On the Rain-Slick Precipice of Launch

Earlier today at the Microsoft Gamer's Day, I got my hands-on Penny Arcade Adventures: On the Rain-Slick Precipice of Darkness, Episode One, much to my delight. Created in the style and spirit of the popular web comic, the game casts you as a new member of the Startling Developments Detective...

Earlier today at the Microsoft Gamer's Day, I got my hands-on Penny Arcade Adventures: On the Rain-Slick Precipice of Darkness, Episode One, much to my delight. Created in the style and spirit of the popular web comic, the game casts you as a new member of the Startling Developments Detective Agency. The other two members are, naturally, Gabe and Tycho, and you join them in investigating strange phenomena, like a giant Fruit [Fornicator] robot stomping through town. The banter between Gabe and Tycho is as razor-sharp as fans will expect it to be, and even investigating yoursurroundings will yield humorous descriptions of sinister mailboxes and the like. The signature Penny Arcade humor is pervasive throughout, and I found myself chuckling regularly throughout the first level.

The visual style is an impressive 3D rendering of the art style of Penny Arcade and complements the humor quite well. Battles are turn-based, and with only two attacks per character, are easy to get figure out. This ease belies the strategic complexity that can be found in combining character attacks, shuffling party members, and deploying some of the numerous items that can be found by smashing objects in the game world. For a more detailed breakdown of the combat system, check out our hands-on preview from a few months back (totally still pertinent!).

Folks familiar with the web comic will know that its brand of humor is definitely adult, and the game is no exception. The Fruit [Fornicator] robots I battled in the first level offering a glimpse of this vulgarity in action, spraying me with a "yellow juice" attack and furiously humping the orange I threw to distract them. With foes like feral hobos, obscene clowns, and The Mime Pope, there's little doubt the tiny robots' antics are just the beginning.

Penny Arcade Adventures releases next Wednesday (5/21) for Xbox Live Arcade, as well as Windows, Mac, and Linux computers. We'll have a review ripe and ready to go on release day, so check back for the final word.

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Penny Arcade Adventures: Episode One

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graavigala
graavigala

i wanted different weapon than rake T_T but still VERY VERYYYY good game! anyone who is fan of PA and in general rpg I recommend this game

confusion45
confusion45

ITS RELEASED! just bought it at http://www.playgreenhouse.com/ for $20. its available for pc, linux, and mac os (which should be the norm but isnt) this website is gabe and tycho version of Steam if anyone is wondering.

nickelarcade
nickelarcade

cool! theyre realeasing for linux! i have windows vista, but that is still very cool too me

ihma
ihma

to the dumas klugen (whos comment is gonna be hidden soon) this is not so much about PA making fun of games, it has its own unique story done by PA staring the chars in PA, its done like the comics (art and humor wise) but has absolutly nothing to do with gaming, if you bothered to read anything about the game you would know that also im DLing this as soon as it goes up on greenhouse, cant wait to beat the crap outta fruit ****ers with a rake!

MattieIce
MattieIce

Penny Arcade is supposed to be funny? I thought it was just about two nerds satisfying their nerd egos.

LiNk4evar
LiNk4evar

i think it will be great game

NWA_31
NWA_31

Penny Arcade Adventures: On the Rain-Slick Precipice of Darkness, Episode One ? Damn, that's a mouthful... >_>

dn3datomiced
dn3datomiced

1600? That's fine. ^_^ It should be plenty of fun.

eliteman24
eliteman24

to all who were wondering, it is 1600 MS points ($20) for the 360

sieg6529
sieg6529

this game is the only reason I want an Xbox360

klugenbeel
klugenbeel

Sorry, I am going to avoid this. something tells me that a comic based on making fun of video games, well they better make a blockbuster, otherwise they are going to get ragged on and should (not that it will) loss a ton of credibility for releasing a junk game. I don't hold high hopes and think that this game will be a flop, nor is Penny Arcade even funny. Sorry, but my buddy e-mails me the "funny" ones and always i sit there feeling that i wasted 30 seconds of my life reading the comic. Good luck to it, but something tells me, that Harvey Birdman Attorney at Law is going to be a epic game compared to this.

mrklorox
mrklorox

I hope it's no more than 800 MSP. I'll be picking this up... I love games that have a sense of humor.

Vainn
Vainn

Awesome. Dunno if it will be my first Xbox Live game purchase, or if I will get it for PC. Hm... =/

luckyfortune7
luckyfortune7

DAMN! Looks like I picked the wrong week to quit having money!

Aretorihc
Aretorihc

Can't wait. Anyone know what the price will be?

iamjct212
iamjct212

This looks to be the type of fresh (no pun intended) game that we need. A breath of fresh air to the games with a bit of ADULT Humor. Just nice to see something different. imo.

J_Dodson
J_Dodson

I am really [fornicating] looking forward to this.

Chris_Watters
Chris_Watters staff

Earlier today at the Microsoft Gamer's Day, I got my hands-on Penny Arcade Adventures: On the Rain-Slick Precipice of Darkness, Episode One, much to my delight. Created in the style and spirit of the popular web comic, the game casts you as a new member of the Startling Developments Detective Agency. The other two members are, naturally, Gabe and Tycho, and you join them in investigating strange phenomena, like a giant Fruit [Fornicator] robot stomping through town. The banter between Gabe and Tycho is as razor-sharp as fans will expect it to be, and even investigating yoursurroundings will yield humorous descriptions of sinister mailboxes and the like. The signature Penny Arcade humor is pervasive throughout, and I found myself chuckling regularly throughout the first level.

The visual style is an impressive 3D rendering of the art style of Penny Arcade and complements the humor quite well. Battles are turn-based, and with only two attacks per character, are easy to get figure out. This ease belies the strategic complexity that can be found in combining character attacks, shuffling party members, and deploying some of the numerous items that can be found by smashing objects in the game world. For a more detailed breakdown of the combat system, check out our hands-on preview from a few months back (totally still pertinent!).

Folks familiar with the web comic will know that its brand of humor is definitely adult, and the game is no exception. The Fruit [Fornicator] robots I battled in the first level offering a glimpse of this vulgarity in action, spraying me with a "yellow juice" attack and furiously humping the orange I threw to distract them. With foes like feral hobos, obscene clowns, and The Mime Pope, there's little doubt the tiny robots' antics are just the beginning.

Penny Arcade Adventures releases next Wednesday (5/21) for Xbox Live Arcade, as well as Windows, Mac, and Linux computers. We'll have a review ripe and ready to go on release day, so check back for the final word.