Running Man, The

• Publisher: Grandslam
• Developer:
Emerald Software
Release Date: 1989
Code: Unknown
GFX: Unknown
Music: Unknown

ZZAP64 Game Rating: 44%
Our Game Rating: 63%


FILE: runningmanend.zip

> RUNNING MAN, THE by Grandslam

Completed by Inge Pedersen
Reviewed by Vinny Mainolfi & Brendan Phoenix

Now this game was certainly the bane of our lives. Both Brendan and I spent an absolute age trying complete the last level, and it was only a stupid step - literally- that was holding us back. Fortunately, Inge Pedersen stepped in and saved the day by sussing out what was required to complete the game.

Our man finally reaches Killian ...

... but Killian has a different idea about how this all ends.

Killian heads off in the cage.

The End.

HOW WAS IT COMPLETED?: Brendan and I tried all different kind of things to get the Running Man to jump up this bloody step! Here's Inge's take on it:

Well, I had the same problems you had. Every way I tried to jump onto it, I just seemed to bounce off.

Vinny mentioned a longplay on YouTube. I downloaded the longplay from the longplay-site to study it. What a surprise - the man was running. I had played through all the levels without even knowing it was possible to run!

I found out how to run, but still I bounced off the edge. While running and jumping all over the place, I ran some distance to the left trying to gain some speed, or at least getting some extra seconds to time the jump. 2-3 guards appeared and I took them out. Then suddenly it was ok  to jump the ledge...

I tried level 5 again. I had to kill 6 guards and 3 dogs before I was able to jump the ledge. It may be as simple as that ;-)

SO WHAT HAPPENS?: As you take a shot at Killian, he makes a dash for the cage and heads out of the arena.


  • Vinny: After all that effort, the ending is totally dire. I did think there was going to be more to see than what was presented on Youtube. Still, I was going to score this ending 2/10, and so I took the safer bet of a score between mine and Brendan's.

  • Brendan: Man - it's bad. Was hoping the longplay had missed something out. No congratulations, no epilogue, nothing. Just an animation on the far right hand side of the screen of Killian going down into the arena - if you hadn't seen the film you wouldn't know what was going on. Why the hell couldn't they include some text between the two characters before he shoots down? I think this is really really poor. Man I'm struggling to come up with a 1/10 here - I think that's too high. Maybe 0.5/10 for the brief animation. I think that's generous!

FINAL SAY: Pile of poo!

G.E. RATING: 1 / 10

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