their machines to play them.
However, that seems to be all in the past, as the game has been fully ported to 32-bit using the original translation. Along with the port comes a new functionality to allow players to take full control over their party members instead of relying on the AI-controlled allies. The developer says, “A dummied feature discovered in the code is now restored and fully operational in both games.”
Aside from the updates, minor fixes were made to the text because the team had to use a new font due to technical issues. This caused them to change a few lines of text to fit inside the boxes.
Rance 4.1 is a side-story to the Rance series that takes players on a new quest. Rance is sent to investigate a factory full of monsters, where things get out of hand as you can imagine. Rance 4.2 continues this investigation as this story picks up right after the conclusion of its predecessor.
Both games feature RPG turn-based battles and adventure mechanics. Players get to explore areas and interact with elements on the screen as they progress the narrative. Given that this is a Rance game, there are also H-scenes during the adventure, so expect that going on.
Both Rance 4.1 and Rance 4.2 are offered as Freeware from the developer Alicesoft. You can check out all the download notes at the user’s Fandom blogpost.
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