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    Version: 2.1 | Updated: 08/01/97 | Printable Version | Search Guide | Bookmark Guide

    Created: 1st August, 1997.
    Unoffical FAQ. RUNABOUT: ARE YOU BORN TO DRIVE? FULL FAQ V2.1
    Written by: Vincent Liu(cl678@torfree.net)
    
    Special Thanks To
    -----------------
    
    Shawn Sackenheim <shawn@videogamers.com>
     
             For helping on the whole faq!
     
     Henry LaPierre <freeza@ix.netcom.com>
     
             For the Hidden cars
     
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     RUNABOUT
     ========
     
     GAME:           RUNABOUT
     SYSTEM:         SONY PLAYSTATION
     RELEASE DATE:   1997
     PRODUCED BY:    YANOMAN GAMES & CLIMAX
     
     Again I make no claims as to knowing everything.  If you think something
     is wrong or have information to add let me know.
     
     Table of CONTENTS
     -----------------
     
             -Tradmarks
             -Copyright and Disclaimer Notice
             -Story Line
             -The Game
             -Controller Settings
             -Missions (Courses)
             -Gas Station
             -Vechiles
             -Hidden Cars
             -Time Trial
             -Setting
             -Test Run
             -IMPORTANT!!! (READ)
     
     Trademarks
     ----------
     PlayStation and the game itself Runabout are trademarks, and so is
     acknowledged.  Any other trademarks not mentioned here are still
     acknowledged.
     
     Copyright and Disclaimer Notice
     -------------------------------
     This is were I give out the "SHOUTS" to all the amazing guys and gals
     at Climax & Yanoman Games for bring out this cool game.
     
     STORYLINE
     ---------
     
     This rich guy finds this tomb that holds untolded riches.  He needs this
     small statue to open it but it has since been broken into three pieces.
     He hires you, a master thief, to steal the pieces and give them to him.
     DOWNTOWN starts with you stealing the statue piece from a museum and
     building a bomb (with the 5 batteries) to escape through Michael's
     Estate.  SEA SIDE has you chasing down the man who has the Golden Wings
     in his limo.  After hitting his limo you must escape.  METRO CITY places
     you in Paris searching for the Scepter to finish the "key".  After, or
     before, finding it you must hit a telephone booth to call your contact
     to wait for you at the end.
     
     THE GAME
     --------
     
     ASCII has picked up Runabout for a late Summer/early fall release in the
     US under the name Felony 11-79.  It should be out by late summer (i.e.
     mid to late August) due to the fact that most of the game is already in
     English.  There is a contest in Japan right now that will allow anyone
     with the fastest lap times to win a trip to Guam.  The contest pass can
     be found on the ranking screen as the series of letters and numbers
     labeled "contest pass".  This will most likely only be in the Japanese
     version.
     
     Controller Settings
     -------------------
     These settings can be changed in the OPTION SCREEN
     The defaults are:
     
     LEFT & RIGHT    - Move left and right
     START           - Pause/Quit
     L & R           - Gear Up & Down (MANUAL ONLY)
     X               - Gas
     SQUARE          - Brake
     CIRCLE          - Reverse
     TRIANGLE        - Toggle View
     
     Missions (Courses)
     ------------------
     
     This is what I found so far. There are probably more short-cuts and
     secrets but I haven't found them out yet.
     
     MISSION 1 (DOWNTOWN)
     
     Your mission is retrieve all the items in Chinatown first and make it to
     the end before the time runs out. This course is tough at first, but once
     you find the shortest paths to each item the rest is easy.
     
