Runaway 2: The dream of the turtle

Posted by: adventurelover

Runaway 2: The dream of the turtle - 12/19/06 03:01 PM

Hello boomers

I just finished Runaway 2 and thought I 'd give you my opinion.I believe it's the best game of 2006 (although I haven't played The Awakened yet)and the funniest in years.Very smart,long funny dialogues and a lot of characters who of course don't lack the vagary of Runaway 1 's characters.The plot starts with Gina and Brian who are now together in Hawai and want to take a trip to Mala islands.That is where the surprises start so I won't reveal anything in case I spoil it for you.
The game has some wonderful graphics.Many locations to explore and the opportunity to enjoy both winter and summer.As for the video-sequences they 're real eye candy.I even replayed some parts of the game to watch the videos again..The plot has many twists and it had me hooked to the end which by the way was a bit of a let-down and a treat together however I 'll let you find out why I 'm saying this.
Runaway 2 is a point-and-click 3rd person-view adventure game like its predecessor.The puzzles in the game are inventory and dialogue based.Only a couple of safe-opening puzzles exist.You mostly gain clues from the characters you interact with and then try to come up with something by combining items in your inventory or the environment surrounding you.I didn't find the game very difficult although sometimes I was stuck because of the pixel-hunting mainly.(but thanks to gameboomers hints thread I could finally move on).One just needs to get into the game and then things run smoothly.However if you didn't like the first one because of its gaming style I wouldn't recommend this one because it has exactly the same style.Although it's ten times better if we refer to graphics,plot,location,characters and humor.
You 'll also meet some characters from Runaway 1.The box contained a manual really well designed and fun to read.I loved the fact that it contained ''instructions'' to people who are novices to the genre.
To sum up, a set of unique characters, incredible visuals and graphics,fun to solve puzzles and most importantly a very hooking and twisty plot make a game worth the waiting of 3 years and definetely worth buying!
That's all for now I hope I shed some light on what's this game about. And sorry if I'm scratching wounds of those that can't get the game yet.No grudge,eh?


P.S. I know that the structure of the text and the line of what I'm writing are a bit messy but I laways had that problem in English.

Have fun,

Smaro
Posted by: Becky

Re: Runaway 2: The dream of the turtle - 12/19/06 03:09 PM

Hey adventurelover -- thanks for posting this excellent review!

It makes the waiting game harder than ever -- will my copy never arrive? laugh
Posted by: margiesam

Re: Runaway 2: The dream of the turtle - 12/23/06 02:45 PM

I agree. I am still playing runaway 2, I believe I am close to finishing, though (I am at chapter 6). This game is funny, challenging, with interesting characters and I also enjoy the graphics.
The only complaint I have is that I have encountered a bug that I can't get around and I am unable to continue - when in the treasure room I keep getting a windows freezing and crashing error which shuts down the game. I am hopeful that I will be able to continue and I am really anxious to do so.
Again, I would concur with Smaro that this game is the best of 2006.
Margie
Posted by: Becky

Re: Runaway 2: The dream of the turtle - 12/23/06 03:53 PM

Margiesam -- that's wonderful that you're enjoying it!

Have you posted your problem in the Glitches forum? They are experts at helping with that kind of problem.
Posted by: Darleen03

Re: Runaway 2: The dream of the turtle - 12/30/06 08:55 AM

Oh niceeeeeeeeeee

Can't wait to get my hands on this one. bravo

Thanks adventurelover
Posted by: Rina

Re: Runaway 2: The dream of the turtle - 02/07/07 06:18 PM

Just finished the game as well smile

Must agree with adventurelover on most of the things.
There is one thing, though, that was driving me crazy all through the game: the extreme simpleness (is that a word? smile ) of the puzzles.

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Like the time at the begining of the game, where you had to retrive something from a hard - to- reach- place, so all you had to do is click on the item, and Brian just goes "Oh, I can't reach it! I better go and brake of a long stick, and use it to get the thing!"
Did the game developers think the gamers suffer from a complete lack of common sence? Just give me a branch to break with a hotspot on it, and I'll be sure find what to do with it! smile

For another example, I spent 2 hours is search of something to use as a slingshot bullet, checking out every pixel on every screen, when all I had to do, is use the slingshot on the hotspot, and he just bends over and picks up a totally inactive rock from the ground!
That was just frustrating!
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Anyway, I just wanted to say, that the puzzles are more suittable for beginning players or the ones, who enjoys thir game flowent, without spending too much time on puzzle solving.

