Runaway 2: The Dream of the Turtle
The sequel to the
popular “Runaway: A Road Adventure” that was a sleeper hit on the PC has
returned on the Nintendo DS in Runaway 2: The Dream of the Turtle which in
its essence is a port of the classic PC game.
This game features your traditional point
and click adventure game genre that features a variety of different
puzzles and challenges for the gamer to complete or get frustratingly
Before commencing the game, the title
features an entertaining opening sequence that has our hero Brian and
his lovely girlfriend Gina on an Island in Hawaii who are debating on
whether they should fly to a secluded island. When the decision is made,
both Brian and Gina board their plane, only to start their holiday
When the elderly pilot loses consciousness during the flight, Brian is
forced to say goodbye to his girlfriend as he forces a parachute onto
her as he has the task of landing this doomed flight. Although Brian
manages to successfully land the plane, he is soon thrown into a world
of conspiracies and strangeness that not only involve the military but
also travelers from another world or so it seems. Classic storytelling
at its best!
The in-depth story and
gameplay has been nicely implemented onto the Nintendo DS, however the
developers have unfortunately needed to cut a few corners in order to
successfully convert this title to the portable console format.
the game is still quite enjoyable and if you were a fan of the PC game,
I would suggest you might give this one a miss, however if you’re a fan
of adventure games and you've never played the PC version, than this might be the game needed to hold you over
the Christmas break.
In its essence, the game
is your classic point and click adventure game where you must explore a
variety of environments in order to progress. The downside of the title
is the size of the DS screen which means that at times, some clues will
be missed which at times is quite frustrating. Thankfully there is a
hint system that will assist you at times but interestingly enough, the
control system of the DS works quite well with this format.
Graphically, the title
is good on the DS, although no way as impressive as the PC due to the
size of the game. Musically, the score is great, however where the PC
version did shine is through the voice acting that is unfortunately
lacking on this version.
At the end of the day
Runaway 2: The Dream of the Turtle is an interesting DS that fans of the
genre will enjoy, especially those gamers on the go. Solid story
telling, a good game engine, although sometimes frustrating, it's still
worth the admission.