Runaway: the Dream of the Turtle review

  • Appealing backdrops
  • Near-chuckles
  • Some satisfying puzzles
  • Lethargy infused atmosphere
  • Trite story and characters
  • Admitting you bought this

This same critique could be launched against any PC point-click journey, a genre which seems it will evermore puff 1992-stink. But Turtle lacks the compelling story and puzzles that allowed games like the Kings Quest series to absorb our souls into computers. Instead of soaring imagination and inventive analysis, Turtle just functions - not broken, just boring.

There's still some redemption. While the dialogue is harshly tamed, the script might reap some standoffish smirks from you with a few serene kook-charm moments. There are riffs on Guantanamo Bay, bear pheromones, weapons of mass destruction, Olympic-sized bongs and even Hawaiian fellatio zings. And there's a respectable assortment of detailed static backgrounds depicting a variety of locales, though it all seems like stills swiped from any generic afternoon Disney cartoon.

More Info

Nov 24 2007 - DS
Mar 09 2007 - PC (UK)
Available Platforms: DS, PC
Genre: Adventure
Published by: Focus Home Interactive, Ascaron Entertainment
Developed by: Pendulo Studios
ESRB Rating:
Rating Pending
PEGI Rating:


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