     This is were you will encounter all the items there are 5 batteries
     that you must get to make a bomb that will allow you to enter Michael's
     Estate after leaving downtown. The best way to retrieve all the items
     is to first start out travelling straight where there are two police
     cruisers blocking the road. Avoid if you can by going all the way to
     the left onto the sidewalk cuz you'll save time instead of positioning
     your car after you hit the cop cars. Travel until you retrieve the first
     item and make a  right turn.  You'll see the other item and travel back
     down to retrieve the next one.  Once you have picked up the third item
     make a left turn and run through the mall. Once you've passed through
     the mall make a right and retrieve the item on the left.  Make a dash
     afterwards to the north right corner of Chinatown to retrieve the last
     item. This is
     where you can save some time. IF you are driving any vechile besides the
     MOPED then you'll have to make a U-Turn back and travel out of Chinatown
     back down the street and to the right. IF you are driving the MOPED
     you will notice that there are a few metal rods sticking out of the
     floor. Pass between them since your MOPED is small enough and go through
     the small alley and you'll end up to the road to Michael's Estate.
     
    Chinatown -     This is were you will encounter all the items. The best
                    way to retrieve all the items is to first start out
                    travelling to the furtherest road were there are two police
                    cruisers blocking the road. Avoid if you can cuz you'll save
                    time instead of positioning your car after you hit the cop
                    cars. Travel until you retrieve the first item and make a
                    right turn.  You'll see the other item and travel back down
                    to retrieve the other item.  Once you have picked up the
                    third item make a left turn and run through the mall. Once
                    you've passed through the mall make a right and retrieve
                    the item on the left.  Make a dash afterwards to the north
                    right corner of Chinatown to retrieve the last item. This is
                    were you can save some time. IF you are driving any vechile
                    besides the MOPED then you'll have to make a U-Turn back and
                    travel out of Chinatown. IF you are driving the MOPED you
                    will notice that there is a few metal rods sticking out of
                    the floor. Pass through this since your MOPED is small enough
                    to travel through and go through the small alley and you'll
                    end up to the road to the mansion.
     
    Mansion -       Once you have passed the gates go to the right of the
                     mansion, since there is no road on the left of the mansion.
     
    Hotel -         After the mansion you are then led up to the hotel. There are
                    3 possible ways to get throught this part.
    
                    1) Left - If you make a left you will encounter a tour bus
                             and this will leave you little room to get through.
                             Not a good choice.
     
                    2) Straight - Yup! That's right, Straight!! Bust through the
                                  billboard and travel through the lobbies. This
                                  is quick but your car will accumulate a lot of
                                  damage.
     
                    3) Right - The fastest and safest way.  No obstacles in your
                               way and just make a left at the end to get back
                               on the main road.
     
    Tunnel -        You will encounter a split one that goes left and one that
                    goes right.
     
                     Left Tunnel - Is longer but faster with no traffic at all.
     
                     Right Tunnel - Shorter distance but with traffice from
                                    both sides.  If you can dodge through all the
                                    cars then this is your path.
     
    Broad Street -  Once you get to this street travel as fast as you can and
                    reach the end. The first hill will throw you for a jump
                    but if you steer to the left you should be able to make it
                    without slowing down or taking a hit.
     
     
    MISSION 2 (SEA SIDE)
     
     Your mission is to retrieve the golden wings from a LIMO.  The LIMO
     can be seen travelling the other direction around the GAS STATION.
     Hit the LIMO and you will retrieve the item.  Once you get the item press
     the pedal to metal and dash for the finish line.
     
     Route 39 -      This is easy until you hit the toll booths.  On the right
                     side the booths are filled up but on the left they are
                     empty.
     
     Split -         This is were you will see either a tanker infront of a small
                     street or a path way to the left.
     
                     1) The small street has many cars and trucks parked on both
                     sides which makes it difficult to get through quickly.
     
                     2)  Hit the wooden railing on the right and this will lead
                     you down to the beach. Take it slow and DON'T turn or you'll
                     spin out.
     
                    Once you passed either way the street or the beach, you will
                    see a bridge in the distance.  The bridge may be halfway down
                    or standing straight up.  If it's halfway then it is possible
                    for a fast car (The RAM at least) to jump the ramp and pass
                    the big ass curve.  If it's down then you'll have to take
                    the long way around.
     
