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  • genre Adventure / Action / Detective-mystery
  • download size 3.3 GB
    ~19 min
  • avg. user rating from 105 user ratings.
  • release date November 17, 2006
  • compatible with Windows (XP, Vista, 7, 8) and Mac OS X (10.7 or newer)
  • languages English, French
  • developer / publisher Pendulo Studios / Focus Home Interactive
  • game modes Single-player
  • Bonus content included for FREE with purchase:
  • 2 artworks
  • 15 avatars
  • manual
  • soundtrack

What's cool about it:

  • Up to 100 locations from all four corners of the world rendered in lush detail.
  • Excellent production, marvelous scenarios, ever-present humor, and amazing puzzles.
  • More than 30 fully-realized characters, all with distinct (and occasionally oddball) personalities.
  • Over an hour of amazing animated sequences!


Hawaii: an idyllic island paradise. It's the spot Brian Basco and Gina Timmins have chosen to take a well-earned vacation. An impromptu day trip to a remote and relatively uninhabited island goes awry, however; the plane stops working, and fast action is required if anyone is going to get out of the “idyllic trip” alive. Brian forces Gina from the plane, giving her the only working parachute. Brian luckily survives the plane's crash landing, but Gina has disappeared, setting the stage for a highly entertaining story.

In Runaway: The Dream of the Turtle, you will travel the world, from Alaska to Hawaii, from the highest reaches of the sky above to the harrowing deeps of the sea below, spooling out the thread of a gripping story. Immerse yourself in this tongue-in-cheek story where you'll meet a crazy cast of miscreants in order to solve a mystery too weirdly entertaining for words.

Age requirements: ESRB Rating: TEEN with Crude Humor, Language, Mild Violence, Sexual Themes, Use of Drugs. PEGI Rating: 12+ with Bad Language.

Minimum system requirements: Windows XP / Windows Vista / Windows 7, 1.8 GHz Processor, 512MB RAM (1 GB recommended), 3D graphics card compatible with DirectX 7 (compatible with DirectX 9 recommended), 2GB HDD, Mouse, Keyboard.
Minimum system requirements (Mac): OS X 10.7 or later. Processor: 1.6 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo Memory: 2 GB Graphics: 128 MB of video RAM, Hard drive space: 6.7 GB Recommended two-button mouse, or Apple mouse with Secondary Button / Secondary Click enabled.

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A very pretty and very flawed game

Posted on 2012-06-15 11:42:42 byvc2281's avatarvc2281:

So being a fan of the adventure genre, I figured I had to play Pendulo's "Runaway" series. I played them all in order, and I'd have to say that unfortunately "Dream of the Turtle" is by the weakest installment. That's not to say the game is all bad - the visuals are gorgeous and Brian Basco remains as charming as ever. The settings are mostly quite varied. However, the real troubleread more comes in with the gameplay and design. To begin, some of the puzzles are pretty arbitrary, but then again every adventure game has this problem. However, "Dream of the Turtle" takes this to another level... I won't spoil any details but you'll have to repeat things a lot to figure out the right solution. And here comes my biggest gripe: the animations. What i mean by this is that if you want to talk to somebody, you'll see the character do a long animation, then walk over slowly, then start talking. AND THIS HAPPENS EVERY TIME. Now there's this one part in the beginning where you might talk to a Colonel. You might do this more than once. This means you'll have to talk to the guard, get led down, sit down, see a bunch of short cutscenes repeating the same thing again, then see another long cutscene of him telling you to get out. AND YOU HAVE TO SEE THIS EVERY TIME YOU NEED TO TALK TO HIM. These kind of repetitive actions/scenes really tempted me to put the game down - you just get sick of hearing the same thing over and over again. Couldn't Pendulo just have made a quick intro once, then get to the conversation, and take out those short cutscenes? They take forever! Speaking of length, some of the cutscenes towards the end are unimaginably long and really drag out this game too long. AND it ends on a cliffhanger. Talk about leaving a bad impression. Fortunately, "A Twist of Fate" is much, much, much better and smoother so it resolves nicely. If you are an adventure fan I'd say pass but if you want to find out what happens between "A Road Adventure" and "A Twist of Fate" I'd say give it a try.

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Runaway 3 > Runaway 1 > Runaway 2

Posted on 2012-06-12 11:08:02 byskordakias's avatarskordakias:

Interesting and enjoyable at the beginning, complicated and frustrating in the middle, boring before the ending.. and there is no ending...
It ends before you fulfill your main objective.
Having played Runaway 1 is not necessary as this story is not connected to the previous. Although some characters from Runaway 1 reappear here.

Thankfully Runaway 3 is a lot better !!
It continues the story of Runaway 2 but in a totally different way.

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Great game but ends on a cliffhanger

Posted on 2012-06-12 12:50:06 byCastledoque's avatarCastledoque:

A very interesting and fun to play adventure game with satisfactorily difficult inventory puzzles, colorful graphics and a suitably zany plotline. However it ends on an abrupt cliffhanger that is only resolved in the next (and final) game in the series.

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