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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 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. There's no way around it: Runaway is an instant classic, and an absolute must-own for all adventure game fans.
  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 10
  2. Negative: 2 out of 10
  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. 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 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 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. Jan 14, 2013
    5
    There are so many things I dislike about this game. Actually, everything about this game falls under the dislike subheading. So here we go, lets list some problems!

    Cons
    -The characters are uninteresting and the relationship between the two main characters is unrealistic. Basically in the beginning of the game your guy runs over a lady who is being hunted by the mafia and you must help her on her journey. What really bothers me is she always pulls the "oh, so you're just going to leave me? Some guy you are" routine and he should yell "LADY, I DON'T EVEN KNOW YOU!!" but he never does. Why? Boobs. She has nice boobs. And sultry voice. Sultry yet annoying. Like a lady obviously trying to use the power of boobs to get what she wants. I hate her for being this type of person and I hate him for being stupid enough to go along with it. -Gameplay... is annoying. Being that this is a point and click adventure you have to pick up lots of things off the ground. However it's extremely hard to distinguish what is an option to picked up and what is merely the background. This makes you have to finely go over every screen with your mouse. I've done this and still got stuck and had to refer to a walk-through. It turns out I missed an item I was supposed to pick up. This happens all the time! The logic to most of the puzzles....is sometimes far-fetched. Something I could get over if everything else didn't suck so much.
    -The lip syncing is terrible but that doesn't really bother me so much.

    Positives:
    -I've heard people say they liked the soundtrack. I guess. Sure.
    -The graphic style is ok.
    -All the "ethnic" people are just stereotypes. Which is hilarious. For awhile.
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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 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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