Travel to the four corners of the world with Brian and Gina in a crazy story packed full of surprises. Pirates, spies, surfers, soldiers, and even aliens get in on the act - all combining to create a wonderfully rewarding experience to savour and remember forever!
User reviews: Mostly Positive (39 reviews)
Release Date: Mar 12, 2007
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Includes 5 items: Runaway, A Road Adventure, Runaway, The Dream of The Turtle, The Next BIG Thing, Runaway: A Twist of Fate, Yesterday

 

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Travel to the four corners of the world with Brian and Gina in a crazy story packed full of surprises. Pirates, spies, surfers, soldiers, and even aliens get in on the act - all combining to create a wonderfully rewarding experience to savour and remember forever!
With loveable characters, rib-cracking humour, brain-tickling puzzles and stunning graphics, Runaway, The Dream of the Turtle is a glorious sight to behold.
Runaway, The Dream of the Turtle is an adventure game that is a pure pleasure to play.
  • A beautifully produced adventure game, with rich scenarios, ever-present humour and captivating puzzles.
  • Hundreds of places to explore throughout the world.
  • Over an hour of superb animated sequences bring to life the intrigue, plot twists and many comic moments.
  • High quality sound featuring cinema quality dubbing, as well an original and hugely inspirational soundtrack with both vocal and instrumental tracks.

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • Windows 98/ME/2000/XP
    • Pentium IV 1.6 GHz / Athlon XP 1600+
    • 128 MB RAM (256 MB for Windows 2000/XP)
    • 32 MB DirectX 9-compliant video card (min 1024x768 16Bit)
    • DirectX 9-compliant sound card
    • DirectX 9 or higher (included on the disc)
    • 2.5 GB free disk space(for minimal installation)
    • Windows-compatible keyboard and mouse
Helpful customer reviews
2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
10.6 hrs on record
A nice little point and click series. Not the best out there, put worth a play if you like the genre.
Posted: September 26
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1 of 3 people (33%) found this review helpful
0.1 hrs on record
There was a point where I despearately wanted to turn it off, but there was no visible way to do so. I genuinely reflected on how I got here and what life even is. HELP ME
Posted: October 14
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7 of 9 people (78%) found this review helpful
9.1 hrs on record
NOTE: I had a lot of trouble running this game on my Windows 7 64 bit PC. It was unplayable even after attempting every fix I could find. Apparently this is due to an issue with AMD video cards. I had to run it on my laptop and use the new Steam In Home Streaming option to play on my PC. However, I still had issues with crashing, especially towards the end of the game. Keep this issues in mind when choosing whether to purchase this game.

Runaway, the Dream of the Turtle is a point and click adventure game by Pendulo. It is the sequel to Runaway, a Road Adventure, and the second in the Runaway trilogy. In this adventure, Brian and Gina are continuing their island vacation shown at the end of the previous game. Things go awry, however, and Brian must become the hero once again.

Mechanics in this game are exactly the same as the previous entry in the series. You can switch between looking at and interacting with objects using the right mouse click. Double click on scene transitions to switch quickly to the next scene.

I did not notice much of a change from the graphics of Runaway, a Road Adventure, so my same critiques apply. Backgrounds look great once again. There are more of a variety in backgrounds as well this time, which is a nice addition. Character models could use some improvement. The voice acting is mostly similar, so serviceable without any major complaints.

There are some story concerns this time around. Once again, almost zero interaction is had with Gina through the majority of the game, so it's hard to feel an attachment to her. Brian must feel this way too, since he jumps at the first new girl he finds on his adventure. I do have some issues with one of the characters, Joshua. He feels a little too much like a stereotype for my liking. The man character also dabbles in some light racism through the use of blackface while in disguise. The main character, Brian, comes off as very punchable during the first half of the game is in island attire. I believe it is the combination of soul patch and spiky hair that does it. The humor overall is funny at times, corny at others. There are some problems with pacing, with some areas done in a flash and others taking a very long time.

The puzzles are very similar in style to the previous game in the series. You will have to spend some time trying to pick up everything in the scene to see what works. There is a fair bit of combining objects to complete puzzles. Some use the dreaded adventure game logic, but there are no unwinnable scenarios or deaths so you really just need to keep plugging away.

Overall, I see Runaway, the Dream of the Turtle as on par with Runaway, a Road Adventure. There are some positive developments, such as variety, and some negatives. I would have given it the same score and my recommendation if there had not been a problem running the game. Since performance is spotty for AMD video cards, and I even had some crashes with my Nvidia based laptop that caused me to lose a good deal of progress, I cannot recommend this game.

Score: C-
Posted: August 14
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8 of 16 people (50%) found this review helpful
9.6 hrs on record
The game is bugged. Not only that there are game breaking bugs that never got fixed, on Windows 8 at least there are also severe lags in the cut sequences. Overall it makes the game really not worth getting. I played until chapter 4, but after chapter 3 the cut sequence wasn't only laggy, but simply broken and wouldn't let me get to chapter 4 at all. I used a savestate at the start of chapter 4 just to find out that there is an effect in that chapter that slows the game down to a crawl.

