User Reviews

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Our Users Say

Category Description User Score
Acting The quality of the actors' performances in the game (including voice acting). 4.0
AI How smart (or dumb) you perceive the game's artificial intelligence to be 3.7
Gameplay How well the game mechanics work (player controls, game action, interface, etc.) 3.9
Graphics The quality of the art, or the quality/speed of the drawing routines 4.0
Personal Slant How much you personally like the game, regardless of other attributes 4.0
Sound / Music The quality of the sound effects and/or music composition 3.9
Story / Presentation The main creative ideas in the game and how well they're executed 3.7
Overall User Score (7 votes) 3.9

Critic Reviews

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Just Adventure (Jul 11, 2008)
On the Rain Slick Precipice of Darkness, Episode 1 exists in somewhere in the hinterland between casual game and serious RPG, and it’s a very comfortable position indeed. As a palate-cleanser between playing larger games, or simply as an opportunity to experience Penny Arcade in a fresh way, it’s easy to recommend the game.
87 (Jun 12, 2008)
Vaikka kyseessä onkin erinomainen peli, Penny Arcade Adventures: On the Rain-Slick Precipice of Darkness jättää paljon toivomisen varaakin. Vaikka esimerkiksi graafiset puutteet voikin antaa anteeksi, se ei tarkoita sitä, etteivätkö ne silti vaikuttaisi pelikokemukseen. On myös vähän kurjaa, että peli juoksuttaa pelaajaa samoilla pelialueilla toistuvasti hakemassa milloin mitäkin. Se alkaa pakostakin puuduttaa.
The short-length and other minor nitpickings aside, Penny Arcade Adventures: On the Rain-Slick Precipice of Darkness: Episode One is absolutely worth every cent of its $20 price tag. By the end of the first installment the game will bore a hole of anticipation in your skull that yearns to be filled by future episodes. Indeed, fans of the comic will not be disappointed.
Worth Playing (Jun 04, 2008)
In the end, Penny Arcade Adventures: On the Rain-Slick Precipice of Darkness — Episode 1 was a lot of fun. While there could have been more variety in the enemies, and the sound definitely should have been better, I was left thoroughly pleased with the game. It may seem a bit expensive at 1,600 Microsoft points ($20), but if you are looking for a few good laughs and an interesting story line packed into a five- to eight-hour package, you really won't find anything better than this.
Jolt (UK) (May 29, 2008)
If you’re a Penny Arcade fan then Episode One is an enjoyable if overpriced and short-lived experience. It might be a little on the easy side, but at least there’s plenty of content stuffed in there, and the game never leaves you with the feeling of having to grind your way through. Hopefully Episode Two will add much more depth to the experience and cost half the price, and, if the comic creators know what’s good for them, feature Twisp and Catsby.
gameZine (UK) (Jun 01, 2008)
For my part, I found it very difficult to tear myself away from PA1 for the short time it lasted. There’s not really any incentive for me to go back to it now though, but it made me a very happy gamer for a few hours. You can’t really say fairer than that. There are a few months to go until the next episode, but it looks like Hothead are on the right track. It also looks like Gabe’s right about the score anyway.
Avid Gamer (Jun 02, 2008)
This is Episode One, another foray into the idea of episodic gaming. This is the perfect way to resurrect the dead Adventure genre and we’ve already seen it proved successful with AGON. With modern day innovation and a decent length which is concentrated on providing one sharp storyline it succeeds. It’s blending of genres works and it’s definitely worth the $19.99 / 1600 MS Points. We can’t wait until part two.
While On the Rain-Slick Precipice of Darkness isn’t going to win any awards, its triumph is really its ability to effectively engage us in the dark silliness of the strange world Krahulik and Holkins have built over the years. For those who delightedly visit that world every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, there are worse ways to spend your money. For those strapped for cash or ambivalent about the comic, though … wait for the inevitable boxed compilation.
80 (Jun 04, 2008)
Kyseessä on räävittömän hauska ja varsin sujuva peli, joka käyttää pissakakkahuumoria varmakätisesti, fiksusti ja tietoisesti. Sarjakuvan tuntemuksesta on varmasti hyötyä, mutta sitä ei varsinaisesti tarvita: oleellista on se, naurattavatko jutut vai eivät. Jos naurattavat, kyseessä on kerrassaan hervoton kokonaisuus.
