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Arnie explodes onto your screens yet again, this time in the guise of one Mr Ben Richards, selected, against his will, to participate in a futuristic gameshow, where the only way you win is by staying alive.
Running Man, the game, has you in control of our beloved Arnie in his escape bid along five right-to-left scrolling levels.
The intro sequence is probably the most impressive part of the game, and it deserves all the praise it gets. It is nothing short of amazing. It is composed almost entirely from animated digitised scenes from the movie. The producer counts down the start of the show, while random faces flash up on screen. Then come up four short scenes from the movie, closing with the compere, Mr Bald, spinning round, arms wide shouting ‘It’s showtime!’. Then if that is not enough, you then get to see Arnie catapulted down a tunnel in that bullet-shaped box, just after muttering ‘I’ll be back’. This all takes up one of the two disks you get in the packaging.
Television is one of those laundred industries where only the pure can venture to the silver screen. One whiff of scandal, a breath of drugs or porn rackets and wham, you have had it. Just look at Frank Bough. Running Man changes all of that by offering criminals an opportunity at superstardom; albeit the pathway can lead towards their maker.
The old saying (paraphrased), pretty graphics do not necessarily a great maketh certainly applies here. The makings of a good game are there, but they have been spoiled by frustrating gameplay and poor control.
Considering the potential of the film license, it's a shame Grand Slam hasn't made more of this. As it stands, it's a barely average beat 'em up with a brilliant front end - which just isn't enough to warrant the hefty £25 price tag.
Insgesamt gesehen gehört THE RUNNING MAN nur zu den Standard-Programmen. Durchschnittlich ist fast alles, was hier präsentiert. Die Grafiken sind nicht schlecht, die Animations-Sequenzen ganz ordentlich, der Sound echt gut. Der eigentliche Spielablauf allerdings läßt, ebenso wie die Steuerung, stark zu wünschen übrig.
It is the year 2019, and horror of horrors, the most popular show is an incredibly violent TV series starring Arnold Schwarzenegger. What? Arnie's no longer a movie star? This is terrible. He should've retired long before he had to stoop doing TV.
Well, the plot is he's a reluctant star (doesn't sound likely, does it?). He used to be a cop, but a wrongful conviction for police brutality has made him Star Runner on The Running Man show. The name of the show is due to the fact that when unarmed contestants are approached by four stalkers, armed with various death-dealing implements, they tend to run.
“Running Man“ ist mal wieder eines der Spiele, bei dem versucht wurde, aufgrund eines prominenten Film-Titels viel Geld aus den Taschen der Spieler zu locken, Grafik gut, Vorspann stimmungsvoll, Spielwitz so gut wie nicht vorhanden.