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On the Rain-Slick Precipice of Darkness: Episode One

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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.


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 Well-animated intro.
On the Rain-Slick Precipice of Darkness: Episode One Windows Creating my own representation.
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 (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

Jolt (UK) Windows May 29, 2008 8.1 out of 10 81
Thunderbolt Games Windows Jun 02, 2008 8 out of 10 80
1UP Xbox 360 May 28, 2008 B 75
Gaming Nexus Windows May 29, 2008 B 75
Game Revolution Xbox 360 Jul 03, 2008 B 75
1UP Windows May 28, 2008 B 75
Factornews Windows Jun 10, 2008 7 out of 10 70
PC Games (Germany) Windows Jun, 2008 70 out of 100 70
PC Gameplay (Benelux) Windows Jul, 2008 68 out of 100 68
Gaming Age PlayStation 3 Nov 10, 2008 B- 67


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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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