    
                    Once you passed either way the street or the beach, you will
                    see a bridge to the left.  The bridge may be halfway down or
                    standing straight up.  If it's halfway then it is possible
                    for a fast car (The RAM at least) to jump the ramp and pass
                    the big ass curve.  If it's down then you'll have to take
                    the long way around.  My THEORY so far on how to control the
                    bridge either up or halfway is the money you accumalate. IF
                    you have accumlated over a 1 or 1.5 million the bridge will
                    be half down.  The reason is that there is an additional
                    car you can get if this mission is passed within the time
                    given with $2.5 million. Shawn's theory says that if you have
                    over 180 seconds remaining the bridge will be up...any less and
                    you get a cool shortcut...take it over 110 KPH though.  8)
    
    Gas Station -   This is what is next in line.  You will see that there are
                    again two ways you can go, but if you are on pace to beat the
                    game then most likely the LIMO will be traveling just by the
                    gas station.  So, you will have to stick to the left. Hit
                    the LIMO to retrieve the item. From here on you will have two
                    choice again either stay to your left or to your right.
    
    Route 24 -      This is where if you stay to your left you will travel a
                    longer, but safer, route. So what you need to do is get
                    your car to the right. You will see an entrance with a toll
                    booth after you have passed an empty lot filled with gas
                    tanks. It's a pretty windy path and there is a wreck to deal
                    with.  If you stay to the left between the semi that is
                    against the left wall and the other cars you should be able
                    to make it through.
     
    End     -       This is where you will have two options again.
     
                     1) After you have made your way through Route 24 and you
                     decide to stay to your right and travel till the end you
                     will encounter road blocks and cruisers blocking your way.
                     This will slow you down and acculmate massive amounts of
                     damage to your vechile.
     
                     2) Once you make it through to the right curve, you will
                     notice that there is an opening to your left. This will
                     lead you to the an open sewer.  Once you are in you will
                     see a metal gate that can be broken and yoy can also
                     travel to the left or right concrete walls to pass it.
                     Once you have passed it you will notice an opening to
                     your right, you must exit the sewer in order to pass the
                     game.
     
     *Hint* If you are trying to get the secret cars by accumlating over
            2.5 million the TANKERS, LONG TRUCKS, AMBULANCE & THE POLICE
            WAGONS gives you the most cash.
     
     MISSION 3 (METRO CITY)
     
     Mission 3 is only selectable once you have completed MISSIONS 1 & 2.
     
     This mission is tough since there are many possible ways to reach the
     end. You must find the scepter and then use (hit!) a pay phone to call your
     contact to be waiting for you. You don't have to get the first ones you see.
     There is one much later on that is the best way that I've found. Once you
     get the item, again dash for the finish line.
     
     This is what I found to be the shortest way to this mission.
     
     Montavo Street- This is were you will see the 3 flasing items on the bottom
                     right of your screen. You do not have to hit the any of the
                     payphones, as more or later on the stage. Approach the first
                     one and travel to the left road that will lead you down.
                     On the left hand side you will see two metal barracades
                     in the middle of the brick wall, this is lead you to the
                     SUBWAY!
     
     Subway -        Not to tought, just travel in the tunnels and this will lead
                     you to the ERASMUS PASS. If you hit the subway train you
                     can get a COoL MILLION!!! Once you get and exit the subway
                     there is two paths you can choose.
     
                     1) Make a left on the exit and make another left turn on the
                     road and this will lead to the next road.
     
                     2) Make a left on the exit and go through the billboads.This
                     will lead you to a jump.  IF you car is fast enough you will
                     get a short-cut. IF you fail the jump then you'll end up on
                     the same road you would if you choose the first option. This
                     is tough since you car will bouce and skid when it lands.
     
    Erasmus Pass -  By this time you will see a split on the road. CHOOSE THE ONE
                    ON THE LEFT!! LEFT!!!! Keep travelling left until you see
                    the opening on your right to ANOTHER SUBWAY ENTRANCE!!! Again
                    this is straight forward, go through it ASAP. Once you exit
                    you will see a telephone booth, this is where you start the
                    countdown when you hit the booth, this will give you about
                    120 seconds.Make the left turn through the doors and retrive
                    the last item.  Make a left and travel through those doors.
    