GameSpy (Jun 13, 2008)
In the end, of course, it's those hardcore "Penny Arcade" fans that Krahulik and Holkins have said they were aiming the game at. In that case, mission accomplished. The good news is even those who've never seen the comic strip can enjoy the fun combat system and great artwork. And if the storyline is only moderately interesting to those not familiar with the series' in-jokes, it's serviceable enough to hold the game together for its roughly six-hour play time. The episodic Penny Arcade Adventures is off to a good start. It'll be interesting to see where it goes from here.
Thunderbolt Games (Jun 02, 2008)
As a first episode, Rain Slick succeeds in leaving you wanting more, and anxious to drag your party and stats on into Episode 2. Sure at its core, it’s an extremely light weight JRPG, but if you’re playing this game for ingenious game design then you’re missing the point. The great dialogue, unique characters and building story more than outweigh the mediocre graphics, and somewhat unoriginal game mechanics. Rain Slick takes these tried and tested game systems and makes them its own, not by ingenuity but by not taking itself seriously. With items like ‘Extremely Mild Weak Sauce,’ how could any game go wrong?
GamesRadar (May 07, 2008)
Of course, the real star of PAA isn’t the gameplay, but the humor. It’s a lot like playing a comic strip, and should be approached as such. Read a few of the strips online before plunking down your $20 - if you like what you see there, the game is worth the price of admission. No release date has been announced yet, but the game will be available to download at and
GameZone (May 27, 2008)
While the light RPG elements aren’t suited for more hardcore RPG fans, the game’s humor and wit make it worth a look for fans of the web comic.
Gamer 2.0 (May 29, 2008)
Despite any of the enjoyment that Penny Arcade Adventures itself is sure to both fans of Penny Arcade and non-fans of the comic, its biggest flaw has to be the pricing. Taking a controversial step to offer up this first slice of a four part story for $20, this game is easily more expensive than any other game on the Xbox Live Arcade and certainly on the high side as far as episodic games are concerned on the PC. You’ll get about eight hours or so out of your first playthrough and certainly enjoy it greatly, but when faced with a $20 price tag, or 1600 Microsoft points, you have to stop and think about whether the game’s worth it or not. Simply, that is the reason that this cannot be so easily recommended.
PC Gamer UK (May 22, 2008)
Tycho has warned on their site that their game is aimed squarely at the fans, that outsiders aren't likely to get much out of it. I don't think that's fair - the Fruit Fucker is the only in‑joke that might bemuse the uninitiated. But perhaps he's just being defensive. His writing and Gabe's art ensure Episode One is an excellent piece of fan-service, but the actual game part doesn't stand up to much dispassionate scrutiny. And now, if you're not a Penny Arcade fan, you can't criticise it for that. It's not for you.
Gaming Nexus (May 29, 2008)
Penny Arcade Adventures may be the most expensive game on the Xbox Live Arcade service, but that shouldn't keep you from discovering a wonderful adventure full of snappy dialog and addictive combat. It may not be the best graphic adventure series currently being made, but it's well worth your time and money!
GameSpot (Jun 17, 2008)
If you're still trying to figure out if you should drop $20 on this game, the only real question you have to ask yourself is: Do you like Penny Arcade? Fans of the comic will find more than enough here to justify the sizable price of entry. The rest will find only simple combat and shallow adventuring if the humor doesn't tickle their fancy. If PAA had been able to construct a great adventure game around the fantastic humor, this would be a must-buy for everyone. In its current form, those looking for a mature melding of humor and role-playing may be disappointed, but Penny Arcade fans and those willing to accept repugnant humor into their gaming lives will love it.
Absolute Games ( (Jun 17, 2008)
Фанатам Penny Arcade гарантированы 300-400 минут восторга. Остальным — по настроению.
1UP (May 28, 2008)
Precipice feels like the product of dreamers -- and even though ambition ultimately outstrips ability, there's a distinct voice and vision that usually doesn't come through in most "licensed" products. And here's where you say, "What the f*** ever, a**hole. Is the game any fun?" Well, yeah. I think it's pretty darn fun.
