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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
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  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. Jul 19, 2012
    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
  2. Feb 21, 2014
    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
  3. Mar 5, 2012
    If you're partial to a cinematic experience than 'Runaway: A Road Adventure' might just be up your alley. Although on first glances it seems like a standard point and click adventure game, you'll find out that it has a completely different individual element to it that is a rarity in modern day titles. A distinctive charm if you will. The combination of 2D and 3D graphics is neat but alas the characters themselves aren't that interesting. The music is gorgeous but the main story itself is rather weak which is disappointing as it had so much potential. Expand
  4. Jan 14, 2013
    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!

    -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 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.

    -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.
  5. Jan 27, 2014
    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.
  6. Jul 29, 2011
    This game sucks and I think the positive reviews are from shills. I like these kind of adventures, but the characters are annoying and the puzzles are stupid. This is a real letdown compared to something from Lucasarts. I feel ripped off. Expand

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