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On the Rain-Slick Precipice of Darkness: Episode One (Windows)

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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 He is a Mime Pope or something.
On the Rain-Slick Precipice of Darkness: Episode One Windows Well-animated intro.
On the Rain-Slick Precipice of Darkness: Episode One Windows Ah! What a cute little Fruit Fucker!
On the Rain-Slick Precipice of Darkness: Episode One Windows One of the many verbal exchanges between Gabe and Tycho.

Alternate Titles

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

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The Press Says

Just Adventure Jul 11, 2008 A 100
GameZone May 27, 2008 8 out of 10 80
Gamer 2.0 May 29, 2008 7.9 out of 10 79
Absolute Games ( Jun 17, 2008 75 out of 100 75
1UP May 28, 2008 B 75
Krawall Gaming Network Jul 09, 2008 74 out of 100 74
PC Games (Germany) Jun, 2008 70 out of 100 70 Jun 05, 2008 14 out of 20 70
GameSpot (Belgium/Netherlands) Jul 14, 2008 69 out of 100 69
Gamekult 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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Sciere (275403) added On the Rain-Slick Precipice of Darkness: Episode One (Windows) on May 31, 2008
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