Hope I didn't spoil it to much for you. Have fun playing, for it IS a fun game! smile
Posted by: looney4labs

Re: Runaway 2: The dream of the turtle - 02/07/07 06:27 PM

Thanks Rina. It's always interesting to see how our members feel about a game.

I'm looking forward to starting this one. wave
Posted by: Mad

Re: Runaway 2: The dream of the turtle - 02/07/07 09:38 PM

Hi adventurelover smile

Well done !! And thanks for giving us a review thumbsup

"that the puzzles are more suittable for beginning players or the ones, who enjoys thir game flowent, without spending too much time on puzzle solving"

That won't bother me one bit, as long as the story is good and the interface friendly. Sometimes I NEED a game where I'm not going insane every time I try to get through a puzzle laugh

Cheers.

Mad wave
Posted by: Rina

Re: Runaway 2: The dream of the turtle - 02/08/07 02:04 PM

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Originally posted by Mad:

That won't bother me one bit, as long as the story is good and the interface friendly. Sometimes I NEED a game where I'm not going insane every time I try to get through a puzzle laugh

Cheers.

Mad wave
The story IS good smile and the interface is very intuitive and clear.
p.s. you might want to see how many references to other games and movies you can spot in the game. I thought it was hilarious! smile
Posted by: Mad

Re: Runaway 2: The dream of the turtle - 02/08/07 10:13 PM

Hi smile

I'm really looking forward to it and have it on pre-order but I don't think it's about to hit the UK just yet wave
Posted by: garyoa1

Re: Runaway 2: The dream of the turtle - 04/27/07 11:20 AM

Just got it and haven't installed yet but I, for one, am glad to hear about the puzzles. I simply hate them. smile The games themselves are a puzzle so I could never understand the reasoning behind putting a another puzzle within a puzzle. wink
Posted by: looney4labs

Re: Runaway 2: The dream of the turtle - 04/27/07 12:45 PM

Hi Gary, so I'm guessing the story is more important to you than the puzzles? wave
Posted by: Mad

Re: Runaway 2: The dream of the turtle - 04/28/07 11:58 PM

Hi smile

My Runaway II arrived and I'm playing it and I think it is just great happydance happydance

I very much enjoyed the first Runaway but this second one is massively improved and a sure fire winner as far as I'm concerned bravo bravo

Cheers.

Mad wave
Posted by: looney4labs

Re: Runaway 2: The dream of the turtle - 04/29/07 09:11 AM

Mad, glad your game is there and you are having fun with it. It is a good time. luck
Posted by: Mad

Re: Runaway 2: The dream of the turtle - 05/07/07 04:06 PM

Hi smile

Well I just finished the game and really, REALLY enjoyed it - except for the ....




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"To be continued" bit eek


I certainly wasn't expecting that !! cry

Shades of Simon II duh

Even though I think I've heard that Runaway III is underway ?? Or is that all a dream .... and NO .... not a Turtle dream lol

Cheers.

Mad wave
Posted by: looney4labs

Re: Runaway 2: The dream of the turtle - 05/07/07 04:17 PM

That was a shocker for me too, Mad, but I'm ok with it. wave
Posted by: Mad

Re: Runaway 2: The dream of the turtle - 05/07/07 10:47 PM

Hi looney4labs smile

Thank you for modernising my "Spoiler" lol

I've had a go myself now ....

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.... Testing .... Testing ....


And I too am alright with the ending now - since I got a grip on myself rotfl

Cheers.

Mad wave
Posted by: looney4labs

Re: Runaway 2: The dream of the turtle - 05/08/07 06:31 AM

There you go, Mad! bravo wave

Posted by: Jenny100

Re: Runaway 2: The dream of the turtle - 06/03/07 02:09 PM

Guess I'm alone here. I didn't care for the game. Especially not for the $40 I paid for the import version. I really enjoyed the first Runaway, so maybe my expectations were too high for this one.