    Next Roads -    This is a bunch of turns and twists but there is a shortcut!
                    When you get to a point where there is a sign that looks
                    like this <<<<< in red meaning a sharp right turn, crash
                    through the billboards and you'll end up on a road. Travel
                    left and you'll see a brick wall on your left, don't go
                    to fast cuz there is a VERY SMALL OPENING in the wall. IF
                    your vechile permits it this alley way will lead to the road
                    that travels around the lake, so be sure not to go too FAST
                    or you'll end up in the lake.  If you do travel till the end
                    of the lake and you'll see a road that will lead up to the
                    main road.
     
    Lake      -     You have 3 options.
     
                    1) Travel to the left on the paved road.
     
                    2) Go in the lake an drive through it and you will see a ramp
                    at the end of the lake leading to the next road.
    
                    3) Probably the fastest way, travel the right of the lake,
                    where you will see a dirt path.
     
    Shopping
    Centre    -     This is the last part to this stage.  Once you have made
                    it in to the entrace of the Centre you will have two options.
     
                     1) Travel through the doors and bust your way through the
                     displays and travel through the back doors.
     
                     2) If you are driving the MOPED then go to the extreme right
                     of the front of the CENTRE and you'll see this pathway. THis
                     is small enough to travel into.  Keep going until there
                     is no more and make your way to the end.
     
                    If you choose the 1 option and you have accumlated a lot of
                    damage and you don't want to bust through the baracades, then
                    travel to the right and there will be a clear path.
     
     *Hint* If you are trying to get the secret cars by accumlating over
            2.5 million the SUBWAY TRAINS gives you a cool million.
     
     MISSION 3 (METRO CITY)
     
     This is what Shawn found to be the shortest way through this mission.
     
     Head down Montavo Street and stay on the left side.  After turning right
     keep going straight until you are forced to turn left.  You'll see a wall
     forcing you to go left.  Make a quick slide around this barracade and
     continue to the right.  When you see the road go off to the right and
     down, follow it.  Make a right and then a left to go back up a ramp.
     Continue past the partition and skip yet another telephone.  You will
     reach the most hazardous turn in the whole game.  A sharp turn with LOTS
     of stuff that you'll slide into.  Take it slower and easy. (NOTE: I don't
     recommend taking the subway halfway through Montavo Street.  The reason
     being that when you run a perfect, or near-perfect, race you'll meet the
     first subway car in the middle of a turn and almost always get hit,
     wasting valuable time).  You will be presented with 3 paths here.  Going
     straight is the fastest. To the right will take you to a big jump
     shortcut but it's a BIG time waster as you spin all over the place.  And
     to the left will take you the wrong way!  Soooo, go straight!
     
     Erasmus Pass
     
     You should take the turns slowly as spinning out will waste time.  This
     will lead you to Erasmus Pass.  Once you enter this maze-like area...GO
     LEFT!  This will lead you to another, more advantageous, subway.  Run it
     and instead of climbing onto the platform and having to go through the
     ticket gates (and racking up damage) go all the way to the end of the
     track (slowly!) and take a right for a hidden shortcut that will bring
     you out past the damaging ticket gates.  Once you climb the steps you'll
     see a phone booth...this is the one you wanna hit.  After hitting it the
     timer will start and you'll wanna go left to get the scepter.  Turn left
     again and head out the partially opened doors.
     
     Other Streets
     
     After You get the scepter you'll take some windy roads, but nothing too
     difficulty.  After a long right curve you'll see some big red signs with
     arrows.  Take this slowly and head just past the signs to drop off the
     course and cut out a HUGE section of the race.  Keep going right until
     you see the lake.  There are a few ways to go here:
     
      1.  Go across the water...IN THE RAM or BIG TRUCK ONLY!!
      2.  Go to the right across the dirt path that will bring you out past
     the lake.
     