The first three chapters weren't that great, just solid adventure material with a few illogical puzzles and the usual "you can't do this until you did that" logic of the series. Overall that alone would still pass for an acceptable game, but with the bugs it just isn't worth it.
Posted: May 25
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2 of 5 people (40%) found this review helpful
14.0 hrs on record
enjoyable
Posted: August 3
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2 of 6 people (33%) found this review helpful
10.4 hrs on record
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…
Posted: August 4
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0 of 2 people (0%) found this review helpful
13.1 hrs on record
While the original Runaway was just mediocre, this sequel Runaway: The Dream of the Turtle is incredibly worse. The main character is an idiot, the story is awful and it gets worse as it progresses. The game becomes an endurance test, like a real bad movie that you foolishly decide to see to the end just because you already started watching it. Avoid this game.
Posted: September 20
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7 of 11 people (64%) found this review helpful
10.5 hrs on record
It's probably a better game than the first. Great graphics, fluid and very lively animations, plenty of interesting dialogs, nice and varied locations, interesting characters and story. Everything is great with this game, i liked it very much BUT the ending kinda ruins the game a bit. In other words there's no ending. And there's no continuation of the story in the next game.
Boggles the mind huh?
Posted: March 9
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4 of 6 people (67%) found this review helpful
16.2 hrs on record
For those of you who don't know this is the second in the series and much like the first it once again follows Brian Basco or at least a man with the same name. This time around Brian finds himself crashed on an island filled with secrets and it's up to him to find Gina before something bad happens to her.

To be honest I didn't enjoy this one as much as the first but it was alright, I prefer the Brian from the first game and it almost feels like the two are completely different characters during the game. This was my least favorite of the trilogy but it was still a fun playthrough for the most part.

I reccomend buying this only if it's on sale and only if you have all the other adventure games on your to do list crossed off as this game although fun isn't as good as some of the bigger named titles in my opinion. Also although it isn't required that you play the first one to understand I reccomend buying the first before this just on the fact that I felt it was a better game.
Posted: January 7
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
14.3 hrs on record
Very enjoyable and more of the first one. This one has a storyline you certainly can't predict and it has that comedy to it too. :) If you enjoyed the first one you should definantly buy this right away, it's fun and awesome!
Posted: June 26, 2012
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
7.6 hrs on record
In some ways, an improvement on the first Runaway game, in others, it's not as good. If you enjoyed the first game, I'd pick this one up for sure, but I probably wouldn't recommend approaching it without. The first half of the game is set in beautiful tropics and the colour and art is actually really nice. Some... interesting writing and a few annoying puzzles, but the last half hour will be some of the most frustrating that you will have ever experienced.
It is probably best as a buffer between Runaway: A Road Adventure and Runaway: A Twist of Fate, but if you like Pendulo adventures, this is clearly one.
Posted: August 8, 2012
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
18.1 hrs on record
This game rocks and I recommend it to any fan of point and click adventure games. Yeah the ending leaves a lot to be desired but it is the second game of a trilogy. The writing is hilarious and most of the puzzles are fun. Definitely try it out but play Runaway first!
Posted: October 6, 2011
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
16.1 hrs on record
A fantastic adventure series with an excellent storyline thats a nice challenge, make sure to play all three in order for continuity.
Posted: December 28, 2013
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
20.3 hrs on record
This sweetly schizoid and rather lengthy adventure is the high point of the Runaway trilogy. The puzzles are difficult enough, the story is all dreamlike insanity, the graphics are colorful and the humor is well done. It is truly unfortunate that the third and final game does not run on in the same vein.
Posted: March 30
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3 of 6 people (50%) found this review helpful
11.6 hrs on record
A follow up to Runaway: A Road Adventure. Brilliant story and characters, clever and challenging puzzles and a gripping pace, all presented almost perfectly.
Posted: October 18, 2013
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
5.5 hrs on record
I love adventure games. I do. And I lkied the original Runaway way back in the days of VGA. But this, despite having gorgeous art, and the point and click modality down to a science, is a "skip it" game. Pendulo has to have some of the worst dialog and plot writers working in games, or their translators should be horsewhipped...it's hard to know who to blame. But either way, the dialog and plot are stereotypically gawd-awful. And the puzzles suck. Suck hard. No happy ending either. Just a "to be continued" at the end of the game. Skip it. Really.
Posted: December 17, 2011
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
2.3 hrs on record
Boring.. Dumb story.. strange setup.. 4 of 10..
Posted: May 1, 2012
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
10.0 hrs on record
The second adventure of our heroes. As good as the first one, even if i did not appreciate the last chapter so much. You won't see much Gina in this episode, but another sexy girl will keep your eyes wide open...
Posted: January 15
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0 of 1 people (0%) found this review helpful
18.0 hrs on record
Ето така трябва да изглежда продължението на една велика игра./Thit is how a sequal to a great game should look like.
Posted: July 3, 2013
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4 of 10 people (40%) found this review helpful
0.3 hrs on record
Words can not describe this game. It trapped me for a good 25 minutes not allowing me to exit before I unplugged my PC...
Posted: January 3
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