Penny Arcade Adventures: On the Rain-Slick Precipice of Darkness

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Penny Arcade's On the Rain-Slick Precipice of Darkness 3 release date announced

Penny Arcade's On the Rain-Slick Precipice of Darkness 3 release date announced

Latest from Cthulhu Saves the World developer brought forward.

Penny Arcade's On the Rain-Slick Precipice of Darkness 3 launches for PC on 25th June, developer Zeboyd Games has announced.

"It was originally planned for a July release but we figured the game is done so why wait that long?" explained the studio on its official site.

The latest effort from the Cthulhu Saves the World indie crew is a top-down retro RPG following Penny Arcade characters Tycho Brahe and pal Jonathan Gabriel as they adventure their way through the land of New Arcadia.

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Penny Arcade Adventures' future iffy

Comic duo torn on game-making.

Penny Arcade creators Mike "Gabe" Krahulik and Jerry "Tycho" Holkins are divided about the experience of making Penny Arcade Adventures: On the Rain-Slick Precipice of Darkness.

Penny Arcade PSN release this week

US confirmed, waiting on Euro response.

The first episode in the Penny Arcade Adventures series will be released on the US version of the PlayStation Store tomorrow, 23rd October.

Penny Arcade dev explains PSN delay

Hothead not playing favourites.

Developer Hothead Games has dismissed suggestions it's favouring Xbox 360 and PC, following the recent and long-awaited confirmation of Penny Arcade Adventures for PS3.

Penny Arcade Adventures: On the Rain-Slick Precipice of Darkness, Episode One

Given that they've spent many years lampooning and criticising the games industry and its resident buffoons, it's a bold step for Penny Arcade creators Mike 'Gabe' Krahulik and Jerry 'Tycho' Holkins to put out a game of their own. Few commentators offer up something of their own to be criticised, and they deserve credit for at least putting their name to something that can be pulled apart with the same savagery they have often displayed. The game in question doesn't quite deserve to be torn to shreds by the ravenous review wolves, but it is a surprisingly clumsy effort that - were it released by anyone else - would probably be mocked mercilessly by Penny Arcade.

The story opens in the city of New Arcadia in 1922. You create your own character from a limited palette of facial features and clothes, and then set about raking your lawn. That's when a giant robot crushes your house, and you set off in pursuit, teaming up with Penny Arcade characters Gabe and Tycho, now reinvented as the dynamic duo behind the Startling Developments Detective Agency. Together you begin tracking the mechanical monstrosity currently leaving sizable footprints all over town. A tale of rancid hobo meat, urine study, sinister mime cults and potty mouth cursing swiftly unfurls before you.

Categorising the end result can be tricky. It's structured a bit like a point-and-click adventure, but plays mostly like an RPG. There are only three small areas in the game, and you manoeuvre your trio around them much as you'd expect. Changes in camera angles are rather cutely disguised as comic panels, so as you reach the limit of one view, you flip to the next panel. Dustbins and crates litter the scenery, and can be smashed open to reveal useful items such as health boosts and other status-changing trinkets. Curiously, for a game so clearly inspired by the RPG genre, there's no shop, so the only way to restock on health kits is to tromp around the same screens, smashing the respawning crates and hoping that the random contents will provide what you need.

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Penny Arcade game on XBLA next week

For 1600 Microsoft Points.

Microsoft has just chimed in to say Penny Arcade Adventures: On the Rain-Slick Precipice of Darkness, Episode One will be available next Wednesday on Live Arcade.

MS confirms Banjo and Piñata leaks, promises Gears of War 2 reveals

As we all sit around rubbing hoof-shaped marks out of our foreheads, Microsoft has whipped open the stable doors and explained what's going on at its event in San Francisco - confirming names and details for Banjo-Kazooie and Viva Piñata sequels among other things.

Big news first: Cliff Bleszinski will be on hand in San Francisco to show off "dramatic new gameplay elements" in Gears of War 2 using a "campaign sequence from early in the game - where Marcus Fenix and COG forces engage in pulse-pounding firefights between two Derrick transports, fend off vicious Reaver fly-by attacks and rabid Brumaks" ahead of the game's November release on 360. Ellie is currently checking her pencil batteries and sharpening her dictaphone, so expect her report on all that very soon.

What's more, Too Human developer Silicon Knights has announced that the game will be out in the US on 19th August and in Europe on 29th August, giving us the chance to stab futuristic vikings in the face with inadequately researched contextual comments [very post-modern - Ed].

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Penny Arcade game gets priced

At least the computer versions do.

Hothead Games has announced the price for the first instalment in episodic game series Penny Arcade Adventures: On the Rain-Slick Precipice of Darkness.

Hothead's Ron Gilbert

On the Penny Arcade game and Deathspank.

The title of this article looks a bit odd. Ron Gilbert isn't best known for his connection with Hothead. He's famous for creating Maniac Mansion and the Monkey Island series. But "Ron Gilbert, You Know, He Did Maniac Mansion and the Monkey Island Series" would mess up the homepage, so here we are.

Penny Arcade game doing XBLA

Due out in early 2008.

Penny Arcade's episodic adventure game - On the Rain-Slick Precipice of Darkness - is coming to Xbox Live Arcade as well as PC, developer Hothead Games confirmed at the web-comic's annual expo.

Ron Gilbert working on Penny Arcade game

Not on his own, obviously.

Monkey Island creator Ron Gilbert is lending a hand on the Penny Arcade game, On the Rain-Slick Precipice of Darkness, those involved revealed (well, shouted) yesterday.