Runaway 2: The Dream
of the Turtle is the latest adventure epic from Pendulo Studios that
allows players to explore over 100 different locations from a
variety of islands and continents from around the globe that include
the cold mountains of Alaska to the glorious beaches of Hawaii.
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 stuck on. With that said, the point
and click adventure genre has been in remission for the last decade
and fortunately Pendulo Studios have come to the rescue with its
quirky story telling and addictive gameplay to truly give the market
a much needed boost.
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 nightmare.
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 travellers from another world or so it seems.
Classic storytelling at its best!
Runaway 2, Pendulo Studios
succeeds once again in offering
a detailed and polished universe
without spoiling the game's
cartoon style which gives the
game its unquestionable charm,
offering many technical
improvements thanks to its
evolved engine and special
Humour will abound in this
adventure filled with allusions
and references to movies, comics
and video games. Runaway is a
true comedy with a hilarious
tone, plenty of jokes and some
quite fantastic puzzles to
The beauty of
Runaway 2: The Dream of the Turtle is that the title manages to
juggle both seriousness and humour into the storyline without making
it too camp and I must admit that the developers have done a great
job at incorporating Brian's one liners into the dialogue of those
he meets. Some of it is extremely amusing.
The gameplay of Runaway 2 is your traditional point and click
interface that features a rather strong game engine that contains
colourful graphics, an in-depth and entertaining storyline with a
variety of puzzles to challenge even the most battle scarred gamer.
As mentioned earlier, some of the puzzles are infuriating and
without "cheating", I would have found myself unable to complete.
However, this also depends on how good you are at noticing clues.
2: The Dream of the Turtle features cartoon-stlye graphics with some
phenomenal detail but I must admit that I was a little disappointed
that the title had a maximum resolution of 1024x768. Although this
will make no difference to the majority of gamers, those with bigger
screens will see more pixelisation than those with smaller screens.
Apart from this, all the characters have been professionally
designed that move with 3D realism in a 2D gaming environment that
matches quite well. Add in a few special effects and you have a game
that could easily be the next Hollywood comedy/adventure
As with the graphics, the musical score of Runaway 2 is great and
features a dynamic soundtrack that changes with the gameplay. There
are also a variety of sound effects in the game and also the
developers have ensured that the voice acting is professional and
entertaining without it sound too cheesy.
In conclusion, Runaway 2: The Dream of the Turtle is a blast down
memory lane that features your traditional point and click genre
which seems to be lost in today's gaming world. With an oddball
storyline filled with interesting characters, subplots and a variety
of challenging and sometimes frustrating puzzles, this game is
definitely aimed at the gamer that wants a challenge and who misses
the adventure genre. Great stuff!