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Relentless: Twinsen's Adventure (DOS)

Teen
ESRB Rating
Genre
Perspective
Theme
88
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4.1
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Description

Somewhere in the universe, there is a beautiful planet called Twinsun. It is populated by four different races, which have been living in peace and prosperity, until a mad scientist Dr. Funfrock of the Quetch (human-like) race used his newly invented cloning and teleporting techniques to create an army of fearsome soldiers and become the planet's dictator. Twinsun's inhabitants have not lost hope, placing their faith in the old legend about the benevolent goddess Sendell who would save the world. However, Dr. Funfrock totalitarian regime forbade displaying any images of the goddess and her worship.

A young Quetch named Twinsen was just a regular fellow until he had a dream, which surprisingly involved the outlawed goddess. It seems that Dr. Funfrock was no stranger to mind control; in his opinion, even dreaming of the goddess was illegal, and he promptly ordered to put the perpetrator in prison. Now the unlikely hero must find a way to escape and eventually save his planet from the clutches of its insane ruler.

Little Big Adventure (Relentless: Twinsen's Adventure in the US) is primarily an adventure game with strong action elements. As usually in adventure games, the hero must talk to other characters, and collect and use objects. However, not all the problems have to be solved with dialogue and item manipulation. The player can activate four different behavior modes for Twinsen: Normal, Aggressive, Athletic, and Discreet. The first is used for peaceful exploration and conversations; Aggressive mode allows Twinsen to punch and kick other characters; Athletic mode must be applied when it becomes necessary to run quickly and jump; Discreet effectively puts Twinsen in a stealth mode, making it possible to sneak by hostile character unnoticed. While activation of a particular mode is often required to solve a problem, many situations can be dealt with in different ways.

The game universe is rendered with characters in full 3D, while the environment uses isometric graphic tiles. The CD version (which was released earlier than the floppy one) features pre-rendered animated cutscenes, audio music and speech; all these features are absent from the floppy disk version.

Screenshots

Relentless: Twinsen's Adventure DOS Intro sequence
Relentless: Twinsen's Adventure DOS Welcome to the Hamalayi mountains!
Relentless: Twinsen's Adventure DOS You've got to fight for your right to party!
Relentless: Twinsen's Adventure DOS One of the Jump'n'Run sections, that are mostly not too tricky...

Alternate Titles

  • "Little Big Adventure: Twinsen's Adventure" -- Japanese title
  • "Little Big Adventure" -- European title
  • "LBA" -- Common abbreviation

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User Reviews

Why don't play something strange instead of the usual stuff? micnictic (385) 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars
An entertaining fairytale, consistent in its presentation and storytelling. Joakim Kihlman (270) 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars
So good, it might even make you start liking the French Jim Newland (53) unrated
Beautiful, Nostalgic, Epic, Accessible Tom White (14) 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars
a very good game! maor mor (3) unrated
Relentless: The Greatest Adventure zach sims (2) 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars

The Press Says

Techtite 2000 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 100
Joystick (French) Nov, 1994 95 out of 100 95
MikroBitti Feb, 1995 95 out of 100 95
Legendra Mar 20, 2007 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars 90
PC Games (Germany) Dec, 1994 87 out of 100 87
Power Play Nov, 1994 85 out of 100 85
PC Player (Germany) Dec, 1994 82 out of 100 82
All Game Guide 1998 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
PC Gameplay (Benelux) Feb, 1995 8 out of 10 80
Adventure Classic Gaming Feb 19, 1998 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80

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Trivia

1001 Video Games

Little Big Adventure appears in the book 1001 Video Games You Must Play Before You Die by General Editor Tony Mott.

Development

Originally, this game was was meant to be made for the SNES, with the use of the Super FX chip. Also, in early previews, the was mention of Twinsen being able to drive vehicles. The final version of the game lack this feature but it is included in the sequel.

LBAWin

It is not easy to get to run this game on modern PC's. For different reasons the game has its difficulties with DosBox. The best way to play it would be LBAWin, a Windows port created by a former Adeline programmer. It requires the original DOS disc to play and can be downloaded here.

Technology

The programmers used some tricks in this game: The game's soundtrack is made of both redbook audio and midi syntesizer. The video mode is SVGA for most of the game, but if you zoom, the game uses standard VGA.

Awards

  • Computer Gaming World
    • May 1995 (Issue #130) – Adventure of the Year
  • GameStar (Germany)
    • Issue 12/1999 - #71 in the "100 Most Important PC Games of the Nineties" ranking
Information also contributed by Mark Ennis and micnictic

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