Vikki Grimm has opened a portal through time and needs help returning home in Portal Runner for the Game Boy Color. A spin-off of 3DO's Army Men series, Portal Runner is a side-scrolling platform game that takes place within seven realms: Castle, Forest, Dungeon, Volcano, Jungle, Spaceship, and Land of Toys. Each locale consists of multiple levels and culminates in a boss encounter.
Levels also feature various enemies specific to the region. Wolves, bats, ghosts, and knights, for example, overrun the Castle Realm, while scorpions, hornets, and giant spiders populate the Jungle Realm. To combat these threats, Vikki can use a combination of hand-to-hand moves as well as three different kicks. Obstacles and certain enemies can also be avoided by simply jumping over them, and creatures from afar can be targeted with bow and arrows.
Vikki can fire two types of arrows: green and the more powerful red arrows, which fire three explosive projectiles at once. Red arrows are limited, however, and must be reacquired as a power-up. Other power-ups include 1-Ups for extra lives, Rubies to open up portals, and Water Droplets to replenish health. Vikki's lion mount Leo can also be called on temporarily after finding a Leo Head icon, and the ride can last five seconds longer once a Leg of Lamb is eaten. Each level ends after entering a portal. ~ Scott Alan Marriott, All Game Guide
|# of Same Screen Players||1|
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|Tech Support Phone||650-385-3193|
|Tech Support URL||www.3do.com/support|
|Legal Copyright/Trademark Line||©2001 The 3DO Company|
|Included in Package||24-page Instruction Manual|
|Included in Package||Consumer Information and Precautions Booklet|
|Included in Package||Registration Card|
|Cartridge ROM Size||4-Meg|
|Feature 1||Wide variety of enemies include wizards, skeletons, dinosaurs, aliens, and more|
|Feature 2||Some levels offer multiple portals to access secret areas|
|Feature 3||Three difficulty options help customize gameplay for different skill levels|
|Feature 4||Resume games with a password provided at the end of each stage|