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On the Rain-Slick Precipice of Darkness: Episode One

MobyRank MobyScore
Windows
76
4.0
PlayStation 3
...
4.1
Xbox 360
78
4.0
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Description

Gabe and Tycho of the popular web comic "Penny Arcade" are at their debut on the videogame scene in this adventure RPG.

Set in 1922 in a pulp horror storyline, players create their protagonist who gets swept up in a world of mystery and adventure when a large robot destroys the main character's house during a leaf raking session. Determined to get to the bottom of what happened (and finding a new place to live in the process), the player runs into the Startling Developments Detective agency, run by Gabe and Tycho. Along the way, the team will encounter a series of characters from the web comic, fighting zombies, homeless people, mimes and Fruit Fuckers in an attempt to solve this bizarre series of events.

Gameplay is set up as a classic-style RPG, with turn-based combat and item management abilities during combat. Players will also be able to summon other characters for combat help, and level up new abilities as the story progresses.

Story elements are conveyed in a comic strip style. During conversation, players engage in a multiple selection story tree in an attempt to gain support or information, or simply just harass and insult characters in typical "Penny Arcade" fashion.

The Xbox Live version includes various achievement rewards based off gameplay requirements.

Screenshots

On the Rain-Slick Precipice of Darkness: Episode One Windows Introducing peaceful suburbia.
On the Rain-Slick Precipice of Darkness: Episode One Linux Intro
On the Rain-Slick Precipice of Darkness: Episode One Windows Me, taking a break in my peaceful part of New Arcadia.
On the Rain-Slick Precipice of Darkness: Episode One Windows Not so peaceful anymore

Alternate Titles

  • "Над пропастью во тьме. Часть 1" -- Russian spelling
  • "Precipice of Darkness 1" -- MacStore title

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User Reviews

Long Title. Short Game. Great Ride. Xbox 360 Guy Chapman (1744)
This is a game made by the guys at Penny Arcade for the fans of Penny Arcade, and it delivers amazingly. Xbox 360 Brandon Tabbert (19)

The Press Says

MacLife Macintosh Jul 31, 2008 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 100
GamePro (US) Xbox 360 May 27, 2008 4.5 out of 5 90
Peliplaneetta.net Windows Jun 12, 2008 87 out of 100 87
IGN PlayStation 3 Oct 24, 2008 7.8 out of 10 78
Game Revolution Xbox 360 Jul 03, 2008 B 75
Video Game Talk Xbox 360 May 21, 2008 3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars 70
PC Games (Germany) Windows Jun, 2008 70 out of 100 70
GameSpot (Belgium/Netherlands) Windows Jul 14, 2008 69 out of 100 69
Eurogamer.net (UK) Xbox 360 May 27, 2008 6 out of 10 60
Gamekult Windows May 27, 2008 5 out of 10 50

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Trivia

Penny Arcade used flamebait comments of a Wired blog posting to advertise its game, using the words from a poster by the name of ddf. They plastered banners advertising the game with his "testimonials".

"Penny arcade sucks and is unfunny. please murder penny arcade and then yourself if you disagree with me."

"This game sucks and anyone who likes it sucks. penny arcade sucks and is as funny as something that's not funny at all."

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