Short version: 43%
The visuals, some of the more adult (usually sex-oriented) humour, and the last chapter are good, but they are far from enough to compensate for the lazily written story, the dialogues which are mostly just huge and boring plot-dumps, the dreadfully atrocious voice-acting, and the insane and deliberately overcomplicated and frustrating puzzles.Long version:
While Runaway: A Road Adventure was a beautiful, yet clunky adventure game, which redeemed itself with the final parts of its story, it’s really hard to say anything positive about the sequel, The Dream of the Turtle.
The trademark of the series, the lavish and amazing backgrounds return, although some of them feel more rushed and lifeless than in the previous episode. Still, they remain the high point of the game.
The only high point, I might add.
Because the sound, especially the voice acting became even worse than before: it’s so bad it may even cause physical traumas.
The illogicalness of the puzzles makes a return, and this time the artificial brake on how fast you can solve certain obstacles in your path became even more dreadful. Not only you have to find out the solution of the puzzle, but you also need to figure out the exact order the developers intended you to interact with certain object and people to be able to advance one single step.
But what really kills the game is the story. The first game was about a guy who got caught up in a mafia story that in the netted him and his newfound girlfriend twenty million dollars. It was somewhat clunky, but straightforward and down-to-earth.
In this game you are faced with a clandestine government agency which wants to discover the secret of the extra-terrestrial race which visits Earth on regular occasions. Yes, this game has aliens. Real, skinny, tinfoil-suit, big-eyed, huge-headed, telepathic aliens, and you even meet them. And they give you a sidekick: the horribly offensively racist stereotype Asian guy from the first episode who does nothing in the whole story but hinder you in every way possible.
And to top of it all, the story doesn’t even end: you have to play the next game to learn anything about the many “mysteries” this title introduced.
The plot itself is a mess too. It is just all over the place and most of all it can’t decide if the game is for all ages or it’s trying to be an adult title. Your main protagonist has no qualms about cheating on his girlfriend with a flirty bartender the first opportunity he gets (meanwhile said girlfriend is supposed to be a captive of his enemies), and sexual innuendos are all over the place in the second chapter. Later one scene even involves a close-up of a decapitation.
Yet all of the last chapter is more or less a weak Monkey Island rip-off with constant 4th wall breaks and campy, yet somehow funny humour. This last chapter is the only good part of the story probably.
But there is hope, praise the gods, there is hope. In the form of the third game, which thankfully doesn't deliver anything that the end of this atrocious pile of junk promises us…