For me it is easier to think that when the game starts, you have already started the climactic end boss battle of the adventure. The bad guys know you are there, so they are sending reinforcements and triggering traps all the time. You are effectively on combat rounds rpg-wise the whole game.Yeah, THAT is the definitive explanation of what's going on! It's not a dungeon crawl. It's the mad dash to get through to the bad guy's lair and FINISH HIM!
Thank you for this. It helps understand the game SO much more!