Everett Lo (11.14.2001)
A good addition to a collection.
Runaway City is an older JastUSA title. The story is mainly about
you and your "good luck" which seems to get you into
all sorts of "situations" with various females you know.
And given the type of game, you can very well guess what types
The gameplay is pretty much click based as you mainly choose
various locations to travel to. For the most part, you really
can't go wrong with whatever choice you make except at the very
ending, (I'll touch upon that in a few seconds.) making the game
more of a digital novel than a role playing game.
Because it is an older game, the art is a bit dated but enjoyable
(and uncensored). There's a lot of humor in the beginning as you
and your "good luck" get into all sorts of situations
but the tone does turn serious as your power begins to increase.
The different girls you interact with are more stereotypical characters
than individuals but there's enough variety to keep them from
being copycats of each other.
The biggest complaint about the game that I have, along with
numerous others, is the rather complex end game. One mistaken
choice sends you off to a bad ending and it takes a lot of trial
and error to get the "best ending". Normally, I wouldn't
have a problem with this except that I still don't understand
a lot of the logic of why some of the choices are "good"
and some are "bad."
Except for the very confusing ending, I found Runaway City to
be very enjoyable and it does show some very interesting situations.
(One includes you, a girl, and a video game that redefines the
term "playing"). Although not much of a replay value,
it's still a good addition for your game collection.