Part of the problem was the puzzles. I expected them to improve from the first game, not go the other way. Not that all of them were bad, but there were a few that really put me off. To be more specific,

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I expected the puzzles to use "Broken Sword type logic" rather than "Monkey Island type logic." For example, there's a puzzle where you have to melt metal using a magnifying glass and sunlight. That type of puzzle might be OK in a gameworld where you can use a monkey as a monkey wrench, but I expected slightly more realism in a game that's often considered to be the spiritual descendent of the Broken Sword series. The magnifying glass puzzle happens early in the game and maybe it should have clued me in to what would come later, but I continued to be surprised by unlikely solutions that were further from real world solutions than what I expected.


My other problem with the game was actually worse. I didn't think the characters were nearly as likable as in the first game. I can't explain that without spoilers to give examples

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I didn't realize how much Gina added to the Runaway series until I had to do without her. You see a little of her in the intro, but then she's unconscious and out of sight for the rest of the game.

Brian is a real #&%$#! in Runaway 2. He cheats on Gina while she is unconscious and on the verge of death. Brian also arranges for a polar bear to rape a scientist. (Yes the scientist is stupid and annoying, but what Brian did is still a bit much for me).

Dean Grassick -- made several times more annoying for me because of numerous crashes I had in that part of the game, which include a long sequence of cut scenes that can't be skipped and no chance to save until the end of them. After seeing this sequence for about the fifth time, I was ready to do unspeakable things to the game DVD. The game was perfectly stable in every other location except the Grassick sequence. Why oh why did it have to crash there, always in a slightly different part of the cut scene sequence.

And then there's whiny Joshua. He was in the first game too, but not nearly as much of him. He really needs a voicebox transplant if they're going to use him again.


And then there's this

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Yet another game that ends in a cliffhanger. Is this a new trend? I think I'm going to start waiting longer on getting games, and if I hear a game ends with a cliffhanger I'm not going to buy it until the next one in the series comes out -- and only then if the second game has a proper ending. Leaving a principal character on the verge of death is not an acceptable ending IMO.
Posted by: Darleen03

Re: Runaway 2: The dream of the turtle - 06/03/07 04:40 PM

YES ...I Have Played it....

Wonderful,Delightful,Remarkable,Superb,Great Game

I need not Say anymore thumbsup thumbsup thumbsup
Posted by: looney4labs

Re: Runaway 2: The dream of the turtle - 06/03/07 06:08 PM

Jenny100, I really liked the game, but I'm sure I came to the game with a different set of expectations than you did.

I have not played any of the Broken Sword series and only part of the first Runaway game. wave
Posted by: Jenny100

Re: Runaway 2: The dream of the turtle - 06/04/07 02:03 PM

Yes I had high expectations for the game. I also want certain things out of a game, and if I don't like the playable character I find it difficult to enjoy the game.
Posted by: Mad

Re: Runaway 2: The dream of the turtle - 06/04/07 02:45 PM

Hi Jenny100 smile


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"Yet another game that ends in a cliffhanger .... Leaving a principal character on the verge of death is not an acceptable ending IMO."

I heartily agree on that point !!

When Simon II ended with a cliffhanger, which I felt was very unfair after I had payed full price for what I thought was going to be a full game, I phoned AdventureSoft to give them a piece of mind mad

And considering there was then a five year wait till the "graphically unfinished, disappointingly action filled, rubbishy" Simon III appeared, I feel I was entirely JUSTIFIED !!!!

Ah, yes. In those bygone days, one could actually phone in to a studio and discuss a game with the people who made it ....

[Unlike you, however, I did very much enjoy Runaway II, apart from the "NON" ending :(]


Cheers.

Mad wave
Posted by: Darleen03

Re: Runaway 2: The dream of the turtle - 06/04/07 05:22 PM

I agree Mad..

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There should of been an ending...If they wanted to make a sequel
..Then they could have after the Fact Gina was rescued...


Oh Well....But I did enjoy it Immensely pacify
Posted by: Mad

Re: Runaway 2: The dream of the turtle - 06/05/07 12:32 PM

Hi looney4labs smile

Thank you SO much for dealing with my dreadful "spoiler-ish" post blush

I must learn how to use that facility and then remember to use it !! thumbsup

Cheers.

