From Japan To Russia – Nippon Saves Inc & The Big Red Adventure.

I am not sure why this was new to me back in 2002, i used to follow the Amiga 100% and especially the games yet i somehow managed to forget that The Big Red Adventure was actually the sequel to Nippon Saves Inc.

This game series have quite the backstory and when i started digging i found lots of cool stuff about it.

I was always a huge fan of Nippon Saves Inc, i completed it and i wanted more due to the Asian/Jap styled graphics and so on, very few games on the Amiga had such a story/theme.

Nippon Saves Inc. was and still is quite funny, well designed and with enough locations and style to keep most gamers intrested in it, that is if they’re Adventure game lovers.

The Amiga box is quite extra ordinary really, it is a thick hard carbon box with a flip case design, and unlike many games on the Amiga, it is stacked with “collectibles”.

DSC_0888There wasn’t many games that i know of that had all these kind of things in it back in the 80s and early 90s.

Luckily i managed to take care of the box and all of its stuff for 20+ years now and by the looks of things, the box and its stuff in mint condition is quite rare.

It was not long after the release of NSI that they(Dynabyte) anounced they had a new game in development and that it was to be a CD32 game and this is where i lost track of it, more or less anyways.

And now over to its sequel, The Big Red Adventure.

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A year or so later pictures of a new adventure game for the CD32 appeared and while i do remember them i still never connected the two.

The Big Red Adventure from Core Design was eventually cancelled for the Amiga CD32 and nothing was ever heard of it, all they said was that it was never released was due to the dvindling Amiga market. (and i guess due to CORE Design left the Amiga market?).

A few years after that, a company called Ludomedia and an known Amiga hardware company called PowerComputing anounced that they was to resurrect this game and that it was set to be released for Amiga CD (yep, not CD32…).

I bought it on release, but i never got around to play it, The Playstation kept me too busy so i forgot about most games on the Amiga except for the AAA ones that is.

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The game came in a boring black box and nothing told me that it was a game i would like and by then i had totally forgot about it being from Dynabyte, afterall the box said Ludomedia…

5 years or so later was when i found out that it was the sequel to Nippon, for some reason (most likely someone on IRC said i should) and it was about time too since i was into adventure games and i was in the need to move away from the Playstation scene too.

It only took me a few minutes to notice how similar this game felt to something i had played before, the graphics and design was one of them yet i had never had the pleasure to play anything Russian before, well except for Tetris…

I started looking around but it wasn’t until the references to Nippon came in the game, well there had been a few earlier in the game too but for some reason those somewhat managed to pass by me.

Its odd how things end up in Amiga land, this was supposed to have been a heavy hitter on the CD32, an Exclusive CD32 game and it was dropped and then went under the radar and it didn’t help that Dynabyte had changed name to Ludomedia by then (1997?) either.

I never tried this game back when it was new, i never hyped it up and i regret that as PowerComputing deserved more thumbs up for their games and hardware releases.

Haven’t tried any of these two games?, do it now!, they’re funny, they involves criminals and lots of “bank/money etc” safes and they do look good even today.

 

11 thoughts on “From Japan To Russia – Nippon Saves Inc & The Big Red Adventure.

  1. g0blin

    I have Nippon Safes inside AmigaForever release. Never tried The Big Red Adventure before. I guess I must.
    Thanks for pointing them out!

  2. g0blin commented on AmigaGuru’s GamerBlog:

    I have Nippon Safes inside AmigaForever release. Never tried The Big Red Adventure before. I guess I must.
    Thanks for pointing them out!

  3. You should try them, they have stuff in common with your game ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. oh and yes, wish my facebook plugin worked better ๐Ÿ™ , all comments posted in blog goes to FB fine but not other way around :-(,

    you and many others are missing out on some good comments.

    PS: yes i need to fix this problem.. only good thing is that the “like” button works atleast, a good way to measure activity for all of us. approx 10% of all visitors press “like” on articles atm it seems, sometimes less. I need to do better articles i guess :p- .

  5. oh and yes, wish my facebook plugin worked better ๐Ÿ™ , all comments posted in blog goes to FB fine but not other way around :-(,

    you and many others are missing out on some good comments.

    PS: yes i need to fix this problem.. only good thing is that the “like” button works atleast, a good way to measure activity for all of us. approx 10% of all visitors press “like” on articles atm it seems, sometimes less. I need to do better articles i guess :p- .

  6. g0blin

    Your articles are great, it’s just that people sometimes don’t bother to interact. Not everyone understands that even a little comment from his/her part is indeed a huge motivation for the editors.

  7. g0blin commented on AmigaGuru’s GamerBlog:

    Your articles are great, it’s just that people sometimes don’t bother to interact. Not everyone understands that even a little comment from his/her part is indeed a huge motivation for the editors.

  8. join up on Facebook ๐Ÿ™‚ , quite a few nice comments there ๐Ÿ™‚
    looks like i might fix the plugin now yet FB keep changing the code so who knows for how long it will work.

  9. To my understanding “KGB” is also from same makers as Nippon Safes Inc. and Big Red Adventure, but i could be wrong. It is adventure, but it is from eye point of view as far as i recall, in way of Heart of China and Rise of the Dragon. Never had the pleasure of having played the full version of KGB, only the demoversion.

    • No, KGB was from the french developer Cryo, Cryo made two popular games on the Amiga and that was KGB and Dune.

      Lost Eden and Megarace (both CD titles/*CD32) was cancelled shortly after announced due to the fall of Commodore in 1994.

    • HOC and Rise Of The Dragon was 2 awesome games!, loved them and still do today.

      maybe time for a retrospective on them :O

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