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Little Big Adventure
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Developer(s) Adeline Software International
Publisher(s)
Engine Custom
Platform(s) PC (MS-DOS), PlayStation
Release date(s) PC
EU 1994
NA 1994
PlayStation
JP July 19, 1996
EU March 1997
Genre(s) Action-adventure game
Mode(s) Single player
Rating(s) ELSPA: all ages (PC edition)
11+ (PS edition)
USK: 6
Media CD-ROM, Floppy disk
System requirements At least 33MHz 386 (486DX2-66 recomm.)
4 MB RAM (8 MB recomm.)
11 MB free hard disk space
256 colors SVGA VEGA-compatible video card with 512 KB RAM
At least MS-DOS 5.0
Single-Speed CD-ROM drive (Double-Speed recomm.)
SoundBlaster or compatible sound card
Input methods Keyboard

Little Big Adventure (LBA) is a PC game made by Adeline Software International and first released at the end of 1994. It was released in Europe by Electronic Arts and in North America, Asia and Oceania under the name Relentless: Twinsen's Adventure by Activision, with the game selling over 400,000 copies worldwide in the first release.[1] The game was initially released in a CD-ROM version and some time later in a floppy disk version; the CD-ROM version featured full motion video, music and speech whereas the floppy disk version has MIDI music files and still images to replace the videos. The game was later ported to the PlayStation, and released in Europe and Japan. A sequel was released under the name of Little Big Adventure 2 (also known as Twinsen's Odyssey).

Contents

Gameplay

Little Big Adventure is viewed from a pseudo 3D isometric perspective (the game field is rotated 45 degrees). All characters and vehicles in the game, including some props in the world, are real 3D polygon-based objects, allowing for full rotation and movement abilities. After completion of certain tasks the player is presented with a full motion video sequence. The character the player controls is called Twinsen, who has 4 different modes of behavior, each of which is useful in the different situations players encounter.[2] Twinsen also has an inventory where he can store objects he finds.

The game's genre is a real-time adventure. It combines several action game/arcade sequences and some elements from the role-playing game genre. The game's gameplay is partially free-roaming, allowing the player to travel around the islands once they have been "unlocked" by completing certain objectives; there are also many tasks which are optional or non-linear. Certain locations in the game are initially blocked from the player until they progress to a certain stage, such as the islands in the Northern Hemisphere and fortresses on several of the islands in the Southern Hemisphere.

Plot

The game is set on the fictional planet Twinsun, which has a sun for each hemisphere. Four species populate Twinsun; Quetchs are similar to humans, Spheros are round creatures, Grobos resemble anthropomorphic elephants and Rabibunnies resemble anthropomorphic rabbits. All peoples of Twinsun have been herded into the Southern hemisphere by the tyrant Dr Funfrock, who has subjugated the planet with an army of clones which travel using teleport machines. The player character is a young Quetch named Twinsen, who has been incarcerated in an asylum because of his prophetic dreams.[3]

Play starts within the asylum, the first objective of the game is to escape from Twinsen's cell.[3] The player must gather four magical objects (Ancestral Tunic, Book of Bu, Sendell's Medallion, and the Flask of Clear Water) and overthrow the villain, Dr. Funfrock. On the way, Twinsen encounters many obstacles, like Funfrock's clone army, mutated monsters and various traps. Twinsen must also free his girlfriend Zoe, and fulfill the legend of Sendell.

Music

The music for the game was composed by Frenchman Philippe Vachey[4] who also composed music for Little Big Adventure 2.

Characters

Twinsen is the hero of the game. The chosen one of the planet, heir to its prophecy, he must gather magical objects and sabotage FunFrock's reign. He is voiced by Sylvain Caruso in French, and Dana Westberg in English.

Zoe is Twinsen's girlfriend. She is captured by two Grobo clones prior to the beginning of the game. Near the end of the game, Twinsen rescues what he thinks is Zoe, but turns out to be a clone, which the player must destroy in order to rediscover the inventory items. Twinsen rescues the real Zoe at the very end of the game. She is voiced by Julie Bataille in French, and Trish Kessler-Caffrey in English.

Jerome Baldino (better known as Baldino) is the local inventor on Proxima Island. He aids Twinsen in the game with his protopack, which the player must use to rob a museum. He only appears for a short time, though he plays a bigger part in Little Big Adventure 2. He is voiced by Sylvain Caruso in French, and Christian Erickson in English.

FunFrock is the main antagonist of the game. He is the dictator of Twinsun who controls the planet using three powers: cloning, teleportation and mutant breeding. His true goal is to achieve the God-like status by destroying Sendell, the goddess of the planet. After Twinsen defeats him, the planet is peaceful again, and no longer under the reign of terror. It is revealed in Little Big Adventure 2 that Twinsen actually killed a clone of Funfrock in the end of the game. He is voiced by Pierre-Alain De Garrigues in French, and Christian Erickson in English.

Dino-Fly is a dinosaur with wings, roosting on top of Tippet Island. He says he has been waiting for the heir (who is Twinsen) for centuries. He helps Twinsen get to the other islands of the northern hemisphere of Twinsun. He is voiced by Pierre-Alain De Garrigues in French, and Christian Erickson in English.

Sendell is the goddess of Twinsun. She calls Twinsen for help in his dreams, warning him of FunFrock's dictatorship. She and other Sendells are watching over a Stellar Entity that is in gestation in the center of Twinsun. She is seen briefly in the ending cutscene. She is voiced by Julie Bataille in French, and Trish Kessler-Caffrey in English.

