Dead genre to be reborn on DS

Can Runaway revitalize the classic adventure game?

Oct 16, 2007

Point and click. Inventory collections. Pixel hunting.

Depending on your age, those phrases either mean absolutely nothing, or they bring a nostalgic tear to your eye. Many of GamesRadar's editors grew up with the classic, item and story-driven adventure game, which is why the now dead and forgotten style was included in our recentTop 7 Genres We Want Back.

Well, we may have just received our wish. Today, the French developers of the PC point-and-click adventure Runaway: The Dream of the Turtle announced that they are bringing their creation to the Nintendo DS.

Substituting a mouse pointer with the stylus pen makes perfect sense... in fact, the idea is so obvious that semi-adventure Hotel Dusk and the Phoenix Wright series have already played around with it. Apparently, however, fitting an entire PC adventure game - with its detailed backgrounds, many cut scenes and complex character animations - is much harder. To see the developers demonstrate just how difficult the process is, followthis linkto the official website's behind-the-scenes video.

We'll be very interested to see how well the team pulls this port off. Their success could potentially unlock an entire library of old and beloved titles to a modern audience,merits of the mediocre PC version notwithstanding.