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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 
 
         For helping on the whole faq!
 
 Henry LaPierre 
 
         For the Hidden cars
 
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 This Document may be freely copied without changes,
 distributed or used in any way provided proper credit
 is given to it's author.
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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/

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