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Gabe and Tycho of the web comic Penny Arcade are at their debut on the video game 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.


On the Rain-Slick Precipice of Darkness: Episode One Windows A profile on Johnathan Gabriel!
On the Rain-Slick Precipice of Darkness: Episode One Windows Weird poem in the Intro.
On the Rain-Slick Precipice of Darkness: Episode One Windows One of the many verbal exchanges between Gabe and Tycho.
On the Rain-Slick Precipice of Darkness: Episode One Linux Starting the game.

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 (1742)
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)

Critic Reviews

Planet Xbox 360 Xbox 360 Jun 02, 2008 8.6 out of 10 86
XBox Front Xbox 360 May 21, 2008 85 out of 100 85
Xbox World Australia (XWA) Xbox 360 Jun 16, 2008 83 out of 100 83
Jolt (UK) Windows May 29, 2008 8.1 out of 10 81
GameZone Windows May 27, 2008 8 out of 10 80
1UP Windows May 28, 2008 B 75
Factornews Windows Jun 10, 2008 7 out of 10 70
4Players.de Xbox 360 May 29, 2008 70 out of 100 70
Games4Mac Macintosh 2008 66 out of 100 66
Gamekult Windows May 27, 2008 5 out of 10 50


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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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