[=AliceSoft=] is an [[HGame eroge]] developer, one of the oldest in existence. Although they are perhaps not as well known as the truly big groups like [[{{Nasuverse}} Type-MOON]] and Creator/KeyVisualArts, [=AliceSoft=] has managed to carve out a niche for itself by incorporating interesting and involved gameplay elements that occasionally challenge the player. Where other developers will eschew gameplay in favour of [[DoingItForTheArt telling a fantastic story]] or cutting straight to the [[PornWithoutPlot heart of the matter]], [=AliceSoft=] embraces it wholeheartedly to the point that many of their works on this wiki could be classified as both {{Video Game}}s and {{Visual Novel}}s.

The company began in 1989 making games for the {{PC88}}, {{MSX}} and {{PC98}}. These included a VisualNovel known as ''Intruder'' and the very first ''Rance'' game, chronicling the adventures of everyone's favorite HeroicComedicSociopath as he searched for and "rescued" kidnapped girls. They continued to release games in uninterrupted succession until 2008.

Many of [=AliceSoft=]'s games tend to be either {{Eastern RPG}}s, {{Dating Sim}}s or TurnBasedStrategy Games and have a penchant for [[AffectionateParody sly, subtle jabs]] at elements of anime and Japanese pop culture in general. Their more beloved titles fall squarely in the ExplicitContent category and have high quality soundtracks courtesy of their in-house composers. Occasionally the company will allow its games to be adapted into short [=OVAs=] that tend to overemphasise the "porn" aspect of the works.

Alright, let's face it. Most people know of them because of ''Rance''.

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!Notable [=AliceSoft=] titles include:
* The Rance Series
** ''Rance/[[UpdatedRerelease Rance 01]] - Search For Hikari''
** ''Rance II/Rance 02 - The Rebellious Maidens''
** ''Rance III - The Fall of Leazas''
** ''Rance IV - Legacy Of the Sect''
** ''Rance 4.1 - Save the Medicine Plant!''
** ''Rance 4.2 - Angel Group''
** ''Kichikuou Rance''
** ''Rance 5D - Lonely Girl''
** ''Rance VI - Collapse of Zeth''
** ''Sengoku Rance''
** ''Rance Quest''
*** ''Rance Quest [[ExpansionPack Magnum]]''
** ''Rance IX - The Helman Revolution''
* The Miki-chan series (Made back when they were called Champion Soft)
** ''Sarawareta Miki-chan''
** ''VideoGame/LittlePrincess''
** ''Little Vampire''
* The ''Toushin Toshi/Tournament of the Gods'' series
** ''Toushin Toshi''
** ''Toushin Toshi II''
** ''Toushin Toshi III''
* ''Darcrows''
* ''Beat Angel Escalayer''
* ''Beat Blades Haruka''
* The Dai Series
** ''Daiakuji''
** ''Daibanchou/Big Bang Age''
** ''Daiteikoku''
* ''[[VisualNovel/AtlachNacha Atlach=Nacha]]''
* ''Pastel Chime''
** ''Pastel Chime Continue''
* ''Ultra Magical Girl Manana'' (A serial in Visual Novel form chronicling the adventures of the titular magical girl)
* ''Mamatoto ~A Record of War~''
** ''Mamanyonyo''
** ''{{VideoGame/Widenyo}}'' (a remake of ''Mamanyonyo'')

