Runaway: A Road Adventure

Runaway is a great Adventure. But until now i can only see some of the intro, but not the game itself. You must have DirectX 8 installed. Hope someone has it up and running, and can submit a howto.

Application Details:

Version: 1
Votes: 0
Latest Rating: Silver
Latest Wine Version Tested: 6.0

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What works

Installation works. Game works and can be played but the intro sequences into Chapter 1 freeze the game. Fortunately a workaround can be used. Loading/saving a game works.

What does not

The intro sequence to Chapter 1 freezes the game. Also, some of the videos will pursue while showing a black screen.

Using the 64-bit version of Wine never worked for me. The 32-bit version of Wine had to be used to get the game running.


- using Wine 32-bit executable turned out to be necessary.

- when the game starts, the ESC key will show a menu. In the menu, there is the possibility to load a previously saved game. In order to overcome the game video sequence freezing before reaching the playable chapter 1, I had to download from pcsavegames the chapter 1 soho hospital saved game, unzipped the content into the SAVEGAMES folder within the "Runaway Windows" folder, restarted the game and then, pressing ESC -> load -> picked the very first saved game (number 1) by using the Up arrow.

- for the game to work, in winecfg, I picked WindowsXP, and more important, ensured all checkboxes in the Display tab of winecfg are ticked (enabling Wine virtual desktop)

What was not tested

- when installing the game, I chose the "Maximum" option. I did not test the other options ("minimal","normal")

Hardware tested


  • GPU: AMD
  • Driver: open source

Additional Comments

On my debian buster configuration (amd64), and to enable the game to start with Wine 32 bit, I had to:

- add the i386 architecture

- follow the instructions from winehq to add the winehq repository in sources.list and installed the winehq-stable package

- install the GStreamer1.0-libav:i386 package + the good, bad, ugly codec packages of Gstreamer1.0 (i386) to play the Microsoft MPEG 4.3.3 video sequences that the game requires.

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Operating systemTest dateWine versionInstalls?Runs?Used
CurrentDebian GNU/Linux 10.x "Buster" x86_64Apr 14 20216.0Yes Yes YesSilverjlrdh 
ShowSlackware64 14.2 multilibFeb 09 20194.1Yes Yes NoPlatinumSimone Giustetti 
ShowDebian GNU/Linux 6.x "Squeeze"Mar 05 20131.4Yes Yes Goldfirencombomaster 
ShowUbuntu 9.10 "Karmic" amd64 (+ variants like Kubuntu)Feb 01 20101.1.37Yes Yes GoldJavier Brude 
ShowFedora 11 x86_64Nov 19 20091.1.32Yes Yes Platinuman anonymous user 

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