The year is 2019 and the USA has become a totalitarian state. Personal freedoms no
longer exist and only television distracts the people from their plight.
One show is more popular than any other, The Running Man, a deadly cat-and-
mouse carnival in which the contestants battle for the ultimate prize: survival.
After refusing to fire on un-armed demonstrators Ben Richards is wrongly
convicted and labeled "Butcher of Bakersfield". This is the start of a chain of
events which lead to him becoming the 'Star' runner on 'The Running Man'.
No contestant has ever won. All have perished within the 'Game Zone' of a
destroyed Los Angeles, hunted down by four lethal 'Stalkers'.
In tonight's show Ben Richards must survive, prove he is innocent and expose
the corrupt propaganda of the ICS network.
Ben is launched into the game zone by Damon Killian, the host and inventor
of 'The Running Man'. He promises Killian "I'll be back!" - no other contestant has
ever come close.
You are Ben Richards, you must run for your life.
The Running Man is a one player game in which you must manoeuvre Ben Richards
through four game zones and a TV studio. You must defeat all the stalkers and
guards, fight off the attack dogs and fulfill your promise to Killian.
The first zone is the 'Ice rink'.
Zone 1 - Ice Rink
Here you will encounter your first human obstacle, SUB-ZERO. This ex-ice hockey
champion carries a razor-sharp hockey stick and launches exploding pucks.
Zone 2 - Suburbs
If you survive SUB-ZERO's attentions you will meet the deadly BUZZSAW whose tri-
teflon coated chainsaw can finish Ben's run right here.
Zone 3 - City Lights
The third game zone was once the bright lights of Los Angeles, it's now illuminated
by the flash of lightning bolts from the human christmas tree, DYNAMO. You must use
all your cunning to overcome this opponent.
Zone 4 - The Complex
Inside this labyrinth of pipes and ducts you must avoid the red hot flames of
FIREBALL. His flame-thrower also functions as a jet pack enabling him to fly.
The StudioBasic Play
The joystick is used to control Ben as follows:
If your skill is such that no stalkers can stand in your way you will return to the
Here armed guards will attempt to halt your progress to Killian. If you succeed in
reaching him the reward will be freedom and revenge.
Without the fire button pressed
Centre - stands still
Down - moves into a crouch if standing
Up/left/right - jumps up if standing, stands up if crouching.
Left/right - turn/move left or right. If the joystick is moved twice quickly in the
same direction Ben will run in that direction (he will make a higher/longer jump
Down/left/right - crawl
With the fire button pressed
Centre - kicks in the direction faced.
Down - moves into a crouch, if standing; if crouching collects/drops weapon.
Up - jumpsWeapons
In the game zone you may find various objects which you may use as weapons. These
include bricks, pipes and guns. You can kill some stalkers without using weapons
but this will require greater skill.
If you are struck by a stalker or fall into a trap your health will suffer. Your
health is displayed at the bottom of the screen together with that of any stalker
you are fighting.
Left/right - turns/punches if facing in that direction; if holding a weapon uses it.
Your health can be improved by two methods, medi-packs which are in various
locations throughout the game and by completing the UP-LINK CODE.
If your health gets below a certain level you are deemed as unconscious and
the game ends.
The UP-LINK CODE
Between each game zone you must try to attain the UP-LINK CODE. This involves a
simple coordination game, in which you must match two sets of symbols.
You are presented with two sets of 8 symbols, the left set is then mixed up.
Two highlights will appear; these can be moved with the joystick. If the
fire button is pressed the two symbols that are marked will swap position. Using the
right-hand symbols as a guide you must put all the symbols in the correct position.
If this is achieved in the allocated time then your health is restored for the next
The score is based on the money bet by the viewers. If you fight well then the
more monet they bet. Bonus betting occurs when you complete a zone and for killing
If you get a good score you will be invited to record your name on the
high score table - showing today's best Running Man.
F1 - Switch music on/off
P - Pause/Continue game