Mad wave
Posted by: looney4labs

Re: Runaway 2: The dream of the turtle - 06/05/07 12:34 PM

Mad, not a problem. I love playing with that spoiler tag. We love to hear from you puppy
Posted by: Darleen03

Re: Runaway 2: The dream of the turtle - 06/05/07 01:15 PM

oopsThanks also L4L

Your a Dear...
Posted by: looney4labs

Re: Runaway 2: The dream of the turtle - 06/05/07 01:17 PM

Darleen, happy to lend a hand puppy
Posted by: Jenny100

Re: Runaway 2: The dream of the turtle - 06/06/07 02:53 AM

Originally Posted By: Mad
Hi Jenny100 smile
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"Yet another game that ends in a cliffhanger .... Leaving a principal character on the verge of death is not an acceptable ending IMO."

I heartily agree on that point !!

When Simon II ended with a cliffhanger, which I felt was very unfair after I had payed full price for what I thought was going to be a full game, I phoned AdventureSoft to give them a piece of mind mad

I wish I could have seen their faces. wink

Quote:
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And considering there was then a five year wait till the "graphically unfinished, disappointingly action filled, rubbishy" Simon III appeared, I feel I was entirely JUSTIFIED !!!!

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I actually enjoyed Simon 3D. It wasn't the most stable game I ever played, but I think I had less problems with it than most people. And I played it with my brother, who did the arcade thing for me. We both thought it was a hoot.

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Ah, yes. In those bygone days, one could actually phone in to a studio and discuss a game with the people who made it ....

Amazing to think of it now.
Posted by: Mad

Re: Runaway 2: The dream of the turtle - 06/07/07 12:14 AM

Hi Jenny100 smile

I definitely should have scouted round for a "Brother" myself then !! I was almost hairless after that gaming experience lol
[I persevered and played all the timed bits right up until the graphic glitches just got so bad I couldn't carry on .... But I didn't enjoy them. So a "lose, lose" situation all told mad]

At the time of Simon II, the folks at AdventureSoft were very nice. I would get put through to a developer who would discuss the game with me and give me a tip if I was stuck. It was wonderful thumbsup

But the only responses to my complaints about the
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Simon II Ending
were sardonic chuckles slapforehead

Cheers.

Mad wave slapforehead
Posted by: looney4labs

Re: Runaway 2: The dream of the turtle - 06/07/07 08:45 AM

Mad, those nimble figured males are very handy at times whistle
Posted by: Mad

Re: Runaway 2: The dream of the turtle - 06/07/07 03:29 PM

Hi looney4labs smile

I used to have nimble fingers - I was a pianist for years and years !! blush

But somehow the message from my brain to my fingers just seems to get waylaid these days slapforehead

[Must be too much of the good life, eh ?? All these lovely games luring me into the murky, depths of BAAGISTIC over indulgence .... think]

Yeah !! Bring 'em on rotfl

Cheers.

Mad wave
Posted by: Darlene

Re: Runaway 2: The dream of the turtle - 06/25/07 12:35 PM

wave I'm glad to have read all of this wonderful feedback. I do love the different takes on a game. It makes the world go 'round, you know? One of the main reasons I have not purchased 'Runaway 2' or the newest 'Broken Sword' games is because I have heard the conversation trees are incessant. For me, conversation in any game is great when it enhances the gaming experiences and is necessary for the game to move forward. Then there are games that use conversation to simply lengthen a game. Not for me...
Posted by: looney4labs

Re: Runaway 2: The dream of the turtle - 06/25/07 12:39 PM

Darlene, I haven't played any of the Broken Sword games (but I will).

There is a lot of conversation in Runaway 2, but I enjoyed them as they were funny. It is amazing all the different gaming preferences we have, isn't it puppy
Posted by: deelberger

Re: Runaway 2: The dream of the turtle - 07/17/07 06:03 PM

I too just received my new Runaway 2 today! Based on everything posted here I can't wait to load it up and get playing. I need a break from Dreamfall...Vinnie has been kicking my butt for the last 4 hours...so it's on to Runaway 2.

Thanks to all who share!

Posted by: looney4labs

Re: Runaway 2: The dream of the turtle - 07/17/07 06:05 PM

Deelberger, have a great time wave