Mixed or average reviews - based on 9 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 9
  2. Negative: 0 out of 9
  1. Overall, there is much to recommend in this handheld conversion, but if you’ve played the PC version already, bear in mind that it’s only a port.
  2. 80
    After two years we can finally get this decent adaptation of the franchise to Nintendo DS. The formula is still working as then, although the technical limitations have caused the game to lose some of that "personal touch" Pendulo Studios gave to the original.
  3. Games Master UK
    A predictable theme for a graphic adventure compensated [for] by obvious affection for the genre. [Jan 2009, p.84]
  4. 70
    Cyanide Studio has done certainly delivered quite an impressive PC-to-DS port, managing to keep all of the video sequences intact and amending the control set-up to better suit the touch-screen input of Nintendo's portable.
  5. Despite its problems, Runaway: The Dream of the Turtle is still playable on the DS, and fans of the genre looking for some portable point-and-clicking will find themselves with a game to really get stuck into. You’re going to have to forgive a lot of minor annoyances, though.
  6. AceGamez
    Runaway: The Dream of the Turtle is a decent adventure game that I do recommend, even though the control system on the DS leaves a lot to be desired; there is room for improvement and I'm hopeful that the developer will take this on board for future releases.
  7. Nintendo Gamer
    This one is let down slightly by a poor conversion from the PC original. [Feb 2008, p.71]
  8. Runaway offers a testing environment to frustrate your grey matter.
  9. Runaway: The Dream of the Turtle's woeful mechanics and clunky puzzle solving turn a promising adventure into a bit of a nightmare.

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