Krawall Gaming Network (Jul 09, 2008)
Wer mit der englischen Sprache keine Probleme hat und den Humor von „Penny Arcade“ mag, der darf bei „On the Rain-Slick Precipice of Darkness“ zugreifen. All jene, die auf Gameplay mit Tiefgang stehen, warten und hoffen besser auf die zweite Episode.
Factornews (Jun 10, 2008)
Sans être transcendent, Penny Arcade Adventures: On the Rain-Slick Precipice of Darkness est un bon petit défouloir. Il apporte son petit lot de bonnes idées, mais sa grande facilité et le manque d'identification au personnage principal plombent un peu l'ambiance.
PC Games (Germany) (Jun, 2008)
Da Penny Arcade Adventures ein Episodenspiel ist, ruhen meine Hoffnungen auf der zweiten Folge - die erste ist nämlich noch kein Überflieger. So schön die Idee, ein Rollenspiel mit Taktik- und Adventure-Elementen zu vermixen, auch ist, es fehlt einfach an Spieltiefe. Ich will meine Helden selbst ausrüsten und weiterentwickeln dürfen, will selbst entscheiden, ob ich lieber coole oder fingerfeindliche Spezialattacken lernen will. Immerhin, das Fundament ist da: Vor allem die stilvolle Grafik und der meist großartige Sound verdienen Lob.
70 (Jun 05, 2008)
Un robot qui sodomise une orange ou un chat qui se lèche les parties génitales, ça vous fait rire ? Si la réponse est oui, n’hésitez plus une seconde et faites l’acquisition de Penny Arcade pour la modique somme d’environ 12 euros. Si vous recherchez plutôt un jeu d’aventure-RPG avec une réelle profondeur scénaristique et des personnages fouillés et un système de progression complexe, ce n’est pas le jeu qu’il vous faut.
De enige vraag die je jezelf moet stellen voor je dit spel koopt is: 'Vind je Penny Arcade grappig?'. Als je een fan bent, dan kan je hier je spreekwoordelijke broek onmogelijk aan scheuren. Voor niet-fans is dit een erg middelmatig avontuur met zeer dubieuze humor en compleet geen puzzel-uitdaging.
Gameplay (Benelux) (Jun 26, 2008)
De beste stuurlui staan aan wal: Precipice is vaak repetitief en flauw. Niettemin valt er lol te beleven als je een vederlicht rollenspel lust.
GameStar (Germany) (Jun 25, 2008)
Die erste Episode des Penny-Arcade-Spiels ist leider eine Mogelpackung geworden. Hinter der Fassade aus respektlosem Humor und passender Zeichentrick-Grafik steckt ein Titel, der durchaus drei bis vier Stunden lang Spaß bieten könnte. Leider strecken die Entwickler diese Zeit mit Wiederholungen aufs Doppelte. Zu oft muss ich in immer gleichen Kulissen von A nach B rennen. Nur die verrückten Quest-Hintergründe retten meine Motivation. Für den Start einer neuen Episoden-Reihe ist das zu wenig. Warum sollte ich mich auf den nächsten Teil der Serie freuen? Das Beste am Spiel, den Humor, liefert mir das Internet jede Woche kostenlos.
CanardPC (Jul 01, 2008)
Je veux croire en la pipithérapie, je veux penser que "les crabes sont des putains de malades", je veux piéger ces cons de mimes dans des boîtes en carton invisibles avant de leur faire exploser un jerrican d'essence sur la tête, mais je ne veux pas perdre mon temps à bourriner sur la barre d'espace pour faire sauter 30 clodos et 50 presse-agrumes. Le côté aventure de Penny Arcade Adventures est malheureusement aussi atrophié que la décence d'Amy Winehouse, et même si le jeu n’est pas cher, ça manque d’épaisseur.
Gamekult (May 27, 2008)
Simple J-RPG camouflé en pseudo-jeu d'aventure, le titre de Hothead Games nous enterre sous une avalanche de combats qui tapent un peu sur le système, et nous oblige à multiplier les allers et retours entre les quatre petites zones disponibles. L'emballage technique et la durée de vie semblent aussi un peu légers pour un titre vendu 20$ (soit environ 13 euros sans les taxes) et l'on espère que les développeurs rattraperont le coup dans les trois épisodes encore à venir. Comme quoi, il ne suffit pas de pouvoir tabasser des mimes et entretenir des dialogues fleuris sur les vertus scientifiques de l'urine pour faire un bon jeu.