Nippon Safes, Inc. (DOS)

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Nippon Safes, Inc. is the predecessor to Big Red Adventure, both being cartoon adventure games by Italian developer Dynabyte. As in its followup, here players take the role of three different heroes (though, opposite to Goblins series, one at time). They are Doug, the smart safe cracker; Dino, the strong, but dumb, boxer; and Donna, the sexy club dancer.

The game takes place in Tokyo. While all three characters explore almost the same areas, each of the heroes has its own story to follow and puzzles to solve. You can choose which character would you like to play first, and which - lastly. When you have finished all three sub-plots, you'll get a final with all three characters acting altogether.

The game features cartoonish, comics-style graphics, unique icon-based interface and non-linear plot. It is also full of Italian humor, and the game is played more like a comedy, rather then crime-based adventure.


Nippon Safes, Inc. DOS Language selection comes in the form of Japanese translation dictionaries
Nippon Safes, Inc. DOS Busted! Snappy intermissions like these are often used in the game
Nippon Safes, Inc. DOS A dialog with the jail guard
Nippon Safes, Inc. DOS A Japanese street with a newstand

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Adventurearchiv May 08, 2009 69 out of 100 69
High Score Jan, 1994 3 out of 5 60
Tilt Oct, 1993 42 out of 100 42
PC Joker Sep, 1993 38 out of 100 38


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At one point in the game, a character claims to be working on a computer game called "The Mystery of Ape Island" - surely one of the strongest meta-references ever seen in a game.

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Afex Tween (173) added Nippon Safes, Inc. (DOS) on Jun 09, 2004
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