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This is a game made by the guys at Penny Arcade for the fans of Penny Arcade, and it delivers amazingly. Brandon Tabbert (19) 4.29 Stars4.29 Stars4.29 Stars4.29 Stars4.29 Stars

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Critic Reviews

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Console Monster (Jun 08, 2008)
I know 1600 MS points is a bit much, with the price tag almost rivaling the size of the title of the game, but for fans of the comic it is hard not to purchase this fantastic game. However, people that are not aware with the comic or its brand of humour should stay away.
GamePro (US) (May 27, 2008)
The only knock on PAA: Episode One is its price, a hefty $20. Most people will be reluctant to fork over that much coin for an XBLA title but considering the game's box feel and content both Penny Arcade and non-Penny Arcade fans will enjoy, you should get over that concern and play this game.
Destructoid (May 22, 2008)
If you're thinking about whether to get it for the PC or 360, I'd suggest the latter; as you can probably see from the PC demo, mindlessly clicking the ground over and over just to move from place to place can get pretty old, pretty fast. Not to mention that seeing my own Penny Arcadeified self on an HDTV gave me a three-hour erection.The $20 price tag may seem a bit steep compared to other XBLA games, but we're talking about eight solid hours of gameplay, here. That's even longer than Portal. Unless you don't find Penny Arcade remotely funny, or if you demand that your action-RPGs be really deep and really challenging, then I'd highly recommend Episode One.
Fans of Penny Arcade will adore this game for all it’s worth. If you haven’t played an RPG before then this may be a good place to start. Since the game doesn’t have the best RPG elements you should enjoy what Penny Arcade has to offer. The games price tag may seem like a lot, but I think it is well worth it.
Planet Xbox 360 (Jun 02, 2008)
In the end, many a gamer will look at the hefty price tag and wonder whether Penny Arcade is worth it. In a word, absolutely! It sets the bar for what is possible from an Arcade title. It is a fantastic, polished RPG that will leave you happily setting aside points for the sequel.
XBox Front (May 21, 2008)
Ist der saftige Preis von 1600 M$-Points gerechtfertigt? Das muss natürlich jeder selbst entscheiden. Sicher ist, dass euch im Falle von Penny Arcade Adventures: On the Rain-Slick Precipice of Darkness kein alltäglicher Arcade-Titel zwischen die Finger kommt, das Spiel grenzt sich dank seiner humorvoll inszenierten Handlung und der ausschweifenden Spielzeit von stinknormalen Arcade-Titeln deutlich ab und geht über deren Ausmaße weit hinaus. Die Geschichte hält euch für mehrere Stunden bei Laune und punktet immer wieder mit kuriosen Wendungen. Nicht nur für Fans der Webcomics ist die erste Penny Arcade-Episode daher ein absoluter Pflichtkauf. Lediglich das scheinbar befremdliche Kampfsystem hätten wir uns anspruchsvoller und etwas gemächlicher gewünscht.
Game Positive (Jun 02, 2008)
All in all, the first episode of Penny Arcade Adventures does its best to satisfy a variety of gamers, though hardcore fans of either genre may be left wanting more. Fortunately, the universe being sculpted here is fun, engaging, and exquisitely translated from the already successful Penny Arcade formula. True, the game is short for the $20 price point, but so much is offered in the rich, colorful world full of quirky characters and the hilarious plot. If you like the world of New Arcadia, you will love this game, and Episode Two's rain-slick precipice won't come soon enough.
Cheat Code Central (May, 2008)
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.
GameZone (May 28, 2008)
Many people might find the twisted sense of humor too brash for them and others will simply be turned off by the high price tag ($20). The truth is that even though this game does have a few quirks, it will provide a few hours of entertainment that is hard to find anywhere else. For fans of Penny Arcade, purchasing this game will be a no brainer. The only real problem is the wait time till the next episode is released.
Gaming Age (May 29, 2008)
As every revision of a review I could come up with wound up taking the super-lazy approach of “if you're a fan, you'll like this game,” I have temporarily un-retired Haiku Review. Seriously, though, go to Penny Arcade. The game has crossover appeal between PA fans and RPG fans, but the most accurate litmus test will be to see if you like their humor in the first place.
Penny Arcade Adventures Episode 1: On The Rain-Slick Precipice of Darkness represents what is sure to be a growing trend of bite-sized, episodic games designed to take your hard-earned money piece by piece and keep you hooked. And frankly, if they could all be as good as this game, we'd have little reason to complain. Yes, 1600 Microsoft Points is a lot, it's twice the price of most Arcade games. But the combat is enjoyable, the game is funny and it looks great, and with a solid 6-8 hours of playtime, it's not bad value really. Check out the demo if you're on the fence, but episodic gaming is here to stay, and there's little doubt Penny Arcade Adventures will be one of the best of the bunch.