References

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Little Big Adventure
Developer(s) Adeline Software International
Publisher(s)
Platform(s) PC (MS-DOS), PlayStation
Release date(s) PC
  • EU October 1994
PlayStation
  • JP July 19, 1996
  • EU March 1997
Genre(s) Action-adventure game
Mode(s) Single player
Rating(s)
  • ELSPA: all ages (PC edition)
    11+ (PS edition)
  • USK: 6
Media CD-ROM, Floppy disk
System requirements

At least 33MHz 386 (486DX2-66 recomm.)
4 MB RAM (8 MB recomm.)
11 MB free hard disk space
256 colors SVGA VEGA-compatible video card with 512 KB RAM
At least MS-DOS 5.0
Single-Speed CD-ROM drive (Double-Speed recomm.)
SoundBlaster or compatible sound card

Little Big Adventure (LBA) is a PC game made by Adeline Software International and first released at the end of 1994. It was released in Europe by Electronic Arts and in North America, Asia and Oceania under the name Relentless: Twinsen's Adventure by Activision, with the game selling over 400,000 copies worldwide in the first release.[1] The game was initially released in a CD-ROM version and some time later in a floppy disk version; the CD-ROM version featured full motion video, music and speech whereas the floppy disk version has MIDI music files and still images to replace the videos. The game was later ported to the PlayStation, and released in Europe and Japan. A sequel was released under the name of Little Big Adventure 2 (also known as Twinsen's Odyssey).

Contents

Gameplay

Little Big Adventure is viewed from a pseudo 3D isometric perspective (the game field is rotated 45 degrees). All characters and vehicles in the game, including some props in the world, are real 3D polygon-based objects, allowing for full rotation and movement abilities. After completion of certain tasks the player is presented with a full motion video sequence. The character the player controls is called Twinsen, who has 4 different modes of behavior, each of which is useful in the different situations players encounter.[2] Twinsen also has an inventory where he can store objects he finds.

The game's genre is a real-time adventure. It combines several action game/arcade sequences and some elements from the role-playing game genre. The game's gameplay is partially free-roaming, allowing the player to travel around the islands once they have been "unlocked" by completing certain objectives; there are also many tasks which are optional or non-linear. Certain locations in the game are initially blocked from the player until they progress to a certain stage, such as the islands in the Northern Hemisphere and fortresses on several of the islands in the Southern Hemisphere.

Plot

The game is set on the fictional planet Twinsun, which has a sun for each hemisphere. Four species populate Twinsun; Quetchs are similar to humans, Spheros are round creatures, Grobos resemble anthropomorphic elephants and Rabibunnies resemble anthropomorphic rabbits. All peoples of Twinsun have been herded into the Southern hemisphere by the tyrant Dr Funfrock, who has subjugated the planet with an army of clones which travel using teleport machines. The player character is a young Quetch named Twinsen, who has been incarcerated in an asylum because of his prophetic dreams.[3]

Play starts within the asylum, the first objective of the game is to escape from Twinsen's cell.[3] The player must gather four magical objects (Ancestral Tunic, Book of Bu, Sendell's Medallion, and the Flask of Clear Water) and overthrow the villain, Dr. Funfrock. On the way, Twinsen encounters many obstacles, like Funfrock's clone army, mutated monsters and various traps. Twinsen must also free his girlfriend Zoe, and fulfill the legend of Sendell.

Music

The music for the game was composed by Frenchman Philippe Vachey[4] who also composed music for Little Big Adventure 2.

Characters

Twinsen is the hero of the game. The chosen one of the planet, heir to its prophecy, he must gather magical objects and sabotage FunFrock's reign. He is voiced by Sylvain Caruso in French, and Dana Westberg in English.

Zoe is Twinsen's girlfriend. She is captured by two Grobo clones prior to the beginning of the game. Near the end of the game, Twinsen rescues what he thinks is Zoe, but turns out to be a clone, which the player must destroy in order to rediscover the inventory items. Twinsen rescues the real Zoe at the very end of the game. She is voiced by Julie Bataille in French, and Trish Kessler-Caffrey in English.

Jerome Baldino (better known as Baldino) is the local inventor on Proxima Island. He aids Twinsen in the game with his protopack, which the player must use to rob a museum. He only appears for a short time, though he plays a bigger part in Little Big Adventure 2. He is voiced by Sylvain Caruso in French, and Christian Erickson in English.

FunFrock is the main antagonist of the game. He is the dictator of Twinsun who controls the planet using three powers: cloning, teleportation and mutant breeding. His true goal is to achieve the God-like status by destroying Sendell, the goddess of the planet. After Twinsen defeats him, the planet is peaceful again, and no longer under the reign of terror. It is revealed in Little Big Adventure 2 that Twinsen actually killed a clone of Funfrock in the end of the game. He is voiced by Pierre-Alain De Garrigues in French, and Christian Erickson in English.

Dino-Fly is a dinosaur with wings, roosting on top of Tippet Island. He says he has been waiting for the heir (who is Twinsen) for centuries. He helps Twinsen get to the other islands of the northern hemisphere of Twinsun. He is voiced by Pierre-Alain De Garrigues in French, and Christian Erickson in English.

Sendell is the goddess of Twinsun. She calls Twinsen for help in his dreams, warning him of FunFrock's dictatorship. She and other Sendells are watching over a Stellar Entity that is in gestation in the centre of Twinsun. She is seen briefly in the ending cutscene. She is voiced by Julie Bataille in French, and Trish Kessler-Caffrey in English.

References

External links


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