     Continue up the road until you go under an overpass and see some
     billboards straight ahead.  Take a SHARP right and then another right to
     come to the shopping centre.
     
     Shopping Centre
     
     If you're in the MOPED, go right to the shortcut by the store marked
     with big white pillars.  If you're in anything else go inside the store,
     towards the right side.  Go past the first aisle and out the back.  Go
     to the right and head for the somewhat straight path, there aren't many
     roadblocks here, and come around the last box to a straightaway to the
     finish.  Simple....uh...right?
     
     VECHILES
     --------
    Now to the good part. You start off with 4 cars RAM, 320, MIN and VES. Once
    you beat each mission 2 additional cars will be selectable. Each vechile will
    have either AT/MT transmisson or just AT or MT transmisson ONLY!
     
    Each vechile is different and unique.  Each vechile has it's ups and downs
    and with time & pratice you will find the best vechile that will suit your
    style and skill.
     
    RAM - The good old American Pick-up. This looks similar to the Dodge Ram.
          Great power. This is a great car to start off. This baby has 4WD &
          V8 backing it up.
          (AT/MT)
     
     Horsepower      250
     Torque          45.6
     Length          5591
     Weight          2903
     Fuel            90
     
     320 - From the looks of it, it looks like a BMW.  Fast and good pickup.
           (AT ONLY)
     
     Horsepower      150
     Torque          19.5
     Length          4435
     Weight          1385
     Fuel            70
     
    MIN - The Classic British Car. Designed for ON-ROAD ONLY! So if you take this
          baby off-raod, you will definitely have a rough time.
          (AT/MT)
     
     Horsepower      53
     Torque          9.3
     Length          3076
     Weight          740
     Fuel            50
     
     VES - MOPED. Fun to play with. The best vechile to use when getting the
           no $ (damaged) cars.
           (AT/MT)
     
     Horsepower      12
     Torque          2.2
     Length          1655
     Weight          84
     Fuel            5
     
     SIR - (AT ONLY)
     
     Horsepower      130
     Torque          14.1
     Length          4070
     Weight          1040
     Fuel            45
     
     NSR - Better known as the NSX!
           (MT ONLY)
     
     Horsepower      280
     Torque          30.0
     Length          4430
     Weight          1230
     Fuel            70
     
     GTR - Excels in acceleration and braking department.
           (MT ONLY)
     
     Horsepower      280
     Torque          37.5
     Length          4675
     Weight          1530
     Fuel            65
     
     BUS - BIG BUS!!!
           (AT/MT)
     
     Horsepower      235
     Torque          60.1
     Length          11250
     Weight          12130
     Fuel            120
     
     DAM - A construction dump truck.
           (AT/MT)
     
     Horsepower      395
     Torque          141.5
     Length          8024
     Weight          10330
     Fuel            150
     
     LIM - A Limo.
           (AT ONLY)
     
     Horsepower      275
     Torque          41.5
     Length          8326
     Weight          2980
     Fuel            100
     
     GTS - Dodge Viper GTS!  Great speed and tight control.
           (AT/MT)
     
     Horsepower      450
     Torque          66.1
     Length          4450
     Weight          1570
     Fuel            70
     
     ELS - A sporty little car.
           (AT/MT)
     
     Horsepower      118
     Torque          16.8
     Length          3726
     Weight          690
     Fuel            50
     
     360 - The VW BETTLE!!!
           (AT/MT)
     
     Horsepower      16
     Torque          3.0
     Length          2948
     Weight          640
     Fuel            55
     
     FD7 - Toyota Supra Turbo - One of the fastest AT cars around.
           (AT/MT)
     
     Horsepower      255
     Torque          30.0
     Length          4295
     Weight          1290
     Fuel            70
     
     GT1- Toyota's Rally Car! Ever play SEGA RALLY?! :)
          (MT ONLY)
     
     Horsepower      600 (WoW)
     Torque          50.4 (WoW)
     Length          3726
     Weight          1530
     Fuel            65
     
