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Run Man is the man who runs, streaking by with yellow buns.
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In this Platform Game, someone has announced a race around the world, and the fastest man in the world (a small yellow guy named RunMan) enters. All of the other competitors immediately resign, knowing that there's no way that they can beat him. RunMan is a bit annoyed by this lack of sportsmanship, and vows to race around the world by himself, if he must.

Over the course of the game, you'll bounce off walls, ride a hang glider, and out-run certain death on more than one occasion.

Technically a Freeware Game, but donations of any amount are openly invited.

Can be found at this rather clever URL: http://whatareyouwait.info


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  • Death Is a Slap on the Wrist: Run Man either loses his momentum and hops back out of the pit, or the level restarts. However, even if you survive, it can still wreck the time and score you're going for.
  • Fish out of Water: Since speed and not vertical mobility is key in this game, Ogmo doesn't do very well.
  • Jungle Jazz: The third area is Jungle Japes whose soundtrack includes such classics like Duke Ellington's "East St. Louis Toodle-Oo" (for the area map) or Luis Russel's "The New Call of the Freaks" (for the actual stages).
  • Mighty Glacier: The unlockable character Stumblor is about the size of a literal glacier and can trample down all enemies without effort, but easily gets stuck and has a hard time gaining momentum.
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  • Nintendo Hard: The game can be this due to a combination of the wall jump mechanic relying only on the boost mechanic, which you will habitually hold down during the boss chases.
  • Not Completely Useless: The unlockable characters are utterly useless if you haven't figured out in detail how they accelerate and interact with the environment... in which case they actually have better chances of getting a medal in some levels.
  • 100% Completion: Gets you the grand prize of the official RunMan Theme Song sung to you by the programmers.
  • Press X to Die: Except for boss levels, the restart key is the only thing that can kill you at all.
  • Public Domain Soundtrack: The soundtrack consists entirely of old public domain jazz and blues songs.

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