One of the PC's most
interesting adventure games of late returns in Runaway 3: A Twist of
Fate by Focus Home Interactive. Of course, it's great to see this
genre still alive and what started in 2003 with Runaway: A Road
Adventure has grown even more since the original game.
third game is considerably different in terms of graphics and
gameplay than the original, it is more reminiscent of the sequel,
Runaway: The Dream of the Turtle as gamers are reunited with these
Of course, fans of the original two stories will be over
the moon in relation to a sequel but the problem for newcomers is
that it does help if you have knowledge of the previous games.
that said, the story revolves around Brian and Gina that is dubbed
as their last adventure. Continuing from the previous game, Brian is
on trial for murder and when he is shipped off to jail, an accident
occurs, leaving him dead. Of course this is all a ruse and
when the heart-broken Gina learns that her partner in crime is still
alive, it's time to solve this mystery.
Without spoiling the
story, Runaway 3: A Twist of Fate features lots of twists and turns
along the way that makes this game quite reminiscent of titles from
Lucasarts which is brilliant in our books. The first part of the
game is played as Gina as she needs to rescue Brian and it almost
acts as a tutorial level as the difficulty is initially quite low.
Gameplay wise like Runaway 3 is like those classic third person
adventure games that allows the character to interact with the
environment to find clues and talk with characters. The game even
contains a plethora of puzzles, some sublime and others quite
If you do get stuck, one of the game's characters can
sometimes lead to pointing you in the right direction. Control wise,
the mouse is the master which lets Brian and Gina move and interact with
others which works quite well. Reminiscent of those old Sierra
& Lucasarts games, the function keys allow you to save and even access hotspots
on the current screen where you are exploring. To compliment the
story, the game uses cutscenes to progress the story and works well
as a reward.
As our two adventurers Brian and Gina are reunited in Runaway 3: A
Twist of Fate, it's great to see that these characters have aged
with the series and seem a little more serious than previous
instalments, of course with what both these characters have gone
would have made anyone go white. The story of Runaway 3 is as
entertaining as ever that contains intrigue, romance, drama and
best of all comedy which is highlighted when you speak to all the colourful
people you meet in this game, some from previous games and some
The goal of the game that is broken into chapters is to
solve various quests and by talking to characters in the game, you
can gain new information and clues to pinpoint you in the right
direction. While talking to characters, this will bring up a
dialogue tree and hopefully this will prompt these people for clues.
Although not as in-depth as games such as Mass Effect, it does work.
Graphically, the title feels and moves like a colourful cartoon. The
backgrounds look good and the characters interact well with the
gaming environment. The voice acting of the game is quite fun and
it's great that the game does not take itself too seriously,
especially from some of the comedic anecdotes. The soundtrack of the
game features a variety of genres such as Jazz to help with the
overall ambience of the title. Add some occasional ambient sounds
and the developers have done well to mirror this with the
cartoon-like graphics and gameplay.
In conclusion, Runaway 3: A Twist of Fate is fun adventure game of a
dying genre. It may not feature all the action of some titles today
but if you're looking for something witty and challenging to boot,
than there's far worse than this game. The only issues we had is
that some of the clues were a little strange and I'm not sure how on
Earth some people could have solved them, plus if you have not
played the original games before, than you might be scratching your
head a little.