     TAC- Lambourghini Diablo! 
          (MT ONLY)
     
     Horsepower       375
     Torque           36.8
     Length           4140
     Weight           1065
     Fuel             72
     
     TRD - GARBAGE TRUCK?! EWwww.
           (AT/MT)
     
     Horsepower      230
     Torque          40.5
     Length          6820
     Weight          3600
     Fuel            90
     
     RSP - Street Sweeper.
           (AT/MT)
     
     Horsepower      200
     Torque          42.8
     Length          6960
     Weight          9025
     Fuel            100
     
     19A - Indy car but I guess it's C.A.R.T. Car now.
           (AT/MT)
     
     Horsepower      700 (Wow)
     Torque          45.3 (wOw)
     Length          4150
     Weight          600 (light!)
     Fuel            130
     
     PLS - Police Cruiser!
           (AT/MT)
     
     Horsepower      820 If that was only true! :P
     Torque          89.6
     Length          5625
     Weight          1820
     Fuel            60
     
     TNK - HollY MollY!!!! TANK!!!
           * Press "Square" to fire the CANNON!!!!
           (AT ONLY)
     
     Horsepower      1500
     Torque          96.4
     Length          9800
     Weight          50000
     Fuel            500
     
     DSH - DASH CAR or the REMote Control Car. This baby can go places!
           (AT ONLY)
     
     Horsepower      1
     Torque          0.1
     Length          200
     Weight          1
     Fuel            1
     
     Hidden Cars
     -----------
     
     When you beat MISSION 1 (DOWNTOWN) you will be able to choose
     
     SIR - A sports car
     NSR - A.K.A. NSX
     
     When you beat MISSION 2 (SEASIDE) you will be able to choose
     
     GTR - A sports car
     BUS - BUS
     
     When you beat MISSION 3 (METRO CITY) you will be able to choose
     
     DAM - A contruction dump truck
     LIM - LIMO
     
     There are also 12 HIDDEN vechiles that are available.
     
     GTS - Beat easy mode with total amount over $1,000,000
     ELS - Beat medium mode with total amount over $2,500,000
     360 - Beat hard mode with total amount over $2,500,000
     
     FD7 - Beat easy mode within 4 mins
     GT1 - Beat medium mode within 4 mins
     TAC - Beat hard mode within 4 mins
     
     TRD = Trash truck.  On the freeway section of the Seaside course,
           while doing over 180 km/h.
     
     RSP = Street Sweeper.  On the freeway section of the Seaside course,
           while doing over 230 km/h.
     
     19A = Indy car.  Complete Downtown with no accumulated money(no damage)
     
     PLC = Police cruiser.  Complete Seaside with no accumulated money(no damage)
     
     TNK = Tank.  Complete Metro city with no accumulated money(no damage)
     
     DSH = Remote Control Car! Get this in Metro City. Hit the shelves on the
           left side of the convention centre, pickup the car and finish the game.
     
     TIME TRIAL
     ----------
     This is an other option to play each mission without the TIME LIMIT. So
     just drive around, find some secrets, short cuts and have fun.
     
     SETTING
     -------
     This is where you can do some real work. You are give the following options:
     
     Steering, Front Suspension, Read Suspension, Grip Balance, Acceleration
     & Brake
     
     You can custom fit any car to your style of liking! COoL!
     
     You can then TEST RUN your car.
     
     TEST RUN
     --------
     This is another course given to test drive your car.  There is no time limit
     and all you have to do is test the car out.
     
     IMPORTANT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
     -----------------------
     REMEMBER TO SAVE THE GAME TO YOUR MEMORY CARD AFTER GETTING THE NEW CARS. IF
     YOU DON'T THEY YOU CAN SAY BYE-BYE TO ALL YOUR HARD WORK!!!
     
     SITE
     ----
     
     Well that's the end. IF you need more info on this game then see FAQ on this
     game. It can be located at
     
     http://www.gamefaqs.com
     http://www.midcoast.com/~ron/playstation/