Runaway: A Twist of Fate - Part 1 by Bulkypix icon

Runaway: A Twist of Fate - Part 1 ($4.99) by Bulkypix is an epic point-and-click adventure that mixes puzzle challenges with deeply integrated story development. Help Gina save Brian in the first of this two-part gaming adventure.

Runaway: A Twist of Fate - Part 1 by Bulkypix screenshot

Players must unlock the secrets of one man’s disappearance and literal return from the grave. Plus, find out how he ended up in an insane asylum in the first place. Players find objects from each scene that will unfold the story and solve the mysteries surrounding Brian’s recent adventure.

In each scene, players can move around, interact with objects, and speak with other characters. Be sure to spend some time with the characters that you come across because they will have some important information for you.

As you click on objects by touching them, you can either look at them or try to do something physical to them, like move or take them. If you try to move or take an object that is not available, the character will make some kind of comment like, “I don’t need that right now.”

There are three chapters in the first part of the game. Players control Gina for this half of the story, but will be controlling Brian in Part 2, which is scheduled to launch sometime in April.

This game is heavily based on dialog. It is helpful to the game’s progress to listen to other characters’ stories, however longwinded, in order to learn information that will help down the road. The voice acting is done well. It isn’t irritating, although the wisecracks can get a bit annoying when you can’t figure out what to do next and Gina just says stuff like, “Yeah, right. What am I supposed to do, carry that thing on my back?”

If you are stuck and can’t figure out what to do next, you can access the hint feature from the inventory menu. This will make everything that you can interact with glow for a second or two. Then, you can tap it to see if it will be useful to your current situation. Oftentimes, there will be an object that is very useful, but you won’t be able to do anything with it until you’ve found another object first.

The touch screen interaction is a bit off. I found myself tapping and re-tapping spots that I knew had interactive objects, only to have nothing happen. This can be frustrating when the only thing you do in the game is touch things.

Runaway: A Twist of Fate - Part 1 by Bulkypix screenshot

This game is huge. It takes up two gigs of space on your device, but you’ll need twice that much to download it. I recommend downloading it to your computer and then adding it to your device manually through iTunes.

Other than the poorly executed point-and-click touch screen interaction, this game is definitely a winner for fans of the genre. It has movie-quality animation graphics and a riveting storyline that will keep you interested. The price is kind of high, but not unreasonable for the quality of gaming you get. If you are a fan of point-and-click games, this will be a great addition to your collection.