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  • Summary: Based on the popular comic strip Penny Arcade, On the Rain-Slick Precipice of Darkness is an episodic RPG/Adventure where you join with Gabe and Tycho of the Startling Developments Detective Agency to solve strange mysteries lurking in New Arcadia. Set in the 1920s, the game places the familiar Penny Arcade protagonists in an alternate pulp horror setting reminiscent of the works of H. P. Lovecraft. [Hothead Games] Expand
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  1. Positive: 18 out of 23
  2. Negative: 1 out of 23
  1. 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.
  2. The dialogue is effortlessly hilarious and seriously crass. This game is the crudest in recent memory. [July 2008, p.72]
  3. If you're a Penny Arcade fan then Episode One is an enjoyable if overpriced and short-lived experience.
  4. This game just cannot be recommended to everyone for that price, but your decision should be based entirely on the demo itself.
  5. But for those of us who are members of the PA cult, Penny Arcade Adventures: On the Rain-Slick Precipice of Darkness Episode 1 is just what the doctor (Dr. Raven DarkTalon Blood that is) ordered.
  6. 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 criticize it for that. It's not for you. [June 2008, p.74]
  7. With the episodic development cycle all but demanding that structure and form be locked down in the first instalment, with content added thereafter, the series' future looks precarious at best. [June 2008, p.90]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 43 out of 49
  2. Negative: 4 out of 49
  1. ArtV.
    May 22, 2008
    Ignore the bad reviews! Just pick up the demo and see for yourself, there are a lot of reviewers that have it in for the PA crew. Personally, I have bought the game and just about finished it. The dialog is amazing, very funny. The gameplay is decent too. There is lots of things to do every fight and the gamer feels like they have a lot of choices. Expand
  2. TimothyO.
    May 23, 2008
    I was really impressed by this game. It had a very captivating plot, a very good set of gameplay mechanics and definitely rang true of the fine works of Penny-Arcade! Expand
  3. DavidF
    Sep 5, 2008
    I liked the demo so far. I'm going to unlock the full version today. The game play has elements not found in other adventure games.
  4. MitchL.
    May 22, 2008
    An excellent game with great humor. As some of the reviews mention, the gameplay isn't the deepest out there, but this is a minor shortcoming in an otherwise excellent experience. Reviewers who complain that it's too esoteric are missing the point - it's a game for Penny Arcade fans, and if they'd tried to appeal to a wider audience, it wouldn't be Penny Arcade. Expand
  5. EricE
    Jul 15, 2008
    Not a bad little adventure game. I enjoyed it, only lasted about 5 hours though. The only thing I didn't like is the unnecessary swearing throughout. No real purpose for it other then to swear. Probably could have created a edited version with no problem. Anyway... Still a good short game. Expand
  6. CameronR.
    May 22, 2008
    The system grew on me, and the humour pulled me all the way through. It may not be quite Sam & Max, but it was close enough to leave me entertained and happy with the purchase. Definitely one for the fans, and there are a lot of them. Expand
  7. MikeL.
    May 23, 2008
    A shining example of what happens when gaming press try to make games. Avoid at all costs.

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