!!Tropes That Apply To This Company

* TheAce: The main characters of the ''Dai'' games are all incredibly talented alpha males who excel in pretty much everything. While Rance has slowly raised himself to this position in his games, the stand out example for the longest time was Rick Addison, who is presented as handsome, intelligent and better at fighting than Rance.
* AffectionateParody: ''Rance'' is one to pretty much every medieval fantasy RPG, though particularly ''{{Ys}}'' and ''DungeonsAndDragons''.
** ''Big Bang Age'' follows suit, parodying 80's shonen fighting anime as well as fighting games such as ''VideoGame/RivalSchools'' and ''Franchise/StreetFighter''.
** ''Dateikoku'' manages to be on to both the SpaceOpera genre and ''all of World War II''.
* AfroAssKicker: Recurring character Abao Akuu sports a fantastic futuristic looking afro and is almost always a strong unit when playable.
* AllThereInTheManual: Pretty much the case with every game they make, though none quite like the ''Rance'' series, where there are several ''volumes'' worth of tie-in books that explain the history of the setting.
* AntiHero: Their protagonists manage to fall all across the spectrum. Rance and Akuji accomplish heroic goals, but are overall sociopathic sex offenders who are frequently hard to sympathize with, Tougou and Rouga are both cocky and arrogant but are otherwise entirely heroic characters, while Nanus and Kentarou are straight-laced heroes who frequently get the short end of the stick due to their wimpiness.
* ArtEvolution: Considering how the company has been around since the late 80s, there's been a lot of this. Especially noticeable in the Rance series.
* AuthorAppeal: TADA, the Director of the ''Rance'' Series, Executive Vice President, the chief of the Game developing department, and the one in charge of marketing the [=AliceSoft=] brand, likes [[{{Cloudcuckoolander}} silly girls]], {{Meganekko}}, [=RPGs=], Global History (especially Pre-UsefulNotes/WW2), {{Romantic Comed|y}}ies, [[{{Tsundere}} both insulting and comforting girls]], {{Cute Monster Girl}}s, Battleships, and Military Planes. All of these elements have appeared in [=AliceSoft=] games one way or another.
** After Tori left the company due to health reasons, TADA made a post for applicants for her position. While he didn't list any of the above likes as being requirements for the job, they were listed as requirements for being his best friend.
** TADA also has examples of Author ''Unappeal'' as well, at odds with some of the other staff members. Primarily the Rance series' [[CaptainErsatz half-assed policy on monster design]] and his dislike of {{Lolicon}}.
** Alicesoft really, '''really''' likes {{Anime/Gundam}}. You'd be hard-pressed to find a game of theirs that doesn't reference a character or mobile suit somewhere.
* AuthorAvatar: TADA once again. He calls himself "King Hanny" around the office and shouts "Moe!" when he sees a cute girl in glasses, so the haniwa are basically an exaggerated version of him.
** A few of the other staff members like to insert themselves in the games as {{Mook}}s. Notably Tori and the Iyanayastu (Fan translated as "Asshole" or "Gross Guy") as well as Plum's Ghost.
* BigBad: Played with in the ''Rance'' games. While [[EvilOverlord Kayblis]] is certainly the closest thing the setting has to a main villain, he's not actually the designated BigBad that is the Demon King, who is actually Rance's adorable ally Miki. To further his "kind of the main bad guy but not really" image, it is made abundantly clear that he's just as much a pawn in the game that the [[BiggerBad Creator Gods]] are having as anyone else and holds no real power in the grand scheme of things and is generally treated as a LaughablyEvil NoRespectGuy.
* BleachedUnderpants: Their console and handheld ports, naturally.
* BunnyEarsLawyer: Pretty much all of the most powerful people in every game has at least one quirk that makes them this. This includes the protagonists, who are generally more interested in getting laid than saving the world, despite being ''very'' competent.
* BreakoutCharacter: Rance went from just another one of their protagonists to the company's poster boy. In fact, he was so popular that he dominated the Visual Novel Character Polls for ''years'' before the poll became exclusively for female characters. It says a lot when the most popular character from an {{Eroge}} is a guy.
* BreatherEpisode: ''Rance Quest'', which takes place in the shadow of [[spoiler: Rance's HeroicBSOD]], is significantly more lighthearted and less plot heavy than the games proceeding and following it and serves as a way of setting up plot points for the next games rather than actually advancing the plot itself.
* CerebusSyndrome: While the ''Rance'' series always had genuinely serious moments, they were primarily meant to be wacky parodies. Starting with ''Rance VI'', however, the series has become more and more focused on telling an epic story and the humor, while still very prevalent, has become less and less prominent over time.
* ChallengeGamer: The games can be NintendoHard to begin with, but players have created a ridiculous number of SelfImposedChallenge anyway, such as:
** Beating Free For All mode in ''Sengoku Rance'' as the Hara nation (starts pitifully weak, is right next to Owari with a Rance unit that is more powerful than in Story mode, Princess Aki is constantly spending your money).
** Doing the above as the Haniwa instead (generally easier than Hara because you can automatically get a free commander every turn and the units are cheap, but are weak. Not to mention you're wedged between Tokugawa, Houjou, and the extremely powerful Takeda house). The one thing helping your case is that the Haniwa are immune to magic, and since the Houjou are diviners...
** Purposely keeping yourself in debt in ''Big Bang Age'', or keeping yourself from using what are generally considered the best units.
** Not savescumming in ''Daiteikoku''. Actually, this one is considered not so much challenging as it is suicide, because of how much the RNG god controls that game.
* CharClone: The most iconic one is [[WorldsStrongestMan Rick]] [[{{Bishounen}} Addison]] of the ''Rance'' series, but [[BadassBiker Idagawa]] [[TheRival Ren]] from ''Daibanchou'' and [[EagleLander Eagle]] [[WorthyOpponent Douglas]] from ''Daiteikoku'' also fit the bill.
** RecurringTraveller Abao Akuu more or less ''is'' Char except with a ridiculous design featuring a bright pink spacesuit and afro. Nearly every word out of his mouth is taken directly from the man himself.
* CrutchCharacter: Due to the NintendoHard nature of most of their games, the player is generally given a character who can steamroll most of the early game with ease (Ferris and Rick from ''Rance'', Shibagami from ''Daiteikoku''), but rendering them unusable after certain events to prevent the player from relying solely on them. Interestingly, the ''main characters'' of each of the three ''Dai'' games also manage to be this due to having ''far'' better stats than pretty much every other playable character, particularly early on, but are incapable of getting character cleared, meaning they'll never get any NewGamePlus bonuses like the other characters.
* CuteMonsterGirl: Played with for Gal Monsters. While most of the Gal Monsters have both "cute" and "girl" down, some of them are lacking in the "monster" department. This is rather apparent in certain classes of Gal Monsters like Magician and Valkyrie, who don't have ''any'' part of "monster" on them.
* DoingItForTheArt: TADA stepped down from being President of [=AliceSoft=] to make the last few games of the ''Rance'' series, the best thing [=AliceSoft=] has ever made.
** Even though he has officially left the company due to health reasons, Shade (their in-house composer) said that he's making sure he sees the ''Rance'' series through to the end, because he can't see it going on without his scores.
* DefiledForever: Averted in the ''Rance'' series, actually. When [[spoiler: Kouhime]] is raped and is depressed because she believes she cannot marry anymore... Rance tells her guys like that don't count, makes fun of the rapists' small penises, and promises to marry her himself if no one else will take her.
* DoesNotLikeMen: ''Rance!'' He finds ugly men to be hideous wastes of space and attractive men to be threats to his harem, to a point where he'll kill a man in a heart beat if he [[DisproportionateRetribution annoys him too much]]. There are a small handful of men that he doesn't hate (Patton, Gandhi, etc.) but he's still incredibly abusive towards them and frequently forgets their names. The only men who could genuinely be called his friends are [[CoolSword Chaos]], [[CharClone Rick]] [[WorldsStrongestMan Addison]] and UsefulNotes/OdaNobunaga, all of whom he has a ''heavy'' VitriolicBestBuds relationship with.
** Pretty much every Alicesoft protagonist is like this, with the exception of Rouga, who values men and women equally, and Tougou, who vastly prefers women but has no problem working with men.
* {{Engrish}}: Due to their love of western settings and names, this happens ''a lot''. Ironically, the most notable case of SurprisinglyGoodEnglish (albeit a bit nonsensical) is in the opening to ''Big Bang Age'', the game that takes place in Japan.
* FountainOfExpies: They do this to themselves. Several character designs and personalities have been recycled in other games.
** ''Big Bang Age'' is on the receiving end of this to VideoGame/RivalSchools.
* HeterosexualLifePartners: Tougou and his best friend and second in command [[TheLancer Akiyama]] in ''Daiteikoku''. They've known each other for years, serve as the other's confidant in times of need and ''raise a child together''. Naturally, the HoYay gets lampshaded to hell and back, especially when one of their main crew members is a YaoiFangirl.
** Rouga and Kyoichirou from ''Daibanchou'' are also an example, with Akiyama being heavily inspired by the latter.
* TheHedonist: Rance lives exclusively for his own pleasure, and has no real interest in any of the world's affairs despite the massive amount of influence he has on them. Tougou Tsuyoshi is also more interested in sleeping around and having a good time than running a navy, though he takes his job much more seriously than Rance does.
* LighterAndSofter: ''Daibanchou'' in comparison to their others games. While there's still plenty of rape, the main character Rouga never does any of it and is more or less an AllLovingHero rather than a DesignatedHero. The following game, ''Daiteikoku''[='s=] hero Tougou Tsuyoshi is also considerably more noble and heroic than most of the other protagonists, but he's still far more of a jerk than Rouga is.
* LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters: Every game introduces dozens of new characters, all of whom are guaranteed to appear again in some capacity.
* {{Mascot}}: Alice-chan, the lovable little girl who serves as narrator (in the ''Rance'' series), dev room operator (in most of the games), and is usually on the company's logo. The Hannies are also a prominent part of their advertising.
* MascotMook: The Hannies, goofy living potteries with a love of all things {{moe}}. One is on the company's current logo.
* MenAreTheExpendableGender: Male characters who aren't Rance are generally treated like losers or are outright villains and serve no other purpose than to have their women stolen by Rance or to get beaten up or even ''killed'' by him. This has steadily been reduced as the series continues to the point of being more or less averted, as more recent games feature just as many badass male characters fighting alongside the female ones.
* MostWritersAreMale: Averted in the ''Rance'' series, of all things. Tori (main writer for ''Rance'' 2-7) is a woman, and came up with most of the traits that define Rance as a character.
* NintendoHard: Their games often have a steep learning curve, though some are definitely worse than others.
* NoExportForYou: Sadly Alicesoft isn't interested in licensing their work in the west, probably because of the media outbursts similar titles have caused in America.
* NonActionGuy: A common trend in their territory capture games is to feature one of these as your MissionControl. Examples include [[MultipleHeadCase 3G]] in ''Sengoku Rance'', [[BigBrotherMentor Zanma]] [[BoisterousWeakling Gou]] in ''Big Bang Age'', [[HeroSecretService Jun]] in ''Daiakuji'' and [[OnlySaneMan Akiyama]] [[TheLancer Keichirou]] in ''Daiteikoku''. Occasionally these characters will also be playable in game, but they'll often be a JokeCharacter with almost no use in actual combat.
* ObviousBeta: It's pretty clear that ''Rance Quest'' wasn't finished and that the ''Magnum'' expansion was how the game was meant to be,
* ObliviouslyEvil: For a degree of "evil", if the heroes of Alicesoft games (Rance, of course, being the biggest example) do morally reprehensible thing like rape, torture, etc, it's generally because they run off the InsaneTrollLogic that heroes don't do evil things, and they're the heroes, so if they do said act then they're not evil. It's actually a plot point in Rance's case, as he was subjected to a power that uses a person's inner evil to destroy them, and he was unaffected because he doesn't comprehend that he does evil things and thus has no inner evil. It generally helps that the villains in their games are usually far more cruel and depraved than the protagonists and revel in being evil.
* OnlySaneMan: At least one per game. While this position jumps around a lot in the ''Rance'' series, the most frequent holders of it are [[ButtMonkey Kanami]] and [[IceQueen Shizuka]], Rouga and Nanus serve as this in their respective games and Akiyama serves as this in ''Daiteikoku''.
* ThePowerOfLove: Technically, it's "The Power of H", but it's what powers Kouenja Sakuya's Escalayer form in ''Beat Angel Escalayer''; and Takamori Haruka's and Shihoudou Narika's Blades form in ''Beat Blades Haruka''. In both cases, it helps that love is a factor in recharging their powers faster, but having sex with a certain person gets the... recharging going.
* RatedMForManly: Surprisingly, ''Rance IX'' is an example of this. The game is primarily a war drama with a cast made predominantly of incredibly manly men doing manly things, with Rance's antics being sidelined for most of the game.
* RecycledSoundtrack: Oh, they've done this several times. Notable ones are...
** "Running to the Straight". Originated in ''Mamatoto'' as the main battle theme, it was remixed twice. The first time was in ''Sengoku Rance'' [[spoiler:just before launching the final assault on Tenma Bridge in the True Route.]] This was not included in the OST or sound test. The second time was in ''Rance IX'' [[spoiler:which is the final boss theme.]]
** "Ontology". Originated in ''Kichikuou Rance'' as Kayblis's theme, it was remixed in ''Sengoku Rance'', spelled "[[SpellMyNameWithAnS Ontlogy]]", as the battle theme for the Demon Army, appropriately enough.
** "My Glourious Days", Rance's {{Leitmotif}}, is actually not a remix from any of the [=AliceSoft=] games. It's actually a remix of the National Anthem of Eastern Germany.
* StylisticSuck: TADA's drawings in the dev room. A more classic example would be the "art" you get from Gunagan throughout the series, though that might count more towards TrueArtIsIncomprehensible.
* {{Tsundere}}: Considering the number of games they've made, there are plenty. Interestingly, the two stand out examples from the ''Rance'' series, Shizuka and Kanami lean so heavily to the tsun-tsun side that they more or less genuinely ''hate'' Rance, with the few genuine moments of kindness they show towards him leaning more towards "He's not a ''total'' asshole." than anything else. The straightest tsundere in the ''Rance'' series would be Satella, who insists that Rance is her rival despite clearly having feelings for him. Keep in mind that Satella is a demon lord who is most likely hundreds of years old and one of the most powerful characters in the setting.
** Now averted with Kanami as of Rance IX. Turns out all it took was for him to actually treat like her a girl and not just gopher/sex toy.
* {{Ubermensch}}: Both Rance and Zanma Rouga are exceptionally talented young men who rise above their fellow men to tear apart the oppressive system. Rouga is a traditional example while Rance seems more interested in enjoying himself through any means possible, with everything else simply being a side effect.

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