Adventure Games

Runaway 3: A Twist of Fate

  • Review Date: 2014-04
  • Release Date: 2009-11
  • Developer: Pendulo Studios
  • Rating: 7.0

Pendulo Studios really knows how to create a nice looking game. Beautifully drawn 2D scenes with the character in 3D cel-shading, artistically this could be the best looking adventure game of 2009. I really look forward to playing more of their titles in this style. Unfortunately the story was a bit disappointing. I never got to play the first two Runaway games - I tried but they wouldn't run properly. So I completely skipped over most of the plot, and it would have been useful to know what was going on prior to start Runaway 3. They perhaps should have done a recap of the storyline, because I started up a bit clueless on who the characters were. Later in the game you do get that recap, and I must admit the first two games seem to have had a far more epic story than this one. Runaway 2 looks like it featured plenty of exotic locations, military plots, aliens and secret alien devices. Runaway 3 is just a simple Nancy Drew murdery-mystery. You get to help Brian escape the mental hospital, help Gina find clues to prove his innocence at the cemetary and then the victims house, and then foil the criminals in a city building. Very plain locations, although they're are beautifully drawn. It almost feels like it's only the final chapter of a bigger game. Yet this is it. Hence the low score - great visuals, good characters and funny dialogue, but a slightly boring story.