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  • Summary: New York...Without knowing how or why, Brian, a student on the verge of graduating from college, is attacked by Mafia gangsters. During his desperate getaway, in the company of a mysterious striptease dancer, he ends up meeting a wide range of unusual characters. But which ones are trying toNew York...Without knowing how or why, Brian, a student on the verge of graduating from college, is attacked by Mafia gangsters. During his desperate getaway, in the company of a mysterious striptease dancer, he ends up meeting a wide range of unusual characters. But which ones are trying to help him and which ones are planning to blow his head off? You will have to be very ingenious to figure it out, without forgetting that nobody is who they seem in this explosive mixture of murder, money, ambition, santeria rituals and deception...a whole lot of deception. [Tri Synergy] Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 19
  2. Negative: 1 out of 19
  1. I don't know if it's a classic - only time can tell if Runaway deserves a place alongside the timeless - but this is the one of the most balanced and enjoyable adventures of these last years.
  2. In a day and age where storyline is always key, Runaway: A Road Adventure delivers a golden gameplay experience.
  3. Runaway is the best adventure game out right now, and my early nominee of the best adventure game this year.
  4. On the visual front, everything about Runaway: A Road Adventure screams style. Rather than going with pre-rendered backdrops and stiff CG animated characters, Runaway instead gives us beautifully detailed cartoon landscapes populated with very animated, and believable 2D and 3D characters.
  5. Brings the adventure much needed color and style; but in the end it succumbs to the same faults as other games before it.
  6. The environments are lushly vivid, featuring top-notch hand-drawn art, and the puzzles can be maddeningly complex, so if you're looking for a solid adventure title, Runaway is the way to go. [Nov 2003, p.96]
  7. The bimbo of graphic adventure games: both pretty and stupid... When the puzzle solutions aren't illogical, they're horrifically repetitive. [Dec 2003, p.129]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 11
  2. Negative: 2 out of 11
  1. AbelC.
    Sep 15, 2003
    10
    Great i just got it. i recommend it!
  2. CallumB.
    Jul 3, 2006
    10
    Great game, great characters, great music, funny too. This game is great, can't wait for number 2. A must for all cartoon-adventure fans.
  3. Jul 19, 2012
    10
    Nice story,great characters, Great game for point-and-click enthusiasts. Very funny in some moments, the puzzle can be challenging. FinalNice story,great characters, Great game for point-and-click enthusiasts. Very funny in some moments, the puzzle can be challenging. Final point, the graphics are great for its time. Worth buying. Expand
  4. Feb 21, 2014
    7
    It was interesting to play it so long time after release. It is a fun point-and-click game but with the recent "advancements" from the sceneIt was interesting to play it so long time after release. It is a fun point-and-click game but with the recent "advancements" from the scene such as hotspot-highlight. I missed a lot of objects due to the lack of this feature and had to revert to a walkthrough. It doesn't run in windowed mode nor could I change the resolution (my monitor doesn't like 1024x768). Expand
  5. OdinW.
    Jan 27, 2004
    6
    This game is so buggy for once, I had to find an unofficial patch to complete it :/ I'm glad there is a classic kind of adventure out This game is so buggy for once, I had to find an unofficial patch to complete it :/ I'm glad there is a classic kind of adventure out there, the graphics are quite good but it shows the creators aren't skilled enough to move the videos while somebody is talking...very stupid looking. The audio is pretty good though, and the story isn't so bad either. Good locations but illogical puzzles make this a mediocre game, you'll play through it once and then it's surely forgotten quickly. Let's hope the latino crew can dish out another game with less bugs and better puzzles next. Oh, Gina surely isn't hot... Expand
  6. Nov 11, 2014
    5
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. PLEASE READ BEFORE YOU BUY!
    I don't understand why this game has so many maxed out reviews. The storyline is most average, characters annoying and shallow, gameplay is tedious and the puzzles illogical or plain stupid.
    I love point&click games and that's why I gave it 5/10 but compared to, let's say, Syberia, it looks like a stream of bat's piss next to Niagara waterfall.
    Most appaling thing that just kicks you in the face is the lack of properly developed characters. It's just too quick - you move from foreplay straight to orgasm without any intercourse. For example: Halfway through the game the main character (I can't even remember his name) thinks his companion Gina is dead. And there is a WTF cutscene where he recalls all his memories about her. The problem is, those memories are from the last few days and not much really happened, while the cutscene blows it out of proportions trying to make it look like a great true love that will last forever in a sort of Titanic movie style. He barely knew her, there wasn't anything between them - she was actually treating him like a lawn mower while flashing her huge 'bewbs' in front of his nerdy glasses. Why did he bother in the first place?
    Also the change from a book-lusting physicist to a coolest guy in the world is so one dimensional, so obvious, so unoriginal. The first symptom (obviously) of becoming a cool guy is loosing your glasses. That's right boys and girls, glasses make you look and act like a nerd.
    One strange thing - maybe it's just me but the game tries to be sexy. It's all about nice looking bodies, muscles, etc. It's nothing wrong but totally doesn't fit this kind of game. Or maybe just this game.
    The puzzles require you to pick up everything from the map (sometimes it is just one pixel to grab a thing and you can hardly see anything worth noticing) and combining a few things in the inventory. Sometimes you have to just guess what the author wanted to do (basketball and the dancing tranny), sometimes you have to cringe in your chair as you make bullets out of lipsticks...
    Eh...
    Buy this game if you must.
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  7. Jan 27, 2014
    2
    Most of the game time was spent in either (a) watching my toon take incredibly long walks across the screen or (b) watching incredibly longMost of the game time was spent in either (a) watching my toon take incredibly long walks across the screen or (b) watching incredibly long and uninteresting cut-scene sequences which could not be bypassed...

    This game motivated me to create an account and write a review. Which is saying something. I have never been so annoyed with a game. I don't think I laughed once, so if humor was intended it missed widely. The dialogue was about three times as much as necessary.
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