On the Rain-Slick Precipice of Darkness Episode 1

Posted by | September 16, 2008

Action. Adventure. Witty dialogue. Low brow humor! Penny Arcade’s offering to the gaming world has it all…and then some. This game stole our breath when we first heard it was coming out and then stole our hearts (and sat on them) when we finally played it. Precipice of Darkness has been one of the most enjoyable episodic gaming experiences that we have had in a long, long time.

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The game enters the fray with a baritone narrator speaking out a rhyme with a Cthulhu mythos bent to it. One of the most creepy openings ever.

“Four Gods wait on the windowsill, where once eight Gods did war and will. And if the Gods themselves may die, what does that say for you and I?”

This very quickly opens up, though, into real humor as the narrator attempts to speak to the player and really can’t quite grasp the situation. However, the narration does go out of his way to cover up plot points and drive suspense. As you enter the scene—with a rake.

That’s right. Through the Precipice of Darkness you will be battling all manner of foe with a fearsome rake, and a terrible weapon it is. You’ll need it. Especially after a giant robot smashes your house to flinders, right after you’ve raked the very last leaf into your yard into a pile. Fat lot of good your well manicured yard does your wrecked home now.

Tycho and Gabe fly into the scene and introduce you to their supernatural investigative agency, bantering back and forth exactly like a comic strip. Friends and foes are gathered through the entire game, and it all culminates in a somewhat frustrating boss fight that made us laugh and cry at the same time.

Think you’ll like this game? Get the demo now! and if that was more than enough for you go and buy the game. It’s downloadable and it only costs a paltry sum of about $20.

Episode 2 is due starting to get some publicity in gaming circles so we hope to see it make a debut soon.

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