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  • Summary: The adventure is made up of 6 main chapters. Players can explore more than 100 different places in all four corners of the globe: Alaska, Hawaii, underwater or in the sky, in the heart of the jungle or on board a huge yacht. There are tons of different colourful places, marvellous backdrops for an unforgettable adventure. Pendulo Studio has concocted a large number of tasty puzzles and scintillating enigmas of advancing difficulty levels for players to solve. But Pendulo Studio has also taken care that nobody will get stuck for too long in certain game passages; difficulty levels in comparison with the first episode remain the same. All players have to do is open their eyes and ears for clues that emerge throughout and deploy the basic level of nous required for all adventure games. [Pendulo Studios] Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 26
  2. Negative: 1 out of 26
  1. Brilliant story and characters, clever and challenging puzzles and a gripping pace, all presented almost perfectly.
  2. I prefer more puzzles (as opposed to inventory conundrums) in my games as a rule but didn't miss them here. It's bright, it's breezy, it's a great bit of fun — what more can you ask for!
  3. In the end, the prettiness of Runaway: The Dream of the Turtle does not entirely make up for its average sound and gameplay, but despite some of its flaws, it is still an entertaining game, and fans of the original, or those seeking a nice looking and light-hearted adventure game, will more than likely appreciate this sequel.
  4. Runaway: The Dream of the Turtle never really lives up to the likes of long-established adventure franchises from LucasArts. Quite simply, they don't make 'em like they used to.
  5. The visual calisthenics in Runaway 2: The Dream of the Turtle are a sheer triumph. But the dialogue-tree hula hoops will simply leave you out of breath.
  6. A bit more attention to the puzzles, the pace and the script, and this old-school adventure might have been more of a turtle's dream than a turtle's head. [June 2007, p.77]
  7. 40
    A failure. Despite the excellent art, and even ignoring the frustrating puzzles, the biggest problem here lies in a group of obnoxiously stereotypical characters working their way through bad dialogue and a poorly plotted and paced script, topped off with three horrifying words: "To Be Continued..."

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 9
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  3. Negative: 2 out of 9
  1. ZekeJ.
    Mar 19, 2007
    This game is surprisingly cool. This game is apparently 100% "Made in Spain" (though you would never know it from playing, besides some historical references in a couple of hilarious screens!) Being an adventure buff myself, I had already played Runaway: A Road Adventure, with some of the same characters, though I actually liked the characters in Runaway: The Dream of the Turtle even more, especially Lokelani, a hot Hawaiian bartender in a skimpy outfit who claims to have gone out with men from all over the planet! But getting to the main point, the game is purely and simply FUN, probably 'cuz the different places you travel to are wildly different, including tropical & snowy places, cities, boats, ruins... And the graphics and artwork are breathtaking. The visual style is completely different from any other adventures, which makes the experience refreshing. I played almost straight through over a week, since I was dying to find out where the adventure would take me next. As for the puzzles in this point-and-click game, I would say they are moderate. Some in the beginning were a bit easier, but a couple had me stumped as I moved on to later chapters. As always, the characters give you many a clue and hint, and in The Dream of the Turtle, the characters have a lot to say! Which is good, because the dialogue and script are really funny and well-done. One of the aspects I most enjoyed was that the writing seemed very well-thought-out and was actually aimed at an audience with a thinking mind on its shoulders! This includes a uge number of references to books, movies, famous personages, and other games. And some really good humorous moments, especially one involving the invocation of a poultry god in which we hear numerous gutt-bustingly funny poems dedicated to some sort of chicken deity. More technically speaking, the music and sound effects are both excellent. You can tell that an enormous amount of effort was put into every detail in this sense, as with everything graphic, as well. Anyway, I think the game will be a total surprise for everyone who decides to jump in and play. Expand
  2. Jul 19, 2012
    Definately worth the money, one of the best point and clicks I have seen in a while. I loved the story and where it brought me in the game. I just couldn't stop playing it until it was over, then I moved on to the next amazing Pendulo game. Expand
  3. JohnT.
    Mar 23, 2007
    At this point in time hating on adventures is the cool thing to do, you will very rarely see a game site giving a 2d adventure game (or any for that matter) a good review, despite the quality of the game. So don't listen to the majority of the reviews on this one. This game is great, quality graphics, great voice acting, interesting puzzles, and a great comic style. One of the best adventure games in many years. Expand
  4. AndrewM.
    Jan 1, 2007
    Wonderful. If there is such a thing as a classic adventure game, then this comes mighty close. It improves on all the weak spots from the first, which were few, and delivers a genuinely entertaining, witty and challenging adventure experience. I loved it! Bring on the sequel...and please another after that. Expand
  5. RobE.
    Feb 23, 2007
    A cute, fun adventure game. The Graphics are wonderful, and it's nice to see hot babes in this genre. The characters seem to be cell shaded 3d, they look great. Many of the puzzles are entirely annoying however, like you'll know you have to do something, but it won't give you a positive unless you do something else first. Expand
  6. Mar 6, 2014
    Nice continuation from the previous game. Graphically good, but no option to change resolution or go windowed. The story is good and I managed to get halfway through without using a walkthrough. The puzzles aren't that complicated, but almost always, one has to speak to someone or look at something before something else can be picked up. Since Brian usually refuses to interact with these objects at first, one ends up trying most things with most other things over again, or going through dialog trees again to see if one option was missed. I can't decide if the game ends without resolution or is just paced wrongly. Its 10 hour gameplay suggests the latter; the conclusion and explanations are left to the sequel. Expand
  7. N7pSTRRexus
    Sep 9, 2007
    Bad graphics and old gameplay is the only thing you will find in this game.

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