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.
Giant Bomb (May 22, 2008)
It took me a good five hours to play through, and it wraps up enough story threads to be satisfying, while leaving enough open to keep me eager for Episode Two. If the humor and the combat can retain this level of quality, this could be the start of something great.
MS Xbox World (Jun 08, 2008)
This is definitely a quality title for the arcade, however it's hard to recommend to gamers unless they are familiar with the Penny Arcade comics. If the humor of the comics doesn't appeal, then this game will probably just seem like a shallow adventure game. It is one of the more expensive games on offer, coming in at 1600 MS points so will probably only attract fans of the comic at that price. The game is quite forgiving and wont give anyone a hard time, the boss battles are straightforward and the puzzle solving side quests are a breeze, but the style and the story of the game will more than make up for this if you are a Penny Arcade fan.
Xboxdynasty (XD) (Jun 20, 2008)
Im Großen und Ganzen geht Penny Arcade: Episode 1 nach anfänglicher Begeisterung leider auf Dauer etwas die Puste aus, da sich Spielabläufe zu oft wiederholen und kaum Überraschungen geboten werden. Dennoch schafft es vor allem der Charme der Serie, dass ihr immer weiter spielen werdet, um zu sehen, was als nächstes Verrücktes passiert. Die Wertung wird etwas runter gezogen durch den hohen Preis von 1600 MS, für 800 MS wäre Penny Arcade ein echter Kracher gewesen, aber der doppelte Preis lässt eben auch die Ansprüche wachsen. Fans der Serie können bedenkenlos zugreifen, sofern sie in Englisch immer schön aufgepasst haben. Auch alle Andern bekommen hier ein gutes Spiel für zwischendurch geboten, allerdings sollte sich jeder die Frage stellen, ob man an anderer Stelle für 1600 MS nicht mehr geboten bekommt.
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.
HardGamers (Jun 03, 2008)
Penny Arcade Adventures Episode 1 est un divertissement intéressant et sans aucun doute au-dessus de la moyenne des jeux offerts sur Xbox Live Arcade. Ne révolutionnant aucunement le genre et souffrant de quelques lacunes, le premier jeu tiré de la bande dessinée Penny Arcade demeure tout de même hilarant et accrochant. En vaut-il la peine pour les 20$ qu’il coûte ? Plusieurs se sont plaints de ce prix jugé excessif pour un jeu d’à peine 8 heures. Si vous pensez aussi cela, je vous demanderai combien de jeux (parfois même décevants) ayant une telle durée de vie vous avez achetés pour plus d’une soixantaine de dollars. Pensez-y et, si vous n’êtes toujours pas convaincus, n’hésitez pas à jeter un œil sur le démo du jeu, question de voir si ce dernier entre dans vos goûts !
G4 TV: X-Play (May 22, 2008)
Penny Arcade Adventures: On the Rain-Slick Precipice of Darkness is a great intro into the episodic gaming world. While it stumbles ever so often, intriguing gameplay and design makes us sorry to see it end so quickly. If there’s anything that could push this game over the top, it’s variety and more of the same. Hopefully the second episode will provide a little more or cost a little less.
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.
IGN (May 22, 2008)
PAA: OTRSPODEO is certain to appeal to fans of the strip and will get some laughs from those who still have their heads up their asses and have never heard of Penny Arcade. To its credit, the Penny Arcade team doesn't attempt to pimp its own website and nothing about this smells of marketing tripe. It's a smart, fun game that would have been truly great with a wider range of enemies and environments and a touch more depth to the gameplay.
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.
Game Revolution (Jul 03, 2008)
Future episodes will likely have to introduce deeper gameplay, since it's easy to master Episode One. But on its own, Penny Arcade Adventures is a very solid game with a unique and refined take on role-playing gameplay that would stand on its own even without the Penny Arcade brand of humor. But with its setting and humorous storytelling, it's a genuinely unique RPG worth the time and money. And since it's not over forty hours, you can actually expect to finish this one.
Defunct Games (May 29, 2008)
If you can get over the shock of the price tag then you will find an exciting role-playing game with a surprising amount of depth. That's not to say that it's a perfect game, but it's a fantastic first episode in what will hopefully be a long-running series. I have no idea where this game will eventually lead, but I can assure you that I'm ready to see what Gabe and Tycho can dream up for the next episode ... whenever that comes.
70 (May 29, 2008)
Der typische Humor der Comics ist auch im Penny Arcade-Rollenspiel präsent: An schrägen Typen, witzigen Dialoge und skurrilen Ereignissen herrscht kein Mangel; der Cel-Shading-Look passt wie die Faust aufs Auge, Mimik und Animationen sind ein wahrer Genuss. Solide Englischkenntnisse sind allerdings unerlässlich, da der Titel leider bzw. zum Glück nicht lokalisiert wurde - Sprachausgabe gibt es leider nur zu Beginn. Aber selbst die Spielmechanik weiß dank motivierender Charakterpflege und ausgeklügelten Kampfsystems zu gefallen: Bei den Auseinandersetzungen mit diabolischen Pantomimen, pinkelfreudigen Obdachlosen oder vulgären Blechbüchsen ist sowohl Taktik als auch Timing gefragt. Nur die mit vorwiegend belanglosen NPCs bevölkerte und gerade mal drei Schauplätze umfassende Spielwelt wirkt ziemlich mickrig.
Totally Gaming Network (May 27, 2008)
If you are a fan of the Penny Arcade comics you should definitely enjoy your time in New Arcadia. Even if you are not familiar with Penny Arcade RPG fans should enjoy their time spent getting to know Gabe and Tycho. I definitely recommend downloading the demo and trying it out and if you enjoy yourself go ahead and get the full version. They have done a great job introducing everyone to the Penny Arcade universe and one can hope that the upcoming episodes will only be bigger and better.
Video Game Talk (May 21, 2008)
While the stylish production value of the title is utterly fantastic, I can’t recommend a $20 game with an obnoxiously easy difficulty level that lasts about 4 to 5 hours. Without multiplayer or an option to elevate the difficulty level, there’s no extended value to the game besides replaying the title for a few measly achievements or boosting kills to rise on the leaderboard. I’m sad to say that the first PA game is most certainly overpriced for Xbox Live and severely price gouges Krahulik & Holkins core fan base. Unless you purchase marketplace points at a 50% discount, wait for the title to be dropped in price before picking it up; perhaps likely to happen when Episode 2 is released four months from now.
GameDaily (May 23, 2008)
Nevertheless, like any good ride, Precipice of Darkness is fun while it lasts. There are plenty of chuckles, and the gameplay offers more than you might expect, even if you normally despise RPGs. Check it out if you want something different. And boy, do we mean different as only in a Penny Arcade-licensed game will you find a girl with a rake taking on angry mimes and robots specifically programmed to sexually assault fruit.
Netjak (Jun 05, 2008)
Then again, like Brave Story, Precipice winds up being something more than just the sum of its parts; an enjoyable trip through once, even if you don't go back through it again after you're done. I wrote in that review that the proper application of paint to a pre-existing game can often breathe new life and liveliness into a title, and Precipice proves this point with aplomb; as short as it is-- it can be completed in roughly five to seven hours the first time through, and with almost no difficulty once you get the hang of blocking enemy attacks-- it still leaves you wanting more.
Legendra (Jul 14, 2008)
Le titre nous prévient, l'histoire n'est pas terminée à la fin du jeu et j'attends la suite avec impatience. Ce jeu est très court mais il est bien fun. N'étant pas un grand fan du webcomic d'origine, je ne sais pas vraiment s'il lui colle bien. Mais ce qui est sûr, c'est qu'il s'agit d'un must-have pour tous les geeks du monde (et tous ceux qui souhaitent expérimenter un RPG un peu différent et ne demandant pas trop d'investissement). Une aventure rapide et efficace!
60 (Jun 07, 2008)
Penny Arcade Adventures On the Rain-Slick Precipice of Darkness: Episode One is een vermakelijke game die vooral excelleert in de geniale humor, de leuke detective-elementen en de aandoenlijke grafische stijl. Jammer genoeg is het vechtsysteem niet bovengemiddeld, zijn er slechts een handjevol verschillende gebieden en is het spel behoorlijk repetitief. Laten we hopen dat deze puntjes van kritiek aangepakt worden in het tweede deel, want het spel barst van de potentie en heeft het in zich menig volwaardig spel te overklassen.
60 (UK) (May 27, 2008)
Fans of the comic strip can feel free to add as many points to the score below as will make them happy, since they're the ones most likely to make the effort needed to get past the flaws, but for everyone else there's little here to justify the hefty price.