The title literally translates into "Sadistic King Rance". Some places translate the title as "Ghost" or "Ghost Rance", because the first kanji character in "Kichikuou (Sadistic King)" means "Ghost" in Chinese. Also, because it was released after Rance 4, some English sites/forums calls this game "Rance 5", which at times gets confused with the real Rance 5D.
This game is not part of the official Rance universe timeline, forking off after the events of Rance 4.2, as a "What if" episode.
The prelude starts with Rance leading a band of bandits in rural Helman Empire. The Imperial Patrol crushed his band with overwhelming force, and captured his slave, Sill. Rance fled to the borders of Leazas where he was rescued by Kanami, personal ninja of Lia, queen of Leazas.
Eager to take revenge upon Helman and rescue his slave Sill, Rance agreed to marry Lia. As the new king of Leazas, Rance set his first step on a path that eventually leads to world domination, or death.
- Published by Alice Soft in Japan on December 19, 1996 (first edition).
- Re-Published by Alice Soft in Japan on April 4, 1997 (goodie-less edition).
- OS：Windows 95
- CPU: Pentium 100 MHz or higher
- Memory： 16 MB or higher
- HDD：60 MB or higher
- Sound： CD, WAVE
- Age: 18 or older
- Product serial: ALS-0023
- JAN Code: T4988650-600176
For guides and more information, see w:c:AliceSoft